Icon Writing Retreat
June 9-11, 2017
An introduction to an ancient form of prayer
Christine Simoneau Hales will lead an intensive weekend retreat introducing basic Byzantine Icon "writing" (making). The workshop will include some teaching about prayer, the history of icons, as well as instruction in the practicalities of writing icons using egg tempera and gold leaf gilding, based on the historic Russian Byzantine school of iconography. Together, we will each produce an 8x10 Icon panel with gold leaf of the Face of Christ (with a modern twist).
"Christine offers her students a rich spiritual experience through the teaching of Iconography. No matter what your art experience, or lack of, you will be skillfully supported and guided through the process of creating your expression of this ancient art form. What an extraordinary, joyful opportunity!" - Starr R., Icon Retreat participant.
Friday, June 9 | 6:00-9:00 p.m. (Simple Supper at 5:30 p.m.)
Saturday, June 10 | 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Lunch at 1:00 p.m.)
Sunday, June 11 | 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (Brunch at 12:00 p.m.)
Cost: $300.00 (includes materials and food)
About the Retreat Leader
Christine Simoneau Hales received a BFA in art and painting at Mass Art in Boston, and an MS in Art Therapy from the College of New Rochelle, NY. She studied Iconography with Vladislav Andreiv, the Nuns of New Skete, and Stephan Rene in London, and taught Icon Writing since 2006. Her icons are in several churches and private collections internationally. About her work, she writes:
"Since first encountering the icon in France, my art making has evolved into a process that brings me into daily contact with God's Presence and Love. As windows into heaven, the icons are relevant to Christians of any denomination. They are meant to be Holy Scripture in visual form."
Contact Grace Beacham to learn more or register.