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Painting Course Reviews: The Virtual Art Academy® Apprentice Program 1

Painting Course Reviews: The Virtual Art Academy® Apprentice Program

Average Rating: 5 stars (based on 15 ratings)

 

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

The most comprehensive, in depth and well-organized painting course available online 2

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

Bruno Villela
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil

I’m Richard Robinson …. best online art training available on the internet today

I'm Richard Robinson .... best online art training available on the internet today 3

Hi I’m Richard Robinson. I’ve been a professional painter since 2001. My claim to fame is only that I’m making a living as an artist and doing pretty well – something which I hear is not so easy to do, and I guess it does take a lot of work, but it’s work that I

Richard Robinson
Ruaraka
New Zealand

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 4

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

Dagmara Zaręba
Ireland

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 5

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

Dirk Rampling
Australia

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 6

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

Steve Jorde
United States

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 7

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

Thomas Ruckstuhl
Mannheim
Germany

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 8

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

Aurelia Sieberhagen
Oranjemund
Namibia

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 9

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

Sue Downie
Norfolk
England

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 10

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

Manushalini Nandwani
Mumbai
India

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

'Ladder of Learning' adds to overall positive experience of this awesome course 11

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

Marlene Gardner
Wangaratta
Australia

Building blocks of learning is the best I have seen

Building blocks of learning is the best I have seen 12

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.

Cindy Nelson

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! 13

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

Oksana Melenevska
Harlow
United Kingdom

The course is for beginners, intermediate and advanced artists

The course is for beginners, intermediate and advanced artists 14

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

Karin Combrink
George
South Africa

The sky’s the limit

The sky's the limit 15

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

Charlotte Mertz
United States

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 16

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.

Susan Hood
Bend, Oregon
United States

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 17

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 18

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 19

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.

Kat Skinner

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

It is a real course that trains you in a structured way 20

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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