Sacred Doorways – Byzantine Iconography- Beginner


More than a decorative element, 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 and learn the language of light, color, image and symbol. Iconic symbolism is explained alongside the technical instruction. Note: The sessions are independent from each other and you can skip a session, however it takes several sessions to finish an icon.



Pre-registration required. Open to both experienced and amateur students. No artistic experience is required from the beginning student.


Fee: $55/session member, $70/session non-member.


Instructor: Laurence Pierson

Mon, Jan. 29, 9 a.m.-noon

Mon, March 5, 9 a.m.-noon

Mon, April 16, 9 a.m.-noon

Mon, June 11, 9 a.m.-noon

Mon, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. – noon


Laurence Pierson has over 25 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.

Dates + Times

Oct. 1
Monday, 9:00 am
Nov. 19
Monday, 9:00 am