Christos Anesti! Surrexit Christus!
In the period between Christmas and Pascha, I have been putting a great deal of thought into how to best keep in contact and develop the group, so that everyone who is signed up is getting a bit more content and more 2 way participation.
This is what is happening:
FACEBOOK: ONLINE ICON COURSE CLOSED GROUP: FREE
I have just set up a closed group on Facebook, to which you will all be invited to share drawings and icon/liturgy practical tops and know how, both directly with the tutor/s and among yourselves. This is open to anyone who has previously signed up, is pending, or is currently signed up. It is called ‘Online Icon Course’ and you can message me at Petra Clare, if you are waiting for an invite and it hasn’t come. Some invites will be given to other iconographers and teachers in the field and participants in related courses.
WEBINAIR MONTHLY VIDEO CONFERENCE: FREE
I have wanted to do this for a long time. This will start out, as soon as we can manage it, with monthly sessions going through the content of the Online Icon Course. I find, looking at my own diary and time zone restrictions, that 2 conferences would be necessary to span the globe. As a starting point, a conference set for the UK at 12noon BST will be picked up Melbourne at 8pm. At 8pm in London it would be picked up in Los Angeles at 12noon. Thessaloniki is two hours after London. A 12pm and 8pm Conference from London once a month would seem to give the widest viable options for participants in multi-time zones to join in.
I would like to know who would be interested in this, and will hope to have discussion with possible attendees in the Online Icon Course closed group on Facebook. From time to time I hope to invite guest speakers and teachers. Most likely, I will opt for Skype as the best platform for this as we can screen share and – like Facebook – most people are on it and have experience of how it works!
THE ONLINE ICON COURSE WEBSITE: SUBSCRIPTION £10.00 pm or £100 pa
Subscribers have access to all the course materials. Non-subscribers will only see parts of the course shared during a Webinair or occasional sample units posted on the closed group page. The Closed Group and Video Conferences are open to all subscribers, but by invitation only to non subscribers or lapsed subscribers.
New Material on the Online Icon Course
I am currently sending the first 2 lectures on bole for gilding to the webmaster (under Technique in the website toolbar), and the rest of that section should follow on. i am also preparing a proportions of the body Project, and that is involving some fascinating research. One of the great things about the Facebook closed group is that we will be able to share links to research sources and useful books, during the study process. There will also be an opportunity for Users to contribute their own studies and expand the value of he website.
ONE-TO-ONE TUITION: 3 x VIDEO CONFERENCES, WITH BACK-UP MATERIALS £100
The one-to-one video tuition has started. This is personal workshop tuition from home with screen share and drawing corrections in real time ( screen sharing a drawing app. This is a paid service comprising three conferences and tutors feedback via email and pdf docs. £100.00 per 3 sessions.
There are two options:
1. Follow the Units of the icon Course
2. Personal tuition on an icon, or technical skill, you are working on and need help with.
I think that updates everyone!
I hope to see and hear more from you all this year. It would be great to start to build up a participatory Icon and Liturgy studies interaction and exchange over the next year via the Closed Facebook Group and Web Conferences.