“Print your image in my heart, as a mark that will never be erased from my soul”.
See the Song of Songs (8.6)
We are an adult art school dedicated to training people in Christian liturgical art.
The Centre is open for the use of its students Monday – Saturday, 9am – 4.30pm around the year apart from major holidays.
The School has dedicated classroom and studio space, fully equipped to enable students to paint icons to the highest professional level.
There is a specialist library dedicated to iconography with wifi access.
There is a small art shop which provides all the supplies necessary to participate in the courses, from pigments to gilding tools, from brushes to pencils.
There is a cafeteria for students to relax and socialise, as well as the tranquility of our courtyard garden.
Students on all our courses have access to all the Icon Centre’s facilities. All areas of our Centre are wheelchair accessible.
We attract students of all ages and backgrounds.
We are a diverse community mainly drawn from the Mekite, Orthodox, Latin, Assyrian, Armenian and Maronite communities of the Holy Land, but occasionally augmented by individuals from all faith backgrounds and none.
Instruction at the Icon School is based on the timeless principles of eastern Christian iconography, commonly called ‘Byzantine iconography’. We approach icon painting as an art of the transfiguration of the natural world, as the creation of doorways from heaven to earth and as integral to the Divine Liturgy of the Christian Church.
We only allow students to work in egg tempera and using almost exclusively natural materials. All our courses cover all or most of the following:
- Introduction to drawing skills
- The use of geometry and proportion in icon design
- The drawing of the icon and icon design
- A comprehensive introduction to the use of egg tempera paint
- Fundamental painting skills such as brush work
- The use of colour
- The use of gold leaf, both oil and water gilding techniques, and embossing skills
- Lettering and inscriptions
- The theology of the icon
- The place of the icon in the Liturgy
- Praying with the icon and the spirituality of the icon painter
We also have individuals from around the world who join our classes for a shorter or longer period of time depending on their circumstances. These include priests and religious on sabbatical, art students, and lay people interested in the spirituality of the icon etc. Please contact us directly to discuss possibilities tailored to your situation.