Online Courses

Online Icon Painting & Art History Courses

Bookings will open late summer 2023 for the St Francis icon painting and Franciscan art history course:

Finding Francis


‘Byzantine Journey’ will be a series of online and in-person courses and lectures delivered by Icon Adventures focused on the intersection of Byzantine and Italian sacred art in the late medieval period.

This rolling programme will bring to fruition my several decades work as a professional iconographer and independent art history lecturer in the field of Byzantine and Late Medieval Italian and Franciscan painting. (Please see the ‘About’ page for my full biography and qualifications.)

These courses will focus on a fascinating but overlooked area of sacred art. By exploring the transmission of iconography from its Byzantine origins to Italy in the 13th and 14th centuries, and in particular Franciscan art, each course will offer a new and different experience of icon painting which will be of interest to non-Orthodox, contemporary icon painters and of particular relevance to Catholic artists.

In true Icon Adventures style, the courses have the ‘pilgrimage in paint’ theme; weaving together three important paths: art history, art practice and spirituality, affording a deeper understanding of the changing role of sacred images as they migrated from the Orthodox Christian East to the Roman Catholic West.

The courses are also designed to progress individual art practice and advance painting skills using of traditional methods and materials as far as possible. The teaching approach is very much one of providing structured, individual mentoring within a usually small and supportive group.