Byzantine Traditions on British Land

Workshop sessions on icon painting were held in Preston, England, on April 24-26. Sisters from St Elisabeth Convent (Minsk) taught the visitors some practical lessons.

The workshop session was accompanied by a presentation of the workshops of St Elisabeth Convent, as well as an introduction to the history of Byzantine icon painting. The participants painted their own icons in traditional canonical style under the supervision of skilful artists. 

This workshop session was the first time in 2018 the sisters of St Elisabeth Convent held something like that abroad. Several new Festival venues will open in England in late June. They will feature workshop sessions on church mosaic — an ancient art made of natural minerals, ceramics, and smalt* — in addition to the traditional workshops on tempera icon painting.

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