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BLOCK 2
17 Oct – 25 Nov

October 17 - November 25

Participating in a Dynamic Art-world

As October officially kick-starts the autumn, Barcelona is a delightful place to be. Not only are temperatures ideal, but the activity in the artworld is at its highest. Block 2 coincides with LOOP, Barcelona’s video art festival and with the annual Gallery weekend and art fair.

Below is an overview of the classes offered during Block 2, 2022-23.
The classes are supplemented by Tutorials, Paint and Sculpture Lab (technical consultations), Presentations and Discourse Reviews, among other activities. 

Scheduled classes for Block 2

Every Studio Block offers a series of programmed classes in different tools & techniques, covering common techniques within graphic expression such as painting as well as 3 dimensional work.

Modeling with Different Materials (Oriol Texidor)
Every Studio Block offers a series of programmed classes in different tools & techniques, covering common techniques within graphic expression such as painting as well as 3 dimensional work.

Texture in Portrait Painting (Piotr Perski)
Piotr Perski, one of Metàfora’s painting teachers, is a specialist in working with texture and different materials. This class, which is based on experimental painting techniques, takes students through the universe and history of portrait painting, both small and large scale.

Working with Resin (Oriol Texidor)
Resin is a wonderful material to work with for any sculptor. Transparent or opaque, it is ideal for long lasting projects, affordable and hardy. We can use it for casting techniques, but also make big but light sculptures out of fiberglass. Recognize the diverse type of resins, understanding of the chemical reaction with hardeners, mixing ratio, working and curing time, and its methodology. Safety habits for preserving our health.

Printing Techniques (Oriol Texidor)
This workshop is dedicated to different printmaking techniques that requires the use of a press such as Woodcut and Linocut, Dry Point Etching and Monotypes. We will learn concepts like image transfer, print edition, numbered copies, types of inks and supports, framing, and value on the market. There will even be a paper making lab. Students learn to use both traditional and contemporary tools, with the goal to gain basic skills for a professional edition project. Usually we end up with a “Printing Market Exchange” among all the participants.

Life Drawing classes (Piotr Perski)
Over the academic year this class is a weekly ongoing event, and Piotr makes the most of this different dynamics to help students to develop their own expression and language in drawing.

Every week we expose the student to different currents in Recent Art History. This class is obligatory for students on the Foundation program and open to all students. It is necessary to have passed this class to access the 2nd level of Metàfora’s Training Program. These lectures at encouraging students to build a personal discourse informed by what is happening today in Contemporary Art.

Only the Necessary (Recent Art History, Helena Pérez)
In contemporary art today we often see reduced representations of very complex ideas. Such works are most often the results of distilling ideas, refining arguments and simplifying communication. This type of art practice has its roots back in the beginning of the 20th century in the Russian Constructivist and Suprematist movements.
In turn, the artists of this time have inspired many generations of artists up through the 20th century. Undoubtedly, the idea of reducing expression to an essence of the idea is one of the most powerful engines behind art today.
At the end of the block students are asked to complete small test to demonstrate their knowledge on the material exposed. This class is obligatory for all TP1 students, and for TP2 students who did not complete them during their first year.

This workshop is designed to push our intermediate and advanced-level students out of their comfort zone and work with materials and reflection processes which they normally do not engage in. The workshops can be everything from “The Materials I work with, the Ideas I investigate” to “Contemporary painting, even for those who do not paint” and are meant for push the discourse and investigation of the student into – perhaps – unknown territory. The class is obligatory to all 2nd and 3rd year students. If there are extra places, students from the Foundation Program can attend.

Curatorial Project
This aim of workshop, which is designed for intermediate and advanced level students, is to help students extend their own artistic discourse into the field of curating. We look at the history of curating and explore different exhibition formats and the activities around them. At the end of the class all students will have designed an exhibition project – including work of their own or not – and will present it to the rest of the group.

This weekly debate group  is designed for students on 2nd and 3rd level. The contents of this space varies from block to block, sometimes more theoretical, other times more practical. There may be some readings involved. The class is obligatory to all 2nd and 3rd year students.

Fictional Writing (Michael Lawton)
“Everyone Should Write Fiction for Artworks”.
In this workshop Michael Lawton will share the methodology he developed through his doctoral research so that we all write fictions for artworks (or other objects, things, vibrations, actors, agents, inspirations.) This workshop is designed to give people some tools and techniques for approaching a subject, and the time and space to write.

This class is a natural transversally themes follow up to the first year of Recent Art History. The weekly sessions are dedicated to transcendental areas or recent critical theory in visual arts, such as Aesthetics, Postcolonial Theory, Queer perspectives, Feminist and post-feminist thought, Semiotics in Visual Art,  Psychoanalysis & the Subject.  The class is obligatory to all 2nd and 3rd year student.

Psychoanalysis & the Subject: Freud & Lacan (Rubén Verdú)
The class of Critical Theory of Block 2 covers the relationship between art and psychoanalysis, taking it’s starting point in the Uncanny.

Once a week we have a class which is dedicated to getting to know the local art scene, while at the same time helping students to develop and refine their artistic discourse: talking about art and getting to know local and no-so-local artists. Open to all students, but obligatory to all 2nd and 3rd year students.


During the second block lots of things are happening in Barcelona’s art world: The Gallery Weekend, LOOP, the video art festival and a few important exhibitions are opening around town, like “Panorama 21” at Macba and “The meaning of Sculpture at Fundació Miró”. We take the chance to visit them and speak to the curators about the work on show.

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Details

Start:
October 17
End:
November 25
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Venue

Metàfora, MSA
Papin 29
Barcelona, Barcelona 08028 Spain
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Details

Start:
October 17
End:
November 25
Event Category:

Venue

Metàfora, MSA
Papin 29
Barcelona, Barcelona 08028 Spain
+ Google Map