Virtual Art Academy

Online Painting Classes Pricing

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
  • Loyalty Discount
  • Number of Lessons
  • Instant Access To . . .
  • Additional Apprentice Program Lessons
  • Total Number of Workshops
  • Total Number Of Lessons
  • Online access beautifully illustrated eBooks on how to paint (1500 pages)
  • FREE Bonus Graduate Lessons
  • Cancel Anytime
 
Apprentice Lite
$49 / month
  • Beginners who want to try out our the Virtual Art Academy
  • Loyalty Discount

  • Number of Lessons

    12
  • Instant Access To . . .

    12 Lessons
  • Additional Apprentice Program Lessons

    No
  • Total Number of Workshops

    1
  • Total Number Of Lessons

    12
  • Online access beautifully illustrated eBooks on how to paint (1500 pages)

    4 eBooks
  • FREE Bonus Graduate Lessons

    $474 Add-On
  • Cancel Anytime

    Yes
Popular
Apprentice Pro
$79 / month
  • Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels
  • Loyalty Discount

    50% loyalty discount (only $39 per month) after 12 consecutive months of membership. LIMITED TIME OFFER
  • Number of Lessons

    192
  • Instant Access To . . .

    48 Lessons
  • Additional Apprentice Program Lessons

    12 new lessons each month
  • Total Number of Workshops

    16
  • Total Number Of Lessons

    192
  • Online access beautifully illustrated eBooks on how to paint (1500 pages)

    48 eBooks
  • FREE Bonus Graduate Lessons

    FREE after 12 months
  • Cancel Anytime

    Yes
NEW
Inner Circle
$249 / month
  • Same As Apprentice Pro PLUS Direct Access To Barry for Personal Development. Limited To 100 Students
  • Loyalty Discount

  • Number of Lessons

  • Instant Access To . . .

  • Additional Apprentice Program Lessons

  • Total Number of Workshops

  • Total Number Of Lessons

  • Online access beautifully illustrated eBooks on how to paint (1500 pages)

  • FREE Bonus Graduate Lessons

  • Cancel Anytime

    Yes

What Happens After I Click Join Now

STEP 1: Enter your credit card details and pay. Please note that your country will add tax at your local rate.

STEP 2: Check your email for instructions. If you use gmail, check your Promotions folder as sometimes gmail automatically moves our emails there.

STEP 3: Add support@virtualartacademy.com and barry@virtualartacademy.com to your contacts list. This will stop your email system putting our important emails in your spam or promotions folders.

STEP 4: Do our quick Welcome Orientation to learn how to use our Online Campus and start your lessons online in your own time whenever you are ready.



About Our Subscription Plans

No Risk. No Commitment Needed.
You are not committed to paying for the full program. Try our online painting classes for just one month, and if you don’t like them, 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

✓ Online Painting Classes suitable for all levels

✓ Join our 4000 + Graduate Virtual Art Academy Members

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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! Our online painting classes are suitable for artists at all levels. Whether you have never painted before, or you are a working professional artist, the Virtual Art Academy has appropriate online 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 our online painting lessons. 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. But you can cancel at any time and you will owe nothing more. If you read the course reviews by our students, many students will tell you they did an exhaustive search on the internet for online painting courses on how to paint. They came to the conclusion that the Virtual Art Academy was #1 for quality, structure, and comprehensiveness.
How do I qualify for the reduced Loyalty Program Membership rate?
To qualify for the reduced Graduate membership rate, simply stay an Apprentice Pro member for 12 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 members. LIMITED TIME OFFER SO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS NOW)
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 painting 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.

If I get busy, can I pause my membership and not lose my place on the course when I come back?
Yes you can pause your memberships at any time. When you come back, you will be at the same place that you were at when you left and will have access to the lessons you had before.

Note:
Please be aware that we cannot offer the 50% loyalty discount to students who stop and start their monthly membership. We rely on our loyal members to keep the Virtual Art Academy going and pay the considerable monthly bills it takes to keep our art school running. When you stop your membership, we still have all of these bills to pay, including the cost of storing your data on our system. For this reason the discounted membership is reserved to students who keep their membership current.

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