Immanuel Icons

an orthodox christian iconography studio
in pittsburgh, pennsylvania


In all classes:

  • The primary requirements are prayer and humility
  • The traditional mediums are taught:  egg tempera, gold leaf, and gesso (the animal skin and chalk used to prepare the boards in a very specific process)
  • Students are equipped, over time, to understand for themselves the spiritual and aesthetic properties of iconography, enabling them to participate in the living tradition.  In other words, this is not a color-by-number iconography class.
Private Classes are always available! 
Contact me to arrange a time.
Private classes are custom-designed to fit what you want to learn.
(Above) Previous summer intensive workshop and (left) 3 students in action!
Iconography Talks and Workshops

Please contact me if you are interested a talk or workshop at your church or institution!

Annual Saturday-morning and Summer week-long class, Immanuel Icons Studio, Pittsburgh, PA.

I give these classes out of my studio most years in the Spring and August (respectively).  Students work on a traditional icon, by the grace of God!  If you want to be on the mailing list to be notified of upcoming classes, e-mail me.

Girls Retreat, Orthodox Church of America, St. Basil's Academy, NY, Nov. 11-13, 2016.

Girls Arts Camp, MD, June 2016.

Glass Icon Workshop, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Glastonbury, CT, Fall, 2015.

Students of all ages were able to complete a glass icon during a 3-hour workshop.  I also led the Sunday morning adult education hour.

Iconography Talk, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Fall 2015, University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University campus group.

Iconography Talk, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Fall, 2015, Sunday morning adult education.

Glass Icon Workshop for Children and Teens, St. Emmelia’s Orthodox Homeschool Conference, Antiochian Village, PA, Spring, 2015.

Talk and Hands-on Workshop at Academic Conference, St. Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame, Spring 2015.

My talk, “Learning to See,” was part of the larger conference, “Seeing With the Eyes of the Heart:  Cultivating a Sacramental Imagination in an Age of Pornography.”  I also gave a 1.5/hour glass-icon workshop for conference participants.

3-Session Glass Icon Workshop at Girls’ Arts Camp, Maryland, 2013.

Iconography Talk, St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA, 2012.  Part of an Open House event.

4-Day Iconography Workshop, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Sewickley, PA, 2010.

Students were able to complete a simple traditional icon at a prayerful retreat that ran Thursday night, all day Friday and Saturday, and Sunday afternoon.

2-Hour Iconography Workshop, Laurelville Mennonite Retreat Center, PA, 2008.

4-Session “Images of Advent” Art History Talk, Union Church, Chicago, IL, 2004.

Iconography Talk and Prayer Workshop, National Cathedral, Washington D.C., Summer, 2002.

This talk was part of a larger retreat on contemplative prayer.

Academic Talk on Iconography, Conference on Spirituality and Social Justice, Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2002.

My talk, “Learning to See,” was later turned into a chapter on a book based on this conference, entitled Vital Christianity:  Spirituality, Justice, and Christian Practice, edited by David L. Weaver-Zercher and William H. Willimon.

6-Session Lenten Iconography Class, Saint Paul and the Redeemer Episcopal Church, Chicago, IL, 2002.