April 26 update: the 2016 workshop is full. You may call 804.288.2867 to be added to a waiting list.
We are pleased to offer St. Stephen’s popular annual icon writing workshop, July 25-29, 2016.
Students in this workshop/class use techniques developed at the end of the Iconoclast period (before the year 1000 A.D.), in which, through a gradual, step by step process, each will sees a face gradually emerge from the darkness, a face glowing with an internal light. Artistic experience and painting skills are not prerequisites. The willingness to let go and trust are much more important for this prayerful activity. In fact, painters are said to be “writing,” rather than “painting” the icon.
Icons will be made using the traditional materials of egg tempera and gold leaf on gessoed panels. Beginners may write the icon of the Holy Face, while returning students will have other choices. This year, those choices will be an icon of the nativity, and icons of the Archangel Gabriel and the Archangel Michael.
Each day begins at 8:10 with Morning Prayer and Eucharist in Palmer Hall Chapel, followed by an anointing of hands in the studio. Each day ends around 5:00 p.m.
Iconographer Suzanne Schleck will return to teach this class. The retired public school art teacher has studied for more than 20 years with the Rev. John Walsted, master iconographer and expert on 14th to 16th century Russian icons, and has taken additional workshops with Robert Lentz and the Prosopon School of Iconography. Her work has been published in national Episcopal media and Princeton Theological Seminary.
Participants in the previously-offered icon workshops—lay people and clergy who have come from the parish and beyond—have found it a deeply enriching experience and many are repeat students.0
Workshop tuition and registration (workshop is full, but we have a waiting list)
Tuition of $375 covers all supplies. A deposit of $100 is required to hold your place, and should be paid by July 1. The workshop is now full, but if you would like to be added to a waiting list, please call 804.288.2867.
Gene LeCouteur // 804.288.2867 // email
Janet Allen // 804.288.2867 // email