The Vienna Academy of Visionary Art revives 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.

Student Shakti Shannon at the easelWe offer a rich variety of programmes, from three years to three months to three weeks. 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…

Summer Online Painting Intensive
July 4 – Aug 1, 2020


With Guest Teachers Timea Tallian, Joe Bob Merritt,
and assistant Alecia Sacred Heart. 



This Workshop is a collaboration between Amanda Sage
and the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art 
to offer an alternative
to the cancelled 2020 Spring & Summer Seminars in Italy.

We are offering this intensive to help recover the losses
resulting from the pandemic.

Based on Amanda’s popular painting workshops ‘Painting with Light’ & ‘Mixtek Mystics’,
this online course will be an evolution, bridging worlds with a digital platform to include more artists than ever before.
All levels of experience are invited to join – you just have to be curious and willing!

A journey of transformation awaits as participants are guided
from the beginning of a painting through completion,
following a step-by-step process
based on the Mischtechnik in acrylic and oil. 

The Mischtechnik is a method of developing a painting in layers,
traditionally using egg tempera and oil paint. Originating in the early Renaissance with artists
such as Hieronymus Bosch it was reinterpreted by the Austrian artist Ernst Fuchs in the 1950’s
and was influential in seeding the contemporary Visionary Art movement with its fascinating expression of light.
Amanda has developed a practical system that offers a variety of techniques and perspectives
that will change the way you see, and empower you to go deeper into the image.

“We will transform as we dive into the shadows to reveal the light…
As we return to color we dive back into the depths, ever spiralling onward in time,
asking questions and experimenting on the rollercoaster of creativity.”


In addition to the step by step painting journey,
a variety of lectures will be offered by
Timea Tallian on the Mischtechnik and Materials in Painting,
Joe Bob Merritt on the deeper meaning of what it is to be an Artist now
and Amanda Sage on The Business of Art.

The theme that will thread throughout the workshop is:
‘Transformation 2020.’ 

Humanity is in great transition and art is a powerful tool for communication.

What do you want to transform?
What is your most authentic prayer?
What vision wants to come through you at this time? 


As a special guest, Florence Ménard co-founder of the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art
will lead an inner journey on this theme,
to help you answer these questions and develop imagery for the painting.

“Making Art is not something that is only limited
to painting, drawing, sculpture…
it is a WAY of life, a perspective, a lens through which
we have the choice to live in this life.” 


Full course attendees will have access to a FB Group dedicated to this journey
as well as weekly group reviews with Amanda where paintings and drawings will be discussed
based on select submissions from participants.
An exhibition of the final works will be presented in a public online exhibition
and event on August 1st.

Single passes will be available for the lectures with Joe Bob Merritt, Timea Tallian
and on the Business of Art with Amanda Sage for $30 each.




Once you have registered through this LINK,
you will receive an introductory email with a link for payment
​ as well as a suggested materials list.
If you have trouble accessing the form please email us here:


All classes will be held on Zoom.
If you are new to Zoom, it is very user friendly and you can find multiple tutorials on their website.
It is encouraged to participate in the live classes as questions will be addressed via the chat
​and creating together is encouraging and fulfilling!



$400 USD –  full course includes:

  • 17 live sessions with playback option 
  • 42 hrs of Live Workshop time
  • 4x Group Reviews (participants apply for review via google form)
  • FB dedicated Group
    • Participants are encouraged to Introduce themselves, share progress shots, interact, ask questions.
  • Playback of each segment available right after each session.
  • Exhibition of completed works on Aug 1st.

Individual passes:

  • $30 USD –  for Mon. & Wed. Lectures
  • Playback of selected segments available right after each session.

Personal Consultations:

  • All participants will have access to personal consultations by appointment with Amanda, Alecia or Academy Directors Laurence Caruana and Florence Ménard
  • 30 minutes for $65 – by application Mon/Tue/Wed.
    ​(Links to apply coming soon…)



Timezone Breakdown:
Los Angeles PDT 8am to 11am / 12 noon to 3pm / 10am to 12 noon
Denver MDT 9am to 12 noon  / 1pm to 4pm / 11am to 1pm
New York EDT 11am to 2pm / 3pm to 6pm / 1pm to 3pm
Vienna CEST 5pm to 8pm / 9pm  to 12 midnight / 7pm to 9pm

All classes and lectures are scheduled in LA time (PDT)

From LA to Denver – add 1 hour
From LA to NY – add 3  hours
From LA to Vienna – add 9 hours
 July 4, Saturday
8am – 11am – Introduction to Course: 

Presentation on Theme & History of Visionary Art & Mischtechnik with Amanda,
followed by a Guided Journey with Florence Ménard.
12 noon – 3pm Composition & Drawing with Amanda
July 6, Monday
10am – 12 noon – Lecture: Transformation with Joe Bob Merritt – 2 hrs
July 8, Wednesday
10am – 12 noon – Lecture: The Mischtechnik – Materials Review with Timea Tallian – 2 hrs
July 9, Thursday
10am – 12 noon – Group Review with Amanda – 2 hrs
July 11, Saturday
8am – 11am – Transferring Drawing & Imprimatura/ Decalcomania with Amanda
12 noon – 3pm – Underpainting in acrylic & casein with Amanda
July 15, Wednesday
10am – 12 noon – Lecture: Alchemy of Paint with Timea Tallian – 2 hrs
July 16, Thursday
10am – 12 noon – Group Review with Amanda – 2 hrs
July 18, Saturday
8am – 11am – Glazing & Color in Acrylic & Oil with Amanda
12 noon – 3pm – 2nd Underpainting & Process Presentation with Amanda
July 22, Wednesday
10 am – 12 noon – Lecture: The Business of Art – Amanda – 2 hrs
July 23, Thursday 
10 am – 12 noon – Group Review with Amanda – 2 hrs
July 25, Saturday 
8am – 11am – Local Glazing
12 noon – 3pm – Alla Prima Acrylic Painting & Oil Painting with Amanda
July 29, Wednesday
10 am – 2pm – Finishing a Painting & Group Review with Amanda – 4 hrs
August 1, Saturday
Closing Public Exhibition & Presentations

A Message from the Academy’s Founders


On March 16th, the sudden and forced closure of The Vienna Academy of Visionary Art by the Austrian government due to the Covid-19 pandemic had an immediate and catastrophic impact on its finances: all upcoming Academy courses and seminars, as well as the Cultural Space classes and events, were cancelled – approximately 6 months’ worth of programming in all. The lost income, refund of deposits, and continuing expenses such as rent and operating costs, led to the permanent closure of the Academy in Vienna.
For this reason, we are appealing to our local and international community to help us cover the large amount of closing costs, generated by the crisis. If you have ever heard of the Academy’s many activities, or were touched directly by their unique offerings, then your response is needed. Any donation, large or small, would help alleviate some of the financial burden now carried by the Academy and its founders. The teachers and students are doing all they can to offer classes and art, to help in this initiative. Please purchase or participate – your generosity is most welcome.

For those who missed this Online Event,
the recording is still available…


“To all those who have been touched by the Academy…”

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,
is closing its doors in Vienna
as a consequence of the present crisis.


In the form of ‘The Academy of Visionary Art’, we will continue to run our Seminars at the eco-village of Torri Superiore, and these will multiply over the course of the next year. Until a permanent space is created, we will continue bringing art to the world through 

Laurence and Florence, the Academy’s managers, will leave Vienna some time this Spring to return to their farmhouse in Burgundy, a region three hours south of Paris. 

This decision was made at the end of March, while our small business was still incurring operating costs (rent, wages), and generating zero income due to the enforced lockdown on March 16th imposed by the government due to the Coronavirus. To immediately prevent further loss, we gave our three-month notice on all of our rental spaces (to terminate our rental contract and ongoing payments by the end of June). 

We did consider other options: hope for a government moratorium on rent, negotiating with our landlords, seeking government aid and/or a crowdfunding campaign. We pursued each of these avenues, as far as we could.

A week later, when the Austrian government announced its economic relief programme, we realized we had made the right decision: there was no moratorium on rent, and the government’s offer of loans and subsidies would only put us deep into debt – which we refuse to do. As a small business, we are in deep sympathy with all small businesses around the world who are basically being told by their governments: ‘go into debt’. 

(For those who are interested in the details: The Austrian government, like many European governments, has offered loans and subsidies. For the loan (which would cover our ongoing operating costs), we are supposed to ask our bank for a loan and if, over the course of the next five years, we default on our loan payments, then the government would step in and cover 90% – upon proof of significant financial loss or bankruptcy. As for subsidies, the government would cover from 25% to a maximum of 75% of our losses during the crisis period (due to operating costs like rent, wages). These subsidies will be paid out, once the government has reviewed our year-end statements and proof of lost income – sometime after January of 2021).

So, ‘The Academy of Visionary Art’ will continue without the ‘Vienna’ in its name. The seminars in Italy will continue, and possibly multiply over the next twelve months. 

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.

For Laurence and Florence, our plans are to return to our roots: to painting, writing, gardening etc in our French farmhouse, and possibly home-schooling our son. 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, 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 paint more works, and promote 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 the coming recession, 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. 

To those who helped with the founding of the Academy – to Ernst Fuchs, Amanda Sage, Cornelia Mensdorff-Pouilly, Daniel Kage, and our pioneering group of teachers – thank you for seeing what didn’t yet exist, but knew it would have to come to be. We all made it happen.

To all our Academy teachers:thank you for having answered the call. We’re so grateful that you shared the vision with us – that you selflessly offered your knowledge, experience and techniques, that you actively guided our students with wisdom, love and compassion. You have participated in nurturing so many artists, and in bringing so much original art to the world. 

To our Academy students: we are touched beyond measure by the faith you placed in us, entrusting your delicate artist’s soul to our keeping, and going deep into the process of inner transformation, to offer authentic images of prayer. We are moved beyond belief by the tremendous outpouring of art, creativity, love and spirit which you’ve brought to the world.

To all those who assisted us – Andrew Stewart, Lucia Ramsonius, Michael Brinker, Stefan Lucas, Dave Wilkins, Daniel Schatzdorfer, Diogo Quaresma, Tomas Solas, Alecia Mc Clain, Stephanie Seiler, and all the people who helped promote and spread flyers – thank you for the hard work and extra hours. You aided us with administration, exhibitions, festivals and a thousand little things (Thank God we don’t have to ask the Immigration office for Student Visas any more!!!). You became part of a team, in knowing and loving service to the students and to Visionary culture as a whole.  

To all our models of the Figure Drawing classes: thank you for holding poses for hours, showing such enthusiasm and spirit – creating such interesting poses, and becoming actively involved in the whole process.

To our Cultural Space workshop leaders and event organizers: thank you for creating workshops, concerts and events that brought so much transformation and soul-healing to so many people here in Vienna – you’ve invented new healing modalities, or transmitted traditional ones; you’ve used music, dance, movement, yoga, chanting, juggling, concerts – indeed, the activities are endless – to enrich so many souls. Spiritual leaders like you will be needed more than ever, so please continue to spread your light and joy. You certainly lit that flame in our hearts.

To our Cultural Space participants:thank you for being vulnerable; for opening yourselves up to soul-healing in our space, to tears and transformation. And thank you for being creative; for engaging in all forms of singing, dance, laughter and joy to liberate your spirits.

To Daniel Kage:for helping co-create The VAVA Werkstätte, where we have just begun to produce Visionary designs in brass, stainless steel, and many other planned media – may it continue to grow in new forms. Your hard work and untiring dedication to the Vienna Academy has been felt from beginning to end. 

To the eco-village of Torri Superiore:thank you for hosting wild bands of artists, year after year since 2008, with such warm-hearted acceptance. You fed us, cared for us and kept us cosy, while sharing your communal lifestyle, your love of permaculture, and your love of life, which is manifest in everything you do. We’re so grateful to be able to continue working with you.

To all of you – stay safe and healthy, find creative solutions to navigate the coming storm, 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

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