Monday, May 10, 2021

Peoples Catholic Seminary announces new course – Icon Painting with Peter Pearson, Iconographer

PCS 703 – Icon Painting with Peter Pearson, Iconographer

Orientation Meeting: June 1, 2021 8pm EST
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In this course, participants will paint a simple icon following a very methodical process. Peter will present a bit about the history, spirituality, and aesthetics of Byzantine iconography. No previous experience or artistic skill is required, only the willingness to try something new and to trust the instructor.

Peter Pearson, Iconographer

Peter Pearson, M. Div., Th. D. has studied under nearly a dozen master iconographers and has been painting icons for more than fifty years. He has been teaching iconography for over half that time and has authored three books on the subject. Icons by his hand grace the walls of churches, monasteries, and retreat houses, mainly in North America but some have also found their way throughout the world. Peter is an organized and accessible teacher and guide in the history, technique, and theology/spirituality behind these ancient images of faith. To learn more about Peter Pearson, visit his Facebook page.


Supplies to Gather

Welcome! We'll get started in June, but you can begin now to gather the materials you'll need for this workshop. In the meantime, here's a list of supplies you should gather and some sources for acquiring them:

PANELS- you can use a 9” x 12” or a 12" x 16"panel. I'd recommend the larger size. Give Mary a call at Innerglow (877-430-3639) or go to Blick Art Supplies and purchase a Premier Artist's Panel in the same size. Both are quite wonderful surfaces on which to work.

BRUSHES- I would recommend that you purchase a #6 Round, a #3 Round, and a liner brush (#0 or #1). You might want to get a #10 Round or a small flat brush too if you'd like to cut down on your work while filling in the base colors.

PAINTS- I use acrylic paints and my favorite line of paints is Utrecht Studio Series from Blick. These can be ordered online. But if you already have acrylics, don't go out and buy even more. Use what you have. These are the colors I will be using (I'm being intentionally general unless otherwise stated): Red, Yellow Ochre or Yellow Oxide, Blue, Brunt Umber or Dark Brown and some kind of white (I like Buff white, which is an off white). In addition, you might want to get some inexpensive craft paint in black.

MISCELLANEOUS- The other materials might already be found around your house. You will need: a pencil, a pencil sharpener, a ruler, an eraser, scissors, a sheet of carbon paper (or you can make your own), a plate, a water cup, paper towels or a rag, some little containers for keeping some mixes for a week or so, a couple of popsicle sticks. and maybe a bit of plastic wrap. For varnishing at the end, I recommend either brush on or spray SATIN polyurethane (oil based).


For more information about this course, contact Mary Theresa Streck at


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