Once a Month Book-Club-starting in February



If you would like to be part of a book club all about icons, join us once a month to discuss a chapter in our chosen book.  We hope to meet the last Saturday of every month at 10 am.   This first book will be, “BEAUTY, SPIRIT, MATTER” by Aiden Hart.

We have some of this book available in our bookstore.  Or I can do a large order if needed-just let me know if you are interested.


Our first meeting will be Feb 17th at 10 Am.  It’s free. Hope to see you there~

our email: cbma@byzarts.com


St Patrick Icon Course in March: 9-10th


The Center for Byzantine Material Arts will hold a two day Intensive Iconography Course this Lenten Season on our beloved saint; St. Patrick- in two locations.  Choose either the Washington DC area or the Manassas VA location.

We will be working in the Traditional method of dark to light in egg tempera on a board.

(We will offer a masonite board in the cost, but you can order a special carved out wood board at least 2 weeks before the class for an additional $95). There will be no gilding for this course.

When: March 9-10, Friday and Saturday from 10-4pm in Washington DC 

Location: Center for Byzantine Material Arts

 716 Monroe St NE #7 Washington DC 20017

Cost: $350


When: March 16th and 17th, Friday and Saturday 10-4

Location: Nativity of Our Lord Orthodox Church,  8911 Weems Rd, Manassas, VA 20110

Cost: $350

To hold your non-refundable spot for either course sign up below.

To pay in full sign up here:

For questions email CBMA@byzarts.com


This course will be taught by both Colette Kalvesmaki and Karen Ward.

For supplies see below.


WHAT TO BRING: pencil, eraser, rinse jar, palette, ruler, scissors, drafting compass (all optional)

BRUSHES: One water color wash brush: very fluffy, at least 1ʺ wide.

One tool or stipple brush or a beat-up brush for mixing.

One small watercolor script: #1 or #2

Several larger brushes for blending: rounds #2 or #3  and up if you have them (All these can be bought at the Center)

MAKE-UPS: Every day of instruction presupposes knowledge of the days that precede it, so every class is required to proceed to the next one. If you need to miss one of the painting days toward the end of a course, that time can be made up by appointment on another Friday or Saturday.  If the student does not finish by the end of the course they can schedule a time to come in and finish.

Colette M. Kalvesmaki is trained in the tradition of Byzantine-Russian iconography.  She uses traditional materials such as egg tempera, gold on fine woods for panel icons as well as fresco for wall finishes. She graduated with a BA in Classical Archaeology in 1989 from the University of California, Santa Barbara and worked as an archaeologist in America and Greece before returning to school to receive a Masters in Theology from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 1993. She moved to Massachusetts to study intensively for three years under the renowned Russian iconographer Ksenia Pokrovsky. While in Boston, Colette was also trained as an art restorer with Treffler and Sons Art Restoration Studios and in recent years has trained in the Buon Fresco Academy of Wall Artistry, expanding her abilities to a variety of wall finishes.

Colette started The Center for Byzantine Material Arts in Virginia in 2014 and continues to paint, teach and lecture for various Churches, Museums and Universities.  Her work can be found in formal exhibits, churches and private collections in America and internationally.

For more information on Colette and her work, visit www.sacredpresence.com

Brushed with faith by Catholic News Service  —https://youtu.be/GeisvsUDle8

Karen Ward completed her Certificate in Painting and Drawing from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC in 2009 with a focus on landscape painting.  She is currently working on her Masters of Arts through the St. Stephan’s MA Program at the Antiochian Village located in Ligonier PA.  Her paintings have been exhibited in juried local and national shows in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, and she has been represented in various galleries in Virginia. Karen has taught drawing and painting classes for the past twelve years. Many of her students have gone on to exhibit and sell their works in juried shows and in galleries around the area.

For more on Karen visit www.MANDORLA-ARTS.COM

Icon Drawing Class 3: Clothing and Body with Karen Ward

Icon Drawing III Course 


For those who have attended the Icon Drawing Classes or
have previous drawing experience, this course will continue the study of
the icon drawing.  We will work with the whole figure, learning how the lines of the clothing support the structure of the body and provide a guide
for the radiant light of the icon face.

When: March 31, 10-3pm

Supplies provided!


To sign up go to button below

For questions contact CBMA@byzarts.com or call 301 977 7297

John B. Hume

John B. Hume, Tilist

Following a 16-year career in construc­tion, John and Lynn Hume founded the Sligo Creek Tile Company of Takoma Park, Maryland, in 1997. The tile company designs and produces original gift and architectural  and religious ceramic products that are distributed through eastern-U.S. retail outlets  such as the Center for Byzantine Material Arts and the internet at sligocreek.com.

Icon Drawing II in March 2018 with Karen Ward


Icon Drawing Class II


Join Karen for step by step guidance in learning to draw the many facets of an icon.


When: Saturday March 3, 2018

Time: 10-4pm

Cost: $130

To sign up, click below:


For those who have attended the Icon Drawing Class 1 or have previous drawing experience and would like to enhance their drawing ability, this course will, emphasizing how to depict the light that emanates from the figure(s). Working in a larger scaled format, we will also use various types of papers and techniques, adding color to our studies with traditional conte crayons and watercolor and/or gouache.

Basic supplies will be provided for the workshop but students are encouraged to bring their own media. Some supplies will be offered for sale at the studio.

Contact Karen Ward at karen@mandorla-arts.com  for questions and sign up at byzarts.com

2018 Programs Through May

Upcoming Events for Most of the Year


February 20-25, Special Intensive Iconography Course: Theotokos of the sign.  Gilding, done in egg tempera. Cost $550.00.  Includes most supplies.

Monthly Book Reading Club Feb 17th at 10AM (Book: Beauty, Spirit, Matter; Icons in the Modern World by Aiden Hart.  Supplies at CBMA).


March 2 at 7pm, First Friday of the Month Lecture series with Marc Ivan.

March 3 Icon Drawing II with Karen Ward.  Time: Saturday at 10-4.  Cost $130.00

March 9-10 (at the DC Center) Intensive St. Patrick Icon Course, taught by Colette Kalvesmaki and Karen Ward. Cost $350

March  16-17 (at Nativity of Our Lord in Manassas VA) Intensive St. Patrick Icon Course, taught by Colette Kalvesmaki and Karen Ward. Cost $350

 March 31st Icon Drawing III with Karen Ward.  Time: Saturday at 10-4.  Cost $130.00

Mar 24 @ 10am  Monthly Book Reading Club  (Book: Beauty, Spirit, Matter; Icons in the Modern World by Aiden Hart.  Supplies at CBMA).


April 13 @ 7pm First Friday Night Lecture series by Robyn Darling young. Suggested donation: $10

April 21 10-4 Drawing Angel wings with Colette Kalvesmaki. Time: 10-4. Coast $130.

Monthly Book Reading Club


May 4 @ 7pm First Friday Night lecture by Alexis Torrance: Persons or Principles?  The meaning of the Byzantine icon revisited. Suggested donation: $10-last lecture till September

May 12 Color Seminar. History, the making of pigments-demonstration, the color wheel and application of color. Taught by Colette Kalvesmaki and Karen Ward.  Time:10-3.   Cost: $150


June 22-23 Icon face of the Virgin Pelagonitissa in egg tempera with Colette Kalvesmaki. 10-4 each day. Cost: $350


ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS IN BOSTON COLLECTIONS is the first exhibition to showcase highlights of illuminated manuscripts in the Boston area. An ambitious collaborative project, Beyond Words is notable for the size of its curatorial team, the number of lending institutions, and a multi-venue display. The exhibition presents more than 260 outstanding manuscripts and printed books from nineteen Boston-area collections, dating from the ninth to the seventeenth centuries. The exhibit is supplemented by an extensive catalog, a three-day symposium, and public programming. Explore the website for additional information on Beyond Word://beyondwords2016.org/#overview.

More info at  http://beyondwords2016.org/#overview

Encounter: The Mosaics in the Monastery of St. Catherine at Mount Sinai

Encounter: The Mosaics in the Monastery of St. Catherine at Mount Sinai

I first went to Sinai in March 1987, when I was an MA student at the Courtauld and wanted to do my master’s thesis on images of the Transfiguration in Byzantine art. The palaver of getting it all together was very complicated: applications for travel awards….

Jaś Elsner. “Encounter: The Mosaics in the Monastery of St. Catherine at Mount Sinai.” Gesta 55, no. 1 (Spring 2016).