Composition, Perception and Abstraction

In Composition, Perception and Abstraction, pictorial techniques come in second to allow the essence of designing to take place. Once the technique is left behind, we discover composition elements that describe an image’s character. This course invites students to find different and possible solutions to overcome composition challenges by doing individual and group exercises, where the groups share their points of view on the results obtained.


The classes are made of a series of very dynamic exercises, sometimes racing against the clock, that are based on challenges that want to take the students away from their comfort zone.


Through different exercises, the student will develop his/her perception skills in front of a subject.


From different studies of classic and contemporary works, we will discover the elements that define their visual impression, leaving aside any technical and formal analysis of the pieces. In this way we will understand that any element in the image, however secondary it may seem, has a fundamental role in the structure.


Through exercises based on abstraction, we seek to break with the rigidity and absolute control acquired during the academic program. This course aims to make the student discover more intuitive aspects of oneself, where accidents present us with new plastic resources and open new paths in the painting process.


  • Discover new ways to observe and visually analyse a setting.
  • Break free from strictness.
  • Be able to come up with creative compositions and understand an image’s structure.
  • Apply new art resources into painting.
  • Leave the comfort zone.
  • Start debates among students to find new levels of awareness in their paintings.



Winter Term


Fridays from 10 to 13h


BAA Poblenou





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Gerard Castellví Gascó

Gerard Castellví Gascó

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570/1 term

3 months

  • 33 hours



Registrations are open throughout the year and we admit new students at the beginning of each period. Depending on the term in which the student wants to join, there are registration deadlines. The minimum registration time is always of a term and from there, students can continue their study period. Students can take courses in a continous matter or choose to take a break in between enrollments.

Place Reservation

  • Students can join at the beginning of a period (October-January-March). See School Calendar.
  • Applications are only accepted online (the form is available at the bottom of this page and at the top left corner of the course page), or by filling out the form at the Academy.
  • The Admissions Department takes 2 to 20 days to reply.
  • During the admissions process, all applications received before the deadline will be considered, even if the student did not receive an immediate reply after submitting his/her application. Applications received after the deadline (those received after the maximum allowed time) will go on the waiting list of the chosen period.
  • Should there be no available places for the chosen period, the application will automatically be placed on the next available term.
  • Application deadline:

Fall Period: July 10 | Winter Period: November 30 | Spring Period: February 28

Method of Payment

  • All payments are to be made by bank wire transfer to the account number that is detailed in the place confirmation email.
  • Once the student is admitted, he/she is required to confirm his/her place by making a non-refundable deposit. The non-refundable deposit equals to a 10% of the total of the course the student enrolled in.
  • The remaining of the registration fees is to be paid within the dates detailed in the place confirmation email, which equal to the payment of the term the student enrolled in and it is always paid in advance. If the non-refundable deposit is not paid, the student’s place becomes automatically available to the next student on the waiting list.
  • Students can ask for a refund (except for the non-refundable deposit amount), which will be refunded according to the Academy’s internal policy.
  • If any changes need to be made after the student’s place is confirmed, an administrative fee will be applied.
  • If a student is absent for a long period of time without justification, he/she cannot ask for a refund for the course fees.

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