Study with Iconographer Peter Pearson at The Center’s Sixth Annual Icon Workshop: A Brush with God
August 16-19, 2017
Sponsored by The Center at St. Andrew’s with support of the Little Sisters of St. Clare
About the Icon and the Workshop
If you’ve been drawn to icons but thought icon painting—or “writing”—was inaccessible, think again. Our masterful icon teacher Peter Pearson gives instructions that enable you to get started, and, even more important, to complete an icon. In past years, participants have completed icons of St. Francis, Mary Magdalene, Jesus Teacher, a Madonna and child, the “Vladimir Mother of God,” and last year St. Andrew. This year we will work on a traditional but not widely known icon called “Holy Silence.” The icon depicts Christ as an angel, Holy Silence, or Hesychia—the Word who is found and speaks in silence. Like Holy Wisdom, Holy Silence displays both masculine and feminine characteristics.
All participants are invited to a blessing of the icons created during our time together during the 10am service, August 20, at St. Andrew’s.
Each workshop participant will receive easy- to-follow, step-by-step instructions, and all materials necessary to complete an icon. Texts and additional materials to further the pursuit of iconography will be available. Every session begins and ends with prayer and includes plenty of time for hands-on icon writing.
About the Workshop Teacher
A teacher of iconography for 25 years, Peter Pearson has studied with numerous masters. Over 45 years, he has created hundreds of icons for private collectors, churches and institutions around the world, and has worked with school children, college students, art leagues, senior citizens and seminarians. On his many trips to the Northwest, Peter has participated in the Iconography Institute at Mount Angel Abbey, Oregon, and taught five workshops sponsored by The Center at St. Andrew’s. Peter studied architectural drafting, liturgical vesture, and art in worship. His design of worship space, furnishings, and vestments combines sound liturgical practice with artistic quality. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA, as well as a Doctorate of Sacred Theology. A priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, PA, he served as pastor of parishes in New Hope and Scranton. In May Peter will join Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York.
Register before August 2, 2017, and take advantage of the early registration fee of $295. After August 2, fee is $345. Capacity is limited so please register early to insure your place in the workshop. Limited partial scholarships are available. Please inquire. Your registration includes a $75 supply fee as well as coffee, snacks, and a light lunch on Saturday. Registration form available here.
About The Little Sisters of St. Clare
A contemporary Franciscan Order, the Little Sisters of St. Clare seek a contemplative witness to the church and the world. We are a dispersed community with three active chapters in the Diocese of Olympia, one anchored at St. Andrew’s Seattle. We honor St. Clare of Assisi who found God in all of creation. Our purpose is to support women in discern-ment who have made a commitment to a religious vocation. We welcome women, married or single, lay or ordained to join us. Find out more about the Little Sisters at: www.stclarelittlesisters.org.
An outreach and ministry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, The Center offers a variety of workshops, quiet days, classes and other learning opportunities, as well as special events and celebrations. Centering Prayer teaching and practice are a regular part of The Center. Because humans are part of many intersecting circles and because each individual is an important element in the whole, The Center seeks to help human beings grow into the fully alive individuals they were created to be and to take their places, to find their ministries, and to offer their service in the life of the faith community and the human family. We are open to partnerships with other organizations and faiths who share these goals. All offerings at The Center are open to everyone and all are welcome!