Thomas More College to Host High School Art Seminar

by Thomas More College on January 29, 2009

January 29, 2009
Contact: Charlie McKinney
Phone: (603) 880-8308, ext. 21
Mobile: (603) 913-5939

(Merrimack, New Hampshire)— The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts will host interested high school students for its Sacred Art Seminar on April 18, 2009 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The program will be presented by the College’s new Artist-in-Residence, David Clayton, and will include talks on the role of art in the West, and iconography seminar featuring a a demonstration of icon painting methods, and an exercise showing participants how to mix pigments with egg yolk to make paint, just as the great artists of the Middle Ages did. Segments of this program will be hands-on as students will practice iconography techniques and construct their own samples of traditional Gothic art. The seminar also includes the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

“If you bring a straight edge, a pair of compasses, and a pencil, we can have you construct a traditional Gothic window based upon the ideas of musical harmony made visible,” Clayton said.

“The College is pleased to host this opportunity for high school students to supplement their education in theology and the arts,” added Thomas More College Director of Admissions Jessica Rock. “This dynamic seminar will enable high school students to be touched by the richness of the Catholic artistic tradition as well as gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the Old Masters. The students will surely benefit from the marvelous talent and profound artistic knowledge of Mr. Clayton.”

Thomas More College is hosting the event as part of its recently-formed Way of Beauty Art Program. The Way of Beauty Art Program explores the vital role art plays in developing human spirituality. The Program, consisting of lectures and one-on-one mentorships, works toward creating a new generation of aspiring artists and patrons of the arts by teaching them practical art skills, the talent to apprehend beauty, and the ability to open up to inspiration from God. It fosters an understanding and appreciation of naturalism, iconography, abstract art, and art theory.

Clayton, a leading artist from Great Britain, spearheads the Way of Beauty Art Program. He is trained as both an iconographer and in the Western naturalistic tradition. He is a graduate of Oxford University, having earned a B.A. in Materials Science and an M.A. in Engineering. Combining his knowledge of natural geometry and physics with art technique, he completed traditional art training in the Florentine academy of Italy, becoming specialized in Byzantine iconographic and the Western naturalistic traditions. He has had commissions in the United Kingdom and in America including a portrait of St. Luigi Scrosoppi at the London Oratory; a 5-foot cross, gilded and painted on both sides and suspended over the altar at Pluscarden Monastery in Scotland; and the icon of the Sacred Heart commissioned by the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham to commemorate their 25th anniversary. He has designed a program for ResSource School of Art in England and worked closely with staff at the Maryvale Institute in the design of their theory-of-art course.

There is a $25 registration fee to participate, and space is limited to 20 participants. Priority will be given to juniors and seniors. Those who are interested in participating my contact Rock at (800) 880-8308, ext. 14, or by email at

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is a four-year college that provides the rising generation with an education that forms them intellectually and spiritually within the Catholic intellectual tradition and with full fidelity to the Magisterium.  Additionally, the College has launched entrepreneurial new centers that seek to advance the teachings of the Catholic Church beyond the confines of its campus.  These centers include the Vatican Studies Center, the Center for New England Politics and Culture, and the Center for Faith and Culture in Oxford, England.


If you would like additional information, or would like to schedule an interview with David Clayton or Jessica Rock, please contact Charlie McKinney at (603) 880-8308, ext. 21 or (603) 913-5939, or by email at

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