Sun, May 03 | Enders Island

Sacred Oil Painting Workshop

"The Door of the Fold" by Sybil Parker | Taught by Kelly Schumacher
Registration is Closed
Sacred Oil Painting Workshop

Time & Location

May 03, 2020, 4:30 PM – May 08, 2020, 1:00 PM
Enders Island, Enders Island, Stonington, CT 06355, USA


Registration Deadline: April 17

Taught by Kelly Schumacher

Master Copy of Sybil Parker's “Door of the Fold"

The class will be doing a small portion or a copy of the whole painting. The theme will be "Jesus Christ, Our Good Shepherd". Artwork and study will be meditating on how Jesus provides for all of our needs in this body and life, and how he provides Himself on the Cross for the forgiveness of sins. Paintings will be completed in oil.

What is sacred painting?

Sacred painting is painting that is done to glorify God and be an act of worship. Sacred painting provides a window to heavenly realities, helping us to meditate upon the eternal and gaze on things unseen. This older way of making art is meant to glorify God and focus less on self-expression. The intent of painting in this way is meant to evoke feelings of reverence and beauty. In a world where originality is crowned the highest form of art: sacred art invites the viewer and artist to meditate on God’s word and appreciate what He has done for us in His plan of salvation. Materials, techniques, and mindset are all used in service to the word of God and reflect the beauty of His holiness, goodness, and mercy.

Why would someone want to take this class?

Sacred painting and old master techniques have been lost in today’s contemporary art world. By reviving and rediscovering these older methods of creating art, we as 21st century painters can carry on the tradition of the masters. If you would like to learn how to be a more skilled painter or more about the meaning of different religious paintings, this is a good beginning course. The painting methods are step-by-step and easy to remember, and can be used for personal projects in the future. It is a very rewarding and beautiful process, meant to achieve a high level of realism as a result.

What is the history of sacred painting?

Sacred painting has been a part of church tradition through the ages. Monks illuminated biblical texts with ground precious stones, inks, and gold leaf. Italian Renaissance masters painted with egg tempera on paneled large altarpieces. At the time of the Renaissance, Michelangelo painted a fresco on the Sistine Chapel ceiling in wet plaster. Jan van Eyck is the father of oil painting, and he revolutionized the technique of glazing. Artists following the Byzantine Icon tradition have a set imagery and technique for their works of art. Sacred painting has adopted many forms, utilized different materials, and shared different portions of scripture to share God with viewers. I hope that it excites you to actively participate in the tradition and beauty of sacred art.

This week long workshop's studio time lasts five consecutive days and begins Sunday night at 5:30 pm with a dinner for students and instructors. Dinner is followed by a workshop introduction and conference which ends at 9:30 pm. Hands-on instruction begins early Monday morning. The entire workshop ends Friday at noon.

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Workshop Tuition: 5 Day Workshop: $360

Available Packages:

  • Commuter: Workshop + Daily Lunch and Dinner: $660.00
  • Resident: Workshop + Daily Meal Package* + Shared Room: $985.00
  • Private Room: Workshop + Daily Meal Package* + Private Room: $1135.00

*Hot Breakfast, 2-course Lunch, 3-course Dinner, and snacks.

For more reservation details, contact us at: (860) 536-0565


Rooming options are subject to availability. We do our very best to ensure that all of our resident students room on Enders Island. In rare circumstances, it may be necessary for you to room off-island at a local hotel. In such cases, Enders Island will let you know well ahead of time, and we will provide transportation to and from your classes.

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Workshop Materials:

  • A $100 materials fee is included in the cost of this workshop. Please consult the syllabus for a full list of what materials will be provided.
  • All materials used in this workshop will be pre-ordered and made available to students in the classroom by the instructor. All other equipment and art supplies are property of the Enders Island Sacred Art Institute.
  • All first time students are required to pay the full materials fee. Students returning to Enders Island may be eligible for a discount if they bring previously purchased, reusable materials. Please call the office for more information: (860) 536-0565

All deposits are non-refundable. Please read and understand our full Cancellation Policy prior to your purchase. Thank you!

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  • Shared Room—Pay In Full
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  • Single Room—Pay In Full
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Phone: (860) 536-0565

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PO Box 399
Mystic, CT 06355

Our Office is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
(Closed Noon to 12:45 pm)

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