"Christine Hales is a wonderful, loving and patient teacher .   Her skills and competencies are great and her faith inspiring!"

"We covered much in a short time. Instruction was such that even a complete novice as myself was able to write a first Icon, learning important basics, and then even more advanced techniques, while maintaining focus on the spiritual aspects of Icon writing."

 Comments from students at Holy Cross Retreat

Icon writing is meditative way to engage in prayer and painting.  All the steps of Icon writing with egg tempera and gold leaf gilding are taught and demonstrated in each class.

It is suggested that prospective Icon writing students have a church that they attend regularly, and a spiritual director.

ICON WRITING is a spiritual discipline and requires commitment and a seriousness of approach in order to receive the most benefit from the classes


Suggested Books for Iconographers

Techniques of Icon and Wall Painting, by Aidan Hart

The Icon, Image of the Invisible, Egon Sendler

Icon as Communion, George Kordis

DVD by Vladislav Andrev "Emmanuel For Beginners" instructional DVD

A History of Icon Painting, Moscow

The Techniques of Icon Painting,, by Guillem Ramos-Poqui

Techniques of Traditional Icon Painting, Gilles Weissmann


“May God be gracious to us and bless us, and make his face to shine upon us.” Psalm 67:1

Weekend Introduction to Icon Writing Retreat:

 Friday- Sunday is an Introduction to basic process and a simple Icon will be painted.  

Learn the Byzantine method of using egg tempera on gessoed panels to paint an icon. Experience this rich spiritual experience through the step by step teaching of iconography taught by artist and iconographer Christine Simoneau Hales.  No matter what your art experience, or lack of, you will be skillfully supported and guided through the process of creating your expression of this ancient art form.  

Upcoming RETREATS:

Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY:  June 16-18, 2017

St. James Episcopal Church, Madison Ave, NYC  June 9-11, 2017

 

Monday Evenings Advanced Icon Writing

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 262 State Street, Albany NY,  6-9PM                  To create an egg tempera icon, it normally takes about 30 hours.  There are many transparent layers and highlights that create a beautiful, jewel like appearance to the Icon that can't be attained any other way.  It is a process of prayer, meditation and painting.  

Starting NEW STUDENTS :  September 15, 22. cost: $35. per class, $350 for ten week session                                                                                         Space is limited, email: chales@halesart.com to check availability.

Email to register: christine
@new christianicons.com

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Types of Icon Retreats and classes

4 Day Icon Writing Retreat Covers history as well as all levels of egg tempera painting, gold leaf gilding, drawing transfer.

Icon-Writing Master Class            Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY

Tuesday, March 21 – Friday, March 24

Contact: Br. Peter,         Peter@hcmnet.org

Led by Christine Hales

This master class will provide an in-depth experience of painting in egg tempera for those who have previous icon writing experience. You will learn the Byzantine method of using egg tempera and gold leaf gilding on gessoed panels to paint an icon. This is a rich spiritual experience combining prayer and painting, taught step by step by innovative artist and iconographer Christine Simoneau Hales. This class is a five-day course condensed into three days! No matter your skill level, you will be expertly supported and guided through the process of creating your own individual expression of this ancient art form. 

Christine Hales is a well-loved teacher and iconographer whoseicon commissions are at St. Vincent’s Church in Albany, the Spiritual Life Center in Greenwich, NY, as well as in many private collections. She has taught icon writing workshops for over 10 years, and her style of icon writing is both contemporary and honoring to the ancient traditions of iconography.  For more information, visit www.newchristianicons.com.

Cost: $560; deposit: $120

Weekend Introduction to Icon Writing Retreat: Friday- Sunday is an Introduction to basic process and a simple Icon will be painted.  

Learn the Byzantine method of using egg tempera on gessoed panels to paint an icon. Experience this rich spiritual experience through the step by step teaching of iconography taught by artist and iconographer Christine Simoneau Hales.  No matter what your art experience, or lack of, you will be skillfully supported and guided through the process of creating your expression of this ancient art form.  

Upcoming RETREATS:

Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY:  June 16-18, 2017

St. James Episcopal Church, Madison Ave, NYC  June 9-11, 2017