Sacred Murals Studio


Pontifex University


Icon Painting Workshops


Earn credit for Workshops Offered by

Sacred Murals Studio (

for the Studio Requirement of

Pontifex University’s Master of Sacred Arts


Sacred Murals Studio ( provides a sound and structured education in the art of icon painting. All work is based on medieval Christian images and rendered in the ancient and traditional technique of the egg-tempera medium. Sacred Murals Studio was founded in Saint Petersburg (Russia) by a family couple of iconographers, Philip Davydov and Olga Shalamova in June 2001. They offer workshops in the USA, Australia and Italy.

All courses offered by Sacred Mural Studios are recommended for Pontifex, whether they are taken for credit or for personal enrichment. If you take courses for credit for the MSA program, a typical week-long workshop will earn one credit towards the studio requirement for the MSA. You may need to complete project work outside the class as set by the teacher in order to fulfill the credit requirement.