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.
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.
After completing the intensive two-year 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 Poblenou 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.
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.
Joseph Altwer, Terra Chapman, Jordi Díaz Alamà, Pau Marinello, David Masson, Sara Stenlund, Valentina Zlatarova, Adrià Llarch, Roser Masip and Marta Lafuente are some of the excellent teachers at the BAA.
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.
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.