After completing my first year of studies, VAA has exceeded my expectations. Barry Raybould’s model of visual music and poetry is a beautifully descriptive and innovative way to study painting and art as a whole. VAA is all-encompassing, from color theory and composition to studying the masters, old and new. Each lesson connects to form a pathway towards learning how to create expressive fine art. I can work at my own pace, unlike a workshop or class where there’s no time to linger over a project and really absorb the concept. The student community is kind, supportive and nonjudgmental, which lends itself to a sense of camaraderie among the artists.