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Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18, 2018 - From 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday, June 1, 2018
Open to all Visual Artists
Space is limited to 10 students, please register early to ensure your participation.
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Workshop Description: Our Iconography workshop is set up as an introduction to painting traditional Romanian Icons on Glass. We teach our students centuries old painting techniques in Byzantine art used on reverse glass painting. We selected specific icons for this project that each student will be able to learn the most techniques from. Including painting the face, garments, decorative backgrounds and applying 24K gold leaf. The workshop is planned that each student will be able to complete a fully finished icon during the weekend.
What to Expect: Each day begins with a lecture on Byzantine and Romanian art, giving the students a full understanding of the tradition and value of this medieval art form. During the workshop each student will learn a step-by-step process to complete a traditional Icon. The instructor Lee Vasu, will work with each individual student instructing them through the drawing, painting and gold leaf process.
Workshop Curriculum: Students will learn the main reasons for painting icons, gain knowledge of the history and painting methods of the Byzantines by creating visually stunning icons. We will plan a powerful image, composition, values, mixing colors, depth and painting application processes for reverse glass painting. Including applying 24K gold leaf techniques.
Who Should Attend: Our Iconography workshop is beneficial to all artists, from beginning students to advanced artists. Including anyone interested in learning more about Medieval and Byzantine art. This is an unusual painting technique that was primarily used in Romania through the centuries. It has a wide array of applications to contemporary artists to lean this technique by creating some visually stunning art that is not seen today.
Previous experience is not required. You will be surprised by what you can create.
Bring a Friend: Artists have asked if they can attend the workshop with another artist friend or with a spouse. The answer is yes. If you and a friend are interested in attending that's wonderful, this will be an exciting arts adventure and fun to share with someone. Some of the artists attending are bringing friends or spouses with them to New York.
Can I attend if I don't live in NYC?: Yes, you may attend the workshop from anywhere, some artists come to NYC from all over the country to attend our workshops. Each artist is responsible for finding their own housing during the workshop in NYC. New York has many available places to stay at, from hotels, short-term apartments, subleasing or staying with friends or family. We recommend that you google available places to stay at. Everything in New York can be found online. Some examples include: airbnb.com, kayak.com, travelocity.com and couchsurfing.org.
Airport: There are three major airports where artists can fly into New York: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK); LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Artists are responsible for the cost and booking of their flights to and from New York if a flight is needed.
Instructor: Lee Vasu is an Artist, Iconographer, Curator and the Founder of Dacia Gallery in New York City. Born in Sibiu, Romania in 1979, Vasu spent his adventurous childhood in Transylvania drawing and painting. Inspired by the stunning mosaics, frescos, and the mystical sacred Icons of the Byzantine Churches of his native land, Vasu formed a unique artistic vision of the timelessness and power of art that could enlighten and inspire generations. In 1990, Vasu moved to the United States with his family and continued to study art. He received a BA in History and Art from Kent Sate University and a Masters Degree in Arts Administration and Museum Science from the University of Akron, to further pursue his curatorial passion. Following his studies, Lee represented Romania and the United States at the European House of Arts and held his first solo exhibition at the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Bucharest. Additionally, Vasu participated in group and solo exhibitions in France, Germany, Slovenia, Romania and the United States, his work can be found in numerous public and private collections. His passion for art enabled him to curate exhibitions nationally and internationally, which inspired him to establish Dacia Gallery in New York City.
For more info on Lee Vasu and to see his artwork visit: www.leevasu.com
Art Materials: All art materials will be provided for the workshop by Dacia Gallery. Drawing Paper, Pencils, Paint, Brushes, Glass with Frame and 24K Gold Leaf.
Workshop Fee: $300
Payment: In order to reserve your spot, please select from the options below and make a payment to register. Once payment has been made your spot is automatically reserved and a Dacia Representative will contact you to discuss the workshop with you. There is no refund one month before the workshop begins because we will have already paid for all the materials needed for the workshop. There is a one hundred dollar non-refundable fee for registration. Upon clicking submit and making the first payment the artist agrees with Dacia Gallery's terms and conditions for payment for the Iconography Workshop. The balance must be paid in full before the workshop begins.
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After you complete your electronic registration you will be re-directed to PayPal for payment. Please e-mail us a copy of your PayPal receipt once your payment has been made. If you have any questions regarding the workshop, payments or registration please email or call the gallery at any time.
E-Mail: info@daciagallery.com
Phone: 917-727-9383
Thank you and we look forward to sharing this unique art experience with you.
Below you will see some examples of Icons painted on glass in Romania during the 1800's, these and many others will be on display at Dacia Gallery during the workshop for inspiration.
Christ Enthroned by Lee Vasu, Tempera and 24K Gold, Reverse Painting on Glass, 10x14
The Holy Theotokos by Lee Vasu, Oil and 24K Gold, Reverse Painting on Glass, 16x20