Intensive Drawing and Painting Course

The BAA presents an intensive course of 5 weeks of high specialisation in drawing and painting following the academic methodologies of the Great Masters of the 19th century.

The course is specially designed for students of all levels through a series of varied exercises aimed at developing observation skills and precision in drawing and painting, learning the classical and academic methodology.

The course focuses on the drawing and painting of the human figure and the portrait, working from a life model and on a theoretical basis, the students will learn how to use the Sight-Size system, proportions, gesture and important anatomical points. They will also learn to understand chiaroscuro and color theory based on the reduced palette of Zorn and Velázquez.

This course is complemented by other enriching subjects in the program such as landscape painting, composition and portrait sculpture.
The course is an adaptation of the regular full-time program offered by the Barcelona Academy of Art and includes the main and most important points to tackle in just 5 weeks.


• Learn to use the Sight-Size system.
• Train your eyes to be rigorous.
• Learn how to make an analytical study drawing.
• Work on the concepts of chiaroscuro and tonal evaluation.
• Learn basic concepts of anatomy, gesture and proportion.
• Assimilate the process of conducting an analytical studio painting.
• Learn the reduced palette and its use and mixtures.
• Know how to use the landscape palette.
• Learn the process of construction of the portrait.
• Learn the strategy to follow during the development of a work.
• Know the principles of composition.

Barcelona, ​​is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city that integrates in its urban layout Roman remains, medieval neighbourhoods and the most beautiful examples of Modernism and the avant-gardes of the twentieth century. Its history goes back to a Roman origin, providing an incredible cultural development that fostered the most innovative artistic trends. Antoni Gaudí is, without a doubt, the architect associated with Barcelona. His works such as La Pedrera, Park Güell and Sagrada Família are world famous icons that attract thousands of visitors every day.

The city also has a great pictorial tradition, painters such as Fortuny, Sorolla or Picasso have been greatly influential and have given it its international renown. Barcelona has many prestigious art galleries and museums such as the National Art Museum of Catalonia and the unmissable MEAM, Europe’s first figurative art museum.




  • A minimum of 6 students is required to open this course.
  • The places will be assigned by strict order of registration.


22 July – 23 August 2019


Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm





  • Professors
  • Price
  • Registrations
Christian Duran

Christian Duran

Director Drawing Program
Gerard Castellví

Gerard Castellví

Director Painting Program


5-weeks course


Drawing Course only (3 weeks)



  • Applications will only be accepted online [forms available on the web pages of each course] or by filling out the form in the Academy itself.
  • The places will be assigned following a strict order of reception of the applications.
  • When the groups are complete, the extra requests received will be part of the waiting list.


  • Once the student is admitted, the place will be confirmed via email and all the necessary information will be provided to make the payment of the amount of the course.
  • In case of not paying the amount defined in the dates specified in the confirmation email, the place will be automatically available for a student reservation.

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