Learn to Paint Icons with Online Icon Painting Classes taught by Christine Hales

Each online Icon painting  class is a self contained unit where a particular aspect of icon writing is applied to the icon of a saint.  Icon writing is visual theology that is carried out with particular attention to the teachings of the church as well as to artistic technique.

These online icon painting classes are for those who wish to learn more about Icons, their place in the history of the church and in our prayer lives.  You do not need to be an artist to learn to paint Icons!  Each step is demonstrated and students may refer back to the recorded sessions as they work.  All Classes are taught using egg tempera on gessoed icon boards.  Practice watercolor paper and Bristol board are also used for studies and practice.

September 22-25, 2020 Online Icon Painting Class Using Zoom

November 11-14, 2020 Online Icon Writing Class

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

ONLINE Icon Writing Class

September 22-25, 2020:  Morning Session 9am-10:30 Am         Afternoon Session 2PM-3:30PM

In this online icon writing  class, we are  writing an Icon of Saint Raphael, Patron Saint of Healing, Physicians, Nurses, Medical Workers and Travelers.   You will also watch a demonstration of how to begin an Icon.

You may wish to just watch, take notes, or paint along with the instructor.  The classes will be recorded and posted later on you tube so you can replay them and follow along that way also.

EACH ONLINE ICON PAINTING CLASS  DEMONSTRATES EACH STEP OF WRITING THE ICON. 

You will have “homework” that you can do either before the next class or in your own timing.  You will be able to email photos of your progress for individual help.

This class is taught on Zoom.  You will need a computer, a free Zoom account, and it’s helpful to have a smart phone or digital camera to share photos of your work in progress with the instructor.

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  Student Resources page.


September Icon Class


ONLINE Icon Writing CLass

November 11-14:  Morning Session 9am-10:30 Am         Afternoon Session 2PM-3:30PM

In this online icon writing  class we are  writing an Icon of MADONNA AND CHILD FOR ADVENT. You will also watch a demonstration of how to begin an Icon.

You may wish to just watch, take notes, or paint along with the instructor.  The classes will be recorded and posted later on you tube so you can replay them and follow along that way also.

EACH ONLINE ICON PAINTING CLASS  DEMONSTRATES  INDIVIDUAL STEPS OF WRITING THE ICON. 

 You have “homework” that you can do either before the next class or in your own timing.  You are able to post photos of your progress on the private FB Page for individual help.

This class will be taught on Zoom.  You will need a computer, a free Zoom account, and it’s helpful to have a smart phone or digital camera to share photos of your work in progress with the instructor.

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:  Wednesday, 9:00-10:30am EST, 2:00Pm-3:30PM: Thursday, 9:00AM-10:30AM, 2:00PM-3:30PM: Friday, 9:00AM-10:30 AM, 2:00PM-3:30PM: Saturday, 9:00-10:30AM, 2:00-3:30PM.           
$125 Tuition

After Registration, you will receive a link to materials and resources page.  Visit the Student Resources Page to see what materials are customarily used in the online icon writing classes.


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St. Vincent's Church Icons

Visio Divina - Contemplation with Icons October 1,8,15,22,2020 Lives of the Saints Series

In Collaboration with MorningStar Renewal Center, Miami, Florida, Four Thursday evenings,  7-8:30PM on Zoom: October 1,8,15,22, 2020

Dorothy Day, Saint Francis, Kateri Tekakwitha, and St. Vincent de Paul are our first four saints to study.

Join us for an informative evening as we study the lives of the saints and the context within which they lived.  We have so much to learn from those whose lives have been transfigured by God’s grace.  

Looking at the lives of the saints is an encouragement for us and a help in trying to puzzle out a Godly approach to the issues in our lives today.

Each session will be recorded and available to review.

Join prominent Iconographer, Christine Hales, and Sue DeFerrari, retreat director, as they unpack the intricacies of each Icon. This is a unique and powerful opportunity to deeper your prayer life, grow in your faith, and strengthen your hope in these very challenging times. Each of these saints have something significant to share from their lives and into our hearts through prayer.

See the Icons which are all part of an award winning parish renovation project for the Saint Vincent de Paul Church in Albany New York. 

Christine Hales has a BFA in Painting and Art Education and a Master’s degree in Art Therapy. While in

graduate school, she had an encounter with Icons at a convent in France that changed her life forever. She realized that Icons can heal, teach, and bring

God’s Presence in a powerful way to the viewer. In addition to teaching icon writing nationally, Christine fulfills many church and private commissions, allowing her to share her deep faith with others. Visit her
website to see her work: Newchristianicons.com

Visit Morningstar Renewal Center to register:  Cost $70

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