This annual class takes place each summer. Although dates for the 2017 have not been announced, you can receive an email when the dates have been set, and be notified when registration opens; just follow this link.
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 Palmer Hall 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 has not been set for 2017, but the rate in 2016 was $375 which covers all supplies. Registration will open for the workshop in early 2017. Sign up here to receive an email when the dates for the workshop are announced, and when registration opens.
Gene LeCouteur // 804.288.2867 // email
Janet Allen // 804.288.2867 // email