Fall 2021 – 16 Week Iconography Program

  • Two Separate Sections: Beginners & Intermediate/Advanced Students
  • When: Begins October 18, 2021, and concludes March 7, 2022.
  • Monday Evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (no classes the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and holidays that fall on a Monday)
  • Price: $425 (+$50 Pigment Kit for Beginning Students only) includes $50 nonrefundable administration fee
  • Where: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th, Portland, OR 97201
  • Click here for the class schedule
  • Class size is limited to 8 students per level to facilitate safe, social distancing.
  • Registration Deadline has been extended for Beginning Iconography to October 11, 2021

Beginning Iconography 2021/22

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, or Holy Face,
also called “The Image Not
Made by Human Hands”

2 Seats Available

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 2021/22

Instructor: Fr. Jon Buffington

We begin class on October 18, on St. Luke’s Feast Day! Intermediate & Advanced students will write the image of St. Luke the Apostle & Evangelist, reportedly the very first iconographer. There will be two variations of this icon and instruction will be tailored to meet the needs of intermediate and more advanced iconographers, allowing for experimentation and advancement according to the iconographer’s readiness to progress. Intermediate students will write a bust figure; advanced students will be offered more challenging options. Fr Jon will help to place students at their respective level in the class.

Skills to be acquired include: drawing/painting/highlighting fabric folds, practice on facial masses/hair, the tetrarch’s symbol, a book and a seated figure in 3/4 view.

St. Luke the Apostle & Evangelist
18th century Russia

This class is currently full. Please ask to be added to our waiting list by emailing: iconography@trinity-episcopal.org.

St. Luke, a physician at Antioch and a painter, is best known to us as the historian of the New Testament who gathered information from the Apostles themselves and put events in order. It is through him that we have a full account of the annunciation of the mystery of the incarnation to the Blessed Virgin, of her visit to St. Elizabeth, and the journeys to Jerusalem. He documented six miracles and eighteen parables not mentioned in the other gospels and wrote the “Acts of the Apostles” as an appendix to his own gospel. St. Luke was believed to have painted the first likeness of the Blessed Virgin Mary with Christ — the very first icon. St. Luke is the patron saint of painters of pictures, physicians and surgeons.