The icon-painting studio of St. Elisabeth Convent was established in 1999. At present, it employs 25 monastics and laity.
The icon-painters follow in the footsteps of Byzantine and Russian artists of the XII-XV centuries and use ancient icon painting techniques. Icons are painted on thoroughly dried wooden planks covered with a coat of natural materials, called gesso. The gesso is covered with high-quality gold leaf. The paints, such as mountain green, mountain blue, red ochre, cinnabar, celadon green, and blue ochre, are prepared from ground minerals. The minerals are crashed and ground. Egg yolk is added to the mixture as an adhesive. For this reason, the paint is also called egg yolk tempera. Every iconographer strives to make an icon aesthetically attractive, and also to convey its spiritual aspect.
The icon-painting studio accepts orders for family, marriage, name and church icons, and for duplicates.
We invited Sister Yelena to talk about her service to God and others, her workshop and plans for spiritual and personal growth.
If you want to see all of the beautiful things that could be made from a piece of metal and know what it means to work with inspiration, come to the metal workshop of the Convent.
Over the years, the artists have developed their techniques and improved their skills. To do the job well, the artist must have physical stamina and quick reflexes...
Lay and monastic brothers and sisters, many of whom are professional painters and art experts, have worked on restored hundreds of icons of different types.
This is a workshop with an extensive portfolio, upholding the centuries-old traditional techniques based on the use of smalt, a unique material of opaque glass.
For the brothers living at the farmstead of Saint Elisabeth Convent, work at the laser engraving workshop is an opportunity to acquire valuable skills and competencies, such as discipline, accuracy and responsibility.
Ever since its launch, the workshops’ craftsmen have been making pieces of great beauty and magnificence.