Fall 2022 – 14 Week Iconography Program

  • Two Separate Classes: Beginners & Intermediate/Advanced
  • When: Begins October 17, 2022, and concludes March 13, 2023 (Intermediate), Beginners conclude February 27, 2023
  • Monday Evenings from 6:00pm to 8:30pm (no classes during weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and holidays that fall on a Monday)
  • Price: $550 (includes Pigment kit for Beginning Students only) includes $50 nonrefundable administration fee
  • Where: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th, Portland, OR 97201
  • Class size is limited to 8 students for beginning and 10 students for Intermediate/Advanced
  • Registration Deadline is September 16, 2022

Benefits of the Extended Program

The 14 Week program is optimal for individuals who appreciate a more in depth experience extended over the time, affording learners opportunity to practice at home and progress at their own pace.

Beginning Iconography Level I – 2022/23

Instructor: Ania Kocurek-Williams

Beginning iconography students will write the image of the Holy Face, which is the first image our students write in the prayerful journey of iconography. Students learn how to prepare the icon board, transfer the image, gild the halo, draw in the Byzantine style and paint in the traditional method of egg tempera with dry mineral pigments which are closest to those used by the earliest iconographers. Trinity Iconography Institute purchases these traditional mineral and earth pigments from Zecchi’s in Florence, Italy, which also serves the the Uffizi for conservation of the world’s masterpieces and is the site of a continuously operational pigment shop since the time of Giotto (1300s), one block away from the Duomo.

The Mandylion, Holy Face,
or “The Image Not Made by Human Hands”
Painted by Ania Kocurek-Williams

Classes fill quickly. Please ask to be added to the waiting list if classes are filled.  

The Holy Face of Christ (Mandylion)

The story behind this icon is that King Abgar of Edessa invited Jesus to his kingdom as he was suffering from leprosy and heard about the healing of the sick without medicine or herbs.  King Abgar declared that Jesus was either God, or the son of God to perform these miracles.

Jesus was unable to come, but reportedly wrote, “Blessed are you who hast believed in me without having seen me. For it is written concerning me, that they who have seen me will not believe in me, and that they who have not seen me will believe and be saved.” Then he sent disciple Thaddeus of Edessa, one of the 70, to deliver a cloth on which Jesus wiped and imprinted His image.  Upon receipt of this cloth, King Abgar’s condition improved and with further healing and teaching of Thaddeus of Edessa, he was fully restored and converted to Christianity. 

Intermediate & Advanced Iconography 2022/23

Instructor: Fr. Jon Buffington

The Intermediate/Advanced Iconographers will write the bust figure icon of St. John the Baptist depicted as “the athlete of God” with a big chest, slender arms, his characteristic hair shirt and wild hair. Skills acquisition: arms, flesh, chest and abdominal anatomy (useful for moving on to crucifixion icons), animal hair (hair shirt) and the physical appearance of an ascetic.

St. John the Baptist by Fr. Jon Buffington

Classes fill quickly. Please ask to be added to the waiting list if classes are filled.