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BLOCK 4
20 Feb – 31 Mar

20 February , 2023 - 31 March , 2023

Personal Studio Space

Winter in Barcelona – take a break in the Mediterranean, join us for an art trip and discover Madrid.

Even when winter knocks on the door, Barcelona is a wonderful place to be. Despite some days with cold (normally 14-16º), the sun will often still come to visit!
Block 4 coincides with Metàfora’s yearly art-marathon in Madrid, where we visit the international art fair ARCO, as well as the most important galleries and museums in 2-3 hectic days. The trip is included in the fees for all-year students.

Below is an overview of the classes offered during Studio Block 4, 2021-22.
The classes are supplemented by Tutorials, Paint and Sculpture Lab (technical consultations), Presentations and Discourse Reviews, among other activities. 

Scheduled classes for Block 4

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.

Miniatures – from reality to abstraction (Piotr Perski) 
In this class Piotr introduces watercolors and explores the format of miniature painting.

Metal work (Oriol Texidor)
This class teaches students the exciting melting and joining process of the ARC welding. Be familiar with electrode rods, the power station and its three wires, and with grinding and polishing machines. Students practice of the starting spark, running a weld bead, cleaning and polishing the joint. Naturally, the class includes security systems and personal health protection while welding by making a small metal sculpture.

Video (Marc Larré)
This module on Metàfora’s Studio Arts programs contains 4 weeks of introduction to video editing. The classes will teach you to import and organize your footage, to trim clips and add them to a timeline, the use of multiple tracks, the use of video effects and transitions, and everything

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.

The Trivial and the Meaningful (Recent Art History, Helena Pérez)
The debate around High-Low in the 1960’s is very valid today and is present as an underlying buzz in most art produced today.
In an age of digital accomplishment and constant connectivity, we pursue an understanding in the student group of how such influences from early pop culture can be traced in almost everything we see. 

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.

Contemporary painting, even for those who do not paint (Michael Lawton) 
This class aims to present painting to the students in a different light, challenge them to situate their work in a contemporary context. The class does not include suggestions of tools and techniques. It helps with both practical questions such as how to work using imagination, abstraction, and combine colours but also theoretical questions such as what does it mean to make painting today, and what makes a painting look contemporary.

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.

Link Seminar (Arash Fayez)
The Link Seminar is an opportunity for intermediate and advanced level students to examine their own discourse and try to formulate their ideas. Students present their own work and that of some influential artists to the rest of the group in an intent to reach a point where they can write a coherent artist statement.

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.

ZanyCute, Interesting (Michael Lawton)
These theory classes use Sianne Ngai’s book “Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting” as their starting point. “Ngai argues that three aesthetic categories usually considered of minor importance are crucial to understanding contemporary culture.

The categories in question, the zany, the cute, and the interesting, ‘are best suited for grasping how aesthetic experience has been transformed by the hypercommodified, information-saturated, performance-driven conditions of late capitalism.’ In defense of this thesis, Ngai deploys a formidable grasp of the aesthetic theories of Schlegel, Nietzsche, Adorno, and Cavell, among many others. Her knowledge of more recent pop culture is equally wide ranging: readers will especially find illuminating her discussion of the zany Lucille Ball. Ngai aims to show how production, circulation, and consumption in contemporary capitalism are mirrored in the cultural world. She argues that the importance of the three marginal categories requires a revision of classical aesthetics. We need not abandon the beautiful and the sublime, but we need to give attention as well to what best enables us to understand today’s culture, thus lessening the gap between aesthetic theory and practice… Highly recommended for an academic audience interested in cultural and aesthetic theory.” — David Gordon ― Library Journal

The Archive at MACBA (Arash Fayez)
This class, which most often adopts a seminar-like style, is meant to be somewhere between a theory talk and a practical workshop. During Block 4 the students visit the achive of Barcelona’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Details

Start:
20 February , 2023
End:
31 March , 2023
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Venue

Metàfora, MSA
Papin 29
Barcelona, Barcelona 08028 Spain
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Details

Start:
20 February , 2023
End:
31 March , 2023
Event Category:

Venue

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