At ViTra Academy, we champion the arts as sacred, relevant, and critical to our lives. We honor tradition while embracing creative innovation as vehicles for human evolution and global transformation.
It is our mission to empower you with knowledge and confidence to explore your own unique vision.
We are working with an experienced faculty to create a unique program that will give you the tools to create the best work of your life in a supportive online community. Our first term offers you a vibrant range of courses:
- Approaches to various painting techniques
- Foundational & advanced drawing skills
- Digital illustration & animation
- Art business development
- Guest lectures
- and so much more!
SCORPIO FULL MOON
Sunday May 15, 2022
10pm - 12am ET / 7 - 9pm PT / 4 - 6am CET (+1)
Two hours before the apex of this lunar eclipse in Scorpio, Tobi Giri will begin the healing bowl sound bath journey. We recommend you find a comfortable place to sit or lay where you can be undisturbed, preferably within sight of the moon.
There may be sacred objects that intuitively want to come on this journey with you. We also suggest bringing a journal or sketchbook and something to write with.
OFFERED FOR THE HEALING OF ALL BEINGS.
ARTIVISM and MEDITATIVE ARTS
Monday May 16, 2022
8- 10 pm CET / 2 - 4 pm ET / 11am - 12pm PT
Join us for a deeper exploration of Artivism (Art+Activism) and Meditative Arts.
In this session, we will discuss Shanita King’s individual relationship with Artivism, Artivism as a tool for social change that spans various disciplines (including poetry, music, and film), and have an opportunity to engage in a brief Meditative Arts practice together to help us expand our creative tool belt.
Journey into the Four Elements
FLORENCE CUEPALIZTLI MÉNARD
Sunday May 29th, 2022
6-8pm CET / 12-2pm ET / 9-11am PT
Inner Journey into Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Connect your body & soul with each element as a healing power.
In this 2 hour workshop, we will create a safe space and breathe into the 4 elements, connect with them on a deep level, feel them through our bodies and souls and make them our allies in our creative lives.
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6 Week Painting Seminar
REGENERATION with Amanda Sage
April 30 - June 4
Every morning we are faced with a new chance to live our best life
and we are renewed with the opportunity to use our time on Earth in a more creative and meaningful way.
What does it mean to be a Regenerative Artivist?
A new wave of visionary creators are rising as the call to action is louder than ever before.
Visions grounded into pigment through the heart and hand carry great power.
An image speaks a thousand words and transcends rational thought by activating a deeper resonance with the viewer.
Together, we will dig deep into the visions we carry for the world we want to live in.
Starting with the foundation of intention, we will build an environment with a story that has a message.
This seminar consists of:
- Live online classes (Main sessions on Saturdays)
- Observational skill building.
- Methods for revealing the story that wants to come through you.
- Mischtechnik approaches in both acrylic and oil will be demonstrated.
- Students will be able to paint in just acrylic or both.
- Recordings available for those unable to join live.
- Group reviews by Amanda and team.
- Journeys and Guest Lectures.
- Online exhibition celebrating student's work.
PEACE FOR UKRAINE
Fundraiser Workshop Series
This series is a profound exercise for anyone interested in expanding their command of perspectives and composition.
$99/ Series - First class available to students on Saturday April 16, 2022.
We are teaming with Ukrainian artist, Ihti Anderson, to share prerecorded online courses in order to support his Peace for Ukraine fundraiser project. As you may know, since February, the people of Ukraine have been the victims of war crimes. Communities have been destroyed and thousands of lives lost.
Currently, Ihti is in his hometown of Odessa, Ukraine helping his community face the many challenges as a result of this conflict.
Your support will directly benefit communities in Ukraine.
In the fall of 2020 Ihti Anderson and ViTra Academy director, Alecia Sacred Heart, produced the first series of classes called "Perspectives" where Ihti taught a series of exercises over four classes. In June of '21 they produced another course on composition.
It has always been an intention to prepare these recordings to continue to spread these teachings, but now seems like the most important time. These five classes have been organized in the best logical flow for the advancement of your confidence in composition and perspective strategies.
We will release one class per week so that you can gradually implement these exercises into your personal practice.
Class 1 - Composition
Class 2 - One, Two, Three Point Perspectives
Class 3 - Irregular and Isometric Perspective
Class 4 - Irregular and 4 Point Banded Perspective
Class 5 - Figure Drawing in Perspective
SPRING 2022 FULL TERM
February 22nd - June 18th
All classes happen online LIVE through Zoom calls. We pride ourselves in offering you direct access to your instructors through the best teaching platform available in online learning. We record each session and make the replays available within a few hours in your ViTra Academy Library.
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History, Variations & Modern Approaches
May 12, 2022
In this lecture, Laurence Caruana will delve into the history and variations of the mischtechnik, from the traditional ‘oil and egg tempera method’ to acrylics and beyond. More so, he’ll explore the many ‘ways of seeing’ made possible through this technique.
Embodied Visualization Meditation Journey
SLOW, STEADY, SENSUAL
Riding the Wave of the 2022 Taurus / Scorpio Eclipse Season
Enter into a group field of ceremonious connection to your body, the solar-lunar dance of eclipse season, and your intentions for riding the wave of the stellar cycle as you deepen into your art practice and your life-is-art praxis.
A short lesson on the eclipse energies and how to work with them, including dates and energetics of the subsequent 2022 eclipses will serve as a prelude to an embodied, visionary meditation journey. We will use the clarifying depth of the moon phase to shift into alignment with what is in service to your Higher-Hearts Vision beings of great potential. This will be an embodied and practical approach to divining along with the celestial bodies of grace and fortune.
PIRATES, LIARS, & THIEVES
Appropriation, Use, and Copyright
Carrie Ann Baade
"Good artists borrow, great artists steal." This lecture addresses the ethics about the Promethean necessity of stealing from the masters and igniting new generations of makers and thinkers. Topics covered include the in’s and outs of plagiarism and appropriation and the historical high dollar cases where artists have been busted for violating the rules. In a world of pictures this talk illuminates the rules, good habits, and ethics of image use.
LIGHT, COLOR, DARKNESS, and the HUMAN BEING
8 - 10 pm CET / 2 - 4 pm EDT / 11am - 1pm PDT
In this workshop we make visible how light, color, and darkness can be recognized in the human being as thinking, feeling and willing. The human being is the microcosmic reflection of the macrocosmic principles of light, color and darkness. In this way, creation arises anew in every human being.
Light and darkness are polarities, through polarity movement is created. Without polarity, there would be no life. Light and darkness, as the original principles, are creative forces. The movement that results from them interacting is visible as color.
Before color even appears, the original creators, light and darkness, are active!
The Trifold Approach to Inner Journeying
The Alchemical Memory Palace
8 - 10 pm CET / 2 - 4 pm EDT / 11am - 1pm PDT
The Session Kevin will be leading during the first term for the Academy is an introduction to Inner Journeying using the Trifold Approach and combining this approach with the creation of one's own Alchemical Memory Palace within the imagination.
The Trifold Approach to Inner Journeying is a three-step process which includes visualization and using your other inner senses to travel within your own imaginal spaces. With it, you can learn to perceive, recognize and decrypt your own personal symbolic language as you intuit the meanings of the things that you encounter in those spaces.
You can also use Inner Journeying as part of the basis of dialoguing with spiritual guides.
A Lifelong Practice
7 - 9 pm CET / 2 - 4 pm EDT / 11am - 1pm PDT
The world is a story and how we make meaning of those stories defines us as individuals. As artists, we make those stories visual for ourselves and others to see, to process and to integrate.
When we have a developed vocabulary of story, we both consciously and intuitively work with symbols that make sense of our world, our circumstances and what is happening in our lives and in the culture around us. The word we use for this now is Mythology, but myth isn’t a thing of the past, it is a living, breathing process that both maintains essential truths and continually evolves in relevancy.
Come explore the practice of Living Mythology and begin to develop the language for your personal mythos.
Shamanic Teaching Journey
AWAKEN YOUR SACRED VISIONARY MEDICINE
In this 2 hour ceremony, You will step into the shamanic art of ‘Deep Listening’ and ‘Shamanic Visioning’ and brings forward visions that are Medicine for the World. You will awaken your Sacred Visionary Medicine and strengthen the bonds with your spiritual allies, so you can be the Visionary that you are called to be.
STRUCTURE & FLOW
for the Intuitive Artist with
This seminar explores the dynamic balance between structure and flow at the heart of the creative process. You will learn fundamental sacred geometric principles, methods of construction and applied drawing & painting techniques to help you tap into your limitless creative potential!
4 Month Weekly Drawing Course
Drawing the Landscape of Your Soul with
March 1 - May 31
Using graphite oriented tools you will learn practical techniques that will enable you to draw anything from life, photo reference and imagination. A wide range to topics will be covered, such as linear perspective, the human figure, architecture, natural landscapes, automatic drawing, and so much more.
Digital Illustration & Animation
for Illustration and Animation with
Whether you’d like to create your own looping gifs, content for your social media pages, project mockups, fine art, or fully animated films, Lisette will get you grounded & confident in using the power of Procreate to easily create stunning digital assets, illustrations, and art in motion.
Build, Diversify, Generate with
Join professional artist Ania Amador in exploring the fundamentals of owning and operating an art business. Whether you are just getting started or ready to take your art career to the next level, this two part series will inspire you to reach your personal and financial goals.
ViTra Academy will curate a virtual exhibition at the end of the spring term to honor our students and faculty.
Each course will have its own gallery room and all students are invited to submit one piece per course.
Spring 2022 Virtual Exhibition Opening will be June 18, 2022 on the Vision Train.
We are Alecia Sacred Heart and Amanda Sage, the founders of ViTra Academy.
Our passion is in collaborating with artists around the globe to create inspiring courses that support your greatest artistic expression!
After 2 years of producing many successful online workshops and developing the online international creative space station of the Vision Train, it was time to give the workshops a home, and so ViTra Academy was born.
ViTra carries many meanings in different languages, though in essence it is wisdom, knowledge and points towards the 'way of the sage'.
photo by Aaron Mason
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