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sallspaw
11-03-2011, 03:13 PM
Please join me in welcoming Virtual Art Academy to WetCanvas! :clap:

LGHumphrey
11-04-2011, 12:34 PM
I'll be interested to see how this works.

winecountry
11-06-2011, 12:00 AM
where is this Virtual Art Academy?

jacqseddon
11-08-2011, 06:46 AM
Good question! We are really a globally distributed operation. The Virtual Art Academy consists basically of myself and Barry John Raybould. I currently live in England and do all of the administration, answer emails from students, write the monthly newsletters, manage the website, and format all of Barry's course materials. Barry John does all of the research into painting, designs and writes the course materials, and of course produces beautiful paintings! He currently divides his time between his various studios around the world in Italy, Panama and China, depending on his current painting project. (He actually is British but lived in the US for over 20 years - which is why he is an artist member of the California Art Club).

Our academy does not have a physical location since all of our art course materials are designed to be downloaded to your computer for you work on them in your own home or studio, and at your own pace (you can take as much time as you like to finish the course). Much of our marketing has historically been done via the Australia-based International Artists Magazine who have endorsed Barry's courses, and who publish in all the major English speaking countries of the world (England, the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand). They have sponsored us almost since our inception in 2005. Our programming services and servers are based in the UK and the US.

Our community of students is truly international and our students come from over 50 different countries around the world. They all meet via our Online Campus, where you download the series of structured assignments that form the backbone of the Virtual Art Academy course and share your work with other members. We feel that a group of motivated and mutually supporting students who are all following the same structured program of study and working from the same curriculum is the closest to having an Academy with instructors. You become a part of this community with your monthly Virtual Art Academy membership.
We do not provide instructors for two reasons. First of all, the cost would be ten times as much if you had an instructor, and secondly, and perhaps even more importantly, because Barry wants to control the quality of the teaching. Having said that, many of our members by the way are professional artists in their own right who have chosen to learn from Barry to fill in gaps in their knowledge. Many of these experienced members often help out the less experienced students. Our students tell us that it is the comprehensiveness and academy-caliber quality of the materials that distinguishes our course from anything else they have found on the internet, combined with a friendly international community.

So in summary, we are a global community. In fact Barry likes to call himself a world citizen! We are very proud that our students come from so many diverse backgrounds and countries around the world, all joined together by our common love of art.

I hope this answers your question.

Kind regards,
Jacqui

marionh
11-09-2011, 02:40 AM
Colleen, I've been subscribed to the free newsletter for quite a while now. I have found it very useful with good info in it.

winecountry
11-10-2011, 08:10 PM
thanks, I just did that a few days ago, seems like he could have more presence here so people could figure out what this is. IMO he has the best online art course out there. He has in his program more good information and practice about how to become a good artist than I got in 4 years of art school. Best of all its so logical how he has it all laid out, each block a solid foundation for the next.

I am not currently a member, nor have I taken his courses so I'm not being paid to say this:lol: But I have gone through all his course videos and his descriptions, and just reading that improved my work and brought out new ideas.

I'm going to sign up for the Notan section as my first encounter, soon I hope. Its nice he makes it possible to take sections if you can't afford the whole thing all at once and lets you upgrade to the whole course later.

Hope this doesn't get taken down but I'm going to put a link (http://www.virtualartacademy.com/) up here for people to find this on the internet, hope this does not violate any rules I'm unaware of....I did it for Rosemary and Co and her brushes and it seemed to be ok...

LGHumphrey
11-11-2011, 01:07 PM
Colleen, your link shouldn't be any problem at all since Virtual Art Academy is now a Partner here.

Very pleased to see Marion's recommendation, I'm going to look into this.

jacqseddon
11-18-2011, 05:16 AM
Hi Colleen,
Thanks for your comments. If anyone has any questions about Barry's Virtual Art Academy program I'd be very happy to answer them for you in our forum here.
kind regards
Jacqui

jacqseddon
11-18-2011, 05:24 AM
Hi Colleen,

For some reason when you search for "Virtual Art Academy" in the WetCanvas forums you get a programming error message, so anyone looking for postings on Wetcanvas from any of Barry's self-study course or workshop students cannot find them. So in case anyone is interested I've listed some of the postings I know about here:

Some comments from Wetcanvas members who have purchased the Virtual Art Academy program:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5010919&postcount=12
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8109189&postcount=12
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7277301&postcount=128
Some comments from Wetcanvas members who have attended a workshop with Barry:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8248904&postcount=13
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8248353&postcount=11
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8247397&postcount=8
A couple of threads on Barry and his artwork on Wetcanvas:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=565990
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=696931
kind regards,
Jacqui

b123
11-20-2011, 07:35 AM
Hi,
Barry John here. I wrote an article earlier this year for the inaugural issue of Plein Air Magazine. The article was a detailed critique of this painting by Joaquin Sorolla and an overview of how I critique paintings.

In the review I focus on the elements of both poetry and music in Sorolla's work. I think there are some great lessons to be learned from Sorolla's paintings that I hope you find interesting.

For more information see my blog (http://barryjohnraybould.blogspot.com/2011/05/plein-air-magazine-article-review-of.html) where you will find a link to download the full article.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2011/158506-sorolla_painting.jpg

Here's an extract from the article:

"Master paintings share two key characteristics. First, they accurately represent a subject and are focused on communicating an idea or emotion. I refer to this aspect of a great painting as the “poetry” of a painting, or the content the artist is trying to convey to viewers. When you look at a master painting, you are moved in some way, and the memory of it stays with you. Master paintings of course demonstrate great drawing and color skills, but those expertly handled skills are focused on presenting an idea.

The second key characteristic of a master painting is a strong abstract design that is independent of the subject matter. I refer to this as the “music” of the painting, or the sensuous, non-intellectual part. It is created with rhythms and harmonies in shapes, lines, edges, and colors and is analogous to the rhythms in music and the harmonies between individual notes."

Read more here on my blog.
(http://barryjohnraybould.blogspot.com/2011/05/plein-air-magazine-article-review-of.html)
I hope you find this helpful. If anyone has any questions on the Virtual Art Academy program by the way, feel free to contact me (http://www.virtualartacademy.com/help/contact.html), or post a question here.

Happy painting!

melodysw
03-07-2012, 09:51 AM
I'm a huge fan. I started with the color unit and it was a challenge but learned so much! Working my way through the full course and each unit is fabulous.

b123
03-07-2012, 05:31 PM
I'm a huge fan. I started with the color unit and it was a challenge but learned so much! Working my way through the full course and each unit is fabulous.
Thanks Melody(?), It's nice to have your feedback!
Barry

4th Dimension
12-07-2012, 12:23 PM
If a person worked at the full course say 36 hr per week, how long would the average person take to complete this program?

b123
12-25-2012, 07:36 PM
It's hard to be precise, but around three to four years. A lot depends on how thorough you are and how much you repeat the assignments. The more you repeat them the better you get.

b123
01-14-2013, 05:41 PM
Here are two paintings from my recent South Africa painting trip. There is some more information on them on my blog (http://barryjohnraybould.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/south-africa-workshop-cape-town-and.html).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jan-2013/158506-br_974a_1.6MB.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jan-2013/158506-br_975_1.1MB.jpg

b123
12-08-2013, 02:14 PM
Hi everyone,
I just wanted to let you know that we've just released a new four-year Apprentice Program for the Virtual Art Academy. This Edition 2 (VAA2) completely replaces the Edition 1 (VAA1), and is now available on a monthly subscription basis instead of one lump sum payment. I've just updated the Virtual Art Academy website with all the new information.
Barry

b123
01-19-2014, 05:45 PM
I'm a huge fan. I started with the color unit and it was a challenge but learned so much! Working my way through the full course and each unit is fabulous.

Just a quick update. We released the new Virtual Art Academy 2 in December. Since we released the new program, as of today, 500 members have already signed up.

The new program is a four-year program for learning how to paint in a systematic way. The whole course is structured into 16 sequential workshops. Feedback to date from students has been extremely encouraging. Students are telling us they have found nothing quite like it elsewhere on the internet.

We have also designed the new program so that you can try it out for a very small investment to see if you like it. There is no need to commit to the full program.

For more information see the new Virtual Art Academy painting lessons website (http://www.virtualartacademy.com)

Nadia_S
07-18-2015, 03:33 PM
Hi,

I unsubscribed from your Academy two months ago, but the system still charges me! I wrote you and you promised to fix this, but since then you charged me again! And I cannot log in either!

My name is Nadia Suprycheva. Waiting for the happy ending very much.

Mike L
07-19-2015, 09:06 PM
Hi,

I unsubscribed from your Academy two months ago, but the system still charges me! I wrote you and you promised to fix this, but since then you charged me again! And I cannot log in either!

My name is Nadia Suprycheva. Waiting for the happy ending very much.

Best bet might be to initiate charge-backs for the illicit charges, and request a new credit card so they can't keep charging.

Will you keep us posted on your progress with this problem?

Hope everything works out.

R/Mike

Nadia_S
07-23-2015, 09:12 AM
Best bet might be to initiate charge-backs for the illicit charges, and request a new credit card so they can't keep charging.

Will you keep us posted on your progress with this problem?

Hope everything works out.

R/Mike

Mike, thank you for your reply! What should I do if I want to resubscribe?

Mike L
07-23-2015, 09:16 AM
Mike, thank you for your reply! What should I do if I want to resubscribe?

Just resubscribe. If they decline to accept the subscription, I don't think it would be such a great loss considering how they've treated you to date. But that's my opinion.

Edit - as an afterthought you might also consider filing a complaint of internet fraud with the FBI at their Internet Crime Complaint website (http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx). If they are charging your card without your permission, are aware there is a problem yet refuse to fix the problem - well, if it quacks like a duck...


R/Mike

arcitek
01-13-2016, 04:41 PM
Just resubscribe. If they decline to accept the subscription, I don't think it would be such a great loss considering how they've treated you to date. But that's my opinion.

Edit - as an afterthought you might also consider filing a complaint of internet fraud with the FBI at their Internet Crime Complaint website (http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx). If they are charging your card without your permission, are aware there is a problem yet refuse to fix the problem - well, if it quacks like a duck...


R/Mike

Actually Mike, often with complaints like these it is user error and sometimes, of course, it is not and your idea is a good one. However, I am a member there and I find it hard to believe they are doing it on purpose. They have had their challenges in getting things set up and such (there is only two of them doing this) so stuff is going to happen. Also, in case it matters, there are some other artist (Richard Robinson) who support VAA pretty avidly so I would not say they are trying to be fraudulent. I have found their coursework wot be very, very good especially for the extremely fair cost of the classes. I do not think any other online art school or program covers the material they cover. Again , this is just my opinion.

jacqseddon
01-14-2016, 05:24 AM
Hello Nadia
Many apologies for such a late reply to your posting. We have been really busy adding a lot of new lessons and videos to the program, and fixing programming problems such as the one you mentioned.

I checked our records and I found that you did get a refund in July, and that you rejoined us in November. I hope your studies are going well now.

We absolutely do NOT intend to charge our students if they have cancelled, but we have had several teething problems with our payment system which caused similar problems. Students can now cancel their own subscriptions which has corrected the issue.

We have over 800 students who are dedicated to improving their painting skills, and I am sure any of them will tell you that we do our utmost to provide the best art program on the internet.

kind regards
Jacqui