Workshops & Events

Karen Smart

2020 ICON WORKSHOP AND EVENT SCHEDULE

Welcome! Portals Iconography has several new and exciting offerings for 2020, many of which can be customized to suit your needs and schedule. I will also be participating in several studio tour events featuring original icons and prints. Stop by and see me!

Accommodations are available for out of town students as well. Class size is limited to 4 people at the Santa Fe Home Studio so register now! If you have any questions feel free to contact me via the website contact form or call (505) 916-6045

Private / Semi-Private Classes

Date: Mon-Sat, year round, ongoing
Where: Santa Fe Home Studio
Cost: $25/hour
Description: This class is open to students of all skill levels and is customized to your needs. It is recommended for those unable to attend workshops or who prefer a more one-on-one experience. For example, a beginner can start a new icon or a more advanced student can get help in a particular area. This is a great opportunity to complete those unfinished icons! Class size is limited to 4.

Introduction to Techniques

Date: Mon-Sat, year round/ongoing
Where: Santa Fe Home Studio
Cost: $240
Deposit: $50 materials fee. Non-refundable. Due 2 weeks prior to the beginning of class.
Type: Custom - choose your dates!
Description: In this 12 hour workshop, students will practice the basic types of line work used in iconography, the floating technique for applying egg tempera, blending pigment and an overview of the 22 step process. These techniques help students develop fine motor skills which are the foundation of every beautiful icon! This class is highly recommended for those with no artistic experience, beginner iconographers and those who may have artistic skill but have never used egg tempera.
Note: This workshop does not result in a completed icon. It is intended rather to familiarize and prepare students for more advanced classes.

Color Theory

Date: Mon-Sat, year round, ongoing
Where: Santa Fe Home Studio
Cost: $95
Deposit: $50 materials fee. Non-refundable. Due 2 weeks prior to the beginning of class
Type: Custom - choose your date!
Description: This 4 hour class consists of lecture and practice. Students will learn basic terminology used when discussing color (i.e. hue, tint, tone, etc.) and will create a color chart applying definitions and terms into practice. Students will also learn the meaning of color as it applies to iconography.
Note: This class is recommended for those with no artistic experience needing a basic foundation in color theory. It is also beneficial for beginning iconographers who want to learn the basic skills necessary when choosing and mixing their own pigments.

Color Wheel

Pigments as "Personalities"

Date: Mon-Sat, year round, ongoing
Where: Santa Fe Home Studio
Cost: $320
Deposit: $50 materials fee. Non-refundable. Due 2 weeks prior to the beginning of class
Type: Custom - choose your dates!
Description: In this 2 day workshop students will be exposed to a variety of pigments and their unique properties, learning how and where to use them on the icon to create desired effects. Each pigment has its own "personality" and is best suited for different stages in the 22 step icon writing process.
Note: This class is recommended for all levels, particularly those wanting to learn how to mix their own pigments. It is also a great opportunity to try out different pigments before making the financial investment in a personal palette!

Pigments as Personalities Pigments as Personalities

Mixing Pigment – A Guide to Recipes

Date: Monday – Saturday, year-round, ongoing
Where: Santa Fe Home Studio
Cost: $240
Deposit: $50 materials fee. Non-refundable. Due 2 weeks prior to the beginning of class
Description: In this (approx.) 12 hour class students will learn how to mix pigment for 10 “recipes” using a layering technique, alternating between opaque & transparent. These basic recipes are the foundation of many icons. Students will learn the recipes for painting skin, hair, wings, various garment colors & background. The spiritual significance of colors will also be discussed.
Note: One of the most challenging aspects of icon writing is learning how to mix pigment at home. Many students do not know how to mix pigment as it is done for them in workshops. Trial & error can be a frustrating & expensive process! This class is recommended for all levels but is especially intended for those ready to paint icons at home. It is also recommended for students wanting to learn to paint with egg tempera but not necessarily applied to iconography.

Mixing Pigment

Reverse Painting on Glass

Date: Mon – Sat, year round, ongoing
Cost: $150 - 1 day class / $300 - 2 day class
Deposit: $50 materials fee. Non-refundable. Due 2 weeks prior to the beginning of class
Type: Custom - choose your dates!
Description: The 1 day class is perfect for children ages 8-16! Students will learn the reverse painting technique on glass using paint markers, acrylic paint and gold leaf. Choose from a variety of subjects: a simple icon, a butterfly, a turtle? It's up to you! The 2 day class is similar except students will complete the icon of either Archangel Michael or Gabriel.
Note: This technique was taught to me by my friend Runa from Transylvania where it is very popular. Results are beautiful, luminous and easy! This is a very fun class!

Reverse Painting on Glass Reverse Painting on Glass

Gold Leaf Gilding Techinques

Date: Mon-Sat, year round, ongoing
Where: Santa Fe Home Studio
Cost: $175
Deposit: $50 materials fee. Non-refundable. Due 2 weeks prior to the beginning of class
Type: Custom - choose your date!
Description: In this workshop students will learn the basic technique for preparing an icon to receive 23k gold leaf using clay bole and their breath. Students will also learn various techniques for embellishing the gold.
Note: This class is recommended for students of all levels particularly those needing tips and tricks for working with this very temperamental medium!

Gold Leaf Gilding

Women of the Bible

Date: Mon-Sat, year round, ongoing
Where: Santa Fe Home Studio
Cost: $1150 in house / $650 commuter
Deposit: $150. Non-refundable. Due 30 days prior to the beginning of class
Type: Custom - choose your dates!
Description: In this 6 day intensive workshop students will complete an 11"x14" icon on of one of the women in the Bible using the egg tempera and gold leaf method. The 22 step icon writing process combines line work and multiple layers of opaque highlights and transparent floats in order to achieve depth and brilliance of color. Students will prayerfully reflect on our subject and her unique role in Salvation History.
Note: This class is open to students of all levels but may be challenging for beginners. Our subject varies.

Women of the Bible - Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

Women of the Bible - St. Ruth

Saint Ruth

6 Day Icon Workshop

Date: To be announced
Where: The Norbertine Abbey in Albuquerque, NM. 5825 Coors Blvd. SW www.norbertinecommunity.org
Cost: $650 which includes all materials and instruction for 6 days
Deposit: $150 non-refundable materials fee due 30 days prior to the beginning of class
Description: Prayerfully journey with us as we explore the Russian Byzantine style of iconography. Discover the theology and spirituality behind this ancient tradition. In this 6 day intensive workshop students will complete an 11×14 icon of St. Kateri, the first Native American woman to be cannonized. We will be using the egg tempera and gold leaf method, implementing the 22 step process. The process combines line work and multiple layers of opaque highlights and transparent floats in order to achieve depth and brilliance of color.
Note: This workshop is open to students of all levels even those with no artistic experience. Students may wish to make this a retreat. The Abbey is absolutely lovely and provides plenty of opportunities for prayer and reflection. Four hermitages are available with private bathroom and kitchenette. They are on a first come basis. Please contact Patti at 505-873-4399 for pricing and availability. The Albuquerque airport is nearby as are hotels, restaurants and the historic Old Town Plaza.

St. Kateri

St. Kateri

6 Day Icon Workshop and Retreat

Date: Date and subject to be announced
Where: Santa Fe Home Studio
Cost: $1100 and includes all materials, instruction, lodging for 7 nights and 3 meals a day.
Deposit: $300. Non-refundable. Due 30 days prior to the beginning of class. All reservations, deposits, and fees are made directly to me.
Description: Prayerfully journey with us as we explore the Russian Byzantine style of iconography. Discover the theology and spirituality behind this ancient tradition. In this 6 day intensive workshop students will complete an 11"x14" icon using the egg tempera and gold leaf method. The 22 step process combines line work and multiple layers of opaque highlights and transparent floats in order to achieve depth and brilliance of color. Students will also have opportunities for prayer and meditation in the serene beauty of the monastery.
Note: This workshop is open to students of all levels but may be challenging for beginners.

Karen is interviewed by Mary Woods, host of the Archbishop's Hour, Catholic Radio

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Karen is interviewed by Mary Woods on Relevant Radio

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Photos from St. Francis of Assisi Workshop 2018

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Photos from Mary Magdalene Workshop 2017 Pecos Monastery

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