One Week Courses 2018

A student painting on the October 2013 course


Three five day icon painting courses have been scheduled with professional icon painter Peter Murphy in St Peter’s Church Canterbury for 2018. Each course will have a choice of specific classic Byzantine icons as its subject, and over the course of the week students will learn to gild and paint on a specially prepared wooden panel using traditional medieval techniques and materials. This will include ‘water gilding’, with 24 ct loose gold leaf over clay bole for backgrounds and halos, and how to use egg tempera paint made fresh each day from free range egg yolks and natural pigments, to model robes, figures etc.

Each course starts with an Ecumenical Anglican Eucharist, which all course participants are welcome to attend. The course takes place in the prayerful and meditative atmosphere of the nave of one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in Canterbury.

One week courses at St Peter's Canterbury in 2018 

Course 1  Byzantine style face of Christ and face of The Mother of God , Monday 16th to Friday 20th of July.

Course 2  Byzantine Archangel Michael and Gabriel Icons, Monday 20th to Friday 24th of August.

Course 3 two female British Saints, Mildred of Minster and Julian of Norwich, Monday 17th to Friday 21st of September.

All Materials including gold leaf and pigments are included in the £285 course fee.

Contact   John Shirland email telephone 01227769586 


For Details of other courses in the UK and Canada in 2018 and trps to Venice, Thessaloniki, Athens and Meteora, please go to Peter Murphy's personal website