M. Hill icon

Karen is a gifted iconographer and patient teacher who tailors the workshops to meet the needs and interests of her students. For the all-female cohort in which I participated, Karen created a profound and beautiful pattern of Saint Mary Magdalene for the students to write. The week-long retreat was a prayerful experience of learning, reflection and community. I look forward to studying with Karen again In the near future.

Thank you, Karen!

M. Hill, Sioux Falls, SD
Janie icon

After completing the Introduction to Techniques class, I arranged to take a private (customized) 8-day icon writing class with Karen at her home studio. I’m so glad I did! The studio is light and bright yet cozy. The accommodations are clean, comfortable, and quiet. And the open kitchen where I prepared my own meals is a terrific bonus!

The customized class worked well for me, not only because I received great one-on-one instruction, but also because I was able to work at my own pace without the pressure of a workshop schedule. Being able to take my time on my first icon was important to me, because prior to taking the Techniques class, I had never held a brush. But by carefully following the process and doing all the steps that Karen patiently guided me through, I finished my icon and am pleased with the results. I enjoyed the experience so much that I plan to take the Pigments as Personalities class next, and I look forward to taking other workshops.

Thank you, Karen!

Janie J., Corrales, NM
Jill icon

You cannot fail when creating an icon with Karen Smart. As a very accomplished iconographer, she can guide you every step of the way. Her class is casual, friendly, and all levels of ability will do well there. The icon I created under Karen's instruction has received lots of admiration."

Jill H., Tijeras, NM