Iconography Meets the Nordic Tradition (SOLD OUT! Register to join the waiting list)

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Iconography Meets the Nordic Tradition (SOLD OUT! Register to join the waiting list)

June 7-10 (10:00-11:30 AM and 4:00-5:00 PM CT, daily) with Randi Maria Sider-Rose

Level of Instruction
All levels
$295.00 Members
$325.00 Non-members

In this class, we will paint the icon of Mary holding Jesus up to her cheek (“Theotokos of Tenderness” in Orthodox Christianity). We will follow traditional iconography traditions, such as beginning class with prayer and understanding our work as a “prayer of the hands.” A strong foundation in iconography will be taught, including how to mix the traditional egg tempera paints and highlight from a dark base. Additionally, we will use water-based size to apply real gold leaf to the halo outline and clothing details in a technique known as “gold assist.”

What sets this class apart from your typical iconography class is that we will leave large borders suitable for decorating with rosemaling. Rosemalers are welcome to design their own pattern for the border or use one from the instructor, but it will be mostly completed independently after the class is over. (The border can also be left without rosemaling.)

This class will take place on four consecutive days, Monday through Thursday, June 7-10. This class includes daily Zoom Instruction equalling 10 hours of instruction during the week:

  • 10-11:30 am CST, Monday through Thursday, June 7-10
  • (plan for 2 hours of independent work time between sessions each day)
  • 4-5 pm CST, Monday through Thursday, June 7-10

Don't hesitate to contact Andrew Ellingsen, Folk Art Coordinator, with any questions you may have (aellingsen@vesterheim.org).

Supplies: Students will receive a complete kit of materials valued at $140. This kit includes everything students need in order to paint the icon and the optional border (and a special Vesterheim treat). A list of additional simple household materials will be e-mailed in advance of the class. You'll also need a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the contiguous United States, additional shipping charges may apply. Please contact aellingsen@vesterheim.org when you register for more information.

Special Instructions:

  • Students should be prepared to begin the independent work preparing the board, with the help of videos and worksheets, a full week or more before the first day of class so that they are ready for the first day of class on Monday June 7.
  • Students should also plan to set aside approximately two hours of work time between the morning and afternoon zoom class sessions.
  • When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to, and the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email addresses or be prepared to forward all communications and/or kit supplies.

Registration Deadline: May 24, 2021

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Randi Maria Sider-Rose

Randi Maria Sider-Rose

Randi Maria Sider-Rose has been painting icons for over 20 years. She returned to Mt. Angel for the advanced program more than once and was a private student of one of the three wonderful teachers there. Sider-Rose has lived in Russia and Latvia for two and half years (as a student, and later as a Fulbright Scholar focusing on religion) and she completed the Master of Divinity at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, where she focused on iconography. She has led hands-on and art-historical iconography workshops in Chicago, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, and elsewhere, for students age 8 through 80. She has also taught privately. She now lives in Pittsburgh, where she has been blessed by His Grace Bishop Thomas to pursue the work of iconography. Her work can be viewed at her website Immanuel Icons

Learn more: In this episode of the Vesterheim series, Folk Art In Place, Randi shows some of her iconography painting techniques while sharing the story of Saint Corona!