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.
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.
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
Frequently Asked Questions
Also, if you cancel your Apprentice Pro subscription, you get to keep any eBooks you have downloaded and they are yours to keep forever.
We offer this free lifetime membership as a reward to our loyal members who do not continually stop and start their monthly membership.
We have a lot of fixed monthly expenses to cover. It is our loyal regular members who help us keep the Virtual Art Academy prices more than 20 times lower than traditional art schools and at the same time provide knowledge at the same or even higher level. Without our loyal members we could not afford to do this.
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?
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.
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.
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.
What is the value of the information in the Virtual Art Academy program?
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.
FAQ relating to Apprentice Lite
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).
If you would like to continue with your studies after 4 years (or even before if you wish), our Graduate Program is available for purchase at any time as an add-on for $474.
Downloads are only included with the Apprentice Pro and Apprentice Platinum membership plans. With those two plans, the downloaded eBooks are yours to keep forever as a comprehensive and high quality art reference library for future use, even if you cancel your membership.
Apprentice Lite members will however be able to view the eBooks online in order to do the lessons.
FAQ relating to Apprentice Pro
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).
Graduate Program advanced lessons will be available to you after 24 months of membership
After 24 months, your monthly membership is free.
After your second monthly payment has completed, you will be able to download another 2 eBooks.
After your third monthly payment has completed, you will be able to download another 2 eBooks.
… and so on.
You will continue to receive two eBooks each month until you have all 48 eBooks (after 24 months of membership).
FAQ relating to Apprentice Platinum
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.
After your third and final payment has completed, you will be able to download the remaining 36 eBooks for Years Two, Three and Four of the program.
If you would like to immediately download Years Two, Three and Four eBooks in addition to the Year One downloads, just contact us to pre-pay your second and third installment payments, and we will make them available to you immediately.
If you still have any questions that are not answered by clicking on the link above we will be only too happy to help. Please contact us and let us know how we can help you.