Hexaemeron non-profit organization announces its 2011 schedule for the SIX DAYS OF CREATION icon-painting courses, now in our ninth year of service to raising the level of iconographic training in the Americas. Yes, the Americas. We have students who join us from 37 states, Canada, Mexico and South America. Due to the many requests from our current students and from those desiring to newly enroll in the most comprehensive lessons in traditional iconography available on these two continents, we have increased the number of course venues to seven and expanded our range of outreach from coast to coast for the 2011 season.

There is no getting around it (we even have t-shirts bearing our motto of sorts), “Iconography is Hard Work!” Even so, our teachers, Ksenia Pokrovsky, Marek Czarnecki and Anna Gouriev-Pokrovsky have a clear and direct way of imparting the knowledge you need to get started and keep going. Everyone knows you can’t learn to play the piano well in six days. Neither can we teach you how to become an iconographer in six days, but we do guarantee you will get familiar with all the keys to iconography during our time together. There is no substitute for training with a true master and her team.

A student in one of our 2010 courses put it this way:

“After being exposed to two nationally known iconographers, and then coming into the workshop that Hexaemeron presented, I can say – and I am saying to everyone that asks me – the Pokrovsky approach is the best from the points of: historical approach toward the icon itself (the image must be theologically, semantically, and aesthetically correct), the materials and techniques used, ease of learning the materials and techniques, gold application method, etc.  While I appreciate what I learned from other teachers, I think that the Pokrovsky approach works the best, and I say that from the perspective of a three decade classroom teacher of history.” Deacon Paul O. Iacono, Diocese of Providence RI

Please join us for the 2011 season at one of our locations:

St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT: APRIL 10-16

St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in Dunlap, CA: MAY 8-14

St. Tikhon Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, PA: JUNE 19-25

Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY: JULY 3-9, 2011

Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church in Harrisburg, PA: AUGUST 14-20

Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center in Maggie Valley, NC: SEPTEMBER 11-17

Oakhurst Retreat Center in Whitinsville, MA: OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 4


For details and registration, visit our web site: http://hexaemeron.org


Mary Lowell, organizer