Icon Painting Workshop         
September 26 - October 1, 2022.
Knock, Ireland

Alexian Brothers Monastery

Due to the circumstances the Alexian brothers will only take people who are fully vaccinated.

Join us on this six-day intensive course where we will captivate you in the art of the Byzantium painting technique. During the course we'll write (paint) the icon of Virgin Mary holding child Jesus.
Besides Christ, no other subject has been more depicted than Mary, the Theotokos (Greek for “Mother of God”, literally “God-Bearer”).
This  “Virgin Mary” icon will come alive before you as the visiting master iconographer and expert instructor, Theodoros Papadopoulos, guides you, step by step, through the ancient techniques of Byzantine Iconography.
Let us journey together, discovering anew, this traditional artistic expression of theology and spirituality, often called the "meeting place of the Divine". Whether you are absolute beginner or an advanced artist, this workshop offers an opportunity to learn or refine your techniques in this sacred art.
The techniques of painting will be taught in a clear and concrete way enabling the students to follow the instructor for an outcome of a beautiful icon.
The course focuses on the art of egg tempera painting. Our goal is for students to understand and learn the artistic practices as well as the philosophy of Orthodox Iconography. The coursework is divided into individual steps; the instructor explains the principles and then demonstrates each phase in detail, answering all questions. Through the process of demonstrations the stages as well the whole method of painting an icon will be presented.  The students will then put into practice these skills under the guidance of the instructor Theodoros Papadopoulos.
From the very beginning to the completion of the course, every student will work on his or her painting with assistance by the instructor.
The size of the icon is 34X25 cm.
Click here to view a photo gallery of the latest course I taught at the Alexian Brothers monastery.
The schedule.
The schedule of courses runs daily from 9 am until 16:30.
Nevertheless, there is a possibility, if needed and depending on the progress of the courses, to extend the schedule by one and a half hours every day throughout the workshop and finish each day at 18:00.
Therefore, please arrange your schedule so that if necessary to be able to stay until 18:00.
Theodoros Papadopoulos.
Click here to watch a short video about Theodoros Papadopoulos's Icon Painting workshops.
Alexian Brothers Monastery
Co. Mayo
Eircode: F12 PK73
Click here for Map & Directions.
Course fee: 480. The price includes all materials including boards, pigments, etc.
No deposit is required to reserve a place in this workshop.
The course fee is due upon arrival on September 26, 2022.
If you are interested in signing up, please contact Theodoros Papadopoulos at

The Alexian brothers have excellent accommodations.
The price for rooms full board is €45 and for apartments full board €50.
Both prices include full meals, (breakfast, lunch and evening meal).
For room reservations, contact Brother Dermot at: cellerbruders@gmail.com
or call the guest masters the Alexian brothers on 00353 94937 6996
The best time to call is 10-12.30 daily.

If you have any question about the course, please contact the instructor Theodoros Papadopoulos at: theodoreicons@gmail.com


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