Virtual Art Academy
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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


One Month Private Coaching
US$985
for professional and experienced artists
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About Our Subscription Plans

No Commitment Needed. Cancel Anytime.

If the program is not for you, just cancel at an time and you will owe nothing more. The eBooks you have already downloaded are yours to keep forever.

✓ 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

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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 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.
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.
Can I change my subscription from one membership type to another at any time?
Absolutely. You can upgrade from Apprentice Lite to Apprentice Pro 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)
Can I cancel at any time during my program?
Yes absolutely. you can cancel your subscription at any time and owe nothing. The Virtual Art Academy works on a monthly subscription basis so you can stop at any time. You are not committed to completing all four years of the program.
Are there any cost reductions available on my monthly membership fees?
If you are an Apprentice Pro member, provided there are no gaps in your monthly payments, your membership will drop to only US$9.95 per month after 24 months.
How long does it take to complete the Apprentice Program?
Serious beginners 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. 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 pigeonholed into just one style, and will get the skills to follow your own creativity and path.
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?
Please be aware that the majority of online courses you find on the internet today are created by amateur artists (even if you see the word “professional” on the website). These course have a large marketing team behind them so the internet site generally looks very professional. Whilst a lot of the information and methods taught in these courses are good, they often teach methods that are just not what a professional artist would do. This is probably because the creator of the copied the information from a poor source and didn’t realize it. This can easily lead you into bad painting habits that you will find very difficult to get out of in the future.

We recommend you carefully check out the author of the course you are buying. Look for a personal artist website, not just an online teaching website. Another good indicator is to look for documented exhibitions in museum – museums will generally only exhibit professional work. Also look to see if the artist has had several group shows with other professionals. Professional artists do not hold group exhibitions with amateurs, so this is also a good indication you are learning from a genuine professional. You can also look for memberships in professional art associations and awards, although these can be difficult to evaluate sometimes.

If your time is valuable to you, it makes sense to invest wisely in your own education and to choose a thorough and structured program from a professional. Otherwise you may waste a lot of time, and go down a lot of dead ends which will considerably slow down your own learning. With the Virtual Art Academy, you can rest assured that you are learning from a genuine professional working artist.


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 you get the same high quality art education, but at a fraction of the cost, and in a much more structured form. Our students tell us they have found no other high quality program as comprehensive as the Virtual Art Academy program anywhere on the internet.
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.

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