Sacred Doorways – Byzantine Iconography


More than decorative elements, color plays a very important role in Byzantine iconography, which is one of the oldest art forms to survive unchanged for the past 2,000 years. Students are introduced to both the practical and the theoretical part of the iconographic tradition (iconology). You’ll use natural materials: wood panels gessoed with naturally ground, genuine gold leaf and egg tempera made from natural pigments. You’ll learn the language of light, color, image and symbol, with the iconic symbolism explained alongside the technical instruction. Fee: $55/session member, $70/session non-member. Pre-registration required. Open to both experienced and amateur students. No artistic experience is required from the beginning student.


Mon, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. – noon

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

Mon, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, Jan. 30, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, Feb. 20, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, March 6, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, March 20, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, March 27, 9 a.m. - noon

Mon, April 3, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, April 17, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, May 15, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, June 5, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, June 19, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, June 26, 9 a.m. - noon

Mon, July 3, 9 a.m. - noon


Instructor: Laurence Pierson


Laurence Pierson has over 20 years of experience in icon painting. She studied iconography at the Louvre, Paris, under a Lebanese master. Later, she studied with a Greek and a Chilean iconographer, and thus was exposed to different schools and different techniques while refining her own approach. Laurence has taught in France and Ireland, and since 2010, in Denver.