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.


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✓ 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.

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 Apprentice Lite to Apprentice Pro at any time?

Absolutely. You can upgrade from an Apprentice Lite subscription to an Apprentice Pro subscription at any time. Just go into the My Account areas in our members only site.

Can I downgrade my subscription from Apprentice LIte to Apprentice Pro if I find my time is limited?

Absolutely. You can change your subscription from an Apprentice Pro subscription to an Apprentice Lite subscription if you wish. However the benefit of the Apprentice Pro program is that after 24 consecutive monthly payments, your monthly fee drops to only $9.95 per month.

What is your refund policy?

We have a 30 day Money-Back Guarantee. If you are not happy for any reason, within 30 days we will refund your first month’s membership fee with no conditions attached. We want to be sure that the program is right for you and that you are happy with your purchase

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 you are eligible for our Apprentice Pro Loyalty Program that gives you the benefit of a reduced membership rate of only US$9.95 per month after 24 months.

How do I qualify for the Apprentice Pro Loyalty Plan?

Simply keep up with your monthly Apprentice Pro subscription payments without a pause for 24 months. After 24 payments are complete you are eligible for the US$9.95 per month reduced monthly membership fee. As long as you keep up your payments, you will have access to that low fee for life.

Important: You must make sure you update your credit card details if your card number changes, of if you get a new card with a new expiration date.

How long does it take to complete the Apprentice Program?

It 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.

If you have more time and would like to move through the program faster you can complete the program in two years. You would need a 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.

What does the monthly membership pay for?
Your monthly membership fee pays for access to our student Online Campus:

  • Our Tip of the Day series: Master tips delivered to your home screen every day to help you solve common painting problems and help you do your assignments.
  • A Monthly Master Profile – an introduction to the best old (and contemporary) masters you need to study to improve your work.
  • Access to our online glossary of painting terms and techniques, with links to our lesson program, so you get instant answers to your painting questions.
  • Access to our online custom learning plan tool to help you fine turn your lesson plan to suit your individual needs.
  • Storage on our servers for your assignments so you can see your progress throughout the course.
  • Access to our exclusive Online Campus where you can interact with our friendly community of members from all over the world .
  • Access to our streaming video servers so you can review lessons whenever you want.
  • Our customer support hotline.
    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?

    Each year of our Apprentice Program contains the equivalent of four workshops of information with a top professional artist. If you take just a week-long workshop with a top professional artist, you could easily pay $3000 for just one week. This would include the cost of airfare, lodging, and tuition. For the same cost, with the Virtual Art Academy, you get 16 workshops and four years worth of instruction!

    And the advantage with the Virtual Art Academy is that you can fit the workshops into your own schedule. You have complete control over when you do the lessons.

    How do the Virtual Art Academy online painting classes compare with other online courses?

    Please be aware that many online courses are taught by self-taught artists who often just copy information they find on the web. Whilst some of the information they find is definitely good, there are often several things that are simply incorrect. Probably because they have been copied from low quality sources and the author did not realize it. These errors will likely lead you into bad painting habits that you will find very difficult to get out of in the future.

    With the Virtual Art Academy, you are learning from a working professional with a solid art education and who has apprenticed with several top master artists. In addition, he has a long list of top awards to his name, has held multiple exhibitions (both solo and group) in professional galleries and in museum shows, and had exhibited his work in prestigious galleries. This way you know you are getting good quality knowledge that works.

    We recommend you check out the art website (not the teaching website) of whoever you purchase an online painting course from, and look for exhibitions in museums, group shows with other professionals, and awards.

    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 in your learning.

    What is the value of the information in the Virtual Art Academy program?

    Over a period of 20 years, Barry personally invested around $40,000 on his own art education, and still continues to invest in furthering his knowledge today.

    He has incorporated everything he has learned during this long journey into the Virtual Art Academy Knowledge Base. With a Virtual Art Academy membership, you get access to this knowledge at a far lower cost, and in a much more structured and digestible form. You will find no other knowledge base as comprehensive as this 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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    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.

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