Summer courses: Diploma on the Theology of Sacred Art Offered in US and UK; Icon painting course in Kansas

maryvake.smallOnce again, Dr Caroline Farey and myself will be teaching the summer residential weekends for the diploma offered by the Maryvale Institute.  There will be a five-day icon painting class afterwards taught by myself. 

It is offered in the US through the Maryvale Centre at the Diocese of Kansas City, Kansas. The dates of the first residential weekend are July 12-15 (Friday-Monday). The link for courses are here. Contact Kimberly Rode from the archdiocese for information about both. The icon painting class will be in the week days afterwards, and will be focussing on Western gothic style, as seen, for example in the illuminate manuscripts such as the Westminster Psalter. Below I have shown an example of work done myself based upon this.

For those who are interested in doing the diploma through the UK, this year the residential weekend will be at beautiful Buckfast Abbey in Devon from Thursday 15th August to Sunday 18th. For me details contact Dr Caroline Farey in England at [email protected]

The Maryvale Institute is the only Higher Institute of Religious Sciences – graduate and post-graduate level educational institution – with pontifical status in the English speaking world. It is good news that itss courses are now offered in the US via the Diocese of Kansas City, Kansas. This is not your standard online course – the Maryvale Institute has developed its own method of teaching at a distance through use of expertly designed coursebooks and attendance periodically at residential weekends. Termed ‘collaborative learning’ that is so effective that they view it as superior to the education recieved at conventional full time courses. The recent awarding of pontifical status is recognition of not only of its faithfulness to the Magisterium of the Church, but also the standard of excellence in the teaching offered.

The opening residential weeked for their courses are intended both for working artists and those interested in art (with the thought that you might become the future knowledgable patrons of the art). Maryvale’s mission is to deliver degree level education to working, mature students. As such it is designed so that no previous qualification is required in order to attend this course. The teaching method works from first principles and so anyone with the innate ability, almost regardless of previous levels of education, will flourish.

The year course costs only $1095 including course materials, tuition, accomodation and meals for the residential weekends and assessment. You will be required to buy a few books in addition to this.


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David is an Englishman living in New Hampshire, USA. He is an artist, teacher, published writer and broadcaster who holds a permanent post as Artist-in-Residence and Lecturer in Liberal Arts at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. The Way of Beauty program, which is offered at TMC, focuses on the link between Catholic culture, with a special emphasis on art, and the liturgy. David was received into the Church in London in 1993. Visit the Way of Beauty blog at

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