Bargue Plates drawing | Cast drawing | Drawing the Human Figure from life | Portrait | Expressive and Dynamic Drawing | Anatomy | Art History

Drawing is the backbone of the curriculum at Barcelona Academy of Art and mandatory to all the available disciplines. It is the most important element of any artistic development. We can not emphasize enough how fundamental it is for the student to master this skill before moving on to painting and/or sculpting.


  • Achieve keen observation skills.
  • Learn analytical drawing.
  • Learn about chiaroscuro and tone values.
  • Learn basic anatomy, gesture and proportion concepts.


The intensive program is the sum of the Cast/Still-Life + Human Figure part-time programs. It consists of 6/8 daily hours of supervised study.

All our programs are made up of a series of exercises that students work at their own pace. Each day a different teacher approaches each student’s workspace and offers him/her a critique of his work, which will indicate all those things to correct/enhance/improve in the exercise. Only when the outcome is perfect according to the objectives to be achieved at each stage, the student may start the next exercise, which will always be a bit more complex than the previous one. Thus, the student will progress to complete all the exercises the program s/he is following.

Final Critique: At the end of each period, students receive individual and personalized critics by all his/her instructors. There five areas to be valued:

  • attendance
  • performance
  • effort
  • attitude
  • progress

Study period

The time that each student needs to complete each exercise, and thus to end a program, is totally individual, and may be different from student to the other. The standard time an intensive program student employs to complete the program is usually 9 months (the equivalent to one academic year).

In the Barcelona Academy of Art we divide each academic year into three periods (or terms) of 11 weeks each. This is our school calendar.


Registrations are open through the year, and we admit new students at the beginning of each period. Depending on the term in which students want to join, there are registration deadlines. See school calendar.

The minimum registration time is always of a term, and from there, students can expand their study period.


Students in the intensive program are eligible to obtain one of the scholarships offered by the Barcelona Academy of Art. The application forms are sent at the end of each academic year (June) and must be requested by email to info@academyofartbarcelona.com. The scholarships are assigned before the start of each next academic year (October).

  • Schedule
  • Prices
  • Currículum
  • Registrations

Monday to Thursday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Taditional 19th Century Program
Fridays: 9:30am to 11am_Anatomy | 11:30 to 1pm_History of Art | 2-5pm_Expressive and Dynamic Drawing
*Students have 1 compulsory Short Pose session in the evenings, from 6 to 8pm. This session will be determined in their place confirmation email. The rest of evening sessions are of optional attendance [OP].

* [OP] classes are non-preferent, and therefore, they are subject to availability.

3 months 6 months 9 months
Training hours 352h [+88h OP] 704h [+176h OP] 1056h [+264h OP]
Prices 2.640€ 5.280€ 7.000€


From 10 July 2018, our prices will change to:

3 months 6 months 9 months
352h [+88h OP] 704h [+176h OP] 1056h [+264h OP]
2.900€ 5.800€ 7.990€
At Barcelona Academy of Art, we see the word “drawing” as a concept that goes beyond the artistic thinking and which covers a broad spectrum of ideas depending on the artist. If we focus on the field of Fine Arts, we can not ignore 3 important concepts: the graphic one, since it is a discipline and a trade; the descriptive one, related to professionalization; and the symbolic one, linked to the communicative approach of the artist.

Currículum Drawing

Drawing, like painting, is a form of graphic expression and its objective is to represent images and describe certain ideas and concepts through a universal language.

Drawing is a mental and intellectual activity, foundation and core to all the artistic disciplines and present in many ways in the field of Fine Arts. It is an abstraction of our mind, which lets us define a form, since our eyes only see colored masses with different intensities.

It represents a long and continuous learning process with an endless progress. You can only learn how to draw by drawing, and the same goes for painting. Practicing is vital, but nobody would be an artist if s/he did not wonder and reason too.

““If we want to learn to draw, first we need to see. To learn to see, first we need to look. To learn to look, we need to know what we are looking for. To understand what we see, we need to learn the foundations of how to see. Drawing is a simple process through which we interpret what we see and know. Knowledge and learning skills are the key to good drawing. Practice makes them even better.“

Basic Rendering: Effective Drawing for Designers, Artists and Illustrators” (1991)
Robert W. Gill

Drawing is central to good painting and figure sculpting. At Barcelona Academy of Art we place great emphasis on achieving the fundamentals and apply them to what we are seeing, being able to capture and convey emotion through every artist’s own reality.It is important to start simple, trying to separate and break down the different languages drawing can convey. Just as we start walking and only start running once we walk, thus starting with pencil figure drawing, from less to more complex exercises, working towards chiaroscuro with different tones.

Still Life

Following this drawing program and once the student has understood concepts such as gesture, proportions and their combination, he/she will learn to see, analyze and determine what he/she is observing, thus affecting his/her capacity to understand the form and knowing how to represent it properly.

The student will learn different tools, such as charcoal, pencils, chalk, etc. He/she will also learn the theory behind these objects, anatomy, effects of light and how they all translate into objects.

  • Intensive programs students may join the course at the beginning of a period [October-January-March]. See school calendar.
  • Applications are only accepted online [forms on the websites of each course] or 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 received will be part of the reservation list.
  • Maximum period for submission of applications:

Fall term: July 31
Winter term: November 30
Spring term: February 28

  • Once admitted the student will be asked to confirm his/her place with a non-refundable deposit (by bank transfer) which corresponds to 10 % of the total fee of his/her course.
  • The remaining tuition fee will be paid on the dates indicated in the confirmation e-mail.
  • Failure to pay the non-refundable deposit will automatically leave the place available for a student in the reservation list.

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