Share the Joy (WAITING LIST)

Led by Andrea Chance

An encounter with Icons

Are you surprised by the growing popularity of lcons? Aren't lcons just for Orthodox Christians? Are you puzzled by the need for religious pictures? Does exploring this aspect of faith light your fires? Would you like to make a simple lcon-painting using traditional techniques and materials, including egg tempera and gold?

Questions, questions.......but encountering lcons opens a conversation between human makers and our creator God "who came to Earth and went about among us."

The big question.....must you draw?...... No! You work from a tracing provided. This is how we began as somewhat sceptical students. How surprised we were by what we made and by the joy experienced in the making, finding "the dazzling brilliance of Gods beauty inside everything" as Maximus the Confessor said.

The workshop is an opportunity to spend two days making a simple lcon-painting using real gold leaf (only the best for Him), with hands-on tuition and associated traditional prayer practices culminating in a Eucharist. We will encounter some new lcons and explore the answers to those questions. There will also be some formal input on the religious and historical context of icons.

Those who attended in 2019 concentrated their prayerful attention on a simple representation of Christ in glory and were able to take home precious and beautiful results. This year you will trace this simple drawing to paint an Archangel.

The residential option includes Tuesday night. You will also be able to add Monday supper, bed and breakfast at £81.50 if you wish.

Andrea Chance is an artist and educator of all ages from 2 to 102. After a watercolour-life she was surprised by egg-tempera in general, and lconography in particular, after moving to Kent. There she found St. Peters School of Sacred Art in Canterbury, where she began studying with lconographer Peter Murphy in 2013. She describes herself as a perpetual student of lconography......learning is as infinite as God.

She is married to David, retired parish priest, artist and occasional lcon maker, who will co-lead the course.

This event is open to everyone.

Arrival: 9.30am Wed 15th February 2023
Departure: 4.30pm Thu 16th February 2023

Non Residential - £134 (20% ministry discount)

Residential - £229 (20% ministry discount)