Facilitated by the Reverend Laurel Dahill
Iconography is an ancient writing style that serves as a threshold between the mortal world and the divine realms. These peculiar images have been part of Christian spiritual practice for thousands of years, but are often misunderstood and underutilized as tools for deepening our faith. ICONS: Praying with Our Eyes is a 4-part series that explores this art form as both an artistic and spiritual feature of Christianity.
Over four evenings, this survey course will cover the history of these expressions, how to identify the writing style and how to read them, identify symbolic meanings , and contemporary icons. Also included is a virtual peek inside a variety of Orthodox Churches to see how icons are used in liturgical settings.
Each session will include didactic instruction, image sharing, and open discussion of the material. Access to visual presentations will be necessary. Homework assignments (optional) are provided as a way to engage the material at your own pace.
Laurel earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1995. She brings 20-years of experience with visual elements from as small as traditional scrimshaw carving to as large as Disney theme park scenery. Iconography represents a dynamic blend of theology, artistic technique and a unique visual language that connects contemporary readers with ancient writers.