Icon Guild of Southern California
About the Guild
 
  About the GuildIcons 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, Dorothy Alexander and Tina DaRos have provided leadership for icon writers in Santa Barbara. Edward began a new group of icon writers in Orange County in 2015 and an Open Studio is now coordinated by Connie Ash.
 
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.

 
Workshop and Classes
 
  Classes that lead to the completion of one Icon over 9 months taught by Edward Beckett, Iconographer Instructor in the Prosopon teaching program
 
Open Studio dates for 2022 in Santa Barbara:
Icon writers in the Santa Barbara area are participating in Open Studio time coordinated by Dorothy Alexander.
  1. January 15 & 17 (Martin Luther King Weekend)
  2. February 19 & 21 (Presidents' Day Weekend)
  3. March 19 & 21
  4. no meeting in April - Blessed Pascha and Easter!
  5. May 21 & 23
  6. for the second half of the year, please send email to dotalexander@westmont.edu
Open Studio dates for 2022 in Orange County:
 
Icon writers in Orange County are participating in Open Studio time coordinated by Connie Ash usually on the 1st Saturday of each month; please send request for details to ashmomto3boys@yahoo.com.
 
Class dates for 2022 in Los Angeles:
(at Beckett Studio in Altadena--10 minutes from the 210 West Freeway)

 
For Los Angeles class info, contact sharon@beckettstudio.com
 
Beginning Los Angeles students will focus on Archangel Gabriel or Archangel Michael this year.
 
Six-person socially-distanced and masked in-person classes in Los Angeles
 
JANUARY
  1. Jan 8: Sat 10 am Los Angeles class Vladislav Andreyev, Founder of the Prosopon School, 30 min lecture on Archangel Michael begins at 10:30 am pacific time.
  2. Jan 8: Open Studio in Orange County (contact Connie Ash at email above)
  3. Jan 15 & 17: (Martin Luther King Weekend) Open Studio in Santa Barbara (contact Dorothy Alexander at email above)
  4. Jan 22: Sat 10 am Los Angeles class
FEBRUARY
  1. Feb 5: Open Studio in Orange County (contact Connie Ash at email above)
  2. Feb 12: Sat 10 am Los Angeles class
  3. Feb 19, 26 & Mar 12: Sat 9:30 am - Los Angeles CLINIC I: FACES - for details, please request by email.
  4. Feb 19 & 21: (Presidents' Day Weekend) Open Studio in Santa Barbara (contact Dorothy Alexander at email above)
MARCH
  1. Mar 5: Open Studio in Orange County (contact Connie Ash at email above)
  2. Mar 19 & 21: Open Studio in Santa Barbara (contact Dorothy Alexander at email above)
  3. Mar 26 Sat 10 am Los Angeles class
APRIL
  1. Apr 2: Open Studio in Orange County (contact Connie Ash at email above)
  2. Apr 9: Sat 10 am Los Angeles class
  3. Apr 23: Sat 10 am Los Angeles class
MAY
  1. May 7: Open Studio in Orange County (contact Connie Ash at email above)
  2. May 12-20: 9 day Los Angeles workshop for intermediate students: The study of Dormition of the Theotokos with Dmitri Andreyev May 12 - 20, 2022 for Intermediate students (9 days commencing Thursday, the 12th and ending on Friday evening the 20th of May). In-person at the Los Angeles Episcopal Cathedral Center--also offered virtually online. Ask for further detail.
  3. May 21 & 23: Open Studio in Santa Barbara (contact Dorothy Alexander at email above)
  4. May 28: Sat 10 am only 1 class in May Los Angeles
JUNE
  1. Jun 4: Open Studio in Orange County (contact Connie Ash at email above)
  2. Jun 11: Sat 10 am Los Angeles class
  3. Jun 25: Sat 10 am Los Angeles class
  4. Jun TBD: Open Studio in Santa Barbara (contact Dorothy Alexander at email above)
JULY
  1. Jul 2: Open Studio in Orange County (contact Connie Ash at email above)
  2. Jul 16: Sat 10 am only 1 class in Jul Los Angeles class
  3. Jul TBD: Open Studio in Santa Barbara (contact Dorothy Alexander at email above)
AUGUST
  1. Aug 6: Open Studio in Orange County (contact Connie Ash at email above)
  2. Aug 13: Sat 10 am only 1 class in Aug Los Angeles class
  3. Aug TBD: Open Studio in Santa Barbara (contact Dorothy Alexander at email above)
SEPTEMBER
  1. Sept 3: Open Studio in Orange County (Connie Ash at email above)
  2. Sep 10: Sat 10 am Los Angeles class
  3. Sep 24: Sat 10 am Los Angeles class
  4. Sep TBD: Open Studio in Santa Barbara (contact Dorothy Alexander at email above)
OCTOBER
  1. Oct 1: Open Studio in Orange County (contact Connie Ash at email above)
  2. Oct 8: Sat 10 am Los Angeles class
  3. Oct 15, 22 & 29: Sat 9:30 am - Los Angeles CLINIC II: GOLD - for details, please request by email.
  4. Oct TBD: Open Studio in Santa Barbara (contact Dorothy Alexander at email above)
NOVEMBER
  1. Nov 12: Sat 10 am only 1 class in Nov Los Angeles class
DECEMBER
  1. Dec 10: Sat 10 am only 1 class in Dec Los Angeles class
Our Sponsor:
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.
 
About Materials:
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.

 
Prosopon Affiliation
 
  Prosopon Affiliation 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 sought-after instructor.
 
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 Members
 
  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.
 
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