Writing the Light

VIRGINIA | Muscarelle Museum of Art in Historic Williamsburg

SUMMER SCHOOL | Crete 2024

NEW STRUCTURE FOR 2024!   Please fill out the registration form (from red button above) and we will email you with next steps for completing registration.

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June 9 – 14, 2024


We are pleased to offer a new 6-day workshop with Dr. George Kordis at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, on the campus of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA.


Good for both beginners or those with more experience, Dr. Kordis will teach his own artistic approach through in-depth demonstrations and detailed exercises in the art, expression and language of the icon using the principles and rhythm of the Byzantine system as a strong foundation for creating beautiful Christian icons. With the opportunity to discuss in-depth the creative process and techniques covering both drawing and painting, this workshop is presented as a valuable time to enter into making your own icon with Dr. Kordis’s oversight.


Along with the daily hands-on creative sessions, there will be short lectures and other visual inspiration and insight addressing iconography, creativity, icon history, theology and always good conversation and friendship.


Hosted on the beautiful and historic William & Mary campus, the unique location provides an interesting place to spend a week in an important Early American Historical destination.  Historical Williamsburg is within a 10-minute walk from the Williams & Mary campus where there are many shops and restaurants.



The residency will meet at 2pm on the first day and have a shortened afternoon session going until 6pm.  During the week, instruction will be held from 9am to 4pm daily for the rest of the residency, with Friday ending at 3pm. 

A free open-to-the-public evening lecture with Dr. Kordis to discuss the Byzantine System and Contemporary Iconography is being planned for Tuesday, June 11th —  “Byzantine Painting in the Contemporary Arts World” .  The lecture will introduce a dialogue on the connections between the time-honored Byzantine art tradition and its relationship  in the modern context and will be held at the Williamsburg Public Library on Tuesday,  June 11th at 7pm.

SPECIAL NOTE: We are currently working on adding an additional 2-day “Basics of Egg Tempera” led by Maria Panou for any students wishing for additional exercises and practice prior to the workshop with Dr. Kordis (to be held at the local Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas) for Friday, June 7th and 8th.  If interested, please email keri at info.writingthelight@gmail.com.


Students are responsible for their own meals and lodging (more info below)


An icon board and pigments are provided.  Each student will only need to bring their own brushes – a list of recommendations will be sent to registered participants.

Please scroll down for information regarding lodging and travel — Students will need to secure their lodging independently.

6-Day Residency Tuition: $800 



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

All payments will be billed through PayPal by Cinnabar, a part of Writing the Light.  All invoicing will be made in Euros, and conversion made at the time of payment through the payment platform.  A non-refundable deposit will hold your spot — 300 euros (the equivalent of close to $325).  The remaining fee will then be invoiced on March 1st, 2024.  Alternative payment plans can be discussed by contacting Keri at info.writingthelight@gmail.com.


  • The 300 Euros deposit is non-refundable, but transferable if we are notified prior to March 15th, 2024.
  • Should you need to cancel attendance, you will receive a refund for any balance paid minus the deposit with the deposit turning into usable credit towards other programs of Writing the Light only if we are notified prior to March 15th, 2024. If you cancel your attendance after March 15th,  you will forfeit your deposit, and will only be refunded your remaining amount paid. Cancellations made after May 1st will be subject to an additional fee of 100 euros taken out of any tuition remainder to be paid back to you. We will work as generously as possible with students, handled on a case-by-case basis. 


Hotel and Lodging Information

Please see the William & Mary Website for local and convenient hotel suggestions.

Airbnb also has plenty of options to consider.


Meals and Food

A cafeteria is available on-campus and will be suggested for our daily lunches.   Students are welcome to bring bagged lunches to eat on premise.


Getting There:

The exact address and the room location of the workshop will be shared with registered students.  For planning purposes, please use 603 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185.  The Muscarelle Museum of Art is currently undergoing a major expansion (it may be marked “temporarily closed” on various online information), but it is located on the campus of William & Mary at the above address.



The closest airport is Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF), located just 20 miles from downtown Williamsburg, while Richmond International Airport (RIC) and Norfolk International Airport (ORF) are just 46 miles away.


Click here to learn more about Historic Williamsburg


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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