Virtual Art Academy

Academy Calibre Art Instruction

With our online painting course, our goal is to give you the equivalent or better education than you would get at a prestigious Art Academy or Art University.

Tuition and fees for an Art Academy such as the Master of Fine Art program at the Academy of Art University San Francisco will cost you  $20,797 per year.

If you travel long distance to learn from a top professional painter, just a single week-long workshop will cost you between $2000 and $3,000 taking into account the cost of tuition, air fares, car rental, food and lodging.


Membership Options

Membership Plans
  • Instant Access To ...
  • Additional Lessons
  • Total Number of Workshops
  • Reduced Graduate Membership Fee
  • Comprehensive eLibrary (48 beautifully illustrated eBooks)
  • FREE Bonus Graduate Lessons
  • Cancel Anytime
  • Savings Compared To Apprentice Lite
 
Apprentice Lite
$49 / month
  • For Beginners With Limited Time
  • Instant Access To ...

    Beginner Workshop A
  • Additional Lessons

    12 new lessons every 3 months (1 workshop)
  • Total Number of Workshops

    16
  • Reduced Graduate Membership Fee

    No
  • Comprehensive eLibrary (48 beautifully illustrated eBooks)

    No
  • FREE Bonus Graduate Lessons

    No
  • Cancel Anytime

    Yes
  • Savings Compared To Apprentice Lite

    -
Popular
Apprentice Pro
$79 / month
  • Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels
  • Instant Access To ...

    One-Year program Workshops A-D
  • Additional Lessons

    24 new lessons every 3 months (2 workshops)
  • Total Number of Workshops

    16
  • Reduced Graduate Membership Fee

    Reduced Graduate Member rate of only $20/month available after 24 months
  • Comprehensive eLibrary (48 beautifully illustrated eBooks)

    2 FREE eBook Downloads With Each Month Of Membership
  • FREE Bonus Graduate Lessons

    FREE after 24 months
  • Cancel Anytime

    Yes
  • Savings Compared To Apprentice Lite

    Save $200 in memberships fees over 4 years
Apprentice Platinum
$599 / month
  • Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels
  • Instant Access To ...

    Four-Year program Workshops A-P
  • Additional Lessons

    192 lessons Instant access (16 workshops)
  • Total Number of Workshops

    16
  • Reduced Graduate Membership Fee

    Reduced Graduate Member rate of only $20/month available after 3 months
  • Comprehensive eLibrary (48 beautifully illustrated eBooks)

    FREE Instant Access To 12 eBook Downloads, Remaining 36 eBooks After 60 Days
  • FREE Bonus Graduate Lessons

    FREE Instant access
  • Cancel Anytime

    Yes
  • Savings Compared To Apprentice Lite

    Save $200 in memberships fees over 4 years

What Happens After I Click Join Now

STEP 1: Create a login account with the Virtual Art Academy, and enter some information on your level of experience and preferred medium etc.

STEP 2: Enter your credit card details and pay. Please note that your country will add tax at your local rate.

STEP 3: After payment, you will immediately see an enrollment form that you must fill out to get the lesson instructions sent to you.

Before you fill out the enrollment form, we recommend you add support@VirtualArtAcademy.com to your contacts list (this will stop our emails getting lost in your spam or promotions folder)

STEP 4: Check your inbox for two email from us, and follow the instructions. You will get an email with instructions for how to login to our members only area and to start your lessons. If you are an Apprentice Pro Members, you will also get your first two eBooks.



About Our Subscription Plans

No Risk. No Commitment Needed.
You are not committed to paying for the full program. Try our program for just one month, and if you don’t like it, just let us know. We will cancel your monthly payments and you will owe nothing more.

✓ Use with any device

✓ 100% secure payment

✓ Comprehensive curriculum of 192 Lessons, 40+ Videos, 48 eBooks & 300+ Assignments

✓ Suitable for all levels

✓ Join our 4000 + Graduate Virtual Art Academy Members

Membership Plans
  • Instant Access To ...
  • Additional Lessons
  • Total Number of Workshops
  • Reduced Graduate Membership Fee
  • Comprehensive eLibrary (48 beautifully illustrated eBooks)
  • FREE Bonus Graduate Lessons
  • Cancel Anytime
  • Savings Compared To Apprentice Lite
 
Apprentice Lite
$49 / month
  • For Beginners With Limited Time
  • Instant Access To ...

    Beginner Workshop A
  • Additional Lessons

    12 new lessons every 3 months (1 workshop)
  • Total Number of Workshops

    16
  • Reduced Graduate Membership Fee

    No
  • Comprehensive eLibrary (48 beautifully illustrated eBooks)

    No
  • FREE Bonus Graduate Lessons

    No
  • Cancel Anytime

    Yes
  • Savings Compared To Apprentice Lite

    -
Popular
Apprentice Pro
$79 / month
  • Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels
  • Instant Access To ...

    One-Year program Workshops A-D
  • Additional Lessons

    24 new lessons every 3 months (2 workshops)
  • Total Number of Workshops

    16
  • Reduced Graduate Membership Fee

    Reduced Graduate Member rate of only $20/month available after 24 months
  • Comprehensive eLibrary (48 beautifully illustrated eBooks)

    2 FREE eBook Downloads With Each Month Of Membership
  • FREE Bonus Graduate Lessons

    FREE after 24 months
  • Cancel Anytime

    Yes
  • Savings Compared To Apprentice Lite

    Save $200 in memberships fees over 4 years
Apprentice Platinum
$599 / month
  • Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels
  • Instant Access To ...

    Four-Year program Workshops A-P
  • Additional Lessons

    192 lessons Instant access (16 workshops)
  • Total Number of Workshops

    16
  • Reduced Graduate Membership Fee

    Reduced Graduate Member rate of only $20/month available after 3 months
  • Comprehensive eLibrary (48 beautifully illustrated eBooks)

    FREE Instant Access To 12 eBook Downloads, Remaining 36 eBooks After 60 Days
  • FREE Bonus Graduate Lessons

    FREE Instant access
  • Cancel Anytime

    Yes
  • Savings Compared To Apprentice Lite

    Save $200 in memberships fees over 4 years
Academy Calibre Art Instruction 1

Frequently Asked Questions

What methods of payment do you accept?
FastSpring is our payment gateway and you can pay via Credit card, Debit card or PayPal through them.
Is the Virtual Art Academy beginner friendly?
Yes! We teach artists at all levels. Whether you have never painted before, or you are a working professional artist, the Virtual Art Academy has appropriate painting lessons for you.
Is the additional amount charged by FastSpring, VAT/GST/Sales Tax?
Yes. FastSpring is our official reseller company and it collect taxes for customers who are located in specific countries. Note: If you are a business and enter your valid VAT/GST ID, then the additional tax is not collected by FastSpring. Individuals in Europe and some other countries will generally pay VAT/GST.
Do I have to commit up front to doing the complete 4-Year Program
Absolutely not. You can just join for a month and see how you like it. If it doesn’t work out for you you simply cancel your subscription and your monthly payments will stop.
Do you offer refunds on membership fees?
No, we do not offer refunds on monthly membership fees. However I suggest you read the course reviews by our students. Most will tell you they did an exhaustive search on the internet for courses on how to paint, and came to the conclusion that the Virtual Art Academy was #1 for quality, structure, and comprehensiveness.
How do I qualify for the reduced Graduate Membership rate?
To qualify for the reduced Graduate membership rate, simply stay an Apprentice Pro member for 24 continuous months. This is an incredible value, as our goal is to provide you with a lifetime of learning experiences to help you take you art as far as you want to go—all the way to professional level. (Note: only available for Apprentice Pro and Platinum members)
How long does it take to complete the Apprentice Program?
You can take as long as you like. It will typically takes 4 years if you do the program at the rate of one lesson per week. You need about 6-8 hours per week to do the assignments.

Intermediate artists who have more time and would like to move through the program faster can complete the program in two years or less. You would need about 16-24 hours per week depending on how much time you spent on the assignments. The more time you spend, the more thoroughly you will build up your foundational skills. The speed with which you do the program is totally up to you. You can go as fast or as slow as you like.


How do the Virtual Art Academy® online painting classes compare with attending a four-year program at prestigious art school?
We provide a much broader curriculum than you would get at a traditional art school or classical realism atelier. We teach not only the skills of the traditional classical realism curriculum that were taught in the French academies, but also modern impressionist color techniques and the principles of modern art and design.

This means you are not forced into painting in just one style. You will get the skills to follow your own creativity and path and paint in any style you prefer. This is where we differ from other schools who generally focus just on one style.

How do the Virtual Art Academy online painting classes compare with attending a one-week workshop with a professional artist?
The Virtual Art Academy four year Apprentice Program has been divided into 16 workshops. Each workshop was designed to contain about the same amount of information that you would get if you attended an intensive 7-14 day workshop with a top professional artist.

A single workshop with a top professional artist would cost you $3000 for just one week, including the cost of airfare, lodging, and tuition. For the same price, with the Virtual Art Academy, you get sixteen workshops, not just one. Barry designed the Apprentice Program to be a highly cost-effective way of acquiring a lot of information that can take you all the way from an absolute beginner to a top professional level. Plus you get the added benefit that you can fit your workshops into your own schedule. You have complete control over when you do the lessons and how long you take to do them.

How do the Virtual Art Academy online painting classes compare with other online courses?
The key difference between the Virtual Art Academy and other programs on the internet is comprehensiveness and quality. It is the only membership site that (a) offers a four-year comprehensive fine art curriculum, and (b) is authored by a working professional Fine Artist.

Most other online membership sites are run by amateur artists (even though sometimes they market themselves as ‘professional’). The sites look very professional because they nearly always have a large marketing team behind them to promote them.

We recommend you always check out the bio or resume page of the author of the course you are buying. Some good indicators you are dealing with a professional Fine Artist are: (a) a personal artist website (not just an online teaching website). (b) documented exhibitions with other professional artists (professional artists will only exhibit with other professionals), and (c) multiple exhibitions held in museums (museums will only exhibit professional work).

If your time is valuable to you, it makes sense to invest wisely in your own education. Otherwise you could very easily pick up bad painting habits from amateur sites that you will find very difficult to get out of in the future.

How do the Virtual Art Academy online painting classes compare to Streamline Art Videos?
Barry has done extensive research (see these scientific articles) on the learning effectiveness of purely video-based instruction. Whilst these videos are undoubtedly created to the highest professional standards, hIs conclusion is that relying on purely video-based instruction is a far less cost-effective method of learning how to paint. This is the reason why he chose instead to create a much more carefully designed learning system that integrates eBooks, short and to-the-point videos, focused learning assignments, and an integrated Online Campus to help motivate students so you learn faster. He believes this is a far more effective system of learning than buying videos, and that ultimately it will cost you far less money. You can read more in this report: analysis of the effectiveness of video-based instruction.

What is the value of the information in the Virtual Art Academy program?
Over a period of thirty years, Barry personally invested over $40,000 on his own art education. To this day he still continues to invest in acquiring even more advanced information. A good traditional art academy will cost upwards of $60,000 for a four year program. His vision with the Virtual Art Academy was to be able to share all of his information with you. In this way you get the same high quality art education, but at a fraction of the cost, and in a much more structured form.

Our students have usually done a thorough search for online painting classes. They consistently tell us they have found no other online painting course as comprehensive or as high quality as the Virtual Art Academy program. You can see what our students say about the online painting classes on our student review page.

Is my credit card information secure?
We do not store your credit card information on our server. All of our transactions are handled by FastSpring, Bright Market, LLC of Santa Barbara, California and Bicester, England who adhere to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard and are regularly audited to ensure the highest levels of data security.

FAQ relating to Apprentice Lite

With an Apprentice Lite membership, when will I get my lessons?
Workshop A (consisting of 12 lessons, A01 to A12) will be available to you immediately.

Workshop B Part 1 (lessons B01, B02, B03, and B04) will be available to you after 3 months of membership.

Workshop B Part 2 (lessons B05, B06, B07, and B08) will be available to you after 4 months of membership.

Workshop B Part 3 (lessons B09, B10, B11, and B12) will be available to you after 5 months of membership.

Workshop C Part 1 (lessons C01, C02, C03, and C04) will be available to you after 6 months of membership.

… and so on …

Every months after that, you will get 4 new lessons until you have all 16 workshops (after 48 months of membership).

FAQ relating to Apprentice Pro

When will I get the remainder of my lessons with an Apprentice Pro membership?
Year One lessons will be available to you immediately (Workshops A,B,C,D).

Year Two lessons will be available to you after 6 months of membership (Workshops E,F,G,H).

Year Three lessons will be available to you after 12 months of membership (Workshops I,J,K,L).

Year Four lessons will be available to you after 18 months of membership (Workshops M,N,O,P).

FAQ relating to Apprentice Platinum

What is the main difference between the Apprentice Pro and Apprentice Platinum membership plans?
With the Apprentice Platinum membership, you have the full four-year Apprentice Program available to you immediately, offering you complete flexibility in your learning.

With the Apprentice Pro membership, you will be able to work on any of the Apprentice Program online painting classes in Year One (Workshops A,B,C,D) as soon as you join. You will not be able to work on years 2, 3, and 4 until 6,12, and 18 months later respectively.

Can I try out the program before I become an Apprentice Platinum member?'
If you join first as an Apprentice Pro or Apprentice Lite Member, and would like to upgrade to Apprentice Platinum during your first 30 days, we will give you a coupon code of equivalent value to one month’s membership fee. This offer is only available for the first 30 days after joining.
Can I change my subscription plan from one membership type to another at any time?
Absolutely. You can upgrade your memberships at any time. Just go into the My Account areas in our members only site. (Note: there are no refunds on previous membership fees, but if you upgrade within the first 30 days, you will get a coupon that will reduce the cost of your first payment to the new plan.)

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Membership Plans
     
    Apprentice Lite
    $49 / month
      Popular
      Apprentice Pro
      $79 / month
        Apprentice Platinum
        3 payments of $599