Online Iconography Study Group

Icon of Christ. From Sketch to Icon

September 26, 2024 - April 10, 2025


What Is This Program About

This long term program allows you to summarize all your knowledge and skills painting an icon of Christ Head and Shoulders. There will be two slightly different iconographical types to choose from. Everyone who took “ Drawing Frontal Faces“ and “ Egg Tempera. Faces“ courses are invited.

This program brings together all the knowledge that our students have received earlier and teaches several necessary new skills. We are going to explain in detail how to paint hair and beard and also how to combine all the details to let them work well together, providing personalized mentoring and comprehensive feedback for every exersize published by a student.

We will walk from planning and working with sketches to painting an icon of Christ. By the end of this program you will have a clear understanding of the method and all stages of professional work.



For everyone who took “Frontal Face“ and “Egg Tempera. Faces“ courses. This program will connect your knowledge of drawing to the process of painting with egg tempera and to show you how to work professionally on an icon.


The program consists of 5 blocks of assignments. Each block costs $100 USD (or €94 Euros), except for the last one (6 assignments) is $150 or €140. Payments are accepted separately for each block.
The registration payment covers the first five assignments scheduled for September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24.


6.5 months / 4 assignments per month except for December, when we have 2 assignments due to Christmas. Assignments are published weekly. Two extra weeks at the end are allowed to finish the icon. Images are accepted for corrections until April 10, 2025.


Explanations of each topic either in a 20 - 60 min Full HD video tutorial or text (PDF document), reference images. In total there are 9.5 hours of video tutorials.
All materials are shared with students in Google Classroom. All videos remain available after the end of the Course.


Learners are expected to share photographs of their drawings in Google Classroom Stream. Personal feedback from the instructors with their corrections / comments / recommendations is given within 48 hours (weekends excluded). Feedback is guaranteed for the whole period of the course either written in words or/and drawn directly on the uploaded image.


You will only need materials you used on courses “Drawing a Frontal Face” and “Egg Tempera. Faces”. Although I advise you to paint the final image on paper, you can use a gessoed board. I’ll give you all the details about the board size at the end of November.


You will need at least an hour per week for drawing (in September and October) and two-three hours per week for painting (November-February). We are not sure how much time you will spend working on the final project in February-March, because it also depends on you.

Practical Matters

This Program starts on September 26, 2024 and will end on April 10, 2025. You will have approximately 4 assignments per each topic. Assignments are published on Thursdays. Some assignments will help to repeat what you already know, other ones will contain new information.

After the last assignment is published on March 27, you will have two extra weeks to finish the icon. Images are accepted no later than April 10, 2025.

Access to the Google Classroom and the videos is for the online course participants only and must not be shared with anyone else in any form.

Blocks of Assignments

1. Planning an Icon. Drawing

September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24

  • Studying Models: Quick Sketches
  • Studying Faces
  • Thumbnails. Choose a Format
  • A Bigger Sketch. Work with Shapes
  • The Final Sketch
  • 2. How to Paint Hair

    November 7, 14, 21, 28

  • The First Stage of Painting Hair. Option 1.
  • The First Stage of Painting Hair. Option 2.
  • The Final Stage of Painting Hair.
  • Painting Hair from a Model
  • 3. How to Paint a Beard

    December 5, 12, January 2, 9,

  • Painting Beard with Sankir Method. United Beard Shape
  • Face and Beard Outline. Drawing Tips
  • Painting Beard with Sankirless Method. Divided Beard Shape
  • Painting a Beard from a Model
  • 4. How to Choose Colors

    January 16, 23, February 6, 13,

  • Hue and Saturation
  • Color Value
  • Interpenetration of Colors
  • A Colored Sketch. Composing a Palette
  • 5. Painting an Icon

    February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27,

  • Drawing
  • Establishing the Main Colors
  • Painting a Face and Hair
  • Painting Garments and Beard
  • Finalizing the Image
  • Graphics and Lettering
  • Learning Process

    Each month you will receive in average 4 assignments that include:
  • a PDF file with homework and explanation of certain steps you have to perform

  • Optional:
  • a tutorial video
  • a folder (or folders) with medieval models

  • The main explanations and instructions are given in the PDF file. A lot of explanations are based on the information from the previous courses. It is made to refresh your memory and drawing / painting skills. All the new topics are illustrated with short video tutorials.

    The homework for each assignment is given at the beginning of each PDF file. We expect you to do your homework on paper of A4/Letter format and post it in the Google Classroom Stream.

    If you are not satisfied with your drawing/painting and have not finished them, anyway share your drawing/painting at least once a week. Constructive feedback will help you to move on. If you are stuck and don’t understand how to proceed, post your drawing/painting with question(s) in the Stream. We are always ready to give a hand.

    Please, post your drawings/paintings in Google Stream even if you are behind the schedule. We kindly ask you to take photos of your drawings without distortion. When taking a photo, hold your cell phone or tablet parallel to the drawing. It will help a lot with your homework correction.

    If you experience any technical difficulties with Google Classroom, please let us know via email. We will answer you as quickly as we can.

    Ready to Enroll?

    Online Iconography Study Group "Icon of Christ. From Sketch to Icon" consists of 5 blocks of assignments.
    Each block costs $100 USD (or €94 Euros), except for the last one (6 assignments) is $150 or €140.
    Payments are accepted separately for each block.

    The registration payment covers the first five assignments scheduled for September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24. This program will start on September 26, 2024 and will end on April 10, 2025. Making your registration payment, please provide a valid email address, - it will also be used to send you a personal invitation to Google Classroom.

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    If within 80 days from the purchase date you experience health issues forbidding you to participate in the chosen course, we will fully refund the cost of your order.

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