Skill & Style for Gallery Arts
Instructed by Cassandra Loomis Kim & John English
This is the first course in the Commercial Gallery Program and takes the first steps in career-mapping, skill development and more. During this 10 week course, you will outline your professional goals as a gallery artist and evaluate established or new genres that appeal to your style and interest.
With the close guidance of your mentor, you will learn to refine your skills and technique as you develop a unique style and voice.
From hands-on assignments, to in-depth feedback every week from a team of pro artists, you will have all the resources you need to accelerate and push your work to the next level.
Mediums Covered: All traditional 2D Mediums.
Skill Requirements: Beginner/intermediate
Delivery: Live & Online (all classes are recorded and available on-demand)
Pricing scheduled to increase to $1199 Spring 2023. Existing price will be grandfathered*
Cassandra is a contemporary artist whose paintings reflect a lifelong love of animals and traditional art. Inspired by the master painters of the past and she seeks to put her own slightly absurd surrealistic twist on art by replacing animals with people. She also has been teaching herself to restore reclaimed antique and vintage wood items to paint on or frame her paintings in. She is a Virginia native and 2003 BFA Illustration graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University, and worked as a muralist and graphic artist for Trader Joes for 14 years. In 2013, the Klondike Gold Rush National Park and Chilkoot Historical Site awarded Cassandra with an artist residency. In 2018 Cassandra turned her focus to her personal art full-time. She is represented by Glave Kocen Consulting and is guest artist at Robert Lange Studios and has been in exhibits across the United States and internationally.
John English was raised in the company of New York’s most talented illustrators. He is the co-founder and program director of Visual Arts Passage. He is also the founder and director of The Illustration Academy.
John is currently represented by Eva Reynolds Gallery.
He has received numerous awards from organizations including New York Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Graphis and Print Magazine. John’s work has graced the cover of Newsweek, the pages of Esquire, Money, and Essence, and the publications of Penguin Books, Bantam Books, Hitachi, 7-Up, NCAA, Sprint Corporation, and the Knoll Furniture Group.
Each semester, Commercial Gallery students gain access to 3 visiting artists and one featured gallery director. These industry leaders answer student questions, complete in-depth demonstrations, and provide real-world advice for building a career in fine arts.
As a mentorship student, you will gain access to a vast wealth of resources to better your understanding and improve your skills. You will be paired with a high-caliber professional, who will be with you every step of the way.
Every class is delivered live and is fully interactive with lectures, demos, critiques, and guest speakers. Consider this your front row seat.
Students are tasked on a weekly basis with a variety of skill-building exercises, real-world assignments, and projects to help refine and improve. Once students establish direction, their assignments will aim to build a body of work with that focus.
Even though our courses are the best value, with the high caliber instruction and personalized mentoring, there are finance options available to make the mentorship program financially possible for as many artists as possible. Select Shop Pay or Affirm at checkout to view options.
No. Students only commit to one mentorship course per semester. Once you complete a course, you can register for the next course, to continue your progress in the mentorship program.
The Mentorship Program can be complete within a 10 month period. Students are encouraged to repeat the third course in the program, Establishing Career & Clients.
Each course is priced $999. Tuition prices are scheduled to increase to $1200 leading up to the Spring 2023 semester. Students who enroll before Spring 2023 will be grandfathered and locked into the $999 pricing as long as they continue their enrollment at Visual Arts Passage without interruptions.
The Mentorship program is a "get out of it, what you put in" experience. That being said, our courses are structured to accommodate individuals with a busy schedule. We recommend setting aside a minimum of 3 hours for your live course and 2 hours to complete assignments and course work. We highly encourage students to commit more time if their schedule allows.
Mentorship courses enroll 4 times per year, during the winter, spring, summer, and fall semester. You can view the program calendar here.
We recommend that most students start with the first course in the Commercial Gallery Program, Gallery Fundamentals: Direction & Voice. Highly experienced students may qualify to attend the second course in the program, Gallery Portfolio & Inventory. If you are not sure, feel free to send your work to firstname.lastname@example.org and a team member will get back to you with a recommendation shortly.
*Grandfathered in pricing excludes discounts and discontinues with any breaks in your enrollment.
We can help you with any questions related to enrollment, portfolio development, and the student experience.