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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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Summer Stories / Part 2 / Elisa – Florian image

Second in summer series we present the work of two of our student-teachers. Florian, our man of many talents (ask him why planets go retrograde and why pistachio and coconut make for the best ice-cream combo) And Elisa, our tiny painter who’s been painting GIANT murals across Barcelona! FLORIAN BO As my sister Antonina is a budding artist and illustrator as well, we decided during my summer visit to Vienna to experiment with collaborating on some pieces. The resulting works contrast her collage-driven, colourful, ornamental style with the traditional aesthetics of the charcoal/white chalk combo I used for the portraits. Thematically the three works address the question of identity in a digital society, specifically in regards to social media. By portraying ...

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Summer Stories / Part 1 / Marta – Joana – Nina image

  And we’re back to our stomping grounds in Barcelona after a hundred day break (yes, really!) I believe the nicest thing about summer break is that we all travel to different parts of the world, collecting so many stories along the way. And since we’re a bunch of artists you can be assured that these stories will be packaged into neat little pieces of art, immortalising the experiences of a summer for a lifetime and more. All thanks to Facebook, timelines were peppered with visual treats from around the world all through summer. With freedom to do whatever we please with our minds and materials, for some of us summer is a chance prod ourselves to discover our voices, like ...

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New School Year has started! Welcome to the Barcelona Academy of Art! standard

Last Friday 30 September 2016 we were happy to welcome our new generation of students in this 2016-17 school year. The meeting gathered all new students at the BAA Poblenou facilities. All our teachers' team were present, together with all members of the BAA staff. "The most important thing in this program is that you practise, practise, practise. Don't stop drawing, join the optional evening sessions, do extra work whenever you feel like it, you will soon realize how important this is for your future artwork". Jordi Diaz Alamà director of the Barcelona Academy of Art At 9:30am students started to ring at the door of the BAA Poblenou, almost 30 minutes before the meeting time. They looked happy and their eyes were ...

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Jordi Diaz Alamà se alza con el premio de pintura 2016 de la Fundación Vila Casas standard

    “El Trono de Hamelín” de Jordi Diaz Alama Art ha recibido el Premio de Pintura de la Fundació Vila Casas en un acto celebrado en el Museu Can Framis el pasado lunes 19 de septiembre de 2016. El jurado ha estado formado por el galerista Miquel Alzueta [Galeria Miquel Alzueta]; el crítico de arte Francesc Miralles i Bofarull; el coleccionista Josep M. Civit; la artista Lídia Masllorens -ganadora de la edición anterior-; el patrón de la Fundación Vila Casas, Arcadi Calzada; y su presidente, Antoni Vila Casas, junto con Glòria Bosch en calidad de secretaria.       A la espera de tener su muestra individual, Jordi Díaz Alamà, expone la obra ganadora acompañado por el bosque encantado de Ramón ...

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Four years of Konstrundan standard

Sara walks into class every Thursday, a big bundle of happy energy, the picture above tells no lies. From being a student, to an artist, and now a teacher, Sara’s life has taken long routes and winding turns. I was curious about her journey and her work since her last interview and she invited me over to her studio in Raval on one sunny Sunday afternoon. I entered the studio to have my eyes attacked by candy coloured brains and hearts. Right next to them were a bunch of  miniature plastic babies dangling from a wire pierced through them – just a start to the many strange things that I would soon see scattered around her studio, she loved collecting things from flea markets she ...

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Sara Stenlund : Sculpture teacher standard

Hola amigos! To kickstart the week, here’s sharing an interview with Sara that was taken about two years ago by Eugenia Antsupova, a former student at the academy. Lots has happened in Sara’s life since, and we’re brewing up a fresh update for you guys, scheduled to be out later this week. So watch this space, and until then, hope you enjoy this little tête-à-tête between Sara and Eugenia! Please tell us briefly about you. Where did you grow up? Where did you study? I grew up in south of Sweden in a tiny old fishing village called Viken. I left the tranquil town when I turned eighteen, eager to explore the world. After a few months of working in a bar ...

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The Urban Sketching workshop is back! standard

With Easter just about a fortnight away, the academy is busy gearing up for it’s holiday special courses. Following up on our previous post about sketching events in Barcelona, we’re happy to share news of BAA’s Urban Sketching workshop, scheduled to be held from 21st – 26th March. Here’s a little excerpt from the course description, “A sketch is a quick drawing that depicts an image or an idea, and that sometimes it is only readable by the author. The sketching technique considers the main lines of a drawing, so for an educated eye this operation is usually performed in a short time. In this course we will work illustration in the urban environment, learning to focus our attention on an interesting thing (a building, cityscape, group of ...

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Pencils, beer and good vibes : End of week sketch jam standard

  Some friends and me decided to go for this Drink and Draw event that popped up on Facebook the other day. It was Friday night and we felt like trying something new. ‘Let’s go post nine, no one’s going to show up before that anyway’, I texted my friend. ‘Perfect!’, came her reply. So when we sauntered down Carrer Sepúlveda around nine-thirty, we really weren’t expecting to see a massive gathering outside the venue, Bacanal. We were informed by a very flustered man at the entrance that the bar had filled to it’s capacity since six-thirty, and they were really sorry but could we please come back after sometime? Six-thirty for a event scheduled to start at eight? Unfashionably early, ...

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