New Christian Icons

Iconography, Byzantine Art, Religious Art by America's Leading Iconographer

Icon Class

About The Retreats

Using Egg Tempera in the Byzantine Icon painting process, we create many layers of transparent color to create a jewel like sacred image.  We also use 23k Gold leaf for halos.

Each class is individually designed to incorporate a specific element of Icon theory, history and practical painting instruction.

Saint Patrick

Ghost Ranch Iconography Workshop 2018-2019

Holy Cross Icon Retreat

Icon Painting Classes are for everyone: Beginners and More Advanced Artists!

Icon Retreats 2018

Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY

Color and Light in the Icon

July 24-27  Tues 5:00pm-Fri: 12:00pm

  • This class is good for advanced and beginning students who want to learn more about light and color principles in Byzantine Iconography and how to use them when creating Icons today.
  • We will cover color symbolism, the Iconographer’s palette, and basic Greek color theory.
  • We will paint the Icon of the Good Shepherd. If you are experienced and wish to paint a different Icon, contact me before class starts to work out details.

Cost:  $580 includes room, meals, tuition and most materials.

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Sacred Geometry in Icons

September 25-28       Tues 5:00 PM- Fri. 12:00 PM

  • Sacred geometry is the foundation for all good compositions and is indispensable for drawing in the Iconographic tradition.  This class is for advanced and beginners alike. 
  • Sacred Geometry is a method for understanding spatial relationships of images and colors within the Icon.  This teaching is an essential part of an Iconographer’s training.  We will paint a Saint Francis Icon using egg tempera with gold leaf gilding.

Cost: $580 includes room, meals, tuition and most materials.

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         Icon Painting Retreats 2019


Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway, New York, NY    

  • Introduction to Icon Writing  March 22-23  

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Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico

  • Icon Writing Workshop  April 7-13

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Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, New York

  • Icon Writing Workshops:

        May 24-26

         July 16-19

         September 24-27

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Email Christine with any questions.


Russian-Byzantine Icon Retreats

Byzantine Icon Workshops facilitate the process of combining prayer, meditation, and painting.  

Visio Divina, the process of receiving God’s Word through Sacred Images  is combined with the painting practice of learning classical painting skills in an environment conducive to spiritual growth and transformation.

Religious art,Mary Icon, Byzantine Icon, modern Iconography by Christine Hales