Icons are part of liturgical or religious art and have been used as part of Christian worship for centuries. Mr Knowles explains that creating an icon is a spiritual experience and one that uses traditional processes and natural materials.
The process of painting an icon is very much a spiritual one and Mr Knowles prays before and during the creation of the icon.
‘When you paint an icon you’re trying to be in the presence of Christ and in communion with the saints,”
“You’re painting from the heart.”
Director, Bethlehem Icon Centre,
Hosh Abu Jarour
The Bethlehem Icon Centre is dedicated to renewing the ancient art of iconography in the land of its birth through education and the formation of collaborative workshops.
Works are done by commission by the Director and his students according to their competency. Only the finest materials are used, and as far as is possible only those which are environmentally friendly.
The Centre is in Bethlehem, and is open to visits by pilgrims and tourists. For larger groups please book an appointment. We offer lectures on iconography, and especially its relevance for the Holy Land. It is also possible for suitable people to come and spend an extended period of time in our workshops working alongside the director and the local students. Please inquire for details.
Short courses are also available at the Emmanuel Monastery in Bethlehem, open to everyone, beginner or experienced artist, from anywhere around the world: –
7 day courses in writing Byzantine icons in egg tempera.
at the Greek Catholic Monestere Emmanuel, Bethlehem for those wishing to drink deeply from the spiritual sources of Christianity and iconography. A chance to pray and paint in the Holy Land, in the place where Christ showed Himself as the Icon of the Father.
April 9-16 2015
Focus: the Face of the Saviour which can be completed during the course.
All elements covered, including board preparation, egg tempera painting & gilding.
October 8-15 2015
A course tackling a more advanced subject. Includes design, egg tempera painting and water gilding. Bring your own prepared board.
Only £325 Inclusive of 7 days tuition, all meals and accommodation. Flights, insurance and transfer from the airport are not covered.
It is also possible for suitable people to come and spend an extended period of time in our workshops working alongside the director and the local students. Please inquire for details.
for more information on all the above, visit