Courses by Hanna Ward

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Traditional Byzantine icon painting with Hanna Ward

Hanna Ward is a Diploma Iconographer, Illuminated Manuscript painter, Design Consultant with BA(Hons) in Interior Architecture and MA in Traditional Sacred Arts at Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts London.

Hanna is a Finnish born British Iconographer based in Surrey and London, who teaches Traditional Byzantine icon painting with egg tempera to beginners and more experienced painters, with both Greek and Russian techniques. Hanna has been teaching at the PFSTA for many years and also in various venues both in UK and abroad.  Hanna also teaches Illuminated Manuscript painting and folk art, and she paints regular commissions to churches, chapels and private collectors.

For commissions or lessons please contact Hanna via:   or telephone: 07518 341288


I recently taught an online drawing course for icon painters at the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts (PFSTA)  for four Mondays  (17th January ​- 7th February 2022)

Hana Ward drawing

I taught an in person icon course at the PFSTA  ​7th March to  11th March.   We painted Archangel Michael . There will be a further course in September (​5th September to 9th September) .   Please  check the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts website as I teach there regularly once a term.   The PFSTA also has pages on LinkedIn.

I also gave a six day workshop at Worth Abbey in July  (​25th to 31st July) . The icons were blessed in the Abbey on Sunday July 31st  (the course finishes on Saturday).   The Worth Abbey painting week is either with full board and single room or just the course and lunch if you live nearby and want to go home.  We will paint an image of Christ.

A course is also planned at Flores del Camino (on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela) in Spain in November ​(5th to  to 13th).  In Flores del Camino we will paint the icon of Mary Magdalene. The accommodation is in single room and full board.  Also, in Flores del Camino we have a very unusual and exciting first day as we go to the mountainside on the Camino to collect some yellow and red ochre and we will grind it and prepare it ready for our icon painting!

There was a course on Traditional Pysanky Easter egg wax-resist painting at Southwark Cathedral on 26th March . In Caterham, Surrey, I hold courses in my studio (at the moment on Saturdays). I also each occasionally  at my holiday home in Finland.Hana Ward drawing

Anyone interested, please contact me:

Telephone:  07518 341288

Finally, if anyone is interested in organising a painting group in their country or town, I am happy to travel …

Illuminated Manuscript Letter course at Southwark Cathedral

22-23 September 2022

Learning different gilding techniques on vellum and Pergamenata  and fine painting
Contact the Cathedral in London Bridge

Icon painting course at the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts

5-9 December 2022

We paint St Nicholas
Contact the PFSTA

Friday and Saturday classes in Hanna’s home studio in Caterham, Surrey

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Hanna will have a solo icon exhibition in the ancient St Lawrence’s church, in Caterham
24 April – 7 May 2023.    There will be also an icon painting course during these two weeks.


 Icon Painting Course at Worth Abbey – July 25th to 30th 2022

Worth Abbey Icon

This course provided an introduction to all aspects of traditional Byzantine icon painting on wood panels.

All levels of ability and experience are welcome.

You will learn to use clay and gold leaf for gilding and to paint with egg tempera and natural and semi-precious pigments.

You will be given a step-by-step guide through the various disciplines of this nearly 2000-year-old tradition, and you will leave the course with an understanding of the meanings as well as the techniques behind this traditional art. The finished icons will be blessed on Sunday the 31st of July 2022.

The course is taught by a professional diploma iconographer Hanna Ward, who has many years experience of teaching drawing, Icon painting, Manuscripts illumination and Sacred geometry.

Please contact Fr Peter  07879 630593 at Worth Abbey or Hanna at

WORTH ABBEY, Paddockhurst Road, Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex  RH10 4SB   01342 710310


An exhibition in 2013

Hanna will have a solo icon exhibition in the ancient St Lawrence’s church, in Caterham
24 April – 7 May 2023.    There will be also an icon painting course during these two weeks. Further information will be posted when available. Contact Hanna for more details.


A sample of some of my work follows.   Please contact me if you would like further information.

September 20th 2022