Masterclass Russian Iconography 8 day workshop with Ekaterina Daineko, IKONA-SKINIYA

 Masterclass Russian Iconography 8 day workshop with Ekaterina Daineko, IKONA-SKINIYA
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From Sat 30 May 2020 to Sat 6 June 2020
From Saturday 30 May 2020 to Saturday 6 June 2020
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Master Class in Icon Painting (Scotland May 2020)

 with the internationally well-known Belarusian iconographer Ekaterina Daineko


I am delighted to announce that the internationally well-known iconographer Ekaterina Daineko will be teaching a masterclass in icon painting in Scotland in 2020. Ekaterina is from Minsk, Belarus, and has worked as an iconographer for 20 years. She  teaches icon courses in Eastern Europe, England, the United States, Italy, Switzerland ,Germany and now for the first time also in Scotland. 

The icons of Ekaterina stand out for their wonderfully fluent, dynamic and soft painting style and an exceptionally subtle and transparent use of colour and highlights, which remind one of the masterpieces of the famous medieval Russian icon painter Saint Andrej Rublev.

We warmly invite you to learn the art of icon painting with the highly professional help of Ekaterina Daineko. In a professional atmosphere and under individual supervision, you will be taught to paint an icon of Christ or the Mother of God. During eight intensive working days, you will also learn to better understand the holy art of icon painting, its language, beauty and meaning. And you will defenetly getting a complete icon of Virgin Mary, even if you are completely beginner.

The course will be taught in Russian and English!

website of the Dainekos:


"Our class is different from everything you could see before. Very small group - individual work  with every of 8 students to reach the best result. i am professional artist( academic drawing and painting) so we will speak about all the aspects like anatomy, composition, rulls of the colors and lights, wich is absolutely the same in ICON-painting , but due to the absence of a good base people dont know how to improve their level and stay like amateur - you will learn a lot of completely new information and plus to all will take back home beautiful complete icon of The Theotokos or Christ.

The classes are for all levels, from beginners to professional iconographers from all over the world. As we take maximum 8 students  , we do individual supervision and can follow every student depends on his skills.  

 FEEDBACK about our classes:

Gloria Squires‎ (USA)

It was truly a privilege to be part of the Icon Master Class taught by the Dainekos here in Charleston, S. C.

I have yet to move beyond three words to describe my experience: surreal, intense, and holy, holy, holy.

It has been not only exposure to excellent iconography training through Anton and Ekaterina, but also an immersion into orthodoxy. I hunger for more.

Anton and Ekaterina are passionate about sharing their art and generous with their one-to-one time with students.

It was a joy to observe their interaction as a couple teaching together over the ten days. Their balance of humor and seriousness created an optimal learning environment.

Anton and Ekaterina, next year in Charleston!


Joe Wright (USA)

This was my first iconography class and the greatest and most challenging art class I have ever taken! I will post a longer review soon. Overall I am very happy with the process and outcome! I highly recommend this class for those who want to learn Iconography from two of the best iconographers of our time.


 Yvonne Anne Hajdu-Cronin‎ (USA)

I recently took a class with Anton and Ekaterina in Vermont. I was very happy with the quality of their instructions. Especially their discussion of beards, hair, and the "grape cluster" model of highlights and shadows/contours. Because icons are stylized, it is common for some iconographers to forget some basic artistic sensitivity. The Dainekos teach how to put the sensitivity they learned in classical art training into the icon. I am looking forward to practicing these new techniques at home. Thank you!!! 

Mary Veltrop‎  (USA)

 Words cannot express my gratitude toward Anton and Kate for the incredible instructions and assistance given to me and fellow students during the 10 day workshop at OQ Farm in Vermont. Both of these beautiful people are Master Iconographers with a true gift of both painting and teaching. Both carry a sincere love for God and the art and their students. The knowledge I gained is priceless as was the honor and privelage of watching Anton and Kate paint - true Masters! Thank you so very much and may our Lord bless you and those who you touch with your gift!

Rijo Geevarghese‎ (INDIA) 

 Dear Anton and Kate

I already defined this workshop in one line when we were sitting together last day,

"What I learned in 10 days I didn't learn in yearssssssss"

But still I want to tell u how I feel. I am so much fill with confidence and spirit making me more passionate about iconography
Normally many teachers are strict about following their ways or school , but you were saying everytime "As you feel what is good" 1f60a.png

Anton and kate I would say, you sowed the seed like a farmer and God nurtured it and worked through me and result was the beautiful Icon of Theotokos.
This freedom made me truly believe that God is working through Rijo's hand and his effort.

So thankful for these 10 days and infinite knowledge it shared.

Continue inspiring others and spread this beautiful tradition worldwide it's really worth.

Your brother in Christ 


Barbara Leck Thornton ( USA )

I recently attended the 10-day Icon Class in Vermont on July 24 through August 3, 2016. It was an experience of a lifetime. I have attended other classes like this, but there is no comparison. The amount of information I received made my mind spin. I wrote as many notes as possible to help me remember. The instructors were very patient with us and kind. Anton's patience was amazing! Every brush stroke he demonstrated was perfect. What an artist!! Kate translated for Anton and did a great job. That had to be so difficult. We all worked very hard and were tired at the end of each day. Our icons were beautiful at the end of the workshop. This was by far a top-of-the-line workshop. Kate and Anton were excellent as instructors for being in the United States for the first time. I would recommend this class to everyone if you want to end up with a soft looking, spiritual, beautiful icon. And I now have a few more icon friends that I can depend on for any help needed.


Grace Zazzaro ( USA)

"The icon work shop with Ekaterina Daineko & Anton Daineko is a highly, advanced, educational experience, not to be taken lightly, with high quality materials, demonstrations of technique an artist longs for and can only be realized in a masters studio. While certainly not for the faint of heart, if your serious about learning the art of iconography this is the workshop for you." 

The classes are for all levels, from beginners to professional iconographers from all over the world. English and Russian language.

  For futher information, please contact us by e-mail, or you can find us on Facebook - EKATERINA DAINEKO. Our facebook page

previous classes you can check here

  The main goal of the course is to help the students to acquire, develop and improve good practical icon-painting skills. During this training under the guidance of   two tutors each student is supposed to create one icon (19.5 x 25 cm). There will also be a great opportunity for every student to observe the process of creating an icon by a skilled icon-painter.
We hope that both beginners and experts will find this course useful.



Full payment of class fee (£450) is required no later than  four weeks before class or sooner to complete your registration.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

We recommend students are aged 18 or over.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Old Printworks are near Leith Walk/London Road and a ten-fifteen minute walk from Waverley Station on Princes Street. There are plentiful buses and trams from the airport stop nearby.  Parking is limited and on-street parking is metered.


What can I bring into the event?

You may bring your own palettes, brushes and a good notebook and pencil or sketchbook. Bring snacks and drinks if needed, as there is a small fridge in the adjoining kitchen area.

*STUDENTS ARE RESPECTFULLY ASKED NOT TO WEAR PERFUME, LOTION, OR SCENTED PRODUCTS as other students have allergies. There is a strict no smoking policy on the premises*

What's the refund policy?

Due to the organisation required for the event and the committment shown by Ekaterina, no refunds are available. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

It is not compulsory but if we have not already met it will be helpful.


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

We understand that you may wish to buy a ticket for a loved one: this is fine but please let us know in advance.


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, if you are unable to attend you may pass your ticket to another person - in this circumstance please let us know beforehand.  

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