The Vienna Academy is an international teaching institution (with English as the primary language of instruction) that accepts up to twenty full-time students per year in its two-year and three-year Diploma programmes. For shorter stays, our Single Trimester programme and special week-long Intensives offer a variety of opportunities to learn the painter’s craft.
Co-founded by a circle of renowned Visionary Artists and the esteemed Viennese Professor Ernst Fuchs, our Academy is dedicated to the pursuit of a new Spiritual Renaissance in art. Its circle of sixteen artists – many of whom assisted Professor Fuchs in the Master’s Studio – form a collective called The Visionary Guild. From London, Paris and Vienna to Melbourne Australia and the West Coast of America, two of these artists transmit their artistry on a trimester basis, following the time-honoured practices of the Academies and Guilds.
Over the course of each academic year, the first and second year students develop two paintings per trimester under the careful guidance of the two trimester teachers – receiving a direct transmission of the artists’ techniques and spiritual approaches to painting. The Student cycles through the teachings of 12 – 16 teachers over the course of two years, keeping each trimester lively, fresh and original.
To provide continuity, Academy Director Laurence Caruana is present year-round and lectures on specific topics each trimester. Smaller paintings and drawings are completed, as exercises, in such skill areas as Composition, Armature, Perspective, Sacred Geometry, Binding Media and Colour Chemistry. On a regular weekly basis, the student also draws the male and female nude from live models, to encourage a better understanding of beauty, style and the idealization of the human figure. Modern techniques, such as Computer Rendering, are also learned and applied to Classically-conceived works.
The students’ paintings are exhibited at the end of each academic year – with emphasis on promoting and selling your work, to learn the commercial side of art.
The third year students work on their masterpiece – a painting that is supervised by an established Visionary artist (such as Ernst Fuchs, Alex Grey or Martina Hoffmann). They also have the unique opportunity of performing a three-week internship in the artist’s studio (in Vienna or abroad) while creating their ‘masterpiece’ for recognition as a Master artist. Diplomas are awarded at the end of the second and third year, based on the student’s paintings and course work.
At the heart of our programme is the individual artist’s quest for beauty, harmony and unity, through visions of the Sacred. With a solid technical foundation, the next generation may revive a higher form of art – an Ars Sacrum that idealizes the human form, while actually transfiguring humanity through visions of oneness. By promoting cultural ideals of craftsmanship, mastery and ingenuity, we celebrate the individual emergence of creativity and genius.
Hence our motto: Ad Sacrum – Toward the Sacred.