Workshop Descriptions- Printable


The Lynn and Lyndsey Denton Gallery

Main Floor, Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library

The Lynn and Lyndsey Denton Gallery houses The Saint John’s Bible, The William Hild Collection of Biblical Antiquities and The William J. Viel Artifacts. As both “word” and “image” are important to the illuminated Scriptures, so are they central to the Gallery’s other holdings. Visitors will be enlightened by the collections of ancient material and through the use of subtle design elements and innovative technological components. Docents will answer questions and offer gallery visitors an interactive experience, though some may choose to move at a self-guided pace.

Paper & Ink Arts store

Main Floor, Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library
(Cash and Checks only)

Pen & Ink Arts was established in 1980 to provide quality books for both accomplished and aspiring calligraphers. It has grown to include a treasure trove of calligraphy supplies, and is now considered by customers worldwide to be the definitive purveyor of writing materials. Paper & Ink Arts is likewise an excellent resource for other traditional and non-traditional artists.



Architecture and Illuminated Manuscripts:
A Period Comparison

Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library (Rm. 217A)

Art and architecture have progressed through many styles
and periods across history. Illuminated manuscripts parallel these periods, particularly when compared to architecture. This lecture session focuses on the correlation between period shift changes
in architecture and illuminated manuscripts, with particular attention given to the evolution of lettering and calligraphy.

Professor Julie Rabun, Carson-Newman University
Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art and Graphic Design

“The Illuminator” – BBC Saint John’s Bible Documentary

Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library (Rm. 303)
Hourly Showings; 50 minutes

Donald Jackson, longtime scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office, created a modern manuscript using age-old calligraphic techniques: egg yolks, gold, silver, and platinum in the illuminations; goose quills and hand-ground ink on carefully selected calf-skin vellum. The documentary explores the most extensive scribal commission in the world since the close of the Middle Ages.
It’s a story that most likely will never happen again.

Calligraphy and Art in The Saint John’s Bible

Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library (Rm. 217A)

This lecture explores various types of illuminations, special
treatments, decorated capitals and calligraphy depicted within
The Saint John’s Bible.

Ann Cobb, Past President, IAMPETH
Workshop Chair, Nashville Calligraphers Guild

Calligraphy for Beginners

Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library (Rm. 217A)

This combination lecture and hands-on session is designed for those new to calligraphy. It will familiarize participants with terms and tools they will see, hear, and use in Saturday’s sessions with Donald Jackson. Attendees will learn basic calligraphy and then practice with broad-tipped pens and supplies.

Ann Cobb, Past President, IAMPETH
Workshop Chair, Nashville Calligraphers Guild

Seeing Afresh: The Saint John’s Bible as Modern Art

Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library (Rm. 217A, moving to
The Denton Gallery)

In addition to its historical importance as the first illuminated manuscript in 500 years, The Saint John’s Bible offers those who see it a fresh vision. The visual artists engaged in several prominent themes of modern art—namely, the notion that a work of modern art should celebrate personal experience and free expression. This subjective tendency imbues the time-honored stories of the Bible
with a new originality and surprise. From the collage-like seven strips of the Creation page to the gestural marks of Jacob’s Ladder, the images grant the viewer the power of suggestion and interpretation. The bold use of artistic sensibility reveals the humanity of a sacred literature that encourages individual emotion and intelligence. This lecture and gallery session will examine themes of modern art found in The Saint John’s Bible: art as real experience, gesture and action painting and collage.

Dr. Chad Airhart, Carson-Newman University
Associate Professor of Art History and Art Appreciation

The History of The Saint John’s Bible:
Q&A and Whiteboard Discussion

Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library (Rm. 217A)

Learn the backstory of The Saint John’s Bible. How did it come about? What elements were used? Who was involved? What was the purpose? Attendees will use a whiteboard to pose questions that will be answered throughout the session. The magnitude of the undertaking is made clear by an examination of the project’s details. The material covered will help prepare participants for other sessions.

Rev. Chad Morris, Carson-Newman University
Associate Director of Campus Ministries

Theology of The Saint John’s Bible
and a Walk-Through of the Illuminations of Christ

Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library (Rm. 217A)

This session foci will emulate the Word and Image model of The Saint John’s Bible. The lecture considers 21st century thematic motifs in The Saint John’s Bible, including women’s rights, social justice, creation care and why the project uses the New Revised Standard Version
of the Bible. Specific illuminations of Christ will be viewed
and discussed throughout the session.

Dr. Ross Brummett, Carson-Newman University
Vice President of Student Affairs, Professor of Religion

Symbolism and Significance of The Denton Gallery: Personal and Corporate Uses for Worship – Resources, Suggestions and Tips for Maximizing The Saint John’s Bible Experience

Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library (The Denton Gallery)

The Lynn and Lyndsey Denton Gallery was developed to facilitate serious thought and reflection on the Scriptures, as presented through The Saint John’s Bible. Architecture and design are creative gifts and, when used to glorify God, draw gallery guests closer to the ultimate Designer and Creator. The presentation examines the inspiration of the team that worked together to plan and present the Gallery’s holdings in the best ways possible. Participants will learn about additional Saint John’s Bible resources that can enhance church groups, Bible study classes or individual devotional growth.

Rev. Chad Morris, Carson-Newman University
Associate Director of Campus Ministries

Visio Divina

Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library (Rm. 202)

Visio Divina (divine seeing) supports prayer with images or other media in the way that Lectio Divina fosters praying through Scripture. Participants will experience 30-minute periods of reflection and meditation on a selected illumination from The Saint John’s Bible.

8:30 a.m. – John 1:1-14, The Word Made Flesh
Dr. Ross Brummett, Carson-Newman University
Vice President of Student Affairs, Professor of Religion

11 a.m. – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Valley of The Dry Bones
Rev. Chad Morris, Associate Director of Campus Ministries

1:30 p.m. – Genesis 1:1-2:4a, Creation
Rev. Nenette Measels, Director of Campus Ministries

5 p.m. – John 7:53-8:11, Woman Taken in Adultery
Professor Dave McNeely, Coordinator of Faith and Justice Scholars


The Process

The Saint John's Bible is a work of art and a work of theology. A team of artists coordinated by Donald Jackson in Wales and a team of scholars in Central Minnesota have brought together the ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with an ecumenical Christian approach to the Bible rooted in Benedictine spirituality. The result is a living document and a monumental achievement.