SERVING THE CHURCH THROUGH ICONS: The Online Icon Course course is an ongoing project, exploring the iconography of the Church in depth. Beginning in the earliest Church, the units trace the interweaving of theology, liturgy, church design and personal devotion. Initially developed for icon painters, the course includes practical exercises to develop the skills needed for liturgical design. It is now being made available to all with an interest in developing standards of excellence in ecclesial art today. It is recommended not only to iconographers, but to priests, church architects, catechists and art teachers, and to all those for whom art is part of their spiritual journey.
The Online Icon Course was initiated by Sister Petra Clare in 2011. Previously a religious Sister in the western church, she was received into the Orthodox Church in Shrewsbury, England in 2015, and is continuing her monastic life at a monastery in Greece. She has a blessing from her Superior to continue developing this course. At that time she was a well known icon painter in the western church, based in the Scottish Highlands, and much in demand as a lecturer and icon tutor. The course supplements practical icon painting courses by providing much needed supplementary and background material, together with practical exercises . It is also invaluable for priests and parishioners involved in church decoration ands refurbishment. The materials can be used by iconographers, catechists and general teachers of art, as a resource for developing their own teaching units on religious art.
"I will be recommending you to my class of 10 students next week who are very serious about icons and the spirituality imbued in them." CW
"Just to let you know that the course is extremely valuable to me. I have learned a huge amount and am trying to implement what I have learned in my ongoing work." AP
Our Logo shows the Cross of St. Andrew, a symbol shared by Constantinople in the east and Scotland in the west. St. Andrew’s epic journey is said to have begun with a mission to North Africa. He then went North to Byzantium & the Balkans, travelled via inland waterways to Russia and Finland, finally working his way to St. Andrews in Scotland via the seal fishing routes. Marking the beginning and end of the journey north, Constantinople & Scotland form a great bridge spanning east and west. St. Andrew reminds us to rise above division and recognise Christ in our midst.