ABOUT US

орнамент, мастерская прохрам, проектирование православных храмов
Prohram Studio is a team of architects, icon painters, restorers, designers and artists, each of whom is an expert in their field. In cooperation with craftsmen who specialize in artistic forging, work with ceramic tiles, composite materials, stained glass, wood, stone and other professionals of monumental and decorative art, we work on the design, construction and decoration of Orthodox churches. The synthesis of the work of all specialists, which takes place in the workshop, gives a single holistic and harmonious image of the interior and exterior of the building.

The main field of work of the workshop is church building. We offer a full range of design services: from sketch proposals to completion of construction and commissioning of the object, including author's supervision, support in construction and interior works. Approval of projects and passing the state expertise is carried out in cooperation with proven licensed design organizations.

The workshop is also engaged in the restoration and painting of icons, object and environmental design, making church furniture and utensils, decorative objects, exhibition projects and research work in the field of church art.

All steps of work are agreed with the customer. There are discussions and coordination at the stages of determining the stylistic solution, selection of samples, preparation of sketches and subsequent elaboration of details.

An Orthodox church is not just a building for worship services and meetings of believers; it is genuine theology in stone, expressed in the symbolism of architecture and iconography. Therefore, the design and decoration of temples is the responsibility of architects and artists who understand the liturgy, theology, symbolic aspects of the temple, its architecture and decoration, as well as historical traditions and modern trends in church building and art in general. Making objects of decorative and applied art also requires not only a vision of beauty and certain skills, but also deep ecclesiastical knowledge.

Restoration of icons and making new icons is the task of icon painters and restorers. They do it responsibly, skillfully and with understanding appropriate to the job.

Architects and artists of the workshop do not only have professional secular education, but also higher theological education. In addition, we are improving steadily, which is helped by our own experience and cooperation with other craftsmen, architects and engineers, as well as additional training and professional development in the field of church art, architecture, and restoration.

Our work is inseparable from the church tradition and liturgical life. In addition to this, our work in architecture includes detailed consideration of all the spaces necessary for the activities of the congregation, engineering and structural parts of the project, interiors and work with materials. Our icon painters use natural pigments, quality boards, gesso and other materials. Restoration process is carried out in accordance with the techniques of both church and museum restoration.

SERVICES

  • Church design
  • Restoration and icon painting
  • Graphic design and exposition projects
  • Interior and exterior works
  • Church equipment and decoration

ABOUT US

орнамент, мастерская прохрам, проектирование православных храмов
Prohram Studio is a team of architects, icon painters, restorers, designers and artists, each of whom is an expert in their field. In cooperation with craftsmen who specialize in artistic forging, work with ceramic tiles, composite materials, stained glass, wood, stone and other professionals of monumental and decorative art, we work on the design, construction and decoration of Orthodox churches. The synthesis of the work of all specialists, which takes place in the workshop, gives a single holistic and harmonious image of the interior and exterior of the building.

The main field of work of the workshop is church building. We offer a full range of design services: from sketch proposals to completion of construction and commissioning of the object, including author's supervision, support in construction and interior works. Approval of projects and passing the state expertise is carried out in cooperation with proven licensed design organizations.

The workshop is also engaged in the restoration and painting of icons, object and environmental design, making church furniture and utensils, decorative objects, exhibition projects and research work in the field of church art.

All steps of work are agreed with the customer. There are discussions and coordination at the stages of determining the stylistic solution, selection of samples, preparation of sketches and subsequent elaboration of details.

An Orthodox church is not just a building for worship services and meetings of believers; it is genuine theology in stone, expressed in the symbolism of architecture and iconography. Therefore, the design and decoration of temples is the responsibility of architects and artists who understand the liturgy, theology, symbolic aspects of the temple, its architecture and decoration, as well as historical traditions and modern trends in church building and art in general. Making objects of decorative and applied art also requires not only a vision of beauty and certain skills, but also deep ecclesiastical knowledge.

Restoration of icons and making new icons is the task of icon painters and restorers. They do it responsibly, skillfully and with understanding appropriate to the job.

Architects and artists of the workshop do not only have professional secular education, but also higher theological education. In addition, we are improving steadily, which is helped by our own experience and cooperation with other craftsmen, architects and engineers, as well as additional training and professional development in the field of church art, architecture, and restoration.

Our work is inseparable from the church tradition and liturgical life. In addition to this, our work in architecture includes detailed consideration of all the spaces necessary for the activities of the congregation, engineering and structural parts of the project, interiors and work with materials. Our icon painters use natural pigments, quality boards, gesso and other materials. Restoration process is carried out in accordance with the techniques of both church and museum restoration.

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WORK PROCESS

Each direction of work of our office and workshop is a full-fledged activity that reveals itself in the skills of professional craft and artistic creativity. The design of churches, painting and restoration of icons require from the artist not only taste and ability to use a brush and pencil, to model and draw, but also a deep knowledge of each of these components of church art. Below we present a step-by-step explanation of the work processes in each direction.

Architecture
1. Pre-project proposals: style definition, zoning, functional links, general view concept. Sketches of plans and façades.

2. Preparation of design brief. Obtaining initial data (technical conditions, surveying, geology). Estimate.

3. Sketch design (visualizations, plans, facades, section). Explanatory note. Approval.

4. General artistic concept of interiors with drawings, 3D views, decor, materials.

5. Control and full supervision in the preparation of the set of project documentation of the stage "Architectural Project" ("Project" in Russia) with all relevant sections, including engineering systems.

6. Design project of interiors. Includes detailed drawings and decoration drawings for architectural and technical aspects with selection of lighting, equipment, materials, decoration details, furniture. Drawing up technical specifications of the potential manufacturer, assistance in choosing the manufacturers of decorative items and decor.

7. Carrying out the development of the construction working design and all working documentation.

8. Support of building and interior works.

Icon painting
1. Selection of the size of the board made of natural wood, depending on the type of icon:
- standard (icons of the Savior, Mother of God or saints)
- measure icon (the image of the patron saint painted by the exact measure of height and shoulders' width of the baby at birth).
- family icons (the holy patrons of all family members)
- wedding icons
- temple icons - iconostasis, ambo, analogion icons
- red corner (home iconostasis).

2. Selection of samples and approval by the customer. If necessary, we create and develop new iconography within the iconographic canon. We also make replicas of ancient images.
Approval of decorative design (if necessary):
gilding the overall background of the icon, the halo, individual elements of the attire or other fragments of the icon using gold leaf;
decorative chasing, handmade ornament with the placement on the margins of the icon and halos, as well as ornamental decoration of inscriptions.

3. Sketch - a drawing on white smooth gesso.

4. Gilding of the background, halos (on lacquer or polyment) before adding color.

5. Roskrysh, or the adding of color with natural (natural) pigments, mixed on the egg emulsion.

6. Decoration of clothes and certain parts with gold leaf (assist).

7. The last stage, the inscription, distinguishes an icon from other images. Linking the image to the Original. The icon becomes sacred.

8. Application of natural varnish (linseed oil).

9. The consecration of the icon.
Restoration
Oftentimes, improper intervention, violation of the technical process of restoration leads to irreversible consequences such as the final destruction of the icon. Therefore, you should only turn to professional restorers.
Depending on the condition of the icon and the degree of its damage there are different steps and their duration in each particular case. It is also important whether the icon was previously restored and how professional it was.

Stages of the Icon Restoration Work:

1. Examination of the icon:
evaluation of the physical condition of the image;
analysis of specific features and techniques of painting (study and consideration are given to pigments, as well as features of church painting, typical for the epoch).

2. Restoration of the base. Removal of all bacteriological and biological impurities without violating the painting layer. Reinforcement of the gesso primer.

3. Clearing of various impurities: wax, dirt, soot, fly spots.

4. Removal of old darkened varnish or lacquer.

5. Reinforcing the color layer, joining the loose patches with the ground.

6. Existing cracks, chips, losses of gesso are filled in and restored with appropriate materials.

7. The restoration of loss of gilding.

8. Restoration of fragments, tinting of losses of paint.

9. Preservation (coating with protective varnish).

10. If necessary, the restoration of oklads, frames and kiots.

When the restoration is completed, a brief written report on the work is prepared with the photos of each stage.

Interior and Exterior works
1. Selection of analogs, choice of stylistic trend.

2. Sketches in manual graphics, usually several options. Approval.

3. After approval of sketches, a detailed design of this or that object including work drafts, 3D model (if necessary), detailed sketches in scale or life-size of the product.

4. Drawing up the terms of reference for the manufacturer.

4*. Assistance in determining the manufacturer, if necessary. Many products and works can be produced by our specialists.

5. Determination of the estimated value of the product.

6. Author's supervision and participation in the process of manufacturing the product.

7. Installation work or supply of the product to the site.

Contacts
prohram.info@gmail.com
+7 925 905 37 08 (WhatsApp)
+375 29 327 29 95 (Viber)