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Icon Painting Class in the Coptic Style

5 Saturdays: April 27, May 11 and 18, June 1 and 8, 2013

$295.00 tuition per student, plus materials $85.00 (all will be supplied). Limited to 10 students, reservations required. Contact Ms. Kelly vonMedicus to register at

Glencairn Museum will host a workshop where students will make an icon in the Coptic style using egg tempera mineral pigments on gessoed panel in the traditional manner. Instruction will focus on a stained glass window depicting the Flight into Egypt (see image). The workshop will be taught by Susan Kelly vonMedicus. No artistic experience is necessary.

About the instructor: 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.