ICONOGRAPHY: The Gospel in Line and Color

February 16, 2013 - February 22, 2013
Hendersonville NC 28793-0250


February 16, 2013 – February 22, 2013


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.

Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth and Mary of MagdalaIcons will be made using the traditional materials of egg tempera and gold leaf on gessoed panels. Students can choose to paint an icon of the three Marys (of Bethany, Nazareth and Magdala) or an icon of the Deesis..

Icon of the DeesisDays begin with an early morning Eucharist followed by an anointing of hands in the studio. Noonday prayers are said before lunch and each day ends with evening prayer in Kanuga’s Chapel of the Transfiguration.

Take a break from your art for walking in the woods, chatting with friends over coffee or reading by the fire. Come join us for a week of painting, prayer and fun!

About the staff

Suzanne Schleck, left, assisting students
INSTRUCTOR: Suzanne Schleck of Whiting, N.J., returns for her ninth year of teaching icon painting at Kanuga. A 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.

ASSISTANT: Lydia McKibbin, Tom’s River, N.J.

CHAPLAIN: The Rev. Valerie Redpath, rector at St. James Church, Long Branch, N.J.


Double Occupancy $840 per person
Includes program, lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Single Occupancy $1065 per person
Includes same as above. (Based on availability)
Commuter $630 per person
Includes program, lunches, suppers and use of recreational facilities. (For residents of Henderson, Transylvania, Polk, Rutherford, Buncombe, Haywood or Greenville counties only)


Deposit $100 per person
Nonrefundable. Nontransferable. Deposit deducted from total fee.
Balance Due January 16
(To register after this date, please send a check or use a credit card for the full amount.)


Check-in 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
Check-out After breakfast Friday, Feb. 22


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