Trinity Iconography Institute

Iconography is considered a spiritual practice and journey, carrying with it all the benefits of prayer that any form of prayer offers. 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: 2017

Father Jon Buffington, a Chaldean priest, Master Iconographer and our instructor at Trinity Iconography Institute teaches all classes. Class size is 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 Class: Every Monday beginning January 23, 2017 and running for 12 weeks. Classes begin at 6:30 pm and continue until 9:00 pm each evening. Class ends April 24, 2017. Registration ends December 27, 2016

Class Fees: Fees for any of the classes are $375, including a non-refundable $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.

2016-2017 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of the Iconography Institute.