St. Gregory's Studium of Iconography

A Weekend with a Paintbrush and God


Why Iconography?

Iconography is the art of interpreting holy images. An age old tradition, it is a beautiful and inspiring way to find connection with God. 

The Studium of Iconography offers year-round, 1-3 day icon workshops for ages ranging from 6 up to teens and adults. The classes are crafted for beginners (all materials and instruction are included in the cost). Classes are ideal for church groups including clergy and religious folk, teens preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation, university students, and laypeople; they are ideal for anyone looking for a deeper connection with their faith.

There should be no fear or hesitation about the level of skill or talent needed in this journey. All denominations are welcome and each session will begin with a short communal prayer. Guided by the Spirit and with a little trust and diligence, the Studium is open to all. 

The Workshop Includes:

All levels of students complete icons reflecting skillful depth, quiet beauty, and spiritual luminosity by using traditional materials and ancient techniques.

Enrollment fee includes:

  • Small group instruction
  • Materials: wood panels, 23k gold leaf and a wide range of paints, brushes, etc. 
  • Snacks and beverages

Pricing for the workshops vary according to the length of time. They are structured to center around the weekend evenings and afternoons, affording ample time to complete the icon while allowing for your other weekend needs, family time, and/or spiritual commitments.



Spirituality Center Retreats & Lectures


Spirituality & Religion

The Saint Gregory Center for Spirituality also opens the artist’s studio to lectures and retreats for church groups, clergy, religious, students, catechists and lay ministers.

Joseph Malham is also a seasoned retreat master on the subject of Sacred Art. For the past 20 years, he has spoken on the various subjects of iconography in spiritual and secular venues as varied as The Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University, Notre Dame University, Holy Name Cathedral, The Quincy (IL) Festival of Art, North Park Evangelical Seminary and University and Catholic Theological Union of Chicago.




Though there is a schedule for lectures, the topics can be tailored to the area of interest for your group or denomination. Time for private prayer in our prayer garden or beautiful church will be built into the schedule. Guest speakers will also present on a wide range of spiritual subjects tied into sacred art, such as liturgy, history and architecture.

There are plenty of restaurants in the surrounding Andersonville neighborhood for lunch or dinner. The Studium will also be able to cater in for groups large and small for an additional cost.

Please see the Calendar for dates and lecture topics.