Learn to Paint Online

With The Virtual Art Academy

The Virtual Art Academy® online painting course is a flexible and affordable alternative to taking a degree course in Fine Art and Painting at a prestigious Art University or Art Academy.

Why Our Online Art School Is Different

1.Comprehensive & Structured

2.Information At Your Fingertips

3.Knowledge You Can Trust

When you join our online art school you get the Virtual Art Academy® Reference Library of 58 Art eBooks that covers all you need to know about oil & acrylic painting techniques,  and other media such as watercolor and digital.


The result of a fifteen year research project, by professional artist Barry John Raybould, this library contains information on how to paint you will not find anywhere else.


Save yourself days of searching YouTube videos, blogs, art books, and tutorials for quality information on how to paint. With your Virtual Art Academy membership you get all this information and more. All in one place.


The Virtual Art Academy® online art school curriculum was entirely authored by a successful professional artist with a long list of exhibitions, galleries, and top awards to his name.


Uniquely we provide advanced painting lessons for professionals as well as beginners to raise your art to the level of museum quality.


​When learning how to paint you need to avoid getting into bad habits that will eventually slow down your progress. Learn the best working practices right from the start.

​The Virtual Art Academy® online art school curriculum contains 192 painting lessons broken down into 16 workshops, and 350 focused assignments.


As a beginner you will systematically learn to paint in oils, acrylics or watercolors, one step at a time, and see your paintings steadily improve.


You get the same structured learning experience you would get at a prestigious Art University or Art Academy, but you can learn to paint at your own pace, and in the comfort of your own home.

The Starter Program

A six-month curriculum for beginner artists. Build the seven essential foundational skills you need to progress as an artist. Without mastering these skills you will not improve. In the Starter Program you will learn:


  • the essentials of notan – the underlying design structure behind all master works.


  • all about values and how to see them accurately – an important prerequisite for achieving realism in your work.


  • the essentials of color and how to break it down into the three simpler choices of value, saturation, and hue – a critical skill for getting color harmony in your work.


  • how to develop an underlying concept for your painting that will make your work stand out from the rest.


  • the most important compositional skill you will ever learn: space division.


  • how to control saturation – a key skill for advanced color harmony.


  • best practices for doing color studies outdoors – the essential process used by the great colorists such as Joaquin Sorolla and the basis of Impressionism.

The Apprentice Program

A comprehensive curriculum for artists of all levels, from beginner, to intermediate, to advanced professionals. Build your skills all the way from raw beginner to professional museum quality level. This program includes all the lessons in the Starter Program.


Beginners can systematically start from the beginning and work through the lessons in sequence. More advanced painters can pick and choose those areas they are weak in. Here are some of the topics included:


  • the skills you need to create incredibly beautiful color harmonies in your work.


  • how to create exciting compositions.


  • how to use expressive brushwork to bring your painting alive.


  • how to build your observations skills in drawing, form, and color to make your work look realistic.


  • how to create an underlying abstract design that will make your work stand out in a gallery.


  • how give your painting meaning as well as design to take it to museum level quality, and much more.

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