Monday, July 8th through Saturday, July 13th
Norbertine Abbey
5825 Coors Blvd. SW
Albuquerque, NM
Cost: $650. Includes all materials and instruction for 6 days
Deposit: $150 non-refundable – due 30 days prior to the beginning of class


Prayerfully journey with us as we explore the Russian Byzantine style of iconography. Discover the theology and spirituality behind this ancient tradition. In this 6 day intensive workshop students will complete an 11×14 icon of St. Kateri, the first Native American woman to be cannonized. We will use the egg tempera and gold leaf method. The 22 step process combines line work and multiple layers of opaque highlights and transparent floats in order to achieve depth and brilliance of color.


This workshop is open to students of all levels even those with no art experience. Students may wish to make this a retreat. The Abbey is absolutely lovely and provides plenty of opportunities for prayer and reflection. Four hermitages are available with private bathroom and kitchenette. They are on a first come basis. Please contact Patti at 505-873-4399 for availability and pricing. The Albuquerque airport is nearby as are hotels, restaurants and the Old Town Plaza. To schedule your reservation for the workshop contact
Karen Smart at 505-916-6045 or visit

Karen Smart was born in El Paso, Texas in 1960. Searching for spiritual knowledge and a personal relationship with Jesus, she graduated from the Denver Catholic Biblical School in 2007.
Preserving the integrity of the ancient method, Karen is committed to using only natural materials and pigments.
Karen currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her two pugs where she writes icons for churches, private chapels and individuals.