Bethlehem Icon School
"Print your image in my heart, as a mark that will never be erased from my soul". A paraphrase of the Song of Songs (8.6).
Founded in 2010 to run short courses in iconography at the Emmanuel Monastery in Bethlehem, it has now grown to offer a range of opportunities to study iconography up to a professional level.
At its heart lies the small group of students taking the two year Diploma in Icon Painting and those on the long term Professional Training Course. Places are offered to local Christians and to those living and working in the Holy Land. Most tuition is free but students provide some of their own materials and tools. We work collaboratively, and with a sense of commitment to the common good of all. It is very much in the spirit of "Freely you have received, freely give".
Successful students are able to work as part of our workshop team of iconographers, and for graduates of the Diploma we can guarantee a job with us in the workshop. Iconographers working in the workshop can expect to make between $600-$1500 per month, depending on skill levels.
Students can also participate in summer projects abroad. Summer 2016 is currently being planned for a two month residency at Lichfield Cathedral in the UK.
We also cater for small groups & individuals, offering short courses for international visitors and locals alike. Two courses a year are held as a contemplative retreat. These are open to people of all faiths or none.
We also welcome individuals who wish to study for an extended stay or work alongside the Director as an intern/assistant. Please contact us for details.
We also offer from time to time general art courses in drawing and tempera painting.
All of these other courses are open to all regardless of faith or religious practice.