In addition to his commission work, Father Matthew has been teaching week-long workshops since 2010. During each workshop, students are given the materials and instruction necessary to complete their own icon. Additional emphasis is given on how to approach the creation of icons from a spiritual standpoint. We are late figuring out our schedule for 2019, owing to a very busy-looking year, but we will probably be adding more as we can figure out good timing. If you would like to organize a class in your area, please contact us and we can discern whether a class will work there.
Kazan Mother of God. This is the prototype for the icon we will paint from start to finish during the class. No previous art experience is necessary. Instruction in acrylic gouache using 23K gold leaf. Icon will be approximately 10” x 12”.
October 7-11, 2019
Location: Our Home Studio
Total cost for the workshop is $450.00. A non-refundable deposit* of $200.00 is due by September 16, 2019. Class supplies are provided. Lunch and snacks are provided.
For pre-registration and deposit payment please contact:
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* We always encourage early registration. When you register early, it helps us offer a firm commitment and encourages others to join. Some are tempted to hesitate, first wanting assurance the group will fill. Of course we can’t know the future, but we promise to do our best to keep the class intact, regardless of numbers. In the very rare occasions a class needs to be cancelled, your deposit is *reimbursed 100%. You have nothing to lose. Also, if you learn about a class after the deadline, still reach out to us. If possible, we’ll do our best to add you to the group.
St. Bernard Catholic Church in Billings, Montana hosted an icon painting (writing) class October 11-15, 2010. We painted an icon of the Konevitsa Mother of God during the class of 11 students. It was a wonderful week, and the icons turned out beautiful.
Our fourth icon class was held at the Maryhill Museum in Goldendale, WA September 10-14, 2013. We painted this icon of the Saint John the Forerunner on a 9.5″ x 12″ board. We had a great time and spent time looking at the collection of icons at the museum
In our fifth class in Billings Montana, the twelve participants painted an 11.5" x 14" icon of Saint George the Trophybearer. We had a number of returning students who are a joy to spend time with each year. About half of the students, however, were new to the classes. All did a wonderful job even for a very complex icon.
In our sixth class in Billings Montana, we had 8 students and painted this 10" x 12" icon of the Holy Prophet Elijah being fed by the raven beside the brook in the Cherson Valley.
Our second icon class was held in Billings MT July 25-29, 2011. We painted this icon of Christ on a 10″ x 12″ board. It was another terrific class with a great group of students, and we look forward to another class next year.
After a year off from our regular Billings class, we returned August 11-15, 2014 and painted this beautiful icon of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker. The students are pursuing the creation of an icon painting guild to keep up on their skills between annual classes.
Our first class right here in Boise ID was a wonderful time painting a 10" x 12" icon of Christ the Lord God Almighty.
In our first class in Arizona, we had 8 participants. We painted this 10" x 12" icon of the Igor Mother of God. We are looking forward to more classes in Arizona in the near future.
January 2 - February 20, 2017
Participants in this once-a-week class painted this
10" x 12" icon of Christ's Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.
May 1 -5, 2017
Participants painted this 8" x 12" icon of Saint Euphrosynos the Cook.
September 4 - 8, 2017
Participants painted this 12" x 15" icon of the Lord's Prayer.
November 6 -10, 2017
Participants painted this 8" x 12" icon of the Mother of God "Mute as Fish."
July 23 - 27, 2018
Participants painted this 10" x 12" icon of Saint Helen the Equal to the Apostles.
September 10 - 14, 2018
Participants painted this 10" x 12" icon of Saint Mary Magdalene.
Our third icon class was held in Billings MT July 2-6, 2012. We painted this icon of the Archangel Gabriel on a 8″ x 12″ board. We so enjoy making this an annual event to visit with returning students and meet new people!
In our first class in Eureka MT, near Glacier National Park, we tackled an ambitious icon of Christ the Good Shepherd with 13 students from across the country. The class was held September 1-5 at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.
2015 - 2016
Our second class in Boise was held one evening a week for a series of 8 weeks. We had a small group of four students and painted this 10" x 12" icon of the Murom Mother of God.