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The Vienna Academy of Visionary Art | Ad Sacrum - Toward the Sacred After seven exciting years in the Austrian capital, The Vienna Academy of Visionary Art closed its doors due to the global pandemic – and is presently metamorphosing into The Virtual Academy of Visionary Art. Its goals remain the same: to revive classical techniques of painting while pursuing art as the expression of beauty, spirit and vision. To transmit an in-depth practice of painterly technique, our school follows the established model of the Academy system, while also promoting individual creativity through the pursuit of Visionary Art. Each class is taught by skilled professionals who transmit their value of craft while sharing insights into the artist's vocation. At the heart of our programme is the painter's quest for Original Vision, expressed in a unique and refined manner. By promoting cultural ideals of craftsmanship, beauty and style, we celebrate the individual emergence of creativity and genius. Come explore your creative vision with us… From the Academy's Founders... On March 16th 2020, The Vienna Academy of Visionary Art closed its doors by order of the Austrian government as part of their efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. As an international school, we were no longer able to welcome students from around the world, and so decided to end all activities in both our Academy and Cultural Space. However, we are presently expanding through our online activities. NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE: VIDEOS OF THE ONLINE WORKSHOPS OFFERED BY OUR FACULTY... Find out more on how to purchase our videos STAY IN TOUCH! We send out a monthly newsletter to announce our seminars, online workshops & other activities, as well as announce them on our facebook page. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay in touch! Follow us on Facebook! Sign up for The VAVA Newsletter THE CLOSING OF THE ACADEMY IN VIENNA An important message from Academy Directors Laurence Caruana & Florence Ménard: To all those who have been touched by the Academy, the time has come for us to announce that The Vienna Academy of Visionary Art, along with its Cultural Space, has closed its doors in Vienna as a consequence of the Global Pandemic. In the form of 'The Virtual Academy of Visionary Art', we will continue to bring art to the world through online workshops. We will also continue to run our popular Seminars at the eco-village of Torri Superiore, and these will multiply over the course of the next year. Laurence and Florence, the Academy's managers, left Vienna in June and returned to their farmhouse in Burgundy, a region three hours south of Paris. This decision to close down the Academy was made at the end of March, when the school was still paying all of its operating costs (rent, wages), and generating no income due to the nation-wide lockdown enforced by the Austrian government to combat the Covid-19 virus. Our mantra, during this time, has been: "Surrender, Let Go, Trust, Love." Like any end and new beginning, the feeling is bitter-sweet. But, all of this is teaching us to 'release', to return to the most essential part of our being, to feel in our hearts that love is the only, truly real experience that we have in our lives. We've learned a tremendous amount through our time in Vienna, and hope to share those new gifts with the world. So, we plan to continue working with our teachers by organizing more seminars and online classes, while expanding our own activities as a teaching couple by creating our own workshops and offering them abroad. We also plan to use this precious time to return to our roots: to painting, writing, and gardening while promoting our own activities as artist-creators. From our point of view, right now, a huge wave is crashing down. But we also know a new wave will rise up in its wake. Once the world gets through this crisis, we hope to purchase a permanent space for our activities. This is another lesson that was taught to us. No more rent. Invest in something sustainable. That was always the vision, but now we're making the necessary changes, so this may eventually come to be. We don't know where that new space will be, or even if it will be in the city or the country. But we want enough room to house a community of artists, coming and going, ever-evolving, building the vision we share of 'Art for Humanity Awakening to Oneness'. All the people we've met in the last years share that vision - artists, yes, but also workshop leaders who sing, dance and drum, who heal us through tears and transformation - all of these creators will be invited here to teach, to learn, and to share their gifts. So, in that sense, we plan to continue working with many of the people we already know, and that the end of this space in Vienna is simply the beginning of another… To all of you who have been touched by the Academy in some way - thank you. Stay safe and healthy, find creative solutions to navigate these times, and - in closing - we offer our deepest gratitude for the many beautiful moments we've shared together at The Vienna Academy of Visionary Art and its Cultural Space. All our love, Laurence and Florence For those who missed this Online Event, the recording is still available... 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