This annual class takes place each summer. The next class will be offered July 23-28, 2017. This class has already filled up; call the parish office at 804.288.2867 to be added to the waiting list.
New students in the 2017 workshop will write The Holy Face; returning students will have the option of writing an icon of St. George and the dragon or King David (both pictured below).
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. In the past, these choices have included an icon of the nativity, and icons of the Archangel Gabriel, the Archangel Michael, and St. Stephen.
Each day begins at 8:10 with Morning Prayer and Eucharist in the Holy Spirit Chapel, followed by an anointing of hands in the studio. Each day ends around 5:00 p.m.
Iconographer Suzanne Schleck teaches 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.
Workshop tuition and registration
Tuition of $375 includes instruction and all supplies. (If you are coming from out of town, please be aware that you are responsible for your own lodging and meals.) Registration has already closed for this year but you may call the parish office at 804.288.2867 to be added to the waiting list.
Gene LeCouteur // 804.288.2867 // email
Janet Allen // 804.288.2867 // email