John English

Vis­ual Arts Pas­sage’s co-founder dis­cusses on­line men­tor­ship

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Can you tell us about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Vis­ual Arts Pas­sage and The Il­lus­tra­tion Academy?

The Il­lus­tra­tion Academy is a se­ries of im­mer­sive in-per­son work­shops, taught by work­ing il­lus­tra­tors. Stu­dents travel to the at­tend the Academy from all over the world. With that in mind, we cre­ated an on­line pro­gram of equal cal­i­bre, that was ac­ces­si­ble to art stu­dents ev­ery­where.

What do the cour­ses in­volve?

Stu­dents re­ceive in-depth, oneon-one guid­ance from ex­pe­ri­enced artists in small classes. All lessons are de­liv­ered live and are fully in­ter­ac­tive. Ev­ery stu­dent has a front row seat.

What’s the course struc­ture?

Vis­ual Arts Pas­sage places art stu­dents on a track of chal­leng­ing cour­ses taught by work­ing artists. This bridges the gap be­tween the art stu­dent and the pro­fes­sional. We guide stu­dents from build­ing foun­da­tional skills, all the way to craft­ing an in­dus­try-ready port­fo­lio. It’s a map to the in­dus­try, paired with train­ing by world-class pro­fes­sion­als.

Can you get a course taster?

We host free monthly on­line lec­tures fea­tur­ing worl­drenowned artists. Stu­dents who ap­ply to Vis­ual Arts Pas­sage gain ac­cess to our li­brary of free lec­tures and demos. I also in­vite all of our ap­pli­cants to sched­ule a free one-on-one on­line port­fo­lio re­view with me. John is an award-win­ning painter and il­lus­tra­tor whose work has ap­peared in mag­a­zines and book cov­ers.

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