About our school
Our icon-painting school Sofia was founded in 2008, and our students and teachers have painted a wide range of icons over the years. Every icon we produce remains a great joy to us: it takes hard work from both student and teacher to finish it.
Most of our students are Muscovites, but people from other cities and countries are very welcome to come and study with us. One of our aims is to spread iconography all over the world, and with the help of our foreign students we hope to do so.
We do our best to share our knowledge with every student. Studying with us at Sofia is a creative collaboration involving students and teachers working and learning together.
Our teachers not only teach but continue to study themselves, looking for new teaching methods, improving their painting skills and participating in exhibitions. All teachers are current members of the Union of Russian Artists. We have already published a number of icon-painting textbooks.
Our teaching is tailored to the individual student's needs. We can't promise to make you a great iconographer, but we can promise that you'll be able to paint an icon by yourself.
In our workshop we are constantly producing icons for churches, monasteries and private individuals. Our approach is Orthodox - we follow all the canonical rules. The materials used for our icons are natural: lime-wood boards and organic pigments. For gold-leaf gilding we use 24 carat gold.
In our shop we sell paints, brushes and the full range of materials used for icon painting. You can also see our work on display. We'll be delighted to see you!