Summer Intensive Programs

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Because Trinity Cathedral is still officially closed, we have temporarily moved our summer intensive iconography program to an alternate location at St. Patrick Catholic Church, located at 1623 NW 19th, in Portland, OR 97209.

Social distancing and sanitizing protocols are in place for a safe learning environment.

Summer classes are limited to 10 students*

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Class Info

Trinity Iconography Institute offers three, week long intensive programs for beginning, intermediate and advanced iconography students every August. This full immersion program offers students the opportunity to learn the entire process, from preparing the board, to gilding, to transferring and painting the image. During this process, we emphasize prayer, humility and the spiritual and aesthetic foundation of iconography. Class begins at 8:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm, daily. Space is limited to 10 students in the summer programs, to allow for more focused attention in these intensive courses.

Are You Wondering Which Class to Take?

Skills Acquisition: Students who have never completed a class at Trinity Iconography Institute should enroll in the Beginning program to learn the traditional, multi-layer development of Sankir and modeling we teach, before moving on to acquire the next required set of skills.

Obtaining a thorough understanding of each skill set is fundamental in becoming an iconographer and producing a satisfying icon.

Registration Info

  • Price: $425 + $50 for the Student Pigment Kit
  • Discount: $25 Discount Extended through July 15
  • Deadline: July 15, 2020
  • Beginning Iconography Intensive – August 3-7, 2020
  • Intermediate Iconography Intensive – August 10-14, 2020
  • Advanced Iconography Intensive – August 17-21, 2020
    8:30 am- 4:30 pm, Refreshments provided for morning & afternoon breaks
  • Classes are limited to 10 students

Summer Lodging

We recently visited the Portland Hostel, just 1 block from Trinity Cathedral.  The Portland Hostel offers rooms with shared and private baths in 4 connected Victorian homes.  Each home has a communal kitchen and living area, offering retreat-style, economical lodging that is clean and conveniently located within walking distance of the Cathedral. 

Rooms for summer book heavily beginning in March, so think about it now.  Click here to view the Portland Hostel website.

Beginning Iconography Summer Intensive

August 3-7, 2020

The Mandylion, Icon Not Made by Human Hands


3 Seats remaining as of 6/26/20

Beginning students will write the Mandylion, which is a very important first image to write for theological reasons.  Spending time with the face of Christ is the gateway to writing other images because underlying every icon, is Christ.  During this time, you work on this important relationship before you move on to writing other icons.

From a technical standpoint, focusing on a face first will teach you how to paint a face in the Byzantine iconographic style, which is entirely different from what we learn in fine arts.  Starting with the face is also an essential first step to understanding the process of painting faces in the iconographic style.

Intermediate Iconography Summer Intensive

August 10-14, 2020

Cimabue’s St. Francis of Assisi


7 Seats Remaining as of 6/26/20

Intermediate students have completed at least 1 icon with Trinity Iconography Institute. Intermediate students will build on their skills by learning how to execute garment folds, a hand, and an object to add to their acquisition of skills. A cropped version of Cimabue’s 13th century painting of St. Francis of Assisi is our prototype for this summer intensive class.

Advanced Iconography Summer Intensive

August 17-21, 2020

Theotokos of the Sign
Theotokos of the Sign

6 Seats Remaining as of 6/26/20

Students graduate to the advanced level by having fully completed at least 3 icons at Trinity Iconography Institute, or by our instructor approval. If you’re not sure about your status, please contact us to enroll by completing the contact form below. If you haven’t worked with us at Trinity Iconography Institute, you will want to submit photos of your prior work and explain your method.

If you have questions, contact us here regarding a seat for Summer 2020:

    2019 Summer Intensive Program for Beginners
    Saint Anthony of Egypt