Our Lady of Perpetual Help Iconography Course

Join us for a four-day course on the Icon of the Lady of Perpetual Help done in Traditional egg tempera.  We will make a 11 x 14 “ image on a Masonite board or you can order a Traditional wood board with raised edges for $120.00.  Must be ordered 3 weeks before course.

The course meets two weekends:

May 19, 20 and 26, 27

Time: 10-4 every day   

Costs: $400

$50 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot which will go toward the cost of the Course.

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ABOUT THE COURSE: This course will be taught in the Traditional method of dark to light, using egg tempera.   It is designed for those who have painted an icon previously. Due to time constraints there will be no gilding. Classes will be six hours each day (except Sunday), including a lunch break. Please bring your own lunch (or you can buy it here-several restaurants). We will be discussing the historical development and meaning of this icon during the class.

BOARDS: For this course the student will use the clay flat-panel board (provided in cost).  Or the students may request a traditional prepared wood board but it will be an additional $115.00, due at the time of registration. Must request a board no later than 2 weeks before course.


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 www.sacredpresence.com

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