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Join Master Iconographer Dr. George Kordis for a 5-day workshop to learn the skills of traditional iconographic painting using the principles and rhythm of the Byzantine system as a strong foundation for creating beautiful Christian icons.

Dr. Kordis will teach the specific skills of the Byzantine approach through in-depth demonstrations and detailed exercises in the art, expression and language of the icon. Along with teaching the importance of good freehand drawing skills (the critical basis of all contemporary Byzantine icon-painting), Dr. Kordis will share an invaluable window into the unique, artistic and spiritual process of creating a limited-palette icon from beginning to end with his limited palette technique. Along with the daily hands-on sessions, there will be short lectures and other visual inspiration addressing iconography, icon history and theology.

All students – beginners and experienced alike -- will benefit from the valuable techniques learned in this rare opportunity to study with one of the world's top iconographers.

The icon subject for the workshop will be either an angel or more simple saint face for beginners, with George allowing the subject to be open for independent choice for those with prior icon painting experience.

The workshop is limited to only 12 students.

The main goal of the workshop is that students will acquire, develop and improve good, practical and artistic icon-drawing skills while gaining a deeper sense of the art, beauty and meaning of icons.


This workshop is offered tuition-only, with all lodging and meals handled independently by the student, and hosted by Kimi and Nick Vlahakis who will assure a wonderful experience in the historic splendor of Williamsburg Virginia.

Teaching dates of the icon painting workshop will be March 8 – 13, 2019 (held 9 to 4pm daily with an hour off for lunch from noon to 1pm…George requested that Sunday be a day of rest.

Students will have the option of sharing continental breakfasts and lunch in the adjoining Hellenic Center, and morning prayers together.

We ask that people arrive by 9am to start the first day together, and can depart anytime after the end of the afternoon session on March 13th). Kimi and Nick are happy to help coordinate connecting rides to Williamsburg that arrive and depart by train, plane and bus, and will help you to find ideal lodging accommodations in line with your budget and type -- from local hotels and inns to Airbnb's as well as more modest arrangements from local friends who have offered rooms for the workshop for a modest fee, if available.

Tickets to the workshop can be purchased here on-line, or by sending in a check.

Students wishing to secure their spot with a $250 DEPOSIT may do so by sending in a check to the address below by JANUARY 25, 2019, note that the balance will be due in full by FEBRUARY 15, 2019. If a refund is exercised before February 15th, there will be non-refundable fee of $150.00.

If you prefer to pay completely by check, please make sure to email Kimi to secure your space while we wait for your check to arrive: kimiart@cox.net. Write checks to Kimi Vlahakis and mail to: KORDIS ICON WORKSHOP *Attn: Kimi Vlahakis, 1916 N Fowlers Close, Williamsburg, VA, 23185.


Approximately an hour drive from either Richmond or Norfolk, Virginia, sits Colonial Williamsburg (one leg of the famous Historic Triangle that joins the other 2 legs---Jamestown (the first permanent English settlement in 1607) and Yorktown ( the site of the end of the Revolutionary War)----creating essentially the beginning of the United States.


With the incredible draw for this historic region, there are a great variety of Inns, Bed & Breakfasts, Hotels within a short driving distance of the St Demetrios Greek Church and Hellenic Center. With so many options available, we recommend doing a traditional source (i.e GOOGLE) first, and/or calling Kimi for additional assistance


In the interest of maximizing the value of the iconography class time, we highly recommend students opt for the aforementioned breakfasts and lunches that will be available in the Hellenic Center. However there are many other restaurant choices in the nearby vicinity.


Although Williamsburg does not have its own commercial airport, it is in close proximity to those of three neighboring cities. Visitors from out of state have a choice of flying to Richmond, Newport News or Norfolk. Interstate 64 conveniently connects each of these with Williamsburg. If you take the interstate, expect about a 30-minute drive west from Newport News, a 60-minute drive west from Norfolk, or head east from Richmond to reach Williamsburg in under an hour.

An alternate route from Richmond, east along Route 5, offers a scenic drive through the historical region of plantations along the James River. From Newport News, Route 143 and Route 60 are somewhat quicker alternatives to the interstate. Norfolk is situated across the water, so there are no practical alternatives to taking the interstate, which makes use of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, an attraction in itself for bridge buffs.

As you approach Williamsburg along any of these routes, you’ll likely want to exit onto Route 199. This is one of Williamsburg’s main roads, forming a partial loop around the city and offering access to many of the city’s attractions, as well as to Richmond Road where many hotels, shops and restaurants are located.

Visitors from other parts of Virginia will find it most practical to drive rather than fly. From Northern Virginia or Washington, D.C., head south on Interstate 95 and then east on Interstate 64 to arrive in less than three hours. From Virginia Beach, it’s a little over an hour west on Interstate 64.

One additional option for visitors coming from the northeast corridor (New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC) is to come on Amtrak. Several times a day trains come and go through Williamsburg's small, charming station, running the length from Virginia Beach to Boston's South Station. The station is about 1 mile from the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center and 3 blocks from Merchants Square.


St Demetrios Greek Church, 4900 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188. (Note:The classroom is in the Vlahakis Education Center---part of the Hellenic Center)

The class will meet daily from 9:00am to 4pm (with one hour lunch break, 12 to 1pm).

More specifically, the WORKSHOP AGENDA will be as follows:

Day 1: Introduction. The ideals and Principles of Byzantine Iconography. Byzantine painting as a system. Drawing and painting demonstrations and prototype development.

Day 2: The making of the Icon: The foundation, painting technique with background, proplasmos, clothes -- opening icon.

Day 3: The making of the Icon: Introduction of flesh tones

Day 4: The making of the Icon: Detail work

Day 5: The completion of the Icon: Last details. Lettering.

Generous discussion on students questions throughout.


1. Pencils (2-3B) & erasers

2. sheets of paper for sketching or a sketchbook

3. 3 small jars for the mixing of colors

4. One piece of plexiglass (25x35 cm) for the mixing of colors

5. Long- haired round brushes for egg tempera (pure red sable or their synthetic

equivalent). I suggest : Watercolors Brushes (http://www.dickblick.com/products/winsor-and-newton-sceptre-gold-ii-brushes/# No, 2,4,6,10.

6. Some Flat brushes from the same series.http://www.dickblick.com/products/winsor-and-newton-sceptre-gold-ii-brushes/#photos

(The above types of brushes are recommended and Dr. Kordis will also bring a small selection of brushes to borrow and use while in the workshop)

7. The pigments will be delivered to the students by the Iconographer.

8. One rectangular clay board (SIZE TO BE DETERMINED), which can be purchased through Dick Blick,http://www.dickblick.com/items/14915-1105/, or students are welcome to bring another icon board to their liking.

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