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Why Master Copies matter? standard

Making master copies is a very important aspect to learning to draw. It's the fastest way to absorb technique. The more copies you make the better you will get and the faster you will get towards your goal. These copies teach you what we might call the language of drawing. Other reasons are they allow you to analyze in extreme detail all fundamental concepts: drawing, values, colour and even composition and, unlike models, these don't move. The old masters truly observed and have figured out over centuries the best way not only to draw but interpret the forms you're looking at.  They also have an exceptional sense of design. Personally, studying the masters and studying from the model is the ...

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Grzegorz Gwiazda standard

The Barcelona Academy of Art will be welcoming Grzegorz Gwiazda as a guest professor this Winter Term 2018. His tenure with us will last from January to March where he will be instructing students in the Sculpture Program.     Born in Lidzbark Warmiski, Poland in 1984, Grzegorz Gwiazda is considered to be among the best contemporary sculpture artists. A glance at any one of his breathtaking pieces reveals the reason behind his moniker as the ‘Rodin of the 21st Century’. Much like the revered sculptor, Gwiazda channels into his art a sense of surreal progression, as if each piece is in the process of becoming greater than the sum of its parts. While Grzegorz Gwiazda usually casts in bronze, he’s ...

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Final Critique: Fall Term 2017 standard

The sun rises on Barcelona but students have been awake since before dawn this brisk 15th of December. It's Final Critique day which means it's time for all of our students to SHOW US WHAT THEY'VE GOT! Final touches are added, nerves are settled, and game faces meet war paint this morning. For their part, faculty have been gearing up for the day, offering advice, helping out wherever they get a chance. Each student will, throughout the day, be reviewed by their mentors and teachers while surrounded by the art they've created this trimester. This is a key moment of each term. To be seated surrounded by your own creations while your improvements and weaknesses are discussed creates an atmosphere that ...

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Understanding Art: Contrapposto standard

Contrapposto (‘counter-pose’) is the position of a standing human body takes when it is relaxed and naturalistic. If you think about the way you stand, you realize that you generally favor one leg, putting more weight on one side of your body over the other and switching occasionally. This causes the figure’s hips and shoulders to lean in at opposite angles. This stance is first seen in sculptures such as Kritios Boy, made around 480 BCE but it is, of course, quite possible that this realization may have existed before this time and been in use. Before this more natural style of depicting the human form, the statues that dominated Greece were of the archaic Kouros (male) and Kore (female) ...

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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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