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Online icon painting lessons and workshops

The online lessons are on Monday and Friday 17:00-20:00 and Saturday 11:00-14:00 (Greece time). You can participate in any lesson you want (every Monday and Friday, once a week, etc). The precondition for participation is to have a smartphone connected to a wifi network. 

How it works: Before the beginning of the lesson, you must have sent me your intention to participate or the photo of the icon you are working on. I will call you via the Internet, only with sound, not with video. I will give you instructions and I will make corrections on the photo of the icon that you sent me. You will see the correction process live on your screen and after our conversation, I will send you the correction you saw on your screen to apply it to your icon. If you want to ask something during the lesson, you can send me a text message via the internet or a new photo of your icon in the new status, so I will be able to help you continue, to answer your questions and to correct live as I said before. The lesson is private in a group.

The price of each lesson is 10 euros. The course is prepaid. No previous experience is needed to participate in the course.

It is necessary to have brushes, pigments or acrylics a surface to paint and a book I have written that it costs 10 euros.

If you are interested to participate, send an email to

Icon painting workshop not online

Visit Greece and participate in a byzantine icon painting workshop with the Greek iconographer Babis Pilarinos in Athens.

Participate in a byzantine icon painting and gilding workshop in Athens in July 2020 with the Greek iconographer Babis Pilarinos in Greece at his atelier near the Acropolis. Read more here

If this workshop does not suit you then please read about the possibility of other workshops.

mathima2There are two types of workshops. It’s a small one that it’s about three hours and a big one that it’s about 5 hours.
The theme and in the two workshops is the same, to paint a byzantine face. Only at the small workshop you do these with color pencils and you take a small taste of all the technique.
The big workshop is conducted with egg tempera in the same traditional way as was the case in the Byzantine times. In this workshop, the person that participates will paint an icon, using paints made from egg yolk and colour powders. At the end of the workshop the memder will have completed the icon.

These workshops are suitable for people with no previous experience in painting, as well as for amateur or professional painters who wish to study the byzantine art genre.

Lessons are stand-alone, which means that during the course, each participant will be able to fully complete an icon.
Everything needed -canvases, brushes, easels, colours, etc.- are provided by the atelier. The Workshop lessons are in English.


The cost for the short workshop is 80€ for one person, or for 2 persons 100€, for 3 persons 120€ and 4 persons 140€. For bigger groups please contact the artist. The price includes 3 hours of workshop and all necessary materials (no need to bring anything).

The cost for the longer workshop is 150€ for one person, for 2 persons 200€, for 3 persons 250€ and 4 persons 300€. For bigger groups please contact us. The price includes 5 hours of workshop and all necessary materials (no need to bring anything). 

For booking please send an email at orpost a message on his Facebook profile

Babis Pilarinos was born on Zakynthos in 1966. He paints, illustrates children’ s books, paints portable icons and frescoes in churches. He teaches Byzantine painting on Zakynthos, in Paris, in Athens at his “Atelier Pilarinos” and in “Austrian Summer Academy in Greece”
He has given nine private exhibitions in Brussels, Paris, Switzerland
Baden and Athens. He is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts in Greece. More details can be found at or visit his Facebook profile