A University Experience℠
Structured & comprehensive
Learn at your own pace
…brought to you by an award winning artist
Add Structure To Your Learning
Fill in the gaps in your knowledge with a structured and comprehensive Apprentice Program. Use my 9 skill Building Blocks℠ to master one simple step at a time.
From Award Winning Artist, Barry John Raybould
These online painting classes capture all of the knowledge and skills that I have acquired over a period of 25 years on my journey to becoming a professional artist. You can see details of my awards, juried exhibitions, solo and group shows, and gallery representation on my fine art website.
Many of my students have won awards, found galleries to represent their work, been elected as members of art societies, and become full time professional artists.
Choose Your Own Painting Style
At the Virtual Art Academy you will learn the important underlying principles of painting that are the foundation of all great artworks.
This also means that you will be able to find your own artistic voice and paint whatever subject matter that moves you in whatever style, realistic, impressionistic, expressionistic, or abstract. My students paint in a range of styles from highly realistic to abstract impressionistic work.
Many members have now been with me for over 8 years, taking advantage of my Spiral of Learning℠ approach—a unique way of helping you continually strengthen your foundational skills, and improve the quality of your paintings.
Motivation And Support From A Vibrant Worldwide Community
A key part of this structured program are 350 focused assignments and an online campus where you can share your assignments and interact with students from all over the world, providing both motivation and feedback. Apart from the learning material in the 192 lessons, the discussions on the assignment submissions is an equally critical source of learning.
A Foundation Program For Absolute Beginners
I have created a special Foundation Program just for absolute beginners. It will give you the very basic drawing and painting skills you need to get you started. Expect to take about one or two months to finish it. When you have finished the Foundation Program, you can then join the structured Virtual Art Academy® Apprentice Program.
An Apprentice Program To Take Your Work As Far As You Want To Go
The concept behind the Apprentice Program is that you need to build up your skills in 9 key areas in order to paint well. In our online oil painting classes we call these Building BlocksTM. They are, Drawing, Form, Color, Composition, Brushwork, Notan, Observation, Concept, and Process. Many students are frustrated with their progress, and it is usually because they are lacking skills in one of these nine areas.
After completing the lessons and assignments in these online painting classes, you will have gained the skills to create exciting compositions, incredibly beautiful color harmonies, and expressive brushwork that will bring your painting alive. You would have built your observation skills in drawing, form, and color to make your work look realistic while understanding how to create an underlying abstract design that will make your work stand out in a gallery. In addition you would have learned how to give your painting meaning as well as design to take it to a museum level quality.
Insights Into A Professional Artist's Life
Each month I post painting challenges for students, based on what the actual art projects I am currently working on so you get to experience the life of a professional artist.
Multiple Paths Give You Flexibility And Choice In Your Learning
The Virtual Art Academy online painting course is organized is such a way that you have a choice in how you learn. You can follow the most popular structured path of completing the lessons and workshops sequentially. Alternatively, if you are an advanced student, you can choose to study lessons from just one or two Building Blocks. For examples, you can study all the lessons on color.
Choose Whichever Painting Medium You Want
Since you are learning the important underlying principles of painting that are the foundation of all great artworks, my program works for all painting mediums. In my online art school, I have integrated online oil painting classes, acrylic painting classes, and watercolor classes, all into a single teaching system. You can also use other painting media such as gouache, pastel, mixed media, colored crayons, as well as digital painting tools.
Setting The Expectation
Don't expect this build up of skills to happen quickly. It takes time and effort to get to be a good painter. You have to put some work in. I am not offering any quick fixes.
However, many artists who have followed the Apprentice Program program have said that they have seen significant improvements after just a few months. To get to a really high level though takes at least a couple of years, and to reach a professional level you will need at least four years, and that too if you keep practicing the basics.
Subscription Based Membership
With the Virtual Art Academy online painting classes, you pay on a monthly basis to access the curriculum. You don't have to commit to all the virtual art classes up front. You can stop your monthly payment at any time and you will not owe anything.
The goal is to provide you with a lifetime of learning opportunities at an affordable cost so that your painting will continue to improve to a professional level. Many members have been with the Virtual Art Academy for over 8 years. There are also students who come back after a gap of 10 years. They all say that with the Virtual Art Academy they can learn something new every day. The reason for this is that the knowledge base is very deep and comprehensive. You will discover this to be true by reading reviews from past and current members.
As a bonus, you can make wonderful friendships worldwide.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are These Online Painting Classes Suitable For Complete Beginners?
The Foundation Program is for absolute beginners. It will give you the very basic drawing and painting skills you need to get you started. Expect to take about one or two months to finish it. When you have finished the Foundation Program, you can then join the Apprentice Program.
Are These Online Painting Classes Suitable For Someone Who Wants To Pursue Painting As Just A Hobby?
The Apprentice Program is for adults who want to build a solid foundation for their art in a structured way. This foundation is necessary whether you want to start a new career in art or take up are as a serious hobby.
Are These Online Painting Classes Suitable For Experienced Or Professional Painters?
These online painting classes contain comprehensive information for all levels. Experienced painters will be able to take their work to a higher or a professional level using the more advanced information in each Building Block.
Will I Have To Commit For The Entire Program?
Absolutely not. You can just join for a month and see how you like our online painting lessons. If it doesn’t work out for you you simply cancel your subscription and your monthly payments will stop.
Can I Pause My Membership If I Get Busy?
Yes you can pause your membership at any time and resume it when you have time available.
How Much Time Commitment Is Required?
There is no required time commitment. You can do the course at times that are suitable for you. Some students work on it just on the weekends, some work on it full time. The program is very flexible, and you can go as fast or as slow as you like.
How Long Does It Take To Complete The Apprentice Program?
Students typically take between one and three months to complete each workshop.
Will I Get Feedback On My Assignments?
This is a self-study program, however, you can submit your assignments to the Online Campus where you can discuss it with other students. In addition the system is structured such that you can see all the discussions on the work submitted for that assignment by other students in the past. These discussion an important source of learning.
Do I Have To Post My Assignments To The Online Campus?
It is not necessary to post your assignments to the Online Campus. You can choose to work on your own if you wish.
Are Drawing Classes Included In This Program?
Drawing is important to learn because you can only paint as well as you can draw. In the Apprentice Program you will learn the two most important drawing techniques, angular transfer and triangulation. You will learn techniques of line and mass gesture drawing, contour drawing, measurement techniques, as well as, many lessons on perspective and vanishing points.
Are These Online Painting Classes Suitable For Plein Air Painting?
This course if perfect for plein air painters. In fact much of my own work is done plein air. Important topics in plein air painting are covered in the Apprentice Program, including the Alla Prima painting process, how to match colors in nature, and how to give your paintings depth using atmospheric perspective.
What is the value of the information in the Virtual Art Academy online painting classes?
Over a period of thirty years, I have personally invested over $40,000 on my own art education. To this day I still continue to invest in acquiring even more advanced information. A good traditional art academy will cost upwards of $60,000 for a four year program. My vision with the Virtual Art Academy was to be able to share all of his information with you. In this way you get the same high quality art education, but at a fraction of the cost, and in a much more structured form.
Our students have usually done a thorough search for online painting classes. They consistently tell us they have found no other online painting course as comprehensive or as high quality as the Virtual Art Academy program. You can see what our students say about the online painting classes on our student review page.
How does the Virtual Art Academy online painting course compare with attending a one-week workshop with a professional artist?
The Virtual Art Academy four year Apprentice Program has been divided into 16 workshops. Each workshop was designed to contain about the same amount of information that you would get if you attended an intensive 7-14 day workshop with a top professional artist.
A single workshop with a top professional artist would cost you $3000 for just one week, including the cost of airfare, lodging, and tuition. For the same price, with the Virtual Art Academy, you get sixteen workshops, not just one. The Apprentice Program is a highly cost-effective way of acquiring a lot of information that can take you all the way from an absolute beginner to a professional level. Plus you get the added benefit that you can fit your workshops into your own schedule. You have complete control over when you do the lessons and how long you take to do them.
How do the Virtual Art Academy® online painting classes compare with attending a four-year program at prestigious art school?
The Virtual Art Academy provides a much broader curriculum than you would get at a traditional art school or classical realism atelier. You will learn not only the skills of the traditional classical realism curriculum that were taught in the French academies, but also modern impressionist color techniques and the principles of modern art and design. This means you are not forced into painting in just one style. You will get the skills to follow your own creativity and path and paint in any style you prefer.
If you still have questions then feel free to Contact Me.