About the Program
The expressive language of painting has uniquely traced the soul’s evolution of consciousness for over 30,000 years. Sacred art traditions throughout the ages have celebrated the visionary realms, exploring Heaven and Hell. Through global media and communication, artists today access the entire history of the human imagination through the iconography of past civilizations and continue that visual intercourse in their paintings. Pattern and ornament, color, light and feeling offer a portal for the creative interpreter who illuminates mystical and transcendental domains. Skilled painters intimate with expanded states of awareness, translate these subtle archetypal dimensions to facilitate realization of divine spirit.


The 2017 7-Day Painting Intensive with Alex Grey & Allyson Grey at CoSM has two pre-requisites:

— A high level of commitment
— Previous experience as a painter

To apply for one of fifteen spaces in this summer’s Intensive, please:

—  fill out the application below, and
— attach no more than 3 images (jpg)

Apply for the 2017 Painting Intensive

Portfolios have been submitted. Thank you to those who applied you will receive notification by March 15th




From drawing plan to completion, each participant will be asked to start and finish at least one painting during the seven day workshop.  Class members can bring a concept in sketch form that they would like to work on in class.

Each day’s lesson will include discourse on techniques, elements of design and composition, color study and the development of expressive content.

In-depth discussions of student work will be part of the daily critique.

The workshop will also include vision practices to catalyze an image to realize as a painting. Oil paint, acrylic paint and watercolors are welcomed.

If seven days of painting sounds too delicious to be true (as it does for us), join us for the Visionary Painting Intensive at CoSM.

This workshop offers an immersive program to serious painters at every level of experience.


Class will be held in the CoSM Studio with your teachers, Alex Grey and Allyson Grey.

Evolve your Art and Soul during this immersive experience offered by leading visionary painters.

Participants will be encouraged to complete or make substantial progress on two works during this period. Suggested materials list below.

Discussions on the history of visionary painting as well as in-depth looks at the work of each artist in the group will provide valuable insights to every participant.

For a fully immersive experience, make arrangements soon and stay in CoSM’s guest house. Dorms,  triples, doubles and singles available.

Housing additional. Commuters fee covers meals, use of guest house facilities and grounds.

Suggested list of materials:

  • Pencils and pens for drawing
  • Graphite pencils — 2B, 3B, 4B, HB  (a few or all)
  • Kneadable eraser and other preferred types
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Roll or large sheets of tracing paper
  • Sketch book and/or pad of larger sketch paper — 11″ x 14″
  • Painting surface — canvas(es), gesso board, painting panel, watercolor block
  • Size Limitation:  No smaller than 11″ or larger than 30″ in either dimension
  • Watercolor paint set (option) — tubes or travel set in pans
  • Acrylics — at least 12 colors (option)
  • Oil paint — at least 12 colors (option)
  • Good quality paint brushes for each medium — a variety of sizes
  • Travel easel  & small work table — (suggested)
  • Clip lamp & extension cord.
  • Some large work tables will be provided.

Your Instructors:

Alex Grey

Alex Grey, world-renowned artist, poet, and author, is best loved for his paintings which portray multiple dimensions of reality, interweaving biological anatomy with psychic and spiritual energies. His books, Sacred Mirrors, The Mission of Art, Transfigurations, and Art Psalms, trace the development of his work and mystical experiences that shaped his spiritual artistic life. Alex’s most recent monograph, Net of Being, addresses how his art is evolving the cultural body through icons of interconnectedness. alexgrey.com

Allyson Grey

Allyson Grey is an artist whose paintings have been exhibited and sold internationally.  Co-founder of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors,  Grey is a community leader with a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University. She has edited and co-authored over a dozen books and journals, lectured widely, and has been an educator and muse to artists for over 30 years.  The symbol system in her paintings represent an essentialized world-view comprised of chaos, order and secret writing.  Allyson is the wife and partner of internationally renowned artist, Alex Grey, and the mother of accomplished film actress Zena Grey.allysongrey.com

Course Tuition
  • Includes meals from Sunday dinner July 16th through lunch July 22nd.
  • Please arrive by 5pm on Sunday. Dinner will be served at 6pm. The workshop will begin at 7pm on Sunday night and end the following Saturday at 1pm.
  • Coffee and snacks available all weekend.
  • For a fully immersive experience, make arrangements soon and stay in CoSM’s guest house. Dorms, triples, doubles and singles available.
  • Housing is limited and additional. To inquire please call CoSM Office M-F 10am-6pm.
  • Commuters fee covers meals, use of guest house, facilities and grounds.
  • MEMBERS receive 10%. Call the office office to receive your discount — 845-297-2323 M-F 10am-6pm


Rooms are available for rent in Grey House, CoSM’s fully renovated Visionary Victorian guest house.

To book accommodations for this event, please call 845 297 2323 ext.104 or email us at hospitality@cosm.org.


Guest Room Photo

The artwork of Alex Grey & Allyson Grey plus many other visionary artists are on display in the guest house.



CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.



Visionary Art Intensive at Omega – All Levels of Experience

Want to study with Alex & Allyson this summer, but don’t have a portfolio? Artists at every level of ability can study Visionary Art with Alex & Allyson in the 26th Annual Visionary Art Intensive at Omega Institute, Sunday through Friday, June 25-30.
Sign up at: eomega.or

Learn More:

On Friday afternoon/evening, following the workshop at Omega, all class members are invited to CoSM for a tour and barbecue with Alex and Allyson followed by a fire circle.
Overnight accommodations at CoSM are available and limited for Friday night.