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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.


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.

Regular and Part-Time Program

Weekend Courses

Easter and Summer 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.


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.


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 30
Students 180
Accommodation No
Costs

Full time: EUR 7990 / year

Contact

Barcelona Academy of Art

34 Carrer de la Ciutat de Granada

Barcelona, CT, Spain

press@academyofartbarcelona.com

Bernat Barris

Born in Granollers (Barcelona), Bernat Burgueño has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona. After finishing his studies, he works as a teacher of visual arts in different schools where he acquires a greater knowledge of art pedagogy. He is currently a professor at the Superior School of Design and Fashion Felicidad Duce and assistant professor of the Expressive Drawing class at the Barcelona Academy of Art.

Olivia Crane

Olivia Crane has learned the techniques and skills of the atelier tradition during her studies both in the London Atelier of Representational and the Florence Academy of Art. Before moving to Barcelona, she was working on her own production in a studio in London.

She is currently a teacher in the Drawing and Painting department at the Barcelona Academy of Art.

Carl de Jager

Carl was born and raised in South Africa. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1996 (majoring in Graphic Design and Art History) he left the country to spend the next two decades living and working as a graphic designer and software developer in England and later Australia, where he obtained citizenship in 2005.
 
In 2015 he decided to dedicate himself to a career in painting and moved to Barcelona to study at the Academy. He completed the advanced painting course in 2018 and is currently taking part in the residency program.

Christian Duran

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

Charlie Goering

Charlie Goering was born in 1993 in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. He received his Bachelors of Fine Art in 2016 from the Laguna College of Art and Design. During undergrad he spent a semester studying at the Florence Academy of Art in 2014.

Collections include the Art Academy of Cincinnati; the city of Colton, California; and The Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, California. He has been the recipient of an Elizabeth Greenshields Grant, 2017, and most recently completed a yearlong residency at Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.

Chase Heinke

Chase Heinke was born in Clifton (Virginia) and graduated from the Sculpture Program at the Florence Academy of Art in 2018. He is currently a teacher in the Sculpture Program of the Barcelona Academy of Art.

Dorian Iten

Dorian Iten is the coordinator of the Digital Art & Design program. He teaches artists both digital and traditional drawing, painting and sculpture. Also, he is in charge of the Light and Form course and author of the book Accuracy: A Drawing Guide.

In his personal work, Dorian explores a multitude of disciplines and artistic techniques. His drawings and paintings are an invitation to enjoy the enriching silence of the visual experience.

Ellen Marie Moysons

Since finishing high school in 2012, Ellen Marie’s life has taken many different directions: from business school to the Art Academy of Belgium, her country of birth. Both schools could not meet her concerns and needs. The Art Academy focused mainly on working on the concept and research, but seemed to forget to teach how to execute ideas. After completing and successfully passing the first year of studies, she concluded that she had not acquired many technical skills or expanded her knowledge of new materials. Since her main means are drawing and painting, Ellen Marie wanted to perfect her technical drawing skills before she could start working on concepts. So after leaving the Art Academy, she took half a sabbatical, and went to a Buddhist monastery in Thailand to meditate, she did an internship with two artists in Rotterdam and travelled with a group of shamans. After experiencing this freedom for a good period of time, she faced the lack of a vital purpose. This confrontation made her realise that it was time to learn and absorb knowledge. Her art until then had always revolved around movement, organic forms and the human body. To move forward she needed to learn discipline and improve her drawing techniques, particularly in relation to the human body. The training she received in the intensive painting and drawing program at the Barcelona Academy of Art seems to have perfectly satisfied her expectations to develop her professional career.

Ellen Marie is currently a teacher in the Drawing program at the Barcelona Academy of Art.

Iago Remacha

Iago Remacha has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona. In 2014 he decided to enter the Barcelona Academy of Art to begin his studies in drawing and painting. His curiosity about the digital sector led him to work on subjects of this speciality, achieving a very high level of expertise in this area, applying his knowledge of traditional techniques to digital software in 2D and 3D.

In 2015, Iago wins the second prize in drawing at the Canson Art School Awards, and the third prize in the 15th edition of the ARC Scholarship Awards.

Currently, he is a teacher in the Digital Art & Design program at the Barcelona Academy of Art.

Valentina Zlatarova

Valentina Zlatarova was born in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). After expressing her interest in art from an early age, Valentina began her formal artistic education at the age of 13 at the Tzanko Lavrenov art school in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). After her graduation in 2004, she grew interested in figurative sculpture and entered the Florence Academy of Art, where she studied drawing, painting and sculpture, and where she later became a teacher in the drawing program. In 2007, Valentina established herself as a professional sculptor in London, and won the Founders’ Sculpture Award and was twice winner of the Tiranti Prize for sculptural portraiture. From 2008 until 2012, Valentina also worked as a principal instructor of drawing and sculpture at the London Atelier of Figurative Art in London. Valentina’s work is regularly exhibited in public and in private collections around the world.

Currently, she works as a teacher in the Sculpture program at the Barcelona Academy of Art.

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.

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. 

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

Cast Drawing by Iago Remacha

Sculpture for Digital Art & Design Program by Dorian Iten

Cast Drawing by Gerard Castellví

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

Cast Drawing

Part Time Cast Program

Digital Art & Design Program

Drawing Program

Sculpture Program

Barcelona Residency of Art

25 March 2019 to 29 March 2019

Human Figure Drawing


34 Carrer de la Ciutat de Granada, Barcelona, CT 08005


350 EUR


25 March 2019 to 29 March 2019

Portrait Sculpture


34 Carrer de la Ciutat de Granada, Barcelona, CT 08005


400 EUR


25 March 2019 to 29 March 2019

Human Figure Modelling


34 Carrer de la Ciutat de Granada, Barcelona, CT 08005


400 EUR


25 March 2019 to 29 March 2019

Portrait Oil Painting


34 Carrer de la Ciutat de Granada, Barcelona, CT 08005


450 EUR


25 March 2019 to 29 March 2019

Comparative Portrait Drawing


34 Carrer de la Ciutat de Granada, Barcelona, CT


350 EUR

This course will introduce students to all aspects of portrait drawing from direct observation. A painterly approach to drawing that focuses on the importance of shape design and edge in relation to the form. You will train with a procedural approach, which forces you to work simple, then gradually progress to more complexity.