George Kordis Icon Workshops

Introduction to Church Wall Painting with George Kordis


A 5-day immersion class with George Kordis on location at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church,  Pittsburgh, USA

Jan 30 – Feb 3, 2023


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This unique course is geared for anyone who would like to be introduced to the techniques of creative Byzantine church wall painting.  Participants will have a rare experience to spend the week with master iconographer George Kordis while he and his team of iconographers beautify the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh in early 2023. 

Participants will have the opportunity to both watch the direct process on-site as well as receive training on how to draw and paint on a large scale using a mixed media secco painting technique. 

Specifically the course will cover:

  1. Painting as an organic part of the temple – the relationship of Iconographic themes and architectural forms with the temple as a holistic synthesis in a reference to Divine Liturgy.
  2. Drawing on a large scale. Participants will draw with charcoal on large scale paper both faces and a small composition.
  3. Painting Clothes and hands on a large scale. (exercises) 
  4. Painting a large scale face of Christ Pantocrator. 
  5. Painting of a Large scale small composition for more advanced students. 


Participants will be encouraged to observe George Kordis as he works on his current church phase (on the ground level of the church, so there will be no scaffolding) throughout the mornings as an optional but highly beneficial aspect to the workshop.  

With the flexible schedule, this will also allow time for independent drawing inspired from works inside the church or on independent themes.  The hands-on workshop will be held in the afternoons where students will receive an average of 4 hours of direct learning instruction in large-scale drawing and painting from George Kordis, with Monday through Friday daily engagement from 4 to 8pm. 

A maximum of 12 people can be accepted into this program.

Students must bring their own brushes for wall painting (list to be provided) 

Pencils, erasers and a sketch pad. 

Primed canvas and large paper will be provided as well as all pigments and mediums for secco painting.

Cost: $595.00


Please fill out the basic form (through the red registration button) and we will email you with the next steps.

All payment will be billed through PayPal by Cinnabar.  A non-refundable $300 deposit will hold your spot until December 1st when the remainder ($295) will be billed.  If you register after December 1st, payment will be required in full.  

Please note that should you need to withdraw, we will refund your balance minus the deposit amount until January 1st.  Any withdrawals from January 1st onwards will be subject to only a refund of 50% of the tuition (minus the deposit) being returned. Thank you for your understanding. 

Any questions can be discussed by contacting Keri at info.writingthelight@gmail.com.



Optional daily church painting observation: anytime between 9am to noon and after lunch up to workshop time. 

Afternoon Workshop session: 4 to 8pm M-F (approximately 4 hours of instruction daily) 


North Pittsburgh/McCandless is the local area to look for when looking for accommodations

Hotels — Our Pick:

Fairfield Inn & Suites Pittsburgh North/McCandless Crossing

We recommend this as our group option for the workshop as it has very nice accommodations with a restaurant, continental breakfast included, laundry services, fitness room & pool, and good proximity to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (an easy 5-minute walk) as well as free parking.  You will not need a rental car throughout the week with this option.

Here’s your reservation link you can use to make reservations:
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Event Summary:
KORDIS Workshop
Start Date: Monday, January 30, 2023
End Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023
Last Day to Book: Monday, January 9, 2023
Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Pittsburgh North/McCandless Crossing for 119 USD per night

NOTE: If you wanted to arrive a day early or depart earlier than the group reservation days we requested, your reservation will need to be adjusted manually in person by one of the Sales Managers — Jessica Stewart is our contact there — Call 412.227.9600.  The dates we chose allow people to arrive when they can throughout the first day before our first instruction beginning at 4pm Monday the 30th and to depart on Saturday, February 4th.

If registering, please let us know if you will not be using these lodgings during the workshop so we can inform the manager.  It’s fine to use other lodgings, but we think it will be one of the nicest and most convenient to our workshop.


There are many options for Airbnb in the surrounding area. 



Traveling by car, the main church address is:

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

985 Providence Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 


Flights will need to arrive into Pittsburgh International Airport – 32 minutes from the church


Depending on where you stay, you may need a rental car, although Uber is also active in Pittsburgh.



To Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

(from their website)

Additional information details will be shared with registration.

Please email Keri at info.writingthelight@gmail.com if you have immediate questions.

NOTE: IF YOU REGISTER AND DO NOT RECEIVE AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT LETTER WITHIN 24 HOURS, Please email Keri at info.writingthelight@gmail.com and/or check your spam folder as sometimes our letters and invoices go directly to spam.  

Thank you!


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