Welcome to Trinity Iconography Institute

The Trinity Iconography Institute at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon is now entering its 18th year anniversary as an ongoing activity to train individuals of any Christian denomination who are interested in iconography.  Students  agree to commit to the practice, Canons and Rubrics of iconography according to the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church.

Since 1999 and until the Fall of 2012,  the Institute’s Instructor was Master Iconographer Sherry V. Lynch who lives in La Center, Washington. Many will remember the vast amount of work written by Sherry under her former name of Bettendorf. Sherry trained in Turkey and was acknowledged as an iconographer by His All Holiness Athenagoras, Patriarch of Byzantium/Constantinople  (now Istanbul, Turkey).

Beginning with the Fall 2012 class we are excited and pleased to have Father Jon Buffington, a Chaldean Catholic priest as our new Instructor. At the end of the Summer 2013 class, Fr. Jon was designated Trinity Iconography Institute’s Master Iconographer.

Classes are scheduled in Spring and Fall and run for 12 weeks, meeting on Monday evenings from 6:30-9:00 pm. In addition, two Summer week-long classes begin daily at 8:30 am and run until 4:00 pm (with a lunch break) Monday-Friday.

These Summer classes have become extremely popular and were added to accommodate people from around the Oregon Diocese and the many students  from out-of-state, for whom 12-week evening classes are impracticable.  Many clergy have taken the Summer class in fulfillment of Continuing Education requirements.

In the Summer of 2014 and to accommodate the demand for attendance, two classes will now be held in August,  one to begin on August 4, and one beginning on August 18.  The second of the two classes is restricted to those who have already completed a basic class, at Trinity or anywhere else, using either acrylic or egg-tempera medium and will concentrate on the more complex aspects of iconography.

Both Summer classes run for one week and will be taught using egg-tempera as the medium. When registering, please specify which of the two class dates you wish to attend.

Each student can expect to complete a small icon from  the prototype provided by the instructor.

Class fees are modest and cover the cost of retaining the instructor. A small supplies and administration fee is also charged.

Experienced iconographers are welcome, and cordially invited, to “paint-in” with students at no charge, year-round on most Monday evenings, (excluding public holiday observances) beginning at 6:30 pm.


Christopher J. Armstrong-Stevenson, Director,
Iconography Institute
c/o Trinity Episcopal Cathedral,
147 NW 19th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209.
(Home phone 503-366-0829)
E-mail: trinityiconographers@hotmail.com