(12 customer reviews)

ONLINE. Icon Painting Course – Beginners

This is a step-by-step Icon Painting workshop.

Suitable for beginners or for those who would like to be guided step by step to make sure that they know the process of creating an icon. Or refresh their experience.

You will be working on the image of Mother of God. You can see it in the cover photo for the event.
Basia Mindewicz
Basia will be encouraging you to do it creatively but you are also welcome to repeat steps exactly as she demonstrates.

The course will include demonstrations of every stage of creating an icon.



This is a Step-By-Step Icon Painting Course
9 Weeks 
22 September – 17 November 2024


Sundays 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm the UK Time

On Zoom. Recordings will be available if you can’t attend in person. 

During the course and 2 weeks after. If you want a lifetime access there will be a chance to buy after the course finishes.

If you are unsure if this course is for you you can book a free 5 minute consultation with Basia. Just click the button below.

Join us for an exciting Icon Painting workshop! Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, this step-by-step course will guide you through the process of creating a stunning icon of the Mother of God. With the guidance of the talented Basia Mindewicz, you’ll learn the traditional Russian method of icon painting while also exploring your own unique ideas and style. Basia will demonstrate each stage of the process, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get feedback. Plus, Basia will share her own personal style and techniques, so you can take your skills to the next level. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to create a beautiful work of art!

The course on icon painting has been designed to make it more engaging and effective for learners. It  offers a comprehensive guide to the principles of icon painting and includes a detailed breakdown of the traditional techniques used in the process. Students can benefit from interactive sessions that allow them to work with an experienced instructor who provides personalized feedback and support. With this course, students can gain a deeper understanding of the cultural significance of icon painting and learn how to create unique works of their own.

Stages of work include:

  • Transfering the image onto tracing paper. We will use tracing paper not only to transfer the design but also to learn and explore the shape and the line.
  • Transferring finished drawings onto a panel covered with layers of gesso.
  • Redrawing with paint. At this stage, students will start learning how to make paints using egg yolk and dry pigments.
  • Once all surfaces are covered with enough layers of ground we can start building shapes using lights. In icon painting, we don’t build shapes with shadows.
  • Gilding – we will be working for real gold leaf. You will be guided step by step in this process to learn the traditional method of gilding. We will be working with oil gilding.
  • Applying final lights and highlights. Finishing.
  • It is recommended to wait at least a few weeks before varnishing the finished icon painted in egg tempera. Guidance and demonstration will be provided.
We love this way of creating a space for learning and discovering icons with you.
Spaces are filling up quickly. Please make sure you book your space now. Get in touch with us for help with materials. We still have a few Starter Sets available.
9 Weeks
Sundays 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm the UK Time
On Zoom. Recordings will be available if you can’t attend in person.
We will be working on the icon of Mother of God (see the image below. It is the icon just before the completion).
This will be a weekly course.

Who is this course for

  • absolute beginners
  • those who want to refresh their knowledge
  • those who have experience in other forms of art
  • those who would like to enrich their spiritual practice
  • those who are interested in learning traditional techniques
  • those who would like to refresh their skills and experience but also learn the Russian method of Icon painting
  • those who have never seen the process demonstrated step by step will benefit from the detailed step-by-step guidance

Materials needed for the Course:

You don’t need all materials for your first session. It will be an introduction. Please contact us if you want to sign up but are unsure if you can get all materials before the start of the course.


You can also now order our Starter Set. It will cover the most important materials. Have a look here. 

We now post these worldwide.

Gilding Materials are not included in the Set.


Some materials are very specific so we found where you can buy those in the USA for those who are based there and want to join one of our classes or workshops.

You can buy this set


Gold leaf here


Shellac. The smallest container here.


Oli Gold Size here. The smallest container. If you find even smaller get this. We only use very small amounts of the size.


About your teacher

Basia Mindewicz, is an accomplished icon painter and contemporary artist, was born in 1978 in Warsaw, Poland. After being trained in ancient techniques of egg tempera and gold gilding at a College dedicated to iconography, she has been working mainly in a traditional style, mastering the language of the icon for many years. Since moving to Edinburgh, she has expanded her horizons, exploring new “languages” to create contemporary and personal depictions of reality. Her artistic journey is centered on revealing the truth about human nature and the path towards wholeness. Basia holds a master’s degree from The Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education and a degree from the College of Iconography (Policealne Studium Ikonograficzne) in Bielsk Podlaski. She has worked for major icon-painting workshops in Poland and has organized several private workshops and residential courses. Basia founded the Edinburgh School of Icon Painting and has conducted workshops at Droga Ikony (The way of Icon) and Studium Chrzescijanskiego Wschodu (School of Eastern Christianity) in Poland. She has lead many courses in UK and abroad since the founding of the Edinburgh School of Icon Painting in 2013. Live videos of her demonstrations are available on the Edinburgh School of Icon Painting’s Facebook page.


Droga Ikony (The way of Icon) http://www.drogaikony.org.pl/

Studium Chrzescijanskiego Wschodu (School of Eastern Christianity)

Watch Live Videos with a demonstration of the process here.

Additional information


15.01.23, 23.04.23, 17.09.23, 21.01.24, 22 Sep – 17 Nov 2024

12 reviews for ONLINE. Icon Painting Course – Beginners

  1. Tamas Sajtos (verified owner)

    The course and how it’s built up is absolutely fantastic. Basia leading us step by step and reviewing our progress. I had some issues getting all the materials but I received alternative solutions to be ready for the starting. During the lessons I was struggling with one of the painting techniques and again, Basia helped me to fix and to learn how to make the Icon better and nice. I highly recommend the course and Basia because she is a really good teacher. 

  2. John Belstead (verified owner)

    As a non-artist I have loved the carefully explained step by step process with demonstration of techniques. To my surprise, doing it on Zoom, I have enjoyed the challenge and peace of listening to the music whilst painting and watching Basia paint.

  3. Maria (verified owner)

    I would recommend the course to anyone with an interest in icon painting. As a complete beginner I am pleasantly surprised at the fantastic achievements in such a short amount of time. The step-by-step pace gives plenty of time to work around individual needs whilst getting support along the way. There are plenty of opportunities to ask questions and Basia is incredibly accommodating. I’m loving it!

  4. Hermione Walker (verified owner)

    I am really enjoying this course! The sessions are structured and presented very professionally enabling me to understand and follow each stage. Basia is very supportive and has provided advice by email to help me progress, fix any mistakes and obtain suitable materials. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to learn the techniques of this beautiful tradition directly from an expert!

  5. Kim Atherton (verified owner)

    I have enrolled on the online course and have never done anything like icon painting before. Basia is an excellent teacher – very patient and she makes it all seem possible. She teaches very clearly and gave me a lot of help accessing materials and giving advice. I highly recommend her courses and I will hopefully be enrolling on more!

  6. Cathie Pickering (verified owner)

    I recently completed the beginners’ nine week online course. Basia clearly demonstrated each step in the process of painting an Icon using egg tempera and gold leaf. She considered our work each week and guided us to have more confidence and achieve a completed Icon. I’m so pleased I decided to try this new venture and hope to continue with it.

  7. Pam Helfrich (verified owner)

    I really appreciated the class instruction and your understanding with my inability to finish the class. This is a heavy time in the world, especially in Ukraine. We all need a prayerful practice to sustain us. Thanks for providing that for us.

  8. Ann Rapp (verified owner)

    This is the best art class I ever took by far. I was not sure at first that icon painting could be taught online, but have found this class enjoyable, relaxing, and helpful. Basia is an excellent teacher, very patient and attentive to questions and helped me fix my mistakes and improve my icon. I highly recommend this class to all beginners, and know you will learn and benefit from your study with such a talented and well-known iconographer.

  9. Elizabeth Wakefield (verified owner)

    This is an absolutely outstanding course. From the beginning Basia has been so helpful. From getting the materials, through to individual feedback by email each week. Each session is gentle step by step with clear instructions and plenty of time to finish. The lesson is then sent as a recording next day, which means can actually just watch Basia if you want then do in your own time. The music is so relaxing it makes the whole experience complete
    Hoping to be able to do more online courses with Basia. If you are thinking of learning this wonderful skill, even if beginner like me, i recommend this course

  10. Julia Cody (verified owner)

    Wonderful! I can’t believe how quickly 9 weeks have passed… I will miss the two hour Sunday evening window. Not only is Basia an excellent and encouraging teacher, she creates space to work during the session, with lovely music, holding a space that is creative and spiritual and meditative and at the same time, teaching. Thank you Basia, you have a real gift to be able to teach online in this way. I was concerned that despite being drawn to icons and the course for some time, I would struggle, having no confidence at all in my ability (lack of ability!) to paint… and yet with Basia’s step-by-step teaching and gentle guidance, I have produced a piece I love and am ‘proud’ of. I really hope to be able to do more courses and encourage anyone to sign up and go for it!

  11. Gloria (verified owner)

    I have just completed the beginners course. I have found it very interesting learning all the techniques, especially the pigments, with Basia. The tuition has been outstanding and confidence building. The online structure has been easy to follow with excellent demonstrations. Basia has been on hand to answer questions. The course is set in a way, that it’s relaxing and non-pressured. Each step being explained so well.
    I am so glad I decided to go on this course as I have enjoyed every moment. Basia is a very talented tutor and icon artist. Thank you so much it was brilliant.

  12. Magda W

    I never thought I had an aptitude for painting. Over the weekend workshop with Basia I managed to create an icon and I’m very proud of myself.

    Basia is such a great teacher. She talked me through the process so I never felt lost. I painted at my own pace and was encouraged to add a personal touch to my icon. From a person who had not much interest in painting, I now have decided to continue exploring the art of iconography with Basia and have signed up for more.

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