Trinity Iconography Institute


Upcoming Classes

Trinity Iconography Institute classes are open to students of any denomination interested in pursuing the spiritual and artistic practice of writing icons. Classes are offered year-round, with evening classes during the year and two week-long summer intensives.  


All classes are taught using the egg-tempera medium, and we use pigments purchased and imported from the same pigment vendor in Florence, Italy, who supplied pigments and art materials to the great artists Michelangelo, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, and many others.

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The Trinity Iconography Institute was created in 1995 to train individuals who are interested in the spiritual practice of iconography. Students agree to commit to the practice, Canons, and Rubrics of iconography according to the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church. The Institute's founding instructor was Thomas Howard, from St. Helens. From 1999 until the 2012, the Institute's was led by Master Iconographer Sherry V. Lynch, who trained in Turkey and was acknowledged as an iconographer by His All Holiness Athenagoras I, the then Patriarch of Byzantium/Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey). who lives in La Center, Washington. Sherry has a large body of work written by Sherry under her former name of Bettendorf.

In fall 2012, the Institute welcomed Father Jon Buffington, a Chaldean Catholic priest, as our new Instructor. At the end of the Summer 2013 class, Fr. Jon was designated Trinity Iconography Institute's new, Master Iconographer. Fr. Jon's icons are present in many parish churches and Roman Catholic Archdiocesan establishments in Oregon and across the United States, as well as  in the Patriarchate of Byzantium.

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