Workshop at TLAA

Image & Likeness is now conducting icon workshops through The Liturgical Arts Academy (TLAA) which is a separate entity.  The information and registration posted below belong exclusively to TLAA through the cooperation of St. Philothea Greek Orthodox Church and the Metropolis of Atlanta.tlaa-fb-2020.jpg

Registration for the 2020 Session will open in October, please check back

Coming Soon--> Video & Photos from 2019 Session and a new Liturgical Arts Website




Video production by Herman A. Middleton at 








The Liturgical Arts Academy is a one week intensive program to teach the skills of Byzantine Chanting, Iconography and Liturgical Textile Arts in an atmosphere of prayer, study, discussion and communion.

Dates: Sunday August 18  - Saturday August 24, 2019

Location: Diakonia Retreat Center

$1150 per person

Thanks to a generous grant by Leadership100 the student registration cost was reduced by $300.  

    Includes: 7 Days and 6 Nights in Single Occupancy Room in Lodge , all meals for 6 nts and 7 days, workshop instruction and materials for 5 days (Mon-Fri), use of facilities and amenities at the Diakonia Retreat Center


John Michael Boyer / Gabriel Cremeens / Samuel Heron

Father Anthony Salzman  /  Presvytera Krista West

 Vision of TLAA

The Liturgical Arts in the Orthodox Church are the product of two thousand years of liturgical worship in unbroken continuity; they serve to remove the worshiper from the earthly plain and elevate him/ her to the heavenly realm.  Because we see a loss of the Church’s traditional worship in America, we hope to implement a project that will revitalize the traditional liturgical arts in order to restore the proper power to, and transformative nature of, our worship.   Each generation must acquire the skills and knowledge of the tradition and then develop the craft in order to attain the heights of expression in these sacred arts.  The Liturgical Arts Academy (TLAA) aspires to teach leaders and church artists how to worship God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the form which has produced hundreds and thousands of saints, martyrs, confessors and witnesses. 

Registration Fees & Deadlines:

Registration Deposit:


Balance in Full:

Due by August 1 


2019 Academy is closed - 2020 registration will be open in October





 Cancellation Policy: Cancel before July 1: refund of all but $50 will be issued.  Cancel after July 1: no refunds will be issued.  However, in the event your spot can be filled by another student, you will receive a refund of all but $100.

Class Sizes: Iconography Workshop limited to maximum 15 students per instructor; Liturgical Textiles Workshop limited to 10 students.  Beginner Chanting Workshop no limit. Students will be placed in appropriate chanting level workshop upon oral evaluation.  

Cabin Upgrades: May 20 --> Cabins are sold out.  A limited number of private cabins will be available on a first come first serve basis for an additional per person cost as listed in chart.  Please indicate this preference at time of registration and you will be notified of availability.

Payment Options: Online with major credit card or mail in checks payable to: “St Philothea TLAA”         Mail to: TLAA, 1169 Old Farm Road, Watkinsville GA 30677 

  The Diakonia Retreat Center is owned and operated by The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta


For questions contact: Presvytera Christine Salzman  or    706-310-1306





“Students will come away with a finished icon on a museum quality panel and a new vision for the possibilities of artistic expression. This is a visual language that will give you the practical skills as well as a theoretical foundation for a rewarding and fulfilling artistic vocation.”       Fr. Anthony Salzman 



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Iconography Lectures & Seminars  (for churches, schools and other organizations)

For over twenty-five years Fr. Anthony has been writing icons and teaching on the development, history, theology and use of icons in the Orthodox Church.

Extensive digital presentations include photographs of some of the most treasured churches in places such as Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, Jerusalem, Yugoslavia and Russia and are presented in an interesting and comparative manner with other art traditions. You may choose the topic or topics that you would like emphasized.  Father's mannerism is engaging and inspiring with an artistic flare.

Some of the areas of discussion are as follows:

  • the theological dimension of iconography
  • the liturgical aspect
  • the history and development
  • the iconoclast controversy
  • planning an iconographic program for a church
  • the technical aspects of painting icons
  • or a broad introduction to Iconography that touches on all aspects (minimum 1 hour)

Availability is limited. Contact us for dates and stipend and travel expense charges.




Iconography Workshop & Retreats-Photos

Below are photos from past workshops at the Diakonia Center in Salem, South Carolina