I went the the Visual Art Institute form age 6 to 18. This program gave me a head start with preparing an art portfolio for applying to art schools. I applied to many top art schools through out the country. I was accepted to every school I applied to and received a scholarship to each with the portfolio VAI helped me to put together. So, I was able to go to the art school of my choice with funding and well prepared with the skills and abilities to do well. The only wish that this school was was an all day art school and not just an after school program.