Since 1995, the Iconography Workshop of the Orthodox Academy of Crete (OAC) cultivates the Byzantine art through the painting of icons and also by informing groups visiting the OAC on iconography. The Workshop provide iconography seminars to groups and to individuals from Greece and abroad. These seminars aim at offering a general orientation and acquaintance with Byzantine art. The main emphasis lies on the portable icon painting. The participants will learn and practice the techniques that are being applied during the different phases of its creation.
Parallel to the practical section of their training, the participants get information on the theoretical framework of Byzantine iconography. The OAC scientific advisors deliver lectures on the theology of icons and the history of iconography. During the courses, the participants will visit places directly connected to the hagiographic tradition of the Orthodox Church, as it was experienced in the island of Crete. They have the opportunity to admire and study masterpieces of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art; many of them are to be found in their ‘natural place‘, in the churches and the monasteries. The participants stay at the OAC and taste the traditional Cretan cuisine. At the end of the courses, the participants receive a certificate from the OAC confirming their participation.
Dates of the iconography seminars
17 – 28 March 2016
Registration Deadline until 30th of January 2016
10 – 21 April 2016 Registration Deadline until 28th of February 2016
17- 27 October 2016 Registration Deadline until 30th of June 2016
For further information and registration please get in contact with Konstantina Stefanaki, Iconographer of the OAC Orthodox Academy of Crete 73006 Kolympari – Chania, Crete,
Tel.: +30-28240-22245, Fax: +30-28240-22060