Drawing Closer to God: Writing an Archangel Icon
Sewanee, TN 37375
In preparation for the Advent season, St. Mary’s Sewanee is hosting an icon writing workshop.
Icon writing is a rich spiritual practice, a meeting place between the divine and the human. Part of the icon’s symbolism is transmitted through the step-by-step technique used to create it, including style, materials, stance, and actions.
This three-day workshop is an exploration of visual prayer using a traditional Byzantine image of an archangel (Michael, Gabriel, Rafael, Uriel) to draw closer to God. Each session opens with a prayer of intention. Participants work on their icons in silence, listening to Gregorian chants, giving the participant an experience of deep contemplation.
No prior art experience is necessary.
Martha Keeble has taught art for more than 35 years. She has a BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in art education from Georgia State University. Martha has written icons for the past five years and has found it to be a profound spiritual experience.