24.07.21. This is the present situation regarding the 2020 retreats:
WALSINGHAM ( 9-14 August): Postponed
Rescheduled for 11 -16 April, 2021 with 2 places now available – see Bookings page)
ASSISI (14 -24 September): Cancelled
(2021 date TBC – 3 places available – see Bookings page)
SIENA (20 -26 October): Decision pending around 3rd September
GOING FORWARD: Icon Adventures Online!
Exciting and unusual short online courses combining Trecento and Italo-Byzantine Art History with medieval panel painting will be available in the near future and offer an accessible, affordable and high quality learning experience.
Sacred Art in Sacred Places
‘This has been an excellent workshop. Well balanced level of help and demonstrations and being allowed to ‘just get on with it’. Helen has been very encouraging and giving of her time and expertise. Very intense but very enjoyable too!’
M.R-H from Norwich (Walsingham 2019)
Specialist Residential Art Retreats for Icon Painting and Italian Medieval Art. Designed and delivered by professional British iconographer, icon specialist and experienced teacher, Helen McIldowie-Jenkins.
‘Helen was both a dedicated and superb tutor but is also inspirational! God willing I’m off to Assisi next year for the 11 day Adventure!’
J. C from Walsingham (Walsingham 2019)
‘Join me in sharing the joy of icons and a passion for sacred medieval art. These residential retreat courses are totally unique in combining icon painting, art history and pilgrimage. Small groups are guaranteed and numbers are strictly limited to ensure quality of experience. All of the courses are suitable for Beginners and Improvers and I am proud to offer specialist niche tuition at affordable prices.’
Walsingham (Fully Booked)
Icon Painting Intensive: 9th -14th August, 2020.
£635 GBP per person
Summary: 6 day Byzantine & Russian Icon Painting Retreat for Beginners and Improvers, with particular focus on developing drawing and painting skills using traditional icon painting techniques in egg tempera. Choice of icons to paint or work on own project. Includes 5 nights good quality Half Board accommodation with adjacent Studio facilities at the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady Walsingham, North Norfolk. Group size: 7 participants max. Course now in it’s 7th year. Click on the Walsingham tab above for full details of this very special icon painting pilgrimage in ‘England’s Nazareth’.
Assisi (Fully Booked)
Franciscan Art & Icon Painting: 14th – 24th September, 2020
£1,450 GBP per person
Summary: 11 day Medieval Panel Painting course focused on early Franciscan art and it’s fascinating intersection with 13th-14th century Italo-Byzantine painting. Includes 10 nights delightful B+B accommodation in central Assisi with adjacent Studio facilities, specialist materials and a Franciscan pilgrimage itinerary. Minibus transfers available to and from Rome Fiumicino airport. Flights not included. Group size: 7 participants max. Course now in it’s 8th year. Click on the Assisi tab above for full details of what has been described by several clients as ‘the trip of a lifetime!’
‘An ordinary person can reach a high level of icon painting with Helen’s dedication to helping each student achieve his/her best. I am deeply satisfied by this course’
V.C from Indiana, USA (Walsingham 2019)
New! The Sacred Art of Siena; Madonnas & Miracles (Fully Booked)
The inaugural Icon Adventures art history tour to Siena will take place 20 -26th October 2020.
Summary: Siena on a shoestring! A 7 day Trecento art pilgrimage focused on the masterpieces of 14th century Sienese painting by Duccio, Simone Martini, Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti et al. The tour will be led by Helen who has an MA in Late Medieval Italian Art and who knows the city of Siena very well. The fabulous altarpieces and panel paintings from this golden age are arguably amongst the most sublime, beautiful and influential images of the Madonna, Saints and Angels in existence. Technically, these fascinating panel paintings also provide the very finest examples of gilding and painting in egg tempera.
This will be primarily an art history walking tour around the centro istorico of Siena, with visits to the Duomo Opera Museum and Crypt, the Pinacoteca, the Palazzo Pubblico and several significant churches.
There will also be an optional, day-long taster workshop on Trecento panel painting techniques and an optional day trip to the wine growing region and towns to the south of Siena (Montepulciano, Pienza et al) The B+B accommodation will be centrally located, next to the Sanctuary of St Catherine of Siena. Flights are not included and there will be an optional group rendezvous in Pisa and onward train travel to Siena.
Please email if you would like to go on the waiting list and receive advance information on any cancelled places and/or the Siena 2021 tour.
‘I felt this was an excellent and high standard of art tuition at university level of presentation. Tutor was knowledgeable at exceptional level and an excellent guide at religious historical sites.’
JP (Assisi 2017)