With our comprehensive curriculum, you get the same education you would get at a traditional Art Academy or University.


But with the advantage, you can learn at your own pace, and in the comfort of your own home.

View Our Curriculum Explainer Video:

What Medium Can I Use?

You can use any medium you like to do your painting lessons. We are completely flexible. This is because you will learn the underlying principles that are the foundation of all great artworks, whatever the medium.

Lesson Content

In each of the 192 lessons you get:


  • Background reading material from our Virtual Art Academy® Reference Library
  • Short video segments to make difficult concepts easy to understand (200 video segments in total)
  • Focused learning assignments to help you fully master each skill (350 assignments in total)
  • Sample assignments to help you progress quickly and solve common painting problems

A Unique Approach to learning

Building Block™ Approach


The Virtual Art Academy® Apprentice Program is based on a series of nine skill Building Blocks™.


These Building Blocks form the core of our Virtual Art Academy® Reference Library, which all full members receive with their registration.

Spiral of Learning™ Philosophy


Many artists search for a magic bullet in order to improve their paintings and go from one workshop to another.


But this strategy does not work. To become a great artist, the secret is not about learning more, but in learning how to strengthen your foundation skills and take them to a higher level.

Visual Music & Poetry™ Model


A part of our program is dedicated to helping you evaluate painting is a new and interesting way.


We have developed a unique Visual Music & Poetry™ Model that will help you understand paintings in a whole new light.

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