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Barcelona Academy of Art

http://www.academyofartbarcelona.com/

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34 Carrer de la Ciutat de Granada, Barcelona, CT, Spain

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Barcelona Academy of Art (BAA) is the first Spanish school which aims at teaching drawing, painting, sculpture and digital art using a complete curriculum and teaching methods stemming from the classic- realistic tradition. Its methodology originated in the Renaissance and was brought back to life by the main realistic academic ateliers of the late 19th century (in particular, by great painters such as Jean-Léon Gérôme, Léon Bonnat and Carolus-Durán).

The philosophy behind our curriculum and our teaching methods requires the return to discipline in art and excellent know-how through tested and efficient techniques that are based on working from life. That is, a return to the direct study of nature and to the old masters as the bedrock of any artistic knowledge, while remaining within the parameters of figuration and realism as a way of representing art.

Through practical and comprehensive materials and methods stemming from the nearly forgotten academicism, students will strengthen their knowledge as future artists so as to continue creating contemporary art in our time. At the Barcelona Academy of Art we consider the classic academic approach not as an end but as a tool that students can use to build their own personality and artistic language.

The specificity of the curriculum of the Barcelona Academy of Art attracts students from around the world. As an international school, English is the primary language of instruction.

Local teachers also speak Spanish and Catalan.

Courses

The training program at the Barcelona Academy of Art offers regular courses in drawing, painting, sculpture and digital art, which are complemented by workshops, seminars and special courses (Easter and Summer). These provide students with an intensive learning of methods, procedures and techniques from the best professional artists.

Intensive Program
Part-time Program
Special Courses

Artistic Residency Program

After completing the intensive program, the BAA offers students (and a handful of external candidates) the opportunity to enroll in our Residency Program, whereby artists will discover themselves and their personal art voice. Studios are located at the BAA Sarrià facility, where artists will work on personal projects, while receiving the advice from tutors as well as interacting with and learning from professionals from the artistic world: established artists, gallerists and curators, art critics, cultural theorists and more. The Artistic Residency Program seeks to establish a community of figurative artists, thus strengthening the current trend towards contemporary realism, a movement led and supported by the European Museum of Modern Art [MEAM]. The Artistic Residency Program is designed for students seeking to develop their artistic voice. Only individuals seriously intending to make a living as a professional painter, sculptor or digital artist will be considered. BAA alumni and graduates from other ARC-approved schools are potential candidates. Other, non-academically trained artists with exceptional portfolios are also invited to apply.

More information here.

BAA Junior

The project aims to introduce students between 10 and 17 years in the academic method adapting the complexity of the concepts to their capabilities. Learning this method will allow children and adolescents to explore ideas and concepts while receiving highly specialized training that will enable them to exponentially increase their graphic and visual skills.

Tutors

Joseph Altwer, Gerard Castellví, Jordi Díaz Alamà, Pau Marinello, Valentina Zlatarova, Dorian Iten, Silvia Juez Llinares, Adrià Llarch, Roser Masip and Marta Lafuente are some of the excellent teachers at the BAA.

Admissions

Classes are taught in English, therefore students are required to have basic English skills.

Applications will only be accepted online or by filling out the form at the Academy.

Places will be assigned following a strict order of received applications.

When the groups are full, extra applications will be part of the reservation list.

Click here for more information on how to apply.

Please visit our website gallery with our students' works.

Jordi Díaz Alamà
Director & Founder of the BAA.

Born in Granollers in 1986, Jordi Diaz Alamà studied Fine Arts at the Universidad de Barcelona,where he afterwards worked as a teacher at the Drawing Department. He had the chance to work with painter Guillermo Muñoz Vera in Madrid thanks to a scholarship from Fundación Arauco, and with the Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum. He studied drawing at the prestigious The Florence Academy of Art (Florence, Italy), where he also graduated in painting. This traditional training became the backbone of his education. In 2013 he founded the Barcelona Academy of Art (Barcelona, Spain), an Academy which was approved by the ARC in 2014. He was the winner of the Figurativas '11 contest organized by Fundación para las Artes y los Artistas in collaboration with MEAM, with the aim of supporting and promoting Figurative arts and its artists. In 2014 Diaz Alamà won the LI Premi Internacional de Dibuix Ynglada-Guillot of the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi (Barcelona) and the Medal of Honor in the 29th BMW Painting contest. In 2015 he received the Honorable Mention in the Figurative Category at the ARC Salon Competition.

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Website http://www.academyofartbarcelona.com/
Founded 2013
Course languages English,Spanish
Part-Time Instructors 5
Full-Time Instructors 20
Students 160
Accommodation No
Costs

Part time: EUR 1448 / year

Full time: EUR 7000 / year

Contact

Barcelona Academy of Art

34 Carrer de la Ciutat de Granada

Barcelona, Spain

info@academyofartbarcelona.com

Jordi Diaz Alamà

Born in Granollers in 1986, Jordi Diaz Alamà studied Fine Arts at the Universidad de Barcelona, where he has also worked as a teacher in the Drawing Department. He had the chance to work with painter Guillermo Muñoz Vera in Madrid thanks to a scholarship from Fundación Arauco and with the Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum. He studied drawing at The Florence Academy of Art (Florence, Italy), where he also graduated in Painting, being this training the backbone of his education.

He was the winner of the Figurativas ’11 Contest organized by Fundación para las Artes y los Artistas in collaboration with MEAM, with the aim of supporting and promoting Figurative Arts and its artists. In 2014 Díaz Alamà won the LI Premi Internacional de Dibuix Ynglada-Guillot of the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi (Barcelona) and the Medal of Honor in the 29th BMW Painting contest.

In November 2016, he completes his most ambitious work to date, the painting “La Cruz del Jubileo”, a comission by the Diocesis of Vic (Spain) for the Church of Dolors. In 2017, the Fundació Vila Casas exhibits his new series “#ClásicosDesollados”. He is currently represented by Miquel Alzueta Gallery.

Pau Marinello

Pau Marinello was born in Barcelona in 1990. He studies art at Pia school where he experiments with painting for the first time. He feels interested in mural painting and therefore he participates in several graffiti exhibitions, obtaining some awards for some of his works in this area. In 2009 he was admitted at the Faculty of Fine Arts (Barcelona) where he focuses on the study of historians and contemporary artists. After completing the drawing program at the Florence Academy of Art, he deepens his knowledge in painting at the Barcelona Academy of Art. In 2014, he starts working as a teacher in the Academy. 

His paintings are in various private collections all throughout Spain. He recently designed the cover of the 25th anniversary of the newspaper “La Voz”, and has won several art competitions as Humet Saula competition in Calafell, and has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout Catalonia. This year 2014 he will participate in a collective exhibition at the MEAM, as he has been selected for the competition ModPortrait ’14.

He is currently the Director of the Drawing program at the Barcelona Academy of Art. 

Gerard Castellví

Gerard Castellví was born in 1986 in Montblanc, Tarragona. In 2008, he studied Graphic Design at EADT Escola d’Art de Tarragona. Later on, he graduated in Fine Arts at Universidad de Barcelona in 2012 and is admitted at the Florence Academy of Art. While studying there, he also participates in artists' workshops such as Antonio Lopez, Golucho, Sangram Majumdar, Max Ginsburg or Stuart Shils. His paintings are exhibited in the MEAM collection (Barcelona) after being a finalist in the Prize Figurativas’15 y Figurativas’17. He has exhibited at the Gallery Represent (London), Wiespach Shloss Gallery (Salzburg, Austria), The Makers (Madrid), La Plataforma and el Claustre (Barcelona).

Currently. he is the Director of the Painting program at the Barcelona Academy of Art.

Silvia Juez Linares

Silvia Juez Linares was born in Barcelona and has always had a big interest in art and specially painting. She graduated from the Fine Arts faculty in Barcelona where she discovered sculpture. She was admitted to the Florence Academy of Art where she discovered the power of the human figure as a means of expression. She received a studio assistant scholarship at the Florence Academy and won an ARC scolarship. She also participated as a teacher in the Italian Chinese Art & Culture Exchange Association. 

During the past few years, she has been a finalist in the prize Figurativas'15 (MEAM), in the 13th International ARC Salón Competition and the 53th Reina Sofia Painting and Sculpture prize. She has also won an Honorable Mention in the 12th International ARC Salon Competition. Her work can be found in various public and private collections in Spain and Italy. 

She is currently the director of the Sculpture program at the Barcelona Academy of Art. 

Joseph Altwer

Joseph Altwer is a traditional realist oil painter born in California, 1984. Joseph studied in Italy at the Florence Academy of art, where he also taught for several years. He was trained by working from the nude model, with a strong foundation in drawing. Besides painting the human figure, Joseph also paints still lives and landscapes. His style of painting has a foundation in traditional techniques with an impressionist pallet, in which most of his paints, canvases and mediums are made himself. Joseph prefers to work from life, since he considers it to be the true source of beauty. Today Joseph’s work is represented in galleries internationally. Most currently at the Grenning gallery in Sag Harbor, New York.

He is currently a teacher in the Painting program at the Barcelona Academy of Art. 

Christian Bull

Christian Bull is a concept artist and creature supervisor with more than 10 years of experience working in the cinema and video games industries. He has worked as a creature supervisor and a CG supervisor in Hollywood productions and independent movies. 

He graduated in Animation at Bournemouth University before studying drawing and painting at the Florence Academy of Art. Since then, he has dedicated his time to apply the traditional methods to the digital sector as a teachers but also as a professional artist. He has been an Anatomy techer for 6 years in renown studios and the online CG Master Academy. His contribution to the cinema industry includes movies such as Iron Man, Hercules, John Carter and Captain Phillips. 

Currently, he teaches in the Sculpture and Digital Art & Design program at the Barcelona Academy of Art. 

Long Pose Drawing by Adrià Llarch

Long Pose - Margarita by Jordi Diaz Alama

Still Life by Paul Marinello

Long Pose by Aina Ferrer

Cast Drawing by Iago Remacha

Sculpture for Digital Art & Design Program by Dorian Iten

Cast Drawing by Gerard Castellví

Dynamic Movement Drawing by Bruno Preciado

Long Pose by Ayuesh Agarwal

Long Pose Sculpture by Dasha Stekolshchikova

Cast Drawing by Samuel Alvarez

Digital Long Pose by Marc Yperlaan

Cast Drawing by Nurzada Nussipzhanova

Painting Program

Part Time Cast Program

Digital Art & Design Program

Drawing Program

Sculpture Program

Barcelona Residency of Art

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