This week van Donkelaar will instruct twelve students in the religious art form, of which many celebrated examples come from Orthodox Christianity.

The Kitchener-Waterloo iconographer’s work is especially noteworthy because he uses natural pigments that he gathers from sites around Canada.

Trained by Orthodox monks over a six-year period, van Donkelaar sees iconography as a form of contemplation, or “theology in colour”. Fundamentally, icons contemplate nature; however, van Donkelaar’s use of locally-sourced pigments deepens each work’s contemplative aspect.

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View Mr. van Donkelaar’s work

WHEN: February 15-19, 7-9PM
WHERE: King’s Chapel