Virtual Art Academy
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No Risk $1 Three-Day Trial

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.

How The Trial Works

You will only be charged $1 and you will have three days to review the complete first year of the Virtual Art Academy® Apprentice Program.

Once the trial ends you will be charged for the one year program. It costs just 6 easy monthly payments of US$79.

If you are happy with the program, do nothing and your credit card will be charged US$79 on the third day, and every month after that for 5 months.

If the program is not for you, just cancel before the end of the three day trial and you will owe nothing more.

✓ Use with any device

✓ 100% secure payment

✓ Our first-year curriculum includes 48 Lessons, 40+ Videos, eBooks & Assignments

✓ Suitable for all levels

✓ Join our 4000 + Graduate Virtual Art Academy Members


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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the pricing work? (After $1 Three-day Trial)
After the three-day trial ends, your credit card will be charged $79. Then for the next five months you will pay $79 each month for just 5 months. Then the payments will stop. This works out to 6 installment payments in total. This will give you access to all the lessons in the Year One Apprentice Program. Please note that once you make the first $79 payment you must complete all six monthly payments.
What happens if I do not finish in a year?
If you do not finish in a year simply purchase any one of the other five components of the program to extend your membership for another year. Or you can get an extension for the low fee of $9.95 per month without buying another component.
Do you offer lifetime membership?
If you purchase all six components of the full Virtual Art Academy program within a 6 year period, we will give you free membership for life.
What are the six components of the full Virtual Art Academy program?
The six components are:
  1. Apprentice Program Year One
  2. Apprentice Program Year Two
  3. Apprentice Program Year Three
  4. Apprentice Program Year Four
  5. The Graduate Program – This is a series of extra lessons for students who have finished at least one year of the Apprentice Program. This program is based on a study of old master paintings
  6. eLibrary pdf downloads –  an option for  students who would like a hardcopy of all of Barry’s eBooks. This lets you download all 58 of Barry’s eBooks on painting in pdf form.
All six modules have the same cost. You can see the costs of our complete program here 
Am I committed to buying all 6 components?
No you are not. After the first year of the program, it is up to you whether you continue on to following years. If you do not wish to continue, you can simply stop your membership and you will owe nothing more. You only commit to one year of the program at a time.
What will my art education cost with the Virtual Art Academy
The cost of our program works out to be around $9 per week over a four-year period. About the price of a cup of coffee per week.
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 traditional curriculum that was taught in the French academies, but also modern impressionist color techniques, expressionism, and the principles of abstract art. So with our program you can choose your style. You are not pigeonholed into just 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® Apprentice Program is broken down into 16 workshops. We designed each of these workshops to contain about the same amount of information that you would get in a week-long workshop with a professional artist. The key difference is cost. For about the same cost of just one workshop with a professional artist (including tuition and travel expenses), you get six years of instruction with the Virtual Art Academy.
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.
I have found a cheaper online painting course
There are now many people selling painting courses and lessons online. However, before you buy them, be aware of two problems:
  1. Many of these artists are amateur artists whose primary job is selling how to paint courses. You are likely to pick up some poor artistic practices if you are not careful. These bad habits might be very difficult to break later on. You can easily check if the artist is a professional. Look for the author’s biography or curriculum vitae. Professional artists will have won awards in competitions in which other professionals participated. They will also have had exhibitions in museums. A professional artist will have held several one-person shows in galleries, and participated in group exhibitions with other professional artists. You will find all of this information on the artist’s personal art website designed for their collectors. You can check out the personal artist website of Barry John Raybould here: Barry John Raybould artist website.
  2. You will also find that many of the cheaper courses consist of a disconnected series of demonstration videos. Whenever you want to review a topic with those courses, you will have to sit through hours and hours of video, just to find the one piece of information you were looking for. Members of the Virtual Art Academy can logon to our members-only Online Campus, type a search term in a box, and instantly find the answer. This is because of the highly structured and modular way we designed the course. We designed the Virtual Art Academy as both a learning environment and as a high quality quick reference resource for professionals. See the Definitions section of this Wikipedia article EPSS to understand more about our key difference. You can read more about this on our Our Story Page and on our Painting Classes Page.

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