Courses by Christopher Perrins

Icon Painting courses in 2022 lead by the Revd Christopher Perrins

During 2022, it is there will be residential courses at three locations:

  • Foxhill House, Frodsham, Cheshire Monday 25th to Friday 29th April, 2022
  • St Augustine’s Priory, Old Colwyn, North Wales, Monday 4th to Sunday 10th July, 2022
  • Rydal Hall, nr Ambleside in the Lake District, Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November

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 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.

Icons by Christopher Perrins

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 £525), please contact: Foxhill House and Woodlands, Tarvin Road, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 6XB; Telephone: 01928 733 777; Email:

St Augustine’s Priory course (cost £500), please contact: St Augustine’s Priory, Cliff Road, Old Colwyn, Colwyn Bay.  LL29 9RW; Telephone: 01492 541 223; Email:

Rydal Hall course (Cost from £620.00, any doubles at single occupancy and superior room will be subject to a supplement)

Please contact: the Bookings Team, Rydal Hall, Rydal, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LX; Telephone: 015394 32050

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: March 3rd 2022 (updated)