Advent Sacred Art Workshop


Saturdays December 6, 13, 20, 2014
12:00 to 4:30 PM   

Admission: $185, plus $25 for materials. Limited to 8 participants. Reservations required. Contact Ms. Kelly vonMedicus at eikon68@aol.com for more information.

Students will learn the calligraphy of Coptic-style script adapted to the English alphabet, and then will make a bound and covered 22-page accordion-fold concertina book lettering the complete text of the Gloria in English. The project will include a color illustration of an angel based on the ceiling painting at Debre Birhan Selassie church, Gonder, Ethiopia, and decorative pen work on the text pages. The workshop will include lecture and practice. No previous artistic experience is necessary. Students should be prepared to spend some time between classes practicing the script.

Please send deposit of $100 to reserve your place to:

Susan Kelly vonMedicus
PO Box 455
Fort Washington, PA 19034

Susan Kelly vonMedicus was born in Philadelphia to the fabled Kelly clan, a devout Irish-Catholic family. Her parents, John B. (Jack) Kelly, Jr. and Mary Freeman, were both Olympic athletes. Her aunt, movie star Grace Kelly, married Prince Ranier III of Monaco to become Grace, Princess of Monaco. Susan has recently completed an icon as a gift for the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Monaco, a commission from her cousin Prince Albert II to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the archdiocese of Monaco.

Ms. Kelly vonMedicus was educated at the following institutions: Mater Misericordiae Academy; The Baldwin School; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; and The Prosopon School of Iconology. From January through April of 2013 she is an artist-in-residence at the Burren College of Art on the west coast of Ireland, just a few miles down the coast from Westport, County, Mayo, where the Kelly family emigrated from in the late 19th century. The mother of three sons, Susan lives and works in the Philadelphia area, creating artwork and keeping a garden, chickens and bees.