July 22-27, 2018
Students in this annual 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
The tuition for 2017 was $375; we expect tuition for 2018 to be comparable. The fee includes instruction and all supplies. Meals are on your own, and if you are coming from out of town, please be aware that you are responsible for your own lodging.
Registration will open for the next workshop in early 2018. Registration fills quickly! If you would like to be added to an email list to be notified when registration opens, follow this link. (If you have been on this list in the past, you do not need to sign up for this notification email again.) Please note: signing up for this list does NOT reserve your place in the workshop--it simply provides a way for you to learn when registration opens.
Questions and scholarship inquiries
Janet Allen // 804.288.2867 // email