Svoge, Bulgaria

Icon Painting Workshop

when 6 June 2021 - 3 July 2021
language English
duration 4 weeks
fee EUR 2

This project is devoted to the medieval technique for drawing icons. In the medieval church "St. Nicholas" in Buklovets (municipality of Svoge) were kept several depictions of saints, situated on the Iconostasis. In 1996 the icons were moved to the National Museum of Orthodox art in Sofia with an idea to be preserved from the aggressive moisture in the church building and to be restored. Unfortunately, till the present day, the icons still remain unrestored and they were not given back to the church.

The main goal of this project is to make copies of the medieval icons which will be donated to the church. The students and volunteers will work with the originals and will be trained in the painting technique used in the 15 and 16 centuries. Each of the participants will receive their own small certified replica of an icon.

Course leader

ILIYA BORISOV – OTTEZ - Master iconographer

Target group

These programs are ideal for people ages 18 - 25 but no person with a spatial interest or personal achievements in cultural preservation will be excluded because of the age limit. Our participants must be broadminded and open to foreign cultures. The only requirement is a satisfactory knowledge of English.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to provide step by step knowledge about the ancient tradition of Christian art. The big advantage of the course is the opportunity to work with the original icons and reproduce the technic in which they were made. Thus, the students will have a unique chance to understand better the way of thinking of the ancient people, the details of the artistic manner, and Christian philosophy. Furthermore, this could be the first step to develop professional skills for the conservation and restoration of old artifacts.

Fee info

EUR 2: One session (2 weeks)
Please note! A large percentage of the price is based on the value of the materials. The materials provided by the organizers are special qualities designed for the precise reproduction of the Medieval technique of painting. They cannot be purchased by your own or be changed with other supplies in order to keep the cost low.
EUR 2: Group of three or more people - one session