The Virtual Art Academy® Apprentice Program is a structured four-year online painting course. It consists of a total of 192 painting lessons and 350 focused assignments, in 16 workshops.
Skill Building Blocks™
Other online painting courses just teach you how to paint a particular subject such as a tree, a rock, a flower, or other objects. Or how to copy a painting completed by your instructor. When you try to paint a different subject, or use a different medium, you will not know how.
In the Virtual Art Academy online painting academy we organize our painting classes around a framework of nine skill Building Blocks™. Over the course of our structured program you will learn all the key skills in every one of these Building Blocks.
In our online painting course you will learn the core painting skills. With these skills you will be able to paint any subject you want and can use any media you want. You will not be limited by any style or technique. Learn the same content you would get if you attended a major art academy.
Our comprehensive curriculum is designed by a working professional artist. It covers the topics you would learn at a top Art Academy. Each year of the program builds on the previous year. You can take the full 4 years, or complete the course in 2 years if you have a lot of time available.
Online Painting Course Content
Our online painting course include 192 painting lessons. Each lesson covers a critical oil painting technique, acrylic painting technique, or watercolor painting technique you need to master in order to paint well. You will also learn all the key principles that apply to all paintings, whatever medium you choose to use.
At the end of each painting class, there is a summary painting project to show off what you learned in the class.
In each painting lesson you get:
- Background reading material – covering all the painting techniques and principles you need.
- Short painting video segments – to make difficult concepts easy to understand (200 video segments in total).
- Focused learning assignments – to help you fully master and internalize each painting technique (350 assignments in total).
- A tip of the day section – to help you solve common painting problems.
The Apprentice Program online painting course is divided into four years. Learn more about each year by choosing one of the following:
- Apprentice Program Year One
- Apprentice Program Year Two
- Apprentice Program Year Three
- Apprentice Program Year Four