Icon Painting Classes for 2020-2021

Lectio Divina and Icon Painting Classes

Icon painting classes are a way of helping us to engage with God’s work in a visual and meaningful way.

“In praying with Icons, “reading” refers to a contemplative engagement with the Icon itself as the primary text…we see the Word through the medium of the flesh of Christ and its extension in the Icon.”  The Glenstal Book of Icons

During this time of political and social unrest, prayer has never been more important. When painting the icon, we engage in a practice of painting and praying.  We engage with God’s Presence and that of His holy saints.


Good Shepherd Icon

Holy Cross Monastery West Park, New York

May 4-7, 2021

Tuesday evening through Friday lunch.

Drawing and Composition in the Icon

Sacred Geometry is the foundation of good compositions in Icons.  In this class you will learn the method of planning and drawing using sacred geometry. This improves the quality of future icons tremendously.

The ancient Greeks understood the principles of harmony and beauty in design.  The gradual adoption of  early Greek principles of beauty and harmony results in the beautiful symbolic language of iconography.  

There will be slide presentations as well as hands on drawing and painting with egg tempera to create an Icon in this class. 

Essential Training for Iconographers

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 paint an icon of Christ Pantocrator in this class unless a different one is requested at least two weeks before the class.

Cost $665 includes materials, meals and stay in guesthouse.

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Christine Hales has been painting Icons for more than twenty years, and teaching at monasteries, retreat centers and art centers for more than ten years.  She has taught hundreds of students the power and beauty of engaging in this process of writing Icons.  She makes a complicated process accessible to beginners and people who are not artists.  Anyone with a sincere desire to worship and grow closer to God can learn to paint Icons.


How It Works:

August 11, 12, 13, 14,  2020

Four Days of ONLINE ZOOM classes:

Each Day:

Morning Session 9am-10:30 Am         Afternoon Session 2PM-3:30PM

Each session, I will demonstrate each step of Icon painting.  You may wish to just watch, take notes, or to paint along with me.  The classes will be recorded and posted later on you tube so you can replay them and follow along that way also.

There is a Face Book Page, for students only, where you can post your works in progress, questions, and ask for comments or suggestions.

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.

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

After Registration, you will receive a link to materials and resources page.

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 Questions? email Christine.


Icon Writing Retreat at Mount Calvary Monastery, Santa Barbara, California

Icon Writing Retreat at Mount Calvary      November 3-6, 2020

Icon writing is a spiritual discipline, combining prayer and painting.  We are painting an Icon of Christ Pantocrator. Each participant will have their own Icon painted using egg tempera with gold leaf gilding.You do not have to be an artist to write a beautiful Icon. You will learn step by step and Christine will demonstrate and help students individually to paint using egg tempera and gold leaf gilding. 

Such a beautiful place to hold an icon workshop!  Each aspect of icon painting will be demonstrated and explained. This class is excellent for beginners. More advanced students will have the opportunity to get some one on one feedback on their icons.


Cost $700.00 (Non-refundable deposit of $100 to reserve your place) 

  • – All materials are included – Icon Boards, paints, gold leaf , Room and meals at the monastery also included.
  • – Icon: Christ Pantocrator
  • – Spaces are limited: 8 – 10 people and are on a first come first served basis. 

Creating Holy Images for Worship Today

 More advanced students will have the opportunity to get some one on one feedback on their icons.

To create an egg tempera icon, it normally takes about 30 hours. There are many transparent layers and highlights that create a beautiful, jewel like appearance to the Icon that can’t be attained any other way. It is a process of prayer, meditation and painting. Icon writing and Icon painting are synonymous terms, for more details.

Come join us at the beautiful Holy Cross Monastery for an introduction to Icon writing where you will create your own Icon. We join with the Brothers in their cycle of daily prayer and Eucharist as part of the process of praying and painting Icons. Truly an exceptional experience!

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