October 2021

Origin of the Icon – Painted Wood Panels or Icons to Heaven?

Welcome to our Arts Society!
Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 10:00

The origin and the turbulent history of icons, the artistic techniques used and how to read an icon.


We are offering this Day of Special Interist as a wonderful opportunity to to learn in depth about Icons.  Unravel the long and turbulent history of these intriguing religeous artifacts.   Understand different styles of icons and how they are displayed and worshipped. Learn in depth how an icon is painted and the different materials and techniques used to create the imagery..   Learn how to read an icon by recognising the people and interpreting the symbols.

To make the most of the interactive experiece numbers are limited to thirty. Registration is from 10.00 to 10.30

Our expert Geri Parlby will take us through the following programme

Morning Sessions 10.30-12.45

Session 1 - What is an Icon?/when and where did icons first appear

Session 2 - The techniques of Icon painting

Lunch 12.45–1.45 Please bring your own lunch. Tea and Coffee will be provided.

Afrernoon Sessions   - 1.45–3.00

Session 3 - From 9th century Byzantium to 21st century Russia - the evolution of the Icon tradition.

Session 4 -  Any final questions and windup?

Geri will bring some icons with her and will be delighted if members bring along examples for discussion but will not offer valuations.


Dr Geri Parlby

Geri is a former Fleet Street journalist and film PR. She has a first-class honours degree in History and Theology, a Masters in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute and a Theology doctorate from Roehampton University in London. She has been lecturing for the past 14 years both in the UK and internationally. She is also principal lecturer on The Arts Society South West Area’s History of Art course and is an Honorary Research Fellow at Roehampton University.