Iconography Courses

with Philip Davydov and Olga Shalamova

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Learning Iconography Online

All our online courses are for self-paced interactive studies of iconography as an academic discipline. Signing up for a course you will:

  • LEARN | video tutorials:
    Comprehensive and practical video tutorials (in HD) guiding you step by step through unique programs of studies in iconography drawing and / or painting.
  • PRACTICE | assignments:
    Assignments are blended in the video tutorials, with plethora of handy tips and advice to assist you in mastering thespecific skills and traditional iconography principles.
  • EXCEL | Mentoring:
    During all our courses, you will receive a personalized feedback and active mentoring by the instructors on each of your drawings.
  • COMMUNICATE | Interactivity:
    We use a unique Google Classroom as a platform for every course. It's a place where we confidentially share the assignments and you will be able to share your drawings and see our recommendations together with works of other students.
  • ENJOY | Lifetime Access:
    All the video tutorials will be available to you during and after the completion of the course for future learning.

  • How to choose a course which is for you?

    Our Online Iconography Drawing and Painting Courses are designed for individuals with different levels of experience. To indicate the necessary level we have labeled them as Foundational, Beginner, and Intermediate. The Foundational courses can be taken in any order, while the Beginner and Intermediate courses will require to attend certain course or courses to sign up for.


    Designed for individuals with little to no iconography or drawing experience and for professionals willing to learn certain topics from scratch. These courses provide most essential skills and knowledge and may be taken in any order.


    Our single Beginner course is called Drawing Asymmetrical Faces, it's designed for those who have taken our very basic Drawing the Frontal Face course.


    Advanced Egg Tempera course can only be taken by those, who has done both Egg Tempera Basic and Drawing the Frontal Face courses as we heavily relay on knowledge and skills we teach there.

    Half Figure Composition is only available to those, who has done both Half Figure Garments and Half Figure Hand Gestures. For those, who wants to have a more professional experience at this course, we highly recommend taking the Drawing the Frontal Face course prior to this one.

    Frequently Asked Questions

  • English is not my first language, can I still enrol to your courses?
    English is not our first language either, so we do endeavour to speak slowly and articulate clearly. Besides, all video tutorials have automatic subtitles in English, which you can easily translate into most languages, clicking the "gear" icon on the video screen. If you are unsure, whether you will feel comfortable learning from the course videos, email us or get in touch (top-right of this page) and we will share a link to one of our regular course videos, for you to have a personal experience and make an informed decision.

  • Do you teach via ZOOM?
    We do not teach via zoom. Our courses consist of Assignments, - pre-recorded professionally filmed and carefully edited HD video tutorials with homework instructions which can be watched at any time during the course and remain available afterwards. We provide links to recorded videos, so students can work at any time with their speed.

  • How do I get personal feedback?
    We invite our students to upload their drawings and/or paintings to the Google Classroom Stream, so that we can see them together with other fellow students' drawings / paintings. We carefully examine every students' work, considering it in the context with the previous images uploaded by the same student and give our recommendations based on the demonstrated skills and dynamics of learning. Our recommendations are drawn / written directly on the uploaded photographs. We mainly indicate the aspects of the assignment which should be followed more vigorously and point out the image details, which need more attention.

    Philip Davydov and Olga Shalamova. Sacred Murals Studio (originally: Saint Petersburg, Russia, since March 2022: Tbilisi, Georgia).
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    Philip Davydov

    Iconographer, iconography instructor and web-site administrator

    Second-generation iconographer with M.A. from State Fine Art Academy of Saint Petersburg (faculty of Theory and History of Art).
    2001 co-founder of Sacred Murals Studio (St. Petersburg, Russia).
    2005 - present: iconography instructor in the USA, Italy, Australia and other countries.
    2006 - present: member of Union of Artists of Russia
    2009 - 2022: professor at Institute of Theology and Sacred Arts (Saint Petersburg).
    2021 November - December: head of Iconography School of St Petersburg Seminary. 2022 March - present: Iconographer, iconography instructor working in Tbilisi (Georgia).

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    Olga Shalamova

    Iconographer and iconography instructor

    M.A. from State Fine Art Academy of Saint Petersburg (faculty of Theory and History of Art).
    2009 - present: ember of the Union of Artists of Russia
    2015 - 2021: chief artist of the embroidery workshop at Feodorovsky Cathedral in Saint Petersburg. 2022 March - present: Iconographer, iconography instructor working in Tbilisi (Georgia).

    Author of the majority of our offline and online courses.
    Actively participates in exhibitions of contemporary ecclesiastical art in Russia and abroad.

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    Since March 2022 we live and work in Tbilisi (Georgia)

    Address: 10 Imeda Kakhniashvilis, apartment 81, 0163, Tbilisi, Georgia

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