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Our goal is to give you the equivalent education you would get at a prestigious Art Academy or University. This education could easily cost you $62,391 for tuition and fees alone.


If you travel long distance to learn from a top professional painter four times a year, your annual  cost of tuition, travel, and lodging could easily reach $10,000.


You can trust our knowledge to be at an equivalent level of quality. Just ask any of our students. Many of them have taken University art courses and found they are learning far more at the Virtual Art Academy.

Special Offer

For a limited time we are waiving the Joining Fee for the Starter Membership.


All you pay is a monthly fee of $34.95


for a saving of $49.95 in the first month.


Join by December 31st to take advantage of this offer.

Our Membership Options

The Virtual Art Academy® online art school works on subscription basis.

You can choose one of two options:



Access to Starter Program (24 lessons)

Academy of Art University Online*


Access to full Four-Year Apprentice Program (192 lessons)


Joining Fee


Now $0


$385 plus books

Membership Fee

​$34.95 /  month

​$24.95 /  month

​$1200.97 /  month

First Month Payment

(Joining Fee + Membership Fee)

*for comparison only




Which Membership Is Right For Me?

My Situation

Best Suited Membership


I like the look of the program but I don’t want to commit to the full Apprentice Membership yet.


Starter Membership

For only $34.95 you can see 6 months of the program, so you risk very little. You can cancel any time. As soon as you are ready you can upgrade to full Apprentice Membership, or just stay at the Starter Membership level for as long as you like.

I’m a beginner and I don't know much about painting, I want to learn some basics so I can improve but I feel the Apprentice membership is too complex for me right now.


Starter Membership

You will get access to a Starter Program of 24 lessons that will help you overcome the problems that hold back most beginners.


I need a structured program that will take me from a raw beginner to professional artist. I’ve watched lots of videos on YouTube on how to paint and read a lot of blogs but now I want to fill in the gaps in my art education.

Apprentice Membership

This is the full comprehensive Virtual Art Academy curriculum designed for serious artists. It will ensure you have no gaps in your foundation.

I want to read all the course material before I start my four-year program.

Apprentice Membership

As an Apprentice Members you can immediately download the complete art reference library of 58 eBooks to your computer or tablet. This way you can study any part of the course whenever you have a spare few moments.

I am an experienced artist and want to develop my skills.

Apprentice Membership

As an Apprentice Member you have access to the complete four-year program and so can use our Building Block™ approach to build your own customized learning path tailored to your specific needs.

Have a Question?

If you have any questions about our pricing or want to know any further details about the course please contact us and let us know how we can help.

How Does It Work?

Our program is simple and flexible:


Step One: Pay a once-off Joining Fee and your first month’s membership fee.

This makes you a registered member of the Virtual Art Academy® online art school.


Step Two: Login to on our Online Campus to access our reading material, videos, examples, and assignments for learning how to paint.

Learn in your own home and at your own pace.


Step Three: Each month just pay the monthly membership fee to continue to follow our structured four-year learning program of 16 workshops to build your foundational knowledge of how to paint one step at a time.


See your paintings improve.


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