1st and 2nd semesters Thursdays 10am to 12 noon                              (Max. No. 10)
A prayer experience

Learn to paint icons the traditional way



This class will include direction in the making of an icon: writing/painting of the icon with gauche; gluing on the board; positioning of the linen on the board. Learning the “gesso method”; placing 12 coats of gilders whiting; the final sanding to take the “line drawing”. Then students will learn the use of the Stylus to incise the plaster ready to receive the colours. Students’ first icon will be Christ Pantocrator.

At the completion of icon classes for the year there will be a Eucharist and blessing of icons.

The following materials are supplied: wood (pine), linen cloth, glue and gesso. Students supply their own brushes (Sable 0, 00, 000). A colour chart is provided for paints (Gauche). Handouts are also supplied.

Total Cost: $150.00 to be paid to the YTU Registrar (Cheques payable to YTU)

To develop an understanding of what icons are, what their meaning and function is. The writing/painting of icons is approached with prayer and quiet so the student can benefit in his or her prayer life. “Icons are open books to remind us of God.”



Sendler, Egon. The Icon: Image of the invisible, Elements of Theology, Aesthetics and Technique. Translated by Steven Bigham, Rendondo Beach CA: Oakwood Publications, 1988.

John, of Damascus, Saint. On the Divine Images : Three Apologies Against Those who Attack the Divine Images. Translated by David Anderson. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1980.

Schonborn, Christoph von. God’s Human Face: The Christ-icon. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 1994.

Evdokimov, Paul. The Art of the Icon : A Theology of Beauty. Translated by Fr. Steven Bigham. Redondo Beach, CA: Oakwood Publications, 1990.

St. Paschal College
90 Albion Road, Box Hill 3128
(03) 9896 4400

Classes run from 9th March until 30th November and are held at Yarra Theological Union, 98 Albion Road Box Hill (Classroom 3)
All enquiries and payments to be made through YTU reception 9890 3771