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Icon Writing Workshop

Sundays in Lent (March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 9), 1:00-4:00 pm

Jennifer Smith

In this six-session workshop, we will explore the ancient art of iconography as an active form of prayer, using silence and Gregorian chant to aid in contemplation as we follow this ancient spiritual practice. Participants will learn the intensive, step-by-step process of painting (or “writing”) an icon in the Byzantine style, using acrylic paint and gold leaf on a wooden board. The workshop is open to people of all faiths and to those with or without art experience.  Registration is limited to 10 participants. A materials fee of $75 is due by February 15.  

Jennifer Smith received a degree in Fine Arts from the College of William & Mary, where she focused primarily on oil painting and printmaking techniques. Jennifer is also the author of The Descent of Angels and The Fly in the Ointment: The Mysteries of Mary Magdalene. She has been “writing” icons since 2005, and is pleased to return to St. Aidan’s for her third workshop.