Virtual Art Academy

Online Painting Lessons for Advanced Artists

The Virtual Art Academy has been designed as a set of online painting lessons to help both beginner and more experienced painters.

If you are a more experienced painter, or a professional artist, we have an online painting lesson structure 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 online painting lessons that will help you develop each 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 Are Saying

Building blocks of learning is the best I have seen

I joined 5 years ago when I didn’t know anything about oils, painting, composition, or drawing. Barry’s way of teaching is extremely well versed in many aspects of painting. His building blocks of learning is the best I have seen. The academy is designed well and the community of fellow students is engaging and friendly.… Read more “Building blocks of learning is the best I have seen”

Cindy Nelson