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Reviews Of The Virtual Art Academy® Painting Course And Lessons

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Average Rating: 5 stars (based on 14 ratings)

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

The equivalent of a 4 year art education at a fraction of the cost 2

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
Bend, Oregon
United States

The sky’s the limit

The sky's the limit 3

This course was exactly what I’d been looking for as a recent “empty-nester.” The Virtual Art Academy coursework taught me not only HOW to paint well, but also how to SEE to observe a scene more closely to interpret it effectively in paint, and what to look for to create an interesting composition. It helped… Read more “The sky’s the limit”

Charlotte Mertz
United States

The most comprehensive, in depth and well-organized painting course available online

The most comprehensive, in depth and well-organized painting course available online 4

After a thorough research, my personal conclusion is that the Virtual Art Academy (VAA) is, by wide margin, the most comprehensive, in depth and well-organized painting course available in the internet. Unlike most tutorials and color mixing recipes commonly found online, VAA’s philosophy is rather to provide the students with detailed information about all aspects… Read more “The most comprehensive, in depth and well-organized painting course available online”

Bruno Villela
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil

The course is for beginners, intermediate and advanced artists

The course is for beginners, intermediate and advanced artists 5

I joined VAA in 2014, it seemed a perfect fit in content, ease of access and cost. It turned out to be all of this and much more. The wealth of information on all practical aspects of painting is invaluable and I think incomparable to anything else out there. The course structure is such that… Read more “The course is for beginners, intermediate and advanced artists”

Karin Combrink
George
South Africa

It is impossible to fail or gain little through extensive 4 year study at VAA!

It is impossible to fail or gain little through extensive 4 year study at VAA! 6

I would recommend taking VAA study to everyone who seriously strive of becoming exceptionally skilled professional artist. It gives more than you can ever imagine! The lessons structured in the best possible way that lead to understanding and skills you never acquired before which are so important in art. It is impossible to fail or… Read more “It is impossible to fail or gain little through extensive 4 year study at VAA!”

Oksana Melenevska
Harlow
United Kingdom

Building blocks of learning is the best I have seen

Building blocks of learning is the best I have seen 7

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

‘Ladder of Learning’ adds to overall positive experience of this awesome course

'Ladder of Learning' adds to overall positive experience of this awesome course 8

The VAA course is built on four main building blocks including PROCESS, REALISM, MUSIC AND POETRY. These are further divided into topics that are continuously developed throughout the cirriculum. Drawing, Form, Observation, Colour, Brushwork, Notan, Composition and Poetry are all thoroughly taught. Working on-line we meet students from all around the world interacting with them… Read more “‘Ladder of Learning’ adds to overall positive experience of this awesome course”

Marlene Gardner
Wangaratta
Australia

The improvement in my own work reaffirms that I’ve found the right program to develop as an artist

The improvement in my own work reaffirms that I've found the right program to develop as an artist 9

I have been a student of VAA since 2011. I had been searching for an online art program that could assist in helping me develop as an artist. VAA is a complete program for beginners as well as advanced students of art. The course is well structured and takes you step by step so you… Read more “The improvement in my own work reaffirms that I’ve found the right program to develop as an artist”

Manushalini Nandwani
Mumbai
India

Since I started the programme I can see improvements in my composition and use of colour

Since I started the programme I can see improvements in my composition and use of colour 10

My painting “Primitive Pots” recently won the award given by the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour at the recent selected exhibition of the Society of East Anglian watercolourists. I have been working through the VAA course for over five years and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to improve their painting. There is… Read more “Since I started the programme I can see improvements in my composition and use of colour”

Sue Downie
Norfolk
England

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

No need to buy expensive art books.... Just do the VAA 4 year course. I still refer to it 11

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
Oranjemund
Namibia

I started learning oil painting with VAA from scratch. Just one year later my paintings started to sell

I started learning oil painting with VAA from scratch. Just one year later my paintings started to sell 12

The Virtual Art Academy program is really comprehensive and gave me all the information and directives to learn painting in one package. The material is very well organized, just beautiful to look at and motivating to carry through. The online campus is a wonderful place to meet other artists and receive critical feedback on my… Read more “I started learning oil painting with VAA from scratch. Just one year later my paintings started to sell”

Thomas Ruckstuhl
Mannheim
Germany

This is a far more superior school than anything I have seen being taught at colleges across the country

This is a far more superior school than anything I have seen being taught at colleges across the country 13

This is a far more superior school than anything I have seen being taught at colleges across the country and have learned much more from the Virtual Art Academy® than from any art course I have ever taken! I cannot begin to tell how the Virtual Art Academy has improved my observation of potential compositions… Read more “This is a far more superior school than anything I have seen being taught at colleges across the country”

Steve Jorde
United States

The course has a steady learning curve that keeps revealing itself as you advance

The course has a steady learning curve that keeps revealing itself as you advance 14

The course is working great, the lessons are set out so well that every week I can see growth. In following the program it’s given me direction, and the information in the lesson plans are of a professional level. There is no way I would have tracked down the information by myself, and being in… Read more “The course has a steady learning curve that keeps revealing itself as you advance”

Dirk Rampling
Australia

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

Barry gave me a fishing rod so I can catch my own fish 15

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
Ireland

I lead a fairly busy life and find this can be worked into it with ease

I lead a fairly busy life and find this can be worked into it with ease 16

I have been very pleased with the Virtual Art Academy program. I feel I am both learning things about making a better painting and also reviewing things I was taught YEARS AND YEARS ago! I have looked at some of my paintings and realized that they are not the great paintings I thought they were.… Read more “I lead a fairly busy life and find this can be worked into it with ease”

Barbara Wood
United States

My only regret is that I didn’t join earlier

My only regret is that I didn't join earlier 17

I felt the need for a structured program to further my love of painting. I liked the Virtual Art Academy® examples of lessons that were in International Artist Magazine. On perusing the Virtual Art Academy website, I found that it was most informative. I spent a fair amount of time looking at the different modules… Read more “My only regret is that I didn’t join earlier”

Ricky Liebenberg
South Africa

The content covered in the course is pure gold

The content covered in the course is pure gold 18

The content covered in the course is pure gold – it will be hard to find such high quality material elsewhere gathered in one place. It is succinctly written to speed up your learning, yet is comprehensive. The VAA Reference Library is suited for both absolute beginners and those who have been practicing art (even professionally) for a number of years.

I have been a member of the Virtual Art Academy for a several months now, dedicatedly following each of the lessons. Even after such a short time my work has improved, a lot of it down to the extremely high-quality content that Barry teaches.

I highly recommend exploring this vast library as you will definitely learn something new and see the benefits in your work.

It is a real course that trains you in a structured way

It is a real course that trains you in a structured way 19

The questions you ask yourself are,”Will it be worth the cost?” and “Will it be truly useful?”. After a couple of weeks working on/in Virtual Art Academy®, I can say that the amount of work it represents – by Barry – is incredible! The information presented alone is more than worth the price and, yes, it is a real course that trains you in a structured way. It’s very well done!

Jon Main
France
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