Courses for 2021

At the time of writing (January 2021) courses displayed on these pages may be subject to cancellation and postponement.


Icon Painting courses in 2021 lead by the Revd Christopher Perrins

During 2021, it is hoped that there will be residential courses at three locations – the Lake District, Cheshire, North Wales – and evening classes in Liverpool – the dates are to be confirmed, and will be dependent on the easing of 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 on the Monday mid morning, and will conclude with a service to bless completed icons on the Friday afternoon.  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 £495), please contact: Foxhill House and Woodlands, Tarvin Road, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 6XB; Telephone: 01928 733 777; Email:

St Augustine’s Priory course (cost £450), please contact: St Augustine’s Priory, Cliff Road, Old Colwyn, Colwyn Bay.  LL29 9RW; Telephone: 01492 541 223; Email:

Rydal Hall course (cost £550) please contact: the Bookings Team, Rydal Hall, Rydal, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LX; Telephone: 015394 32050; Email:

For more information on the evening classes, please email

From ‘Church Times’ (May 2018):

“The Revd 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.”



with Aidan Hart
2021 MAY 10-14
at Walcot Hall, Lydbury North, Shropshire, SY7 8AZ

The teaching

This year, as in previous years, I shall be running a five-day icon workshop in May 10- 14, 2021, at beautiful Walcot Hall in Lydbury North, Shropshire (

We shall be concentrating on the face and hands, so the icon will be a bust (waist up). There will also be a talk with slides.

We all do the same icon, with Aidan guiding us through the different stages of building up colours in egg tempera on a previously prepared gessoed panel.

Aidan Hart

Aidan Hart

Participants bring their own pigments, panel and equipment. About three months before the course, students will be sent a list of materials that they will need to bring with them, along with instructions on how to make the gessoed panel. If desired, students can instead purchase a prepared panel. They will also be sent a digital copy of the icon that we shall be working on and will be expected to do a drawing of this before the workshop begins, so that we have maximum time for learning painting skills during the course itself.

The course consists of around seven hours tuition per day (9.00 am – 5.00 pm, except Monday when 10.30 am–5.00 pm, and Friday when 9.00 am -1.00 pm). There are places for twelve participants.


The nearest international airports are Birmingham International and Manchester. The nearest train station is Craven Arms, six miles from Walcot Hall. From there the best thing is a taxi (this needs to be booked in advance). Do a Google search for current taxi companies.

The cost

The cost for the teaching will be £444 (£370 plus 20% VAT).
The fee includes a substantial cooked lunch and morning and afternoon teas with biscuits and cakes.
A £30 deposit will be required by those whose registration is accepted. The non­refundable balance of £414 will be due about three months before the course begins; an invoice will be mailed about two weeks before that due date.


The course offers self-catering accommodation at Walcot Hall to those who wish it. Participants are given their own bedroom in one of the Walcot apartments. Each apartment has two to three bedrooms and its own kitchen and bathroom or two. Accommodation is booked through the course and not directly with Walcot Hall.
The cost is £220 per person. This includes the bed linen and towels, and the food supplies for you to make your own breakfast. Participants will need to arrange their own evening meals. Bishops Castle is 3 miles (5 km) away and has numerous shops, takeaways and eating places.  A non-refundable £20 deposit is required of successful registrants.

The course accommodation is available from 9.30 am Monday until 1.00 pm Friday. Sometimes your room will be available at Walcot Hall for the Sunday night before the course (though not usually Friday night), but you will have to contact the office and arrange and pay for this extra night yourself directly (phone 01588 680570). Alternatively, if you need accommodation for Sunday or Friday nights, you might be able to get rooms at the following local places:


If you wish to come, please fill in and return the registration form (see below) that is available via email:  Acceptance is on a first-come first-served basis, so only the senders of the first twelve registrants’ forms to be received can be accepted (places are usually filled within a few days). Successful registrants will then be sent an invoice for the deposits (£30 for tuition only, or £50 for tuition plus accommodation). These are non-refundable.

With best wishes,

Aidan Hart.


2021 MAY 10-14

at Walcot Hall, Lydbury North, Shropshire


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