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


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

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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

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