Our Story -

One Artists


“I created the Virtual Art Academy in order to make a top quality art education available to everyone who wants it, even if they don’t earn much money. In this way I can give young students who cannot afford today’s high university and art academy fees the opportunity to learn to paint at a high level."


Barry John Raybould - Author of Virtual Art Academy


About the Author

Barry John Raybould is an award-winning professional artist who works primarily in oils, but who also has

extensive experience in watercolors.


His work is a contemporary fusion of impressionistic and expressionistic styles that integrates color, design, and brushwork to convey a strong sense of mood and feeling.


Originally from England, Raybould lived in the United States for many years and was one of the groups of Central Coast artists known as the ‘Informalists,’ and an artist member of the prestigious California Art Club, one of the oldest professional art organizations in the United States.

Our Students

Most important of all is our wonderful community of students. Throughout the development of the VAA, we have always involved our students in our planning. They have helped us plan the structure of our Online Campus, as well as design all its new features. Without them, we wouldn't be here today.


The VAA is more than just a program of instruction on how to paint. It is a very special community. We have a system in the VAA where our more experienced students help our less experienced students. Today we have over 800 students from 70 different countries all over the world helping each other improve their painting skills. A long way from when I just had 12 students in a workshop!

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