Icons are painted images of saints, angels and the divine that are used in community worship and individual devotions.They are theology written in images and color.
The Icon Guild of Southern California ascribes to the Icon methodologies taught by the Prosopon School of Iconology (www.prosoponschool.org).
The group's beginnings were inspired by Angeleno Kim Litsey who departed in 2009 to pursue her studies at Yale University and was ordained to the Episcopal Diaconate priesthood in 2014. Kim currently serves a congregation on the East Coast and we are indebted to her for her vision of forming the Guild.
Handing the baton of leadership to Anna Mae Kass and then to Edward Beckett, the group attracts a following of Orthodox, Catholic, Episcopalian, Jewish, Buddhist and non-religious people, all of whom embrace the discipline of the art form. Edward Beckett, Theresa Rohter and Dorothy Alexander have provided leadership for an enthusiastic group that now meets in Santa Barbara. Edward also leads a new group of icon writers in Orange County, begun in 2015.
So whoever you are, if you are attracted to the spiritual and contemplative nature of writing Icons in the 14th Century Russian Byzantine style, you are welcome to sign up for our workshops and classes.
Classes that lead to the completion of one Icon over 9 months
Class dates for 2018 in Santa Barbara:
(at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Hall--5 minutes from the 101 Freeway)
Class dates for 2018 in Los Angeles:
(at Beckett Studio in Altadena--10 minutes from the 210 West Freeway)
Class dates for 2018 in Orange County:
(at Holy Cross, Placentia--5 minutes from the 57 Freeway)
If you need to miss a class, you can come to an Open Studio Saturday to make up the class.
2018 Intensive Workshops that lead to the completion of one Icon in one week or the enhancing of specific skills
January 22-28 St. Thomas Aquinas College, Ojai - Advanced Workshop
October 21-27 Los Angeles Episcopal Diocesan Retreat Center in Echo Park - Beginner Workshop (Medium-Advanced are also made to feel welcome)
The sponsor of our two week-long events is Thad's Episcopal Church in Santa Monica.
Thank you very much to this parish for their support of these two events.
Paints will be prepared and provided for beginners in class. The students will need to purchase their board, brushes, pallets and compasses. Specific information will be sent upon registration.
Born 1938 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Vladislav Andrejev began teaching Iconography in 1985. In 2000 the Prosopon School of Iconology was blessed into being by the Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church of America.
After receiving a formal education in fine art, Vladislav became interested in religious art, which was impossible to express openly during those times of the Soviet regime. His search for deeper meaning in art and life led him to solitary travels in parts of the Russian wilderness and to independent study of Icon and fresco painting with a secluded Russian monk Icon writer.
Mr. Andrejev was able to immigrate to the United States in 1980 and currently lives in New York state. He is a highly accomplished Master and head of the Prosopon School of Iconology who has written many Icons, created motivational teaching DVDs and is a much
We are also happy to have Vladislav's son, Master Iconographer Dmitri Andreyev of the Prosopon School, as our instructor from time to time. Dmitri teaches all over the country.
Icon Guild of Southern California membership is open to those who commit to attending two years of classes or two workshops within a period of five consecutive years.
Because of their support and participation in the Icon Guild of Southern California, Icon Guild members may post their Icons on this website. Find member's work posted here. At the moment, all icons that are posted are the work of Edward Beckett.
As other members post their work, member names will be added under the works. Contact Edward Beckett at the email address posted above if you wish to purchase or commission an Icon.