At the time of writing (June 2021) courses displayed on these pages may be subject to cancellation and postponement.
Icon Painting courses in 2021 lead by the Revd Christopher Perrins (Updated: June 2021)
During 2021, it is there will be residential courses at two locations: St Augustine’s Priory, Old Colwyn, North Wales, Monday 9th to Sunday 15th August, 2021, and Rydal Hall, nr Ambleside in the Lake District, Monday 8th to Friday 12th November, 2021 (the Course at Foxhill House in Cheshire has been postponed to Monday 25th to Friday 29th April, 2022) and there will also be evening classes in Liverpool starting in the Autumn (all dates 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.
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 £495), please contact: Foxhill House and Woodlands, Tarvin Road, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 6XB; Telephone: 01928 733 777; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
Rydal Hall course (cost £550) please contact: the Bookings Team, Rydal Hall, Rydal, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LX; Telephone: 015394 32050; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the evening classes, please e-mail: email@example.com
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.”