To Write an Icon – How to Create A Traditional Byzantine Icon (6-disc DVD set)

Hieromonk Damian (Higgins), Rt. Rev. Dr. Andriy Chirovsky


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A step by step Iconography video course

Instructors: Hieromonk Damian (Higgins), Rt. Rev. Dr. Andriy Chirovsky
Participants: Christine Granger, Lesya Granger-Chabursky

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We are pleased to announce that the highly-in-demand To Write an Icon video-course, produced by the Sheptytsky Institute in 1992 on VHS cassettes is now available in a set of six DVDs (6-disc DVD box set).

This step-by-step instructional course shows the process of creating traditional Byzantine icons from the preparation of the wood panel, through the gesso process, gilding, egg-tempera painting to the preservation of the icon. Learn not only the technique but also the theological implications of every step of the process.

Delve into the spirituality of the iconographer with Hieromonk Damian, a renowned iconographer who travels through North America painting churches and teaching the ancient art of iconography.


  1. Wood selection and preparation of the board (Disc 1)
  2. Preparation of the board: From gesso ground to inscribed image (Disc 2)
  3. The gilding process (Disc 3)
  4. Preparing the pigments and beginning to paint (Disc 4)
  5. The painting process from darkness to light (Disc 5)
  6. Completing the Icon (Disc 6)

Language: English
Length: Six hours (6-disc DVD box set)
Format: DVD

Producer/Director: Aurélien Bouchard
Technical Director: Guy R. Poirier
Taped at the Studios of Saint-Paul University
Co-Production: Institute of Social Communications Saint-Paul University
Publisher: The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies (1992, 2010)

Bulk Price: $249 for 10 DVDs (reg. $500)

Quantity is in 10 unit increments, e.g. 1 = 1×10 = 10 copies, 2 = 2×10 = 20 copies, etc.

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Six hours (6-disc DVD box set)