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BAA Visits | Hell According to Rodin – Fundació MAPFRE standard

François Auguste René Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917) known as Auguste Rodin, a French sculptor who worked during the 18th and 19th century, was always more interested in representing the human form in a fragmented, rough-hewn style even though he was trained classically and took a very academic approach to his work. This begs the question – How do we determine when a piece of art is complete? If Rodin could take a decade to complete a piece of art that a viewer might, at first glance, consider incomplete, then surely it cannot be so. What would art be if it didn’t challenge your notion of what is or isn’t right? Rodin’s work was often judged brutally by the masses and ...

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In Conversation with Jordi Diaz Alamà : #ClásicosDesollados and more. standard

"But there is no way past it, and it turns to the world again. Always turned towards creation, we see only a mirroring of freedom dimmed by us" - R.M Rilke (1923)   Jordi Diaz Alamà breaks all boundaries and rules in his new exhibition #ClásicosDesollados (“Skinned Classics”) in Museu Can Framis (Barcelona). He recomposes some iconic pieces from the History of Art and studies the landscape of a tradition that is unfathomable. Alamà delves into the depths of what has already been painted, renews his understanding and leads us to a timeless experience. This comprises of a conscientious selection of works by, among others, Velazquez, Goya, Géricault, Friedrich, Manet and Degas forming the basis of an unexpected coupling of aesthetic mechanisms from different ...

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Katsushika Hokusai, Creator of The Great Wave standard

Towards the end of my second year of art studies, one of my teachers introduced me to an inspirational quote by Katsushika Hokusai - a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter, and printmaker of the Edo period. "From around the age of six, I had the habit of sketching from life. I became an artist,  from fifty on began producing works that won some reputation, but nothing I did before the age of seventy was worthy of attention. At seventy-three, I began to grasp the structures of birds and beasts, insects and fish, and of the way plants grow. If I go on trying, I will surely understand them still better by the time I am eighty-six, so that by ninety I ...

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To new beginnings at the Barcelona Academy of Art! standard

The Barcelona Academy of Art is delighted to announce that it has acquired a new space for Intensive Drawing and Painting in its Poblenou Campus! This new space will allow all our Intensive Program students to work under one roof and increases the capacity of the campus to more than 200 students. With this shift, the Barcelona Residency of Art Program has been moved from the Poblenou to the Sarrià campus. This move highlights the exponential growth we've seen in such programs.     September 29th: On Orientation day, after everyone gathered, BAA Director Jordi Diaz Alamà personally welcomed and thanked everyone for their support. He spoke at length about the academy and introduced the teachers and staff. After a quick overview of the principles that the ...

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BAA residency students and their teachers at galeria EL Claustre – Figueres standard

Last Friday, we attended the opening of the exhibition of a selection of works by the BAA Residency students and some of their teachers at Galeria El Claustre in Figueres (Girona). At 8pm Mariano Mascort introduced the artists and the director of the Barcelona Academy of Art, painter Jordi Diaz Alamà. When Diaz Alamà took the microphone, he thanked all the participant artists for their implication and excellent attitude during all the organization process, and the gallery for their hard work and warm welcoming. The show includes the works of BAA Residency students Sofía Zuluaga, Raffaela Freyre, Bernat Barris, Alba Gallart and Roser Ruiz Romero, together with art pieces by their teachers Diaz Alamà, Gerard Castellví, Joe Altwer and Dorian Iten, and ...

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Barcelona Residency of Art @ Galeria El Claustre – Figueres standard

Barcelona Residency of Art students and their teachers at Galeria El Claustre - Figueres Save the date! We are happy to announce that BAA Residency students and their teachers will be exhibiting some of their recent works at Galeria d'Art El Claustre in Figueres (Girona). Opening: Friday, 10 March at 8pm.  The exhibition will run from 10 to 25 March, 2017. During the exhibition, the gallery will host three workshops that will allow people to get to know the authors and learn about the creative process that lies underneath every work of art: · Saturday 11 March. "The creative process". Conference by Pau Marinel·lo Cardona. · Saturday 18 March. Live painting demo with Sofia Zuluaga. · Saturday 25 March. Life painting workshop with Raffaella Freyre. +info and reservations: galeria@elclaustre.com Los ...

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First weeks at the BAA standard

Some of you may be wondering how it is to start a new academic year at the Barcelona Academy of Art (or any traditional training art school, in general). After we told you about our presentation day and the first demos led by the teachers, we also wanted to show you how students start drawing their first exercises, both in the studios and in the model rooms. This 2016-17 academic year started with new students getting familiar with their first Bargue plate exercise, the set up and the Sight Size method, while more veteran students kept on working on their old projects or started setting up for the new exercise according to their program. In the model rooms, students devoted the very ...

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Summer stories / Part 5 / Ellen – Manasi image

Hello hello Hope everyone’s had a great week! For your weekend read, we share with you the last of our summer stories by Ellen, our resident hippie and giver of good vibes and best hugs, followed by me, resident blogger and scavenger of stories big, small and strange. ELLEN MARIE Chapter 1 : The Studio For half of the summer I was just at my home in Belgium where I turned part of the house into my studio. Painting outside of school was very different in the sense that I was suddenly free to experiment with all these new skills, but with my own rules and at my own rhythm. I thought it would take me some time to loosen up ...

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Summer Stories / Part 4 / Mario – Arman – Nataliya image

Hola! Buenas We end the week with sharing the work and words of Mario, our very passionate sculpture student who’s also recently started teaching, and then two students from the east, Arman from Kazakstan who talks about the culture he comes from and his aspirations with regard to work, and Nataliya from Moscow who’s very very excited about being in Barcelona! MARIO CASTILLO This summer I needed money to come back to school, so I had to work a lot with not too much time to work on my own stuff. I was in a little village 40 km from Alicante where I picked grapes, 11 hours a day, 6 days in the week… I don’t know, not too much ...

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Summer Stories / Part 3 / Kassidy – Sandro – Kostas image

We kickstart this week by sharing the work of three students; Kassidy, our witty girl from Florida with an incredible sense of humour and an excellent resource on the illegal activities of pandas; Sandro, our blue eyed (swiss)chocolate boy who’s finished his training in digital art followed by an art residency and an internship at Minimo VFX and is soon travelling to Prague to discover his fortunes. And Kostas, our big mighty bearded Greek with unmatched dedication (because who else would have the BAA logo tattooed on his arm?)     KASSIDY GOINS I just wanted to do something very simple. It’s by no means perfect and clearly remains a bit unfinished, but I had fun doing it. Many thanks to Joana Ferreira for giving ...

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