26 March 2018

Intensive 5-day Iconography Course in Wax by Andrei Zharov from Belarus

When: Oct 1-5 (Mon–Fri), 2018
Time: 10-3 pm
Cost: $650.00

Where: St. Nicholas Cathedral (annex)
3512 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20007

About the Course

In this five-day intensive course, Andrei Zharov will demonstrate the practical application of the ancient wax tempera method—a wax-casein (protein) composition described in Hermineia by the Athonite monk Dionysius of Fourna—while giving careful instruction to each student on the icon of St. Katherine of Alexandria (half-figure).

We will be drawing the bust St. Katherine (shown above). The work will be done on a traditional  board, 8×12″ (20×30 cm) with Kovcheg included in price.

About Andrei Zharov

Andrei Zharov has accumulated a vast knowledge of iconography and church architecture. He has researched and reintroduced authentic methods of work with wax, glue, and oil compositions—methods that were used by the ancient masters. As a result, Zharov Studio (started by his father, Pavel Zharov), was chosen to work on the restoration of several important 12th – 15th century Belarussian churches.  Andrei received Masters Degrees from the Saint Petersburg Theological Academy and Seminary’s Faculty of Iconography and from St. Tikhon University’s Faculty of Sacred Arts (Moscow, Russia).  He and his father were commissioned to complete the new chapel at Minsk International Airport and recently exhibited at the Vatican in Rome and are members of the Artistic and Architectural Council of the Minsk Diocese.  He now teaches at the Saint Petersburg Theological Academy in Russia.


  1. Preparation of the waxy binder for pigments (a unique interpretation of the ancient method of painting with water-soluble
    wax medium, described in The Hermeneia by Dionysius of Fourna).
  2. Writing of the icon in the technique of wax painting by the master Andrei Zharov, for a visual demonstration of the principles of work with wax paints.
  3. Practice under the guidance of a teacher. Each participant will write his own icon in the technique of cold encaustic.
  4. Drawing in the icon, its specificity, and its features in wax painting.
  5. Writing of the image with wax paints using the method of simultaneous work with lights and shadows.
  6. The final covering of the icon.

Students should bring

Kolinsky brush – №2, № 4, №6 and also flutes (soft synthetics) about 1.5 cm ( 1 “), water bowl, rulers, pencils, scissors, pallet, notebook (up to you).

Suggested Lodging—less than 1 mile from St/Nicholas Cathedral

The Kalorama Guest House in Washington: 2700 Cathedral Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, Phone: (202) 588-8188, kaloramaguesthouse.com