Iconographer, Colourist, and Teacher

Kitchener Icon Class: Level 2

In this advanced iconography class, Symeon will teach 8-12 participants  more about the traditional materials and methods of making an Orthodox icon. In the Level 2 class the focus expands from the icon’s face to a full portrait figure as the steps of making an icon are reviewed. Students will be also be provided with additional…

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Kitchener Icon Class: Level 1

In this beginner iconography class, Symeon will teach 8-12 participants over 12 weeks how to make an Orthodox icon using traditional methods. The Level 1 class provides a step-by-step experience of making an icon, and is intended for those who have not previously had iconographic instruction from Symeon. In this class, we will learn to: see…

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New Colours and Stories from Cobalt

Cobalt is an amazing town to visit for local colours! A century ago it had a floating population of 12,000 people living in it, mined almost 1,000 tons of silver in a single year (30,000,000 ounces), and even had the cheek to dub Toronto as, “the place where you catch the train to Cobalt”. It’s…

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Firing Ochre and Bone

This week I fired some ochres and bones at my studio in Conestoga. I love this process, and was excited to see the results of heating a few different soils and clays from here in the village in my outdoor firing pit. I’d also been given a large bag of bones last fall from a friend who had…

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Getting Ready to Grow Woad Blue

Last weekend, with the help of the whole family, we got to work setting up for growing a new batch of woad here in Conestoga. Using old tires from the garage beside my studio, we set up fifty planters for what I hope will create an ideal place for last year’s woad seeds to grow. It…

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Paint Pots Pilgrimage

I’ve wanted to visit the Kootenay Paint Pots since I first read about them a decade ago—and last week I did! Since a conference at the Banff Art Centre was bringing me to Alberta, I took the opportunity to cross into Kootenay National Park, and visit the Paint Pots on three different occasions. Arriving in Calgary early in the…

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Warsaw Pilgrimage

I doubt if the previous camper at the site knew that she’d been collaborating on an art project with me … Last week my family and I headed to Eastern Ontario, in Canada, to explore the area around the village of Warsaw. While there I went out on a few pilgrimages, purposefully looking for certain…

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