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

Instructor: Ania Kocurek-Williams

The Holy Mandylion, Icon Not Made by Human Hands


This class is currently full – please email to ask to be added to the waiting list: Please consider the Fall 16 Week Iconography Program.

Intermediate Iconography Summer Intensive

August 9-13, 2021

Session A

4 Seats Available

Instructor: Fr. Jon Buffington

Summer Intermediate
Theotokos with Distaff

“Intermediate” students have completed at least 1 icon with Trinity Iconography Institute.

Theotokos with Distaff is one half of “The Annunciation.”  In addition to executing a nearly full length seated figure, intermediate students will focus on two different garments, head covering, chair/cushion, an object (distaff) and some architecture.  Fr. Jon will redraw the icon in a format that will enable students to complete it in one week.  A secondary pigment kit is helpful, but not required.  

We will provide a cartoon without the architectural details pictured in this icon for the one-week summer program, allowing students to focus on executing a seated figure.

Intermediate Iconography Summer Intensive

August 16-20, 2021

Session B

Instructor: Fr. Jon Buffington

This class is currently full. Please consider Session A (above).

Summer Intermediate
Theotokos with Distaff

Advanced Iconography Summer Intensive

August 23-27, 2021

3 Seats Available

Instructor: Fr. Jon Buffington

Archangel Gabriel

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. 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.

Gabriel is the messenger archangel who delivers “The Annunciation” to the Theotokos. This is the other half of the Annunciation.

Skills acquisition: with this icon of Archangel Gabriel, advanced students will continue to practice fabric folds, hands, angel hair, wings, and execute a figure in three-quarter view, as well as focus on color theory.  We will provide a cartoon without the architectural background for this one-week program, but students who would like a challenge are welcomed to include the architecture.