May 5th, 2017 by email@example.com
May 5th, 2017 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all students of Wayne Hajos, Richard Christin, Karen Ward and Colette Kalvesmaki!
‘Meet the Artist Night’ will be held for all of you October 27, 5:30-8 pm.
The Center for Byzantine Material Arts is hosting our first Student Icon Exhibit which can include other icons and drawings of icons you have done since our instruction (it will be juried to make sure all items entered line up with the Center’s mission).
Deadline for entry Oct 1st and we need all your works at the studio by Oct 11th before 7 pm. Volunteers to help hang would be most welcome!
Pick-up: You can pick up your items anytime after the show concludes and when we are open after Dec 30th, but all must be picked up by Jan 9th, unless other arrangements have been made. All payments will be made to artisans by Jan 10th.
We ask that everyone fill out the paperwork to show their works (We will send upon request).
Please send paperwork to CBMA 716 Monroe St NE #7, Washington DC 20007.
All art work can be brought to the same location, with your name on the back of the piece and hanging ready.
Cost:$25 to enter up to 3 icons and $25 to enter up to 3 more and so on for processing. The Center asks 25% of the sales on top of entry fee. Send check or credit (with paypal below). Write checks to CBMA and send to above address.
We will need a short bio on each participant (small paragraph) and we will pass out fliers for all participants to give to friends, family and churches. . .. Make sure they are hanging ready. Send all inquiries to email@example.com or call 301 977 7297 or 301 977 7297.
See you soon!
June 12th, 2017 by firstname.lastname@example.org
We will meet for 2 intensive days September 23-24th from 10-4pm . No gilding will be possible for those times, but if students want to gild we will offer a special day of gilding the following Saturday or set up a time for individual students.
Cost $300 +supplies. $50 non-refundable fee to sign up.
(For gold instruction cost will be an additional $125 and will happen the following Sat 10-2 or special appointed time.)
Sign-ups close September 13th.
We will be using a cold wax method. Supplies included the clear cold wax, mixing tools and mediums for the initial stage, pigments, panel-9 x 12. The cost for supplies will be separate. (price forth coming)
Learn how this particular Icon and many of the icons made before the 9th century were likely done-in encaustic, or more likely, the cold wax method. The Christ Pantocrator of St. Catherine’s Monastery at Sinai is one of the oldest Byzantine icons, dating from the sixth century AD. It is the earliest known well-known version of the Pantocrator style that still survives today, and is regarded by historians and scholars to be one of the most important and recognizable works in the study of Byzantine art as well as Eastern Orthodox Christianity.[2 to learn more visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ_Pantocrator_(Sinai)
For more questions contact Colette – email@example.com
WHAT TO BRING: pencil, eraser, scissors, drafting compass (all optional)
BRUSHES: Hog brush: flat 1″ wide or more, One stippled or beat-up brush for mixing, One small hog script or round for detail: #3 and #4 (I would bring all your brushes . . .)
Pallete knives; small, large and mixing-sold at the CBMA studio
MAKE-UPS: Every day of instruction presupposes knowledge of the days that precede it. If you can’t make a day, we can finish the icon at a later appointment. Call for questions.
May 10th, 2017 by firstname.lastname@example.org
We are holding our first crowd-funding campaign to meet some of our goals before the end of the year. If you’d like to learn more and contribute please visit;
Tell your friends and church!
Visit our gallery of icons
Lecture Series from Scholars all around the globe
Intensive Icon Courses
Karen’s Drawing Course
August 29th, 2016 by email@example.com
2017 Programs Up-coming
Kickstart/Indi Go Go Summer Campaign (June 23-Aug 23) tell your friends! Help us bring you visiting fine artists and Iconographers from around the world for intensive courses in the areas of illuminated manuscript, frescos, mosaics and more. See web site for more details.
Icon Drawing 101 for a one day intensive course in Iconographic drawing. Dates: either July 22 or Aug 5. Course taught by Karen Ward. More details on website.
Kids Icon drawing Camp Aug 1-4 in DC location and Aug 8-11 in Leesburg VA at the Trinity House Cafe. Both camps are 10-12am. Learn how to draw an icon the way it was taught from long ago, accompanied with story time picture books about the saint’s lives. See web site for more info.
Sept 1st Lecture
Sept 23/24. Intensive Iconography Encaustic Course on- The Christ of Sinai
Oct 6th Lecture
Student Exhibit-Oct through end of Dec. Wine and Cheese Night for Opening Oct Fri 27th 5pm-on. ($20 fee to enter 3 icons, more details in program) Exhibit opens Oct 13th.*
Gilding Course-Oct 28th 10-2 with Wayne Hajos and Colette Kalvesmaki
Christmas Icon and Tile Raffle Starting in Oct.-runs through beginning of new year. Enter win a beautiful hand-painted icon of the Nativity, St. Nicholas or a tile of St. Nicholas. Each raffle ticket is $5.
Nov 3rd Lecture
Date TBA-Dumbarton Oaks Behind the Exhibit Visit. Maximus of 10 students. Suggested $25 donation to CBMA.
Dec 1st Lecture
St. Nicholas Children’s Story and Craft Day Dec 2, Sat at 11am-12:30-Need craft ideas . . . and volunteers *
Announce winner of Icon/tile after the first
Take a break for month of Jan.
Summer Soiree -TBA
Needs: We are in search of a file cabinet, shelves for our main gallery wall from Ikea, office phone, New projector. Let us know if you are interested in donating for these causes. Thank You!!
August 25th, 2016 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Karen Ward for more information at: email@example.com
When: July 22nd
or Aug 5th 2017
Supply list at registration
Most supplies can be bought at the Center for Byzantine Material Art
Karen Ward, Iconographer, Artist, Art Teacher
Karen attended Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, then married and raised three children. Art was a daily activity in their home. She completed her Certificate in Painting and Drawing from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC and focused on landscape painting after moving to a farm in Culpepper County, Virginia. Her paintings have been exhibited in juried local and national shows in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, and she has been represented by three galleries in Virginia. Karen has taught drawing and painting classes for the past twelve years and is proud that some of her students have gone on to exhibit and sell their work in juried shows and in galleries!
Now accepting commission for icons, she spends her time painting icons and teaching art classes.
May 18th, 2017 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for 4 hours of instruction learning the various types of gilding used in Iconography and other contexts.
Saturday October 28th, 2017, 10-1pm
To sign up-click below-
In this course students will learn: oil gilding, water gilding (with various design instructions for this type of gilding), beer-glue techniques and shell gold application. All work will be on a 8″ clay Maronite board and will be a combination of demonstration by instructors and hands on application by students. We will not be working on an image, just application.
3 sheet of gold and most other materials will be provided for each student- see below. All things provided are marked “provided”. Gold, brushes and other supplies can be purchased at the CBMA.
Items needed for class:
1-Liner brush: size 1-4 water-color
1-round fluffy brush: size 8 up watercolor
q-tips, cotton ball –provided
February 16th, 2016 by Joel kalvesmaki
Summer Drawing Course on Iconography and lives of the saints
These interactive classes teach various aspects of the icon to children at least 7 years of age and up. Activities range from demonstration, interactive discussions, story time and drawing an icon themselves on beautiful sienna paper to take home. We will practice drawing eyes, nose and mouth every day then put it all together in the final class. Along with that we will have a lesson or story for the day.
Lesson 1-What is an Icon-St Euphrosynos-Drawing eyes and noses.
Lesson 2-Icon Symbols and their Meaning- A Look at Rublev’s Trinity Icon-Drawing mouth and ears.
Lesson 3-A look at Pigments and How to Make Paints and Gesso (demo)
Lesson 4-Russian Fairy Tales and the Icon: The Tale of St George-Drawing the final angel bust.
When: Aug 1st-4th, 2017 in DC
Aug 8-11 in Leesburg (Trinity House Cafe)
Cost: $50 per child, $25 off each sibling there after
$25 non-refundable deposit to hold your space
Trinity House Cafe is located at-101 E Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176
Taught by Colette Kalvesmaki
January 17th, 2015 by email@example.com
Join us for an evening of exploration into iconography and faith from respected scholars, clergy and Iconographers. Talks start at 7 pm followed by questions and refreshments. Come early and visit our surrounding vendors and restaurants before the lecture and make an evening of it!
Suggested donation $10
RSVP would be nice! byzarts.com
March 31st, 2015 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Programs: Private Instruction, Drawing Courses, Intensive Courses, Open Studio, Commissions
Private Instruction: Every work begins with prayer. As this is a work to deepen one’s spiritual life all are expected to read about iconography as well from the list of suggested books and to prepare oneself before working. Each instructor has a format they teach by, usually starting with the face of an angel. One can start either with the preparation of the board or with the painting process. Gilding is not included until the student has completed several icons and a state ready for gilding. Raised unprepared boards can be bought at the wish of the student for an extra cost (price depends on size). Each class is $40 which includes all supplies.
The mediums are egg tempera or encaustic. The lessons follow a course much as the Traditional schools of old. This is a living Tradition and is important for us to carefully pass on the practice, prayer and theology of the icon. The length of the lesson is usually an hour.
The goal is to take privately until the instructor advises the student to join the Open Lessons (see below). If the student wishes they can continue privately but are encouraged to work on their own and come to class with questions.
Lessons and Intensive Courses can be bought as a gift too. Ask about our Student Vouchers.
Drawing courses are advised for those who have had no exposure to drawing or painting previously, but not necessary for those who have to begin an icon. They usually meet on Saturdays and are a couple of hours.
Intensive courses are open to anyone interested and are offered usually every other month. A deposit is necessary to hold your place. Cost and time depend largely on the difficulty of the icon between 125-$500. Check website and fliers for details.
Open Lessons are walk in sessions for those who already know how to work (mostly) on their own but have a question or two or who simply like to work with a group in a quite setting. Email and set a time to come in. People usually stay 1 to 3 hours. We ask $10 for however long you stay. Most come on Saturdays.
We accept commission and work usually in two or three payments. When ordering, we ask for a payment up front. Prices vary accordingly. It’s best to visit the websites to choose a style. (see byzarts.com –Gallery of Artist page)
For more Detail visit our website www.byzarts.arts.com
Icon Galleries and Store are located at:
Center for Byzantine Material Arts
The Monroe Street Arts Walk
(by Catholic University)
716 Monroe St. NE #7, Washington DC 20017
Metro stop: red line CUA/Brookline
Hours of operation are: Wed-Fri 9-4, Sat 9-4 and Sun 12-4
PH: 301 977 7297
(Call to see if we are working in the studio before or after hours. If someone is there, you are welcome to come in!)
Trinity House Cafe
101 E. Market St., Leesburg VA 20176
Hours of operation are Mon: 8-4,Tue-Fri: 8-9, Sat: 8-9 Sun: 8-8 .
All works are for sale unless stated otherwise. Prices vary. We have various mediums and artisans from around the greater DC area showing at the Arts Walk location in DC.