Intensive Course: Theotokos of the Sign


Intensive Course: Theotokos of the Sign


 This is a five-day course focusing on oil and beer glue-gilding, painting techniques of egg tempera and prayer.  We will look at the symbolism of this icon, technique and it’s history.  You also will have some options on how to do the background.  Another image is coming shortly . . .

When: February 20-25, 2018

Time: 10-4pm

Cost $550.00.  Includes a Masonite board and most supplies.  If you want to bring your own board or to order a raised traditional board let us know when you sign up.  The Cost is $150 per board, Measurements are 11.5″ high by 13″ across. . . Class closes Feb 19th.

Taught by Colette Kalvesmaki- email for questions:

To sign up see below:

$100 deposit

Payment in full

Board Payment



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  (All these can be bought at the course)

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 Kalvesmaki,  Founder and Director of the Center for Byzantine Material Arts, Iconographer, Art Restorer.

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

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