The sixth-century, famously asymmetrical “Sinai Christ” is one of the earliest extant icons and will serve as our model. Do the two sides of the face mean something theological, or does the asymmetry instead serve to draw the viewer into contemplation of the image of God-become-man? We will practice this sacred tradition using the traditional medium of egg tempera. There will be a materials fee.
Randi Maria Sider-Rose has been writing about icons for about 15 years since studying at the Mt. Angel Abbey Iconography Institute in Oregon, the Prosopon school, and with a couple of teachers in Pennsylvania, all on a Lily grant. She returned to Mt. Angel for the advanced program more than once and was a private student of one of the three wonderful teachers there. Sider-Rose has lived in Russia and Latvia for two and half years (as a student, and later as a Fulbright Scholar focusing on religion) and she completed the Master of Divinity at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago where she focused on iconography. She has led hands-on and art historical iconography workshops in Chicago, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, and elsewhere for students age 8 through 80. She has also taught privately. She now lives in Pittsburg where she has been blessed by His Grace Bishop Thomas to pursue the work of iconography.