Byzantine Art and Iconography – Corfu town


Byzantine Art and Iconography – Corfu town

Byzantine art is the art of the Byzantine Empire. Byzantine art was completely focused on the needs of the Orthodox Church, in the painting of icons and the decoration of churches with frescoes and mosaics.

Byzantine Iconography – is the oldest and only Christian art form survived unchanged for the past 2000 years. The term ‘icon’ – icona, comes from the Greek word eikona (εικων,eikon, ) which simply means image.

Byzantine icons are filled with symbolism designed to convey information about the person or event depicted. For this reason, icons tend to be formulaic, following a prescribed methodology for how a particular person should be depicted, including hair style, body position, clothing, and background details.

Iconography classes start at 10.30 am till 13.30 , mornings are spent with your tutor in a more formal teaching situation .The afternoon you can carry on painting, with your tutor on hand to help and consult. Alternatively you may just want to relax , explore or go for swimming to nearby beaches.

The aim is to create icons with the traditional byzantine methods. We create by hand using traditional techniques of egg tempera powder pigments of highest quality .We will create a theme using a traditional depiction.

As a group we visit the Antivouniotissa Monument-Church-Museum in the historic center of Corfu. An Orthodox church of the 15th century dedicated to Virgin Mary Antivouniotissa , has been turned into a Museum that houses the religious expression of the Byzantine tradition , combined with the influence from the west.

The historic center of Corfu was declared one of the UNESCO Monuments of World Cultural Heritage in the summer 2007 and is itself the most important sight of the island. The past of Corfu is right here before your eyes, the city palace, it’s two fortresses and traditional buildings and mansions , very easily accessible and evident. We will also visit the Archaeological Museum and the ancient temples in in the splendid park of Palaiopolis.

Painting courses

May 2016
Dates Prices Accommodation    Tutors
16 May – 22 May (8 days)  1090 euro per person Mayor  “Art Hotel” Elena Xydea
890 euro per person Hotel Konstantinoupolis Elena Xydea


August  2016  –  September   2016
Dates Prices
26 August – 2 September (8 Days) 890 euro per person Hotel Konstantinoupolis Elena Xydea
2 September – 9 September (8 Days) 1090 euro per person Mayor  “Art Hotel” Elena Xydea


October 2016
Dates Prices Accommodation Tutors
1 October – 8 October ( 8 days) 790 euro per person Hotel Konstantinoupolis Elena Xydea
* Other dates on request. Sometimes if there are several requests we will set an additional workshop. We will inform you regarding that if you leave us your email address.
* Single rooms are available upon request.
* Non painting partners or friends are very welcome to share the convivial atmosphere, wonderful local food and wine and all the excursions.

Non-activity discount: € 300

Our holidays are suitable for people travelling alone, couples and small groups of 6 – 12 person.

This price includes:

  • 7 nights twin shared accommodation (ensuite bathroom)
  • Personal welcome at Corfu airport and round trip airport transfer
  • Daily breakfast and Dinner
  • 5 Byzantine Iconography courses

These courses run for three hours per day, for five days.

  • Sightseeing and excursion according to the above program
  • Entrance fees on trips
  • All material for Iconography

Group bookings and Extensions

We also offer a discount for groups booking together(at least 6 people) and, should you wish to extend your trip, extra days may be available.

This price does not include:

  • Flights to Corfu
  • Medical expenses
  • Travel and cancellation insurance