Christopher Perrins – 2023

Icon Painting courses in 2023 lead by the Revd Christopher Perrins

During 2023, it is there will be residential courses at the following locations:

Foxhill House, Frodsham, Cheshire Monday 17th to Friday 21st April, 2023

and St Augustine’s Priory, Old Colwyn, North Wales, Monday 24th to Sunday 30th July, 2023

and there are also evening classes in Liverpool throughout the year

(all courses are subject to coronavirus restrictions)

Icons by Chrisopher Perrins

These courses are aimed at beginners, but those with more experience are very welcome. Each person will paint an icon of about A4 size using traditional techniques of egg tempera on a gessoed board, using the proplasmos technique, with gold leaf for the background. For those painting their first icon the model will be the head and shoulders of ‘Christ Pantocrator’. For those who have already painted this icon, the model will be ‘The Vladimir Mother of God’ (or a similar icon of Our Lady). Those who have previously completed both of these may paint an icon of their own choice.

The courses will commence with refreshments, and conclude with a service to bless completed icons. The costs include all materials, tuition, meals and accommodation (full board).

For the residential courses, to register an interest, for more information, or to make a booking, please contact the retreat houses directly:-

Foxhill House course (cost £tbc), please contact: Foxhill House and Woodlands, Tarvin Road, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 6XB; Telephone: 01928 733 777; Email:

St Augustine’s Priory course (cost £tbc), please contact: St Augustine’s Priory, Cliff Road, Old Colwyn, Colwyn Bay.  LL29 9RW; Telephone: 01492 541 223; Email:

For more information on the evening classes in Liverpool please email

From ‘Church Times’ (May 2018):

The Rev’d Christopher Perrins, who leads retreats at Rydal Hall, in Cumbria, and Foxhill House, in Cheshire, is keen to ensure that his retreats are accessible to people who have never painted before, as well the more experienced. “We tend to start with the easiest method, the proplasmos technique, which is more associated with the Greek tradition, where you begin with the darker colours, layering the paint until you get to the lightest colours.”


Page date:  December 7th 2022