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As You Want To Go

✓ Instant Access to a Structured Academy-Caliber Program


✓ To Learn How To Paint and How To Draw


✓ Study Online Anytime, Anywhere


✓ Access to Both Beginner and Advanced Material


✓ Choose Your Medium (Oil, Watercolor, Acrylics, Pastel, Digital)


✓ Try Us For Just $1 For Three-Days

How Does It Work?

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Our private, members-only website where you meet and interact with other students.

Choose your next program

When you are done, choose your next program. There are no deadlines. You can go as fast or as slow as you want.


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Study anywhere, anytime

Purchase Year One Apprentice Program or Three-Day Trial.


Read our lesson PDFs, watch our streaming videos and (optionally) do the learning assignments we set for you.

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Why Our Online Art School Is Different

1.Comprehensive & Structured

2.Information At Your Fingertips

3.Knowledge You Can Trust

When you join our online art school you get the Virtual Art Academy® Reference Library of 58 Art eBooks that covers all you need to know about oil & acrylic painting techniques and other media such as watercolor and digital.


The result of a fifteen-year research project, by professional artist Barry John Raybould, this library contains information on how to paint you will not find anywhere else.


Save yourself days of searching YouTube videos, blogs, art books, and tutorials for quality information on how to paint. With your Virtual Art Academy membership, you get all this information and more. All in one place.


The Virtual Art Academy® online art school curriculum was entirely authored by a successful professional artist with a long list of exhibitions, galleries, and top awards to his name.


Uniquely we provide advanced painting lessons for professionals as well as beginners to raise your art to the level of museum quality.


​When learning how to paint you need to avoid getting into bad habits that will eventually slow down your progress. Learn the best working practices right from the start.

​The Virtual Art Academy® online art school four-year curriculum contains 192 painting lessons broken down into 16 workshops, and 350 focused assignments.


As a beginner, you will systematically learn to paint in oils, acrylics or watercolors, one step at a time, and see your paintings steadily improve.


You get the same structured learning experience you would get at a prestigious Art University or Art Academy, but you can learn to paint at your own pace, and in the comfort of your own home.

Lessons for Beginner Painters

If you are an absolute beginner who has no experience at all in painting, you can systematically build up your skills one by one by following our Apprentice Program curriculum one lesson at a time in sequence.


When you have finished the beginner topics, simply move on to the more advanced parts of the program. In our early workshops you will learn these essential skills:


  • the essentials of notan – the underlying design structure behind all master-works.


  • all about values and how to see them accurately – an important prerequisite for achieving realism in your work.


  • the essentials of color and how to break it down into the three simpler choices of value, saturation, and hue – a critical skill for getting color harmony in your work.


  • how to develop an underlying concept for your painting that will make your work stand out from the rest.


  • the most important compositional skill you will ever learn, space division.


  • how to control saturation – a key skill for advanced color harmony.


  • best practices for doing color studies outdoors – the essential process used by the great colorists such as Joaquin Sorolla and the basis of Impressionism.

The Apprentice Program

Our Apprentice Program contains all the information you would get if you attended a four-year program at a prestigious Art Academy or University. As a more experienced, intermediate, or professional artist who is already selling your work, you have two choices:


  • You can systematically work through the complete program to make sure you do not have any gaps in your knowledge that are holding you back


  • You can use our custom built software to create a custom learning plan just for you based on which area of skills you think you are lacking.


Request our prospectus for a full description of our curriculum and program of painting lessons. Our advanced lessons include:


  • the skills you need to create incredibly beautiful color harmonies in your work.


  • how to create exciting compositions.


  • how to use expressive brushwork to bring your painting alive.


  • how to build your observations skills in drawing, form, and color to make your work look realistic.


  • how to create an underlying abstract design that will make your work stand out in a gallery.


  • how give your painting meaning as well as design to take it to museum level quality, and much more.

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