Summer Intensive Programs 2021

Now Open for Registration

Classes are limited to 8 students per session to facilitate social distancing for a safe learning environment.*

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 8 students in the summer programs, to allow for more focused attention in these intensive courses. Safety is our first concern and cathedral management will make the final determination on in-person classes.

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
  • Student Pigment Kit*: $50
  • Deadline: July 16, 2021
  • Beginning Iconography Intensive: August 2-6, 2021
  • Intermediate Iconography Intensive Session A: August 9-13, 2021
  • Intermediate Iconography Intensive Session B: August 16-20, 2021
  • Advanced Iconography Intensive: August 23-27, 2021
  • Class time: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm, Refreshments provided for morning & afternoon breaks
  • Class Limit: 8 students
  • There is a $50 non-refundable administration fee for all cancelations within the registration time period. No refunds after the registration deadline.

*The Student Pigment Kit is required for beginning students or students who have never taken an egg tempera iconography class from Trinity Iconography Institute. An optional secondary pigment kit is available for $50.

What to Expect

Trinity Iconography Institute’s summer intensive program is designed to facilitate completion of a contemplative icon from sanding the board to the icon’s blessing. Our instructors offer expert training in the traditional egg tempera method of iconography and provide students with important instruction on history and theology of the icon for a holistic approach.

Classes begin at 8:30am, Monday through Friday, and are augmented by several icon tours, and iconography/painting-related video presentations at break times during the week. We conclude each day by 4:30pm. On Friday, we target completion of the icon by 2:30pm for the icon blessing ceremony and celebration, after which students may say their goodbyes and pack up the work stations.

Summer Lodging

Portland Hostel is located just 1 block from Trinity Cathedral and 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 beginning March, so think about it now.  Click here to view the Portland Hostel website.

Beginning Iconography Summer Intensive

August 2-6, 2021

The Holy Mandylion, Icon Not Made by Human Hands


2 Seats Available

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.

Students can expect to complete this first icon in one week.

Intermediate Iconography Summer Intensive

  • Session A: August 9-13, 2021
  • Session B: August 16-20, 2021
Theotokos – The Annunciation
  • Session A: 4 Seats Available
  • Session B: Full

Skills acquisition: with this icon, intermediate students will build on their skills by learning how to execute a seated figure, garment folds, hands, and an object (distaff) to add to their acquisition of skills.

We will provide a cartoon without the architectural details pictured in this icon background in the one-week summer program to focus on executing a seated figure. This Theokos icon is half of The Annunciation.

Advanced Iconography Summer Intensive

August 23-27, 2021

Archangel Gabriel – The Annunciation

3 Seats Available

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.

Skills acquisition: with this icon, advanced students will continue to practice fabric folds, hands, angel hair, wings, and execute a figure in three-quarter view, in motion, goldwork, as well as focus on color theory.

We will provide a cartoon without the architectural details pictured in this icon background in the one-week summer program to focus on proper execution of Archangel Gabriel.

This depiction of Archangel Gabriel taught in the advanced class is part of The Annuciation; the Theotokos portion of this scene is being taught in the Intermediate program. Students who would like to write the full Annunciation scene may wish to enroll in both classes.

If you have questions or wish to inquire about our Summer programs, please contact us here: