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The Art of Icon Painting in March of 2024!

We are working on an image of Mother of God, inspired by the mosaic icon made in 572 from St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) in Constantinople. The class will have 3 sessions (4-5 hours each) and will meet once a week, possibly on Saturdays or Sundays, total duration is 3 weeks. The pigments have to dry completely between the classes. I have developed a special mosaic painting technique, please see the original icon and my work from the class (work in progress). Please ask me for more details.


Image of Mother of God from St. Sophia (572) and my image of the icon (work in progress).

                  The Art of Icon Painting

 The Art of Icon PaintingMaster icon maker and art histrian, Marina Forbes, will offer "The Art of Icon Painting"  workshop at the Christ Church (6 Dane Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043) in Kennebunk, ME. It is a 16-hour hands-on studio course for students interested in learning how to create traditional icons, one of the world's oldest and most respected forms of religious art. The class will meet on 4 (four) Saturdays from 10am to 2pm: June 18 and June 25, July 9 and July 16. The program will include a detailed discussion and demonstration of traditional materials and methods of icon making. Then, under the direction of the instructor, students will create their own icons using a combination of traditional and contemporary materials and methods. Students will learn about board and painting surface preparation, gessoing, image rendering, pigments, brush strokes techniques, detailing, highlighting, gilding, Old Slavonic lettering, and varnishing. No painting experience is required for this Icon Painting class. Experienced artists will also feel very comfortable in this workshop.

For more information or pre-register please contact Marina Forbes directly at (603) 332-2255, by e-mail at

The Icon of "Mother Of God of Vladimir" (wood, egg tempera, 23-k gold) is by Marina Forbes.

Painting on Wooden Toys
Storytelling and hands-on painting workshop with Marina Forbes

Painting on Wooden Boxes inspired by the reach tradition of American Quilt Making
Storytelling and hands-on painting Workshop with Marina Forbes

Painting on Seashells: Oceans of Possibilities
Storytelling and hands-on painting Workshop with Marina Forbes

Holiday Dispay
Interactive and Beautifully Illustrated Presentation/Event


June 10 -11, 2022 - Virtual Conference: Museum of Russian Icons, Center for Icon Studies' Third International Conference: The Visual Culture of Iconoclasm and Atheism, Clinton, MA

 September 27, 2016 -  Fordham University, New York, NY

2016 Orthodoxy in America Lecture

"Religion in America through Russian Orthodox Eyes"

12th-Floor Lounge, E. Gerald Corrigan Conference Center | Lowenstein Center
Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus | 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

 February 20-22 - Camden Conference on Russia, Camden, ME 2015

February 23 - "Russia Right Now: Today's Business Realities", Boston Bar Association, Boston, MA 2015

March 25 and 26 - US-Russia Forum 2015 in Washington, DC

 June 16 and 17 - World Russia Forum 2014 in Washington, DC

June 21 - Russian Arts and Culture: Matryoshka Nested Doll Painting workshop at the
Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Washington, DC.

 2014 Cultural Tour to Russia!  - December 28th at 1pm and January 26th, 2014 at 2pm - Russian Tea

November 22 - Potluck Dinner with the delegation of Russian Journalists

November 9,10, 15, 16 - The Art Of Icon Painting hands-on studio workshop at the Saint Nicholas Cathedral of the Orthodox Church in America located in Washington, DC.

November 8 - Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections

 July 21 - Exeter Independence Day Celebration. Some of my painting were featured at the SAA Art Gallery exhibit.

March 22 - Delegation from Kyrgyzstan meets with Marina Forbes .The New England Language Center hosted a potluck dinner to welcome a delegation representing the Kyrgyz Republic. The group consisted of five Parliamentarians and two interpreters from Kyrgyzstan who were visiting New Hampshire for four days to explore the issues of Government and Conflict Resolution.

March 17 from 11am to 3pm - Russian Easter Bazaar

2012 Cultural Tour to Russia!  - January 21, 2012 at 10am - Russian Tea

December 17 from 11am to 3pm - Russian Christmas Bazaar

November 5th and 6th from 10am to 7pm - NH Open Doors event to showcase NH's outstanding artists, a state-wide shopping and touring event. Art of Marina Forbes will be on diplay at the New England Language Center International Arts Gallery

December 4 - An article regarding the unveiling of Marina Forbes' new icon of Fr. Alexander Hotovitsky has been published in the Portsmouth Herald.


December 17 from 11am to 3pm - Russian Christmas Bazaar

October/November - My art titled Firebird has been selected for use in the promotional materials for a performance of Stravinsky's Firebird by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (tso)!

November 6, Nevins Public Library, Methuen, MA - Russian Arts and Culture. Great job, Artists!

October 30 - Baba Yaga Tradition - East European Adoption Family Festival, Belmont, MA

October 23 - Icon Painting Demonstration, Treasures From Moscow: Icons from the Andrey Rublev Museum, Exhibition Opening, Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA

June - Plein aire watercolor workshops in Prescott Park in Portsmouth

March 22 - Russian Easter Egg Painting on Wood in Exeter, NH. Great job!


March 20 - Heavenly Ball and Art Auction Fundraiser - at the Sheraton Hotel in Portsmouth, NH. Thank you!



March 20 - Museum of Russian Icons - Great Job! Thank you!


March 13th - 4 family teams were painting the dolls at the Old Town Hall in Exeter. Great job!


March 8th - Global Learning in Afterschool Kickoff reception at the New Hampshire Institute of Arts in Manchester, NH. Nice work!


March 6th - Painting with Watercolors workshop - " Daisies". Here are some examples of my students work. (Thank you Joan, Sue and Tanis!)


February 17th and 18th - Artist in Residency at the Stratham Cooperative Middle school. Great job 7th grades!


January 9th. Thanks to everyone for coming to a wonderful Matryoshka painting workshop at my studio!  Beautiful dolls!



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