Virtual Art Academy

Tips for Advanced Painters on the Online Campus

The Virtual Art Academy has been designed to help both beginner and more experienced painters.

If you are a more experienced painter, or a professional artist, we have a system in which you can create your own custom learning program.

To build you own custom learning program, click on Custom Learning Paths in our members-only Online Campus and follow these steps:

  1. Learn our Visual Music & Poetry methodology for critiquing and evaluating paintings. The problems with your paintings will fit into the broad category of either its Visual Poetry, or its Visual Music, (or possibly both).
  2. Read about our nine skill Building Blocks. Four Building Blocks address the Visual Music aspects of your painting, and four building blocks address the Visual Poetry aspects.
  3. On our online campus you will find the following links. These will display all the Virtual Art Academy lessons that will help you develop that particular skill area. You can go as fast or slow as you like to develop each area.
  • Brushwork (23 lessons)
  • Color (36 lessons)
  • Composition (32 lessons)
  • Concept (6 lessons)
  • Drawing (21 lessons)
  • Form (13 lessons)
  • Notan (21 lessons)
  • Observation (43 lessons)
  • Process (15 lessons)
  • Abstract Painting Course Year One (35 lessons)

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What Our Students Say

The equivalent of a 4 year art education at a fraction of the cost

This is a great course for anyone who is serious about improving their painting. I have been a student here for several years. When I am finished, I will have the equivalent of a 4 year art education at a fraction of the cost. I can do the lessons anywhere and at my own pace.… Read more “The equivalent of a 4 year art education at a fraction of the cost”

Susan Hood
No need to buy expensive art books…. Just do the VAA 4 year course. I still refer to it

I finished the VAA course a few years ago, but always refer to the notes, rereading the course many times. This is not a course the day you are finished, you are done. No, you keep practising the assignments getting better and better over time. When I look back at my work when I had just… Read more “No need to buy expensive art books…. Just do the VAA 4 year course. I still refer to it”

Aurelia Sieberhagen
Barry gave me a fishing rod so I can catch my own fish

After weeks and even months of searching YouTube, “googling” and spending a fortune on art instructional books I finally came across the Virtual Art Academy®. When it comes to purchasing online I am always very careful how I spend my money. Especially when I already spent a small fortune on art books. They always seemed… Read more “Barry gave me a fishing rod so I can catch my own fish”

Dagmara Zaręba
An excellent  foundation on so many aspects of painting

“I never had formal training in painting and my style has always been very realistic, slow and not at all artistic, just a copy of a photograph. When I got word of the course available through Virtual Art Academy, I was very excited for the opportunity to learn what I never knew about painting.  VAA… Read more “An excellent  foundation on so many aspects of painting”

Jeanne Strohmann
The small steps are easy to do

I am extremely impressed with the process that Barry has developed for VAA.  Learning to paint can be intimidating, but when broken into many small projects it is very do-able.  I just did my first live model painting session- a 5 hour, one day session.  Thanks to VAA, I was able to break the painting… Read more “The small steps are easy to do”

Kim Stepney