​Using Frederick Franck’s book, The Zen of Seeing- Drawing as Meditation as a jumping-point, artist Mark Stephenson will lead a day-long session on the art of seeing. The day will begin with a guided discussion/presentation on Franck’s work and philosophy, followed by an afternoon instructional drawing session in which participants can apply the principles found in Franck’s text. Suitable for beginning-advanced artists of all kinds. 

​August 12, 2017

10:00-12:30- Guided discussion of the Franck text, including a presentation by Stephenson. 

12:30-1:30- Lunch break, on your own

1:30-approximately 4:30- Instructional drawing session at a nearby outdoor location TBA, in case of inclement weather, indoors at CFA.


Full-day: $40
Morning session only: Suggested donation to CFA- $10

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 OR mail check with contact information including email to :

Center for Faith & the Arts 

 P. O. Box 4098

 Salisbury, NC  28145


Participants are encouraged to read the Franck text before attending the workshop. It is available on Amazon. Be sure to get the ‘handwritten’ edition.

The Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation
Publisher: Vintage (September 12, 1973)
ISBN-10: 0394719689
ISBN-13: 978-0394719689

About the author: 

Frederick Franck was born April 12, 1909 in Maastricht, The Netherlands – and died on June 5, 2006 in Warwick, New York. A painter, sculptor, and author of over 35 books on life, art, and transreligious thought, he was known for his interest in human spirituality. 

As a boy Franck watched the First World War break out in neighboring Belgium. The streams of refugees that crossed under his bedroom window awakened in him a life long hatred of warfare. An artist by nature, his training as a dental surgeon gave him the opportunity to work with Dr. Albert Schweitzer in Lambarene (Gabon, Africa) where he set up a dental surgery clinic at the Schweitzer hospital.

Raised an agnostic in the Catholic south of Holland; a lifelong student of Zen Buddhism, he also recognized in John the XXIII a man of immense Human stature.

Upon his return to Warwick, Franck, with his wife Claske, transformed the ruin of a watermill across the river from his Warwick NY home into Pacem in Terris - a transreligious Oasis. He dedicated it to Pope John XXIII, Albert Schweitzer and D.T. Suzuki, the Catholic pope, the Protestant doctor, the Buddhist sage he felt to be his mentors. The old mill and the grounds of the house - filled with the sculpture he referred to as 'Icons,' are open to the public during late spring through early fall. No admission is charged.
His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Fogg Art Museum, the Tokyo National Museum, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. (fromwww.frederickfranck.org)

About the instructor: 

North Carolina native Mark Stephenson is an artist based in central NC who through a multi-faceted background, brings a unique perspective to his work. A graduate of Pfeiffer University, North Carolina State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Mark earned degrees in Civil Engineering and Vocal Performance.

Stephenson was selected for a 2017 Cultural Arts and Development Grant from the Rowan Arts Council. For this grant project, Mark will attend a week-long workshop at Cullowhee Mountain Arts, after which he will prepare new works to be exhibited at the Center for Faith and Arts in December 2017. 

With an initial plan to pursue a career as an opera singer, Mark relocated to New York City in the 1990s where he eventually found his way to the prestigious Art Students League studying with noted painters and sculptors Frank O’Cain, Leonid Gervitz, and Leonid Lerman. Success at the Arts Students League ushered in awards and commissions including acceptance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s copyists program.

Since returning to North Carolina, Mark has devoted much of his time to commissioned portraits. He has exhibited in many national juried shows and his work has been featured in solo shows throughout the state. In May of 2014, Mark was artist in residence at La Macina di San Cresci, Italy. He has received grants and awards from many organizations including the Portrait Society of America, The Arts & Science Council, the Rowan Arts Council. His teaching experience includes workshops and demonstrations for Binders Art Supply, Sandhills Artist League, Matthews Artist Guild, Monroe Art League, Cabarrus Art Guild, Stanly Art Guild, Artifex Studio, and many others. 

Mark and his wife, Caroline, have one son, James and a daughter, Emma.  

​​Center for Faith & the Arts

Frederick Franck’s: “The Zen of Seeing- Drawing as Meditation”

Mark Stephenson Workshop