IconsTrinity Iconography Institute

Ministry and Mission

To spread the knowledge, veneration and use of icons to the world. Iconography is considered a spiritual practice and journey, carrying with it all the benefits of prayer that any form of prayer offers. The Trinity Iconography Institute exists to teach the ancient and historically correct methods of writing an icon and has undertaken to stay within the traditions and rubrics of the Eastern or Orthodox Church, the guardian of icons and iconography for the past 1000 years.

Students are welcome from any Christian tradition and are expected to undertake their studies in a prayerful, meditative and authentic way. The additional benefit is the completed icon that a student takes from the class.

Trinity Iconography Institute Class Schedule: 2014-2015

We are pleased to announce the following Class Schedule for Beginner’s Classes in Iconography. Father Jon Buffington, a Chaldean priest, Master Iconographer and our instructor at Trinity Iconography Institute will teach all classes. Class size will be limited to a maximum of 10 students. Classes are conducted in relative silence, as a spiritual journey, always starting with group prayer. Classes are open to all Christians of any tradition, over the age of 18.

Note: If it is determined by the Director that insufficient numbers of students have registered for any class, then that class may be cancelled.

Spring 2014 Class: Every Monday beginning on February 17, 2014 and running for 12 weeks. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 9:00 p.m. each evening. Register by January 20, 2014.

Summer 2014 Class #1: Beginning Monday, August 4, 2014 and running for one week. Classes begin at 8.30 am and will recess daily at 4.30 pm. A lunch period of 1 hour is taken. Students may bring lunch or order from a no-host deli menu. Deli lunches will be delivered to the Cathedral; soft drinks & refreshments will be provided. Register by July 7, 2014.

Summer 2014 Class #2: Beginning Monday, August 18, 2014 and running for one week. This class is for students who have previously taken at least one other approved class in iconography, using egg-tempera. Advanced subjects to be taught will be announced later. All other information is as above. Register by July 7, 2014.

Fall Class 2014: Every Monday beginning October 20, 2014 and running for 12 weeks. Classes begin at 6.30 pm and continue until 9 pm each evening. (Ends Jan 5, 2015) Register by September 21, 2014.

Spring Class 2015: Every Monday beginning February 16, 2015 and running for 12 weeks. Classes begin at 6.30 pm and continue until 9 pm each evening. (Ends May 11, 2015) Register by January 18, 2015.

Summer 2015 Class #1: Beginning Monday, August 3, 2015 and running for one week. Classes begin at 8.30 am and will recess daily at 4.30 pm. A lunch period of 1 hour is taken. Students may bring lunch or order from a no-host deli menu. Deli lunches will be delivered to the Cathedral; soft drinks & refreshments will be provided. Register by July 5, 2015.

Summer 2015 Class #2: Beginning Monday, August 17, 2015 and running for one week. This class is for students who have previously taken at least one other approved class in iconography, using egg-tempera. Advanced subjects to be taught will be announced later. All other information is as above. Register by July 5, 2015.

Fall 2015 Class: Every Monday beginning October 19, 2015 and running for 12 weeks. Classes begin at 6.30 pm and continue until 9 pm each evening. (Ends Jan 11, 2016) Register by September 20, 2015.

Fees: Fees for any of the above classes are $300, including a $50 Administrative fee. Supplies costs will vary and are in addition to the fees.

Location: All classes are held in the Bishop Scott Room, in the lower part of Trinity Cathedral’s Commons (adjacent to the Cathedral). Trinity Cathedral is located at 147 NW 19th Avenue, Portland, Oregon (corner of NW 19th and Everett Street).

Parking: Trinity owns three parking lots adjacent to the Cathedral. One directly in front, across NW 19th; one immediately beside the Cathedral to the South, on NW 19th and one behind the Cathedral campus on NW Trinity Place. No parking passes are needed except on Summer Thursday daytimes and on all Timbers’ game nights. Handicapped parking spaces or assistance with Cathedral access are available upon request.

2014-2015 Class Registration: Click to download a registration form and schedule.

Cancellations: To obtain a full refund of all tuition and administrative fees, cancellations must be made no later than 14 days prior to the class starting date. Cancellations after that grace period may be subject to a reduction in the refund amount unless a replacement student is obtained.

More Information

Please contact Christopher Armstrong-Stevenson, Director of the Iconography Institute.