Sacred Arts


Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Art

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Holy Apostles College and Seminary has partnered with the Sacred Art Institute at Enders Island located just off the coast of historic Mystic, CT.

Our partnership with the Sacred Art Institute provides students a unique opportunity to partake in a one-of-a-kind hybrid learning experience. Content-rich three-credit online courses accompany hands-on one-credit workshops on site or online through the Sacred Art Studios of Enders Island. See Sacred Art Enders Island

The mission of Holy Apostles College and Seminary is to cultivate lay, consecrated and ordained Catholic leaders for the purpose of evangelization. The Bachelor of Arts program in Sacred Art prepares students to evangelize the world through beauty that proclaims the glory and truth of the Lord.

To earn a major in Sacred Art at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, a student must take, in addition to required courses for the B.A. program:

  • six (6) required online sacred art courses (3 credits each for a total of 18 credits);
  • four (4) elective online sacred art courses; and
  • at least one (1) on-site workshop in sacred art on Enders Island or online workshop.

SAI 214 History of Christian Iconography

This course explores Christian iconography since its origins. It surveys major historical developments of Christian iconography, and highlights the styles, themes, materials and process that an iconographer uses to write an Icon. It also focuses on learning to read iconographical symbolism in relation to Scripture and liturgy in particular within a Byzantine iconographical church program, and emphasizes the notion of aesthetics as they relate to the theology of the Icon and its meanings. Online only, taught by Chady Elias & Rita Sawaya.

SAI 213 Theology of the Icon

This course explores the canonical Scriptures and Apocrypha and their influence on Christian iconography. It analyzes various Christian artworks from both pseudo-canonical and scriptural standpoints, enabling students to understand the Bible as main source of inspiration fundamental to Christian iconography, as well as the Apocrypha and their enduring significance in Christian art both in rhetorical and pictorial forms. We will investigate selected Christian icons and artwork to develop an understanding the theological foundation and interpretation of Christian iconography. Online only, taught by Chady Elias & Rita Sawaya.

SAI 334 Sacred Music

This course explores the use of music in liturgical practices of various Eastern and Western Christian traditions. We will examine the role of religion in perpetuation of Eastern and Western Christian sacred music, as well as a selection of great musical works and innovations. Students will develop a deeper appreciation for the diverse repertoire of Christian music, learn to identify the historical origins of its modern day applications, and develop the ability to recognize and categorize its different uses. Online only, taught by Youssef Chedid.

SAI 323 Christian Archaeology, Art, & Architecture

This course examines Christian archaeology, art, and architecture and also investigates religious heritage sites. The course highlights the multidisciplinary nature and function of archaeology as it relates to Christian art and architecture. Students will learn about excavation methods, phases of archaeology, salvaging, research, interpretation, preservation, conservation art and architectural heritage. Online only, taught by Rita Sawaya.

SAI 372 Aesthetics in Sacred Art

This course explores the various elements of aesthetics in Sacred Christian Art in comparison with secular Christian arts of religious themes, and of art in general. We learn the specifics of Christian theological, doctrinal, theosophical and philosophical thought foundations as they relate to aesthetics in sacred arts, and examine their evolution through the ages. Students will recognize and develop an appreciation for the uniqueness of the aesthetics used in Christian arts through their multiple facets, intended relation, and effect on the human senses both cognitively, symbolically and spiritually. Online only, taught Michela Ferri.

SAI 427 Hagiography from Sacred Art to Liturgy

This course explores the life of saints through their representation in figurative sacred artwork. It explains the relation between Iconographic hagiography in its liturgical and scriptural contexts. Its main purpose is to enable the students to understand, appreciate, study and interpret hagiographic Iconography and its meaning and uses in sacred space and time within liturgy. Online only, taught by Chady Elias & Rita Sawaya.

SAI 171 Sacred Art Research & Documentation

This course is an essential tool that students need in order to perform proper academic research methodology and documentation within a sacred arts context. It familiarizes the students with academic research, writing, documentation and Sacred Arts projects – both theoretical and practical – presentation. The primary purpose of this course is to assist students in understanding and applying research processes and best practices, and to enable them to perform and present academic investigation and interpretation of sacred artworks-related data using creativity, ingenuity, thoroughness and critical thinking. Online only, taught by Chady Elias & Rita Sawaya.

SAI 222 Christian Arts through the Ages

This course explores the historical geography of various Christian art forms from early Christianity to present time and highlights its diversity in time and space within different cultural and social contexts. Students will learn to appreciate, identify and interpret the specificities of various monuments and artworks that attest to the rich diversity of Christian sacred artworks from across the world. NOTES: Geographical and chronological approach to the development of Christian symbolism and art. An historical approach to art and monuments. Description of the study of the history of sacred art. Online only, taught by Chady Elias & Rita Sawaya.

SAI 330 History of Calligraphy and Illumination

This course surveys the evolution of Christian calligraphy, manuscripts, illumination and miniatures since the Early Christian era. It provides and overview of the writing systems of the Scriptures and the primary calligraphic sources from Judaism to Christianity, and the development of and transformations of the arts of calligraphy and illumination as a distinct branch of Christian art. Online only, taught by Chady Elias & Rita Sawaya.

SAI 437 History of Mosaics, Murals, & Stained Glass

This course is a general survey of the historical development of mosaic, mural, and stained glass, their meaning, purpose and uses since their earliest phases until the present. It explores the ideas, values, purpose, and technical, historical and socio-cultural contexts of art production through the study of a selection of artworks from major art history eras from across the world. Online only, taught by Chady Elias & Rita Sawaya.

Enders Island Onsite Workshops

Sacred Art majors must take at least one onsite or online workshop from the Sacred Art Institute Enders Island in Mystic, Connecticut. These one-credit workshops incorporate the truth revealed by God using various sacred art methods, tools and techniques in a faith context. Students will apply the knowledge they learned from online courses under the guidance of master artists accomplished in their respective fields. Workshops integrate prayer, spirituality, theology, historical sacred art traditions, and technical skills to create unique sacred artworks.

SAI 503 Russian Iconography Workshop

This workshop will guide and introduce students to the meaning and creation of Russian icons through practice, theory and theological discussion. Each participant will write a complete Icon to take home at the end of this one-week workshop. No artistic skills needed to attend this workshop. Onsite at Enders Island only.

SAI 504 Mosaics Workshop

This workshop will guide and introduce students to the meaning and creation of Mosaics through practice, theory and theological discussion. Each participant will create a complete mosaic artwork to take home at the end of this one-week workshop. No artistic skills needed to attend this workshop. Onsite at Enders Island only.

SAI 508 Mural Painting Workshop

This workshop will guide and introduce students to the meaning and creation of small portable mural paintings through practice, theory and theological discussion. Each participant will create a complete small portable mural artwork to take home at the end of this one-week workshop. No artistic skills needed to attend this workshop. Onsite at Enders Island only.

SAI 506 Calligraphy Workshop

This workshop will guide and introduce students to the meaning and creation of calligraphy through practice, theory and theological discussion. Each participant will create a complete calligraphy artwork to take home at the end of this one-week workshop. No artistic skills needed to attend this workshop. Onsite at Enders Island only.

SAI 507 Illumination Workshop

This workshop will guide and introduce students to the meaning and creation of illuminations through practice, theory and theological discussion. Each participant will create a complete illumination artwork to take home at the end of this one-week workshop. No artistic skills needed to attend this workshop. Onsite at Enders Island only.

SAI 510 Sacred Music Workshop

This workshop will guide and introduce students to the meaning and use of the sacred music in our daily life through practice, theory and theological discussion. No musical skills needed to attend this workshop. Onsite at Enders Island only.

Workshop Formats

  1. Evening Enrichment Workshops

These workshops are divided into 12 consecutive weeks, one evening every week. Each evening begins with a 3-course dinner at 5:30 pm and concludes at 9:15 pm.

  1. Week-Long Intensive Workshops

These workshops’ studio time lasts five consecutive days and will begin Sunday night at 5:30 pm with a dinner for students and instructors. Followed by a guided walking meditation, workshop introduction, lecture and beginning work time. Sunday evening program ends at 9:30 pm. Workshop ends Friday at noon.

Accommodations at Enders Island

We provide our students newly renovated, fully outfitted studio space within which to pursue their creative ambitions. We also provide participants comfortable overnight accommodations, high-quality and delicious meals, and full use of the Institute facilities.

Workshops combine hands-on instruction with the sacramental and prayer life of the Church. Mass is offered daily in the beautiful Chapel of Our Lady of the Assumption, which features the sacred artwork of several Institute instructors.

To learn more about the current pricing for workshops and accommodations at Enders Island, please visit:

http://www.endersisland.com/sacredart-workshops

Onsite Workshops At Sacred Art Institute Enders Island

Students can register in Sacred Art workshops when they are available during the academic year as early as four weeks prior to the start of the workshop. All sacred art workshops are 1 credit.

SAI 111-3 EE* Sacred Music, Gregorian Chant Begins Jan 18, 2017

SAI 101-3 EE Byzantine Iconography, The Pantocrator Icon  Begins Jan 19, 2017

SAI 131-1 EE Stained Glass (Thematique) Begins Apr19, 2017

SAI 111-1  EE Sacred Music | Gregorian Chant (Christmastide) Begins Sept 13, 2017

SAI 101-2 EE Byzantine Iconography (Mother & Child) Begins Sept 14 19, 2017

SAI 130-1 Leaded Stained Glass Feb 5-10, 2017

SAI 100-4 Byzantine Iconography (Angel) May 7-12,2017

SAI 140-1 Calligraphy (The Fundamentals) Jun 25-30, 2017

SAI 110-5 Sacred Music (Gregorian Chant) Aug 6-11, 2017

SAI 150-5 Illumination (The Gift of Beauty) Sept 24-29, 2017

SAI 130-4 Stained Glass (Thematique) Oct 15-20, 2017

SAI 150-2 Illumination (Christmas Card) Oct 22-27, 2017

*Evening Enrichment Workshops

All syllabi can also be found on the Enders Island website: http://www.endersisland.com/sacredart-syllabi

Enders Island Online Workshops

Sacred Art majors must take at least one onsite or online workshop from the Sacred Art Institute Enders Island in Mystic, Connecticut. These one-credit workshops incorporate the truth revealed by God using various sacred art methods, tools and techniques in a faith context. Students will apply the knowledge they learned from online courses under the guidance of master artists accomplished in their respective fields. Workshops integrate prayer, spirituality, theology, historical sacred art traditions, and technical skills to create unique sacred artworks.

The listing of online Sacred Art workshops will be added shortly!

Students can take our workshops for college credit in pursuit of their degree. High School Juniors and Seniors can participate in college-level courses and earn college credit or advanced standing upon enrollment at their 4-year institution.

We offer online and on-site courses in workshops such as: Sacred Music, Iconography, Mosaics, Stained Glass, and more.

College students can take our workshops for college credit in pursuit of their degree. We offer online and on campus courses such as: Iconography (4 credits), Mosaics (3 credits), Stained Glass (3 Credits), and more. Select “Hybrid Learning” in the left-hand menu to learn more.

After you finish your course and workshops, you may, depending upon your own program’s requirements, transfer those credits to the college or university program into which you have matriculated.

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Home schoolers can take sacred art workshops for college credit in pursuit of their degree. With our diverse offerings and our talented faculty, our Institute is the perfect environment for your child’s artistic talents to blossom while enjoying a fun, island atmosphere.

We welcome homeschool groups during the regular school year and between sessions. We’re happy to work with you to create a tailored offering.

We offer online and on-site courses in workshops such as Sacred Music, Iconography, Mosaics, Stained Glass, and more.

After you finish your course and workshops, you may, depending upon your own program’s requirements, transfer those credits to your future college or university program into which you have matriculated.

Click here for more information

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We are excited to provide you with the opportunity to continue your education. Whether it is to fulfill continuing education requirements through your employer or organization or simply for your own personal enrichment.

If you are an art teacher who needs to brush up on skills, receive continuing education credit, or simply take a break from your own classroom.

Your course and workshop can provide you with transferable credits or be eligible for use as continuing education units in your school or diocese.

All sacred art courses and workshops can be taken for personal enrichment.

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Hybrid Learning is a great opportunity for all students to understand one subject from various perspectives. In this very special offering from the Sacred Art Institute, you can gain even more knowledge about your desired art.

Available Sacred Art Hybrid Learning

All Iconography workshops are eligible to be combined with the online course offering.

Iconography

SAI 100-4 Byzantine Iconography (Angel) May 7-12,2017 1 Credit

SAI 213  Theology of the Icon Spring 2017 3 Credits

Or

Iconography

SAI 101-3 EE* Byzantine Iconography, The Pantocrator Icon  Begins Jan 19, 2017 1 Credit

SAI 213  Theology of the Icon Spring 2017 3 Credits

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Sacred Arts Registration Form

15-Week Online Semester

3 credit online course: $960 + HACS registration & fees.

Note: HACS may apply a one-time $50 application fee + $35 registration fee each semester

Week-Long Intensive Workshop at Enders Island

These workshops’ studio time lasts five consecutive days and will begin Sunday night at 5:30 pm with a dinner for students and instructors. Dinner is followed by a guided walking meditation, introductory lecture and some initial studio time. Sunday evening concludes at 9:30 pm. The entire workshop ends Friday at noon.

Commuter:

1 Credit onsite: $320 HACS + $660 at Enders Island

Resident:

1 Credit onsite: $320 HACS + $985 at Enders Island

See more at: http://www.endersisland.com/sacredart-workshops

Note: HACS may apply a one-time $50 application fee + $35 registration fee each semester

Evening Enrichment Workshops at Enders Island

These Workshops are divided into 12 consecutive weeks, one evening every week. Each evening begins with a 3-course dinner at 5:30 pm and concludes at 9:15 pm.

1 Credit onsite: $320 HACS +  $760 at Enders Island

See more at: http://www.endersisland.com/sacredart-workshops

Note: HACS may apply a one-time $50 application fee + $35 registration fee each semester


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