Christopher Perrins – 2024

Icon Painting courses in 2024

lead by the Rev’d Christopher Perrins

During 2024,  there will be residential courses at the following locations:

  • Foxhill House, Frodsham, Cheshire Monday 15th to Friday 19th April, 2024
  •  St Augustine’s Priory, Old Colwyn, North Wales, Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th July, 2024

and there are also evening classes in Liverpool throughout the year

(all courses are subject to coronavirus restrictions)

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 gesso 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 cost includes all materials, tuition, meals and accommodation (full board).
For the residential courses, to register an interest, or 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
Icons by Chrisopher Perrins




“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.”

Church Times (May 2018)


Page date:  August 12th 2023