to New Christian Icons

Holy Icons originate in the very early centuries of Christianity, hundreds of years before the great schism that separated the Eastern Church from the Western Church. Today, new Christian icons are being painted by Orthodox, Catholics, and Protestants. Most importantly, they are being understood as windows into eternity for a young generation of Christians.

ICONS are a form of visual symbolic language, telling the story of the Gospel and Old Testament, ever showing us the way to deeper relationship to God.  Each element in an Icon is there for a reason, to tell the story or to convey the qualities of the saint depicted. The discipline of Icon writing is a sacred art, guided by the Holy Spirit and Tradition. There are many varieties of styles that exist within  Tradition as a manifestation of unity through diversity inspired by the Holy Spirit.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ICON PAINTING ONLINE!  Register now for the series of online Icon painting Classes

  • Learn about the history of Icons, how they function within the context of the Church.
  • Learn step by step how to paint Icons in the Byzantine style, using egg tempera and gold leaf gilding.
  • Sharpen drawing and painting skills through direct experience and feedback.
  • Both complete beginners and intermediate level Iconographers will benefit from these classes.


January 22-25, 2021

We are painting the Holy Face of Christ- all classes use egg tempera paints. This class will focus on the Membrane method of Icon painting as well as the features of the iconographic face.

This is a unique opportunity to learn Icon painting online. You can do it in your own time, at your own pace.  Somethings take more time than others, and I think this process with be a big help to people just beginning or to more advanced painters who want time to make corrections in their work.

Each step of writing the icon will be demonstrated and a recording of each class will be provided for each student to review each day.

The Class Schedule is as follows:  Tuesday, 9:00-10:30am EST, 2:00Pm-3:30PM: Wednesday, 9:00AM-10:30AM, 2:00PM-3:30PM: Thursday, 9:00AM-10:30 AM, 2:00PM-3:30PM: Friday, 9:00-10:30AM, 2:00-3:30PM.            $125 Tuition

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Christine Hales Icon Prints

Christine’s new Icon Print Website has an amazing array of choices available.  You can choose sizes, have it printed on canvas, wood, metal or paper and choose a frame as well.  There’s even a wonderful feature that allows you to see what the print would look like on the wall!

Christine Hales Icons        Visit the site- a beautiful Icon print makes the perfect gift.

 Christine Hales retains all of the copyrights to all of her artwork on this site, regardless of having sold the original image.  You must contact Christine or her legal advisors in order to use an image for commercial purposes, whether or not you now own the original artwork.   Thank you.

Icon Commissions

Christ Pantocrator

Elizabeth Ann Seton School in  Washington State, commissioned for the as a memorial to the passing of a loved one, this Christ Pantocrator Icon.

This Icon is painted to be the front of a tabernacle on the altar of the school chapel.  The reverse side is double gilded gold leaf.

God’s love can sometimes be apprehended through an Icon more easily than a book, or sermon. Our culture is desperately in need of God’s love, and since images speak directly to our hearts, icons speak to many people. In addition to the joy we have in writing the Icon, we can share it with many, many people. Writing icons can be an act of service, giving and sharing  the talents we have been blessed with. Icons speak to us today using the images, symbols and spiritual foundations of the Christian Church.

For more on how to commission an Icon click here.

Christ Pantocrator by Christine Hales
Christ Pantocrator

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