Icon Writing Workshop
Icon Writing Workshop at St. Stephen’s | August 2-7, 2015 | St. Stephen's Icon Guild
We are thrilled to offer the popular icon writing workshop for the fourth year in a row. Registration details are below.
Painting an icon can be a compelling experience. Using techniques developed at the end of the Iconoclast period (before the year 1000 A.D.), the painter sees a face gradually emerge from the darkness, a face glowing with an internal light.
The process has less to do with your ability to paint than with your willingness to let go and trust. All are invited to experience this joy, with no art experience required. The language of icons is the language of prayer. God’s love and God’s presence are revealed on a deeper, non-verbal level. “The process of writing an icon”, according to Suzanne Schleck, the iconographer who will lead this retreat, “is not about finding something new but about returning to your true being.”
Icons will be made using the traditional materials of egg tempera and gold leaf on gessoed panels. Participants may write the icon of the Three Marys or the Deesis icon (Mary, Jesus and John the Baptist). Beginners may write the icon of the Holy Face.
About the workshop: Days begin 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.
About the Instructor: Suzanne Schleck of Whiting, N.J., is a recently retired public school art teacher. She 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 Episcopal Life and in several online exhibits with Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts, as well as at the 2006 General Convention and Princeton Theological Seminary. This will be Suzanne's fourth annual workshop at St. Stephen's. Participants--who have come from the parish and beyond--have found it a deeply enriching experience.
Workshop tuition (including all supplies) is $375. A deposit of $100 is required to hold your place, and should be paid by July 10. You may register HERE. Some scholarship assistance is available; please contact Gene LeCouteur in the parish office about assistance.
A group of women and men who have taken part in the icon workshop at St. Stephen's enjoyed this practice so much that they are continuing it. They have formed an icon guild which gathers on Friday mornings in one of the Sunday school rooms at St. Stephen's to write icons together. All are welcome. To learn more about this group, send an email to Donny Dunn.