CLASSES

A break-down of academic contents

Students on Metàfora’s Foundation Program come from many different backgrounds. In common is a strong desire to immerse themselves in the creative practice and experiment with different techniques like never before.  Every day the program offers different workshops and classes in Tools & Techniques, and students must choose two weekly classes.

We recommend that students also leave time for their personal studio practice: All students are assigned to a personal tutor who follows their individual process and work. All the tutors at Metàfora are experienced artists who are active on the local and international art scene.

Note: The program presented here may vary in dates and contents.

Block 1, 6th of September to 15th of October 2021

The program presented here may vary in dates and contents.

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.

Scale and Abstraction (Recen Art History, Helena Pérez)

This theme is a transversal examination of scale in recent Western art practice. It accompanies students in the joyful freedom of having the chance to dive into full time art practice for the first time. 

Experimenting with scale and reflecting over the ideas associated with it is the ideal companion for testing one’s limits and discovering new ways of working.

“Scale and Abstraction” offers a playful revisitation of different moments in the 20th century (Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Land Art, Pop and contemporary installations).

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.

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)

We start out the first block of the year with a sculpture class which touches on basic materials and techniques such as clay and plaster, but also other materials like wax, soap or plasticine in order to learn the main intention of any sculptor which is to transform the shape of a material. We work with small and bigger projects, learn how to prepare the base and the inner structure and explore the final possibilities, such as casting or firing.
Learning to sculpt is something you never get tired of and is often one of the most important aspirations of our students.

Light in Painting (Piotr Perski) 

Every block has a painting class running through it, but Block 1 is special, because it is the first one of the year, and students start out with lots of “explosive” energy. This is your chance to explore the painterly medium in depth, work on large canvases and experiment with colour, composition and space. In the first block we play with light and representation and cover information on a large number of artists for whom light has been a central component of their discourse.

Stop Motion Animation (Marc Larré)

In this eye-opening workshop students learn how to use Stop Motion to  produce artistic projects. We look into early cinema, the uses of stop motion in contemporary art and also, why not, advertisement. With basic equipment, like mobile phones, we discover apps and software available to make our lives easier. At a later point students work with Premiere or iMovie to produce projects more professionally.

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.

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.

Installation and Sound (Laura Llaneli)

Sound art is an artistic discipline in which sound is utilised as a primary medium or material. Like many genres of contemporary art, sound art may be interdisciplinary in nature, or be used in hybrid forms.

Most of the time, when we do artistic works we give all the importance to what refers to the visual. We think about the video before we think about the sound or how we should place the speakers in the room, for example. This workshop is focused on opening the listening to understand that sound is a very useful tool in our projects.

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 first block we will make the most out of our collaboration with Barcelona’s Contemporary Art Museum, MACBA. Every we go there to explore the collection in under the title “Make Macba Yours”.

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.

Fluxus (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 1 we explore the movement Fluxus and its influence on today’s art. The class will consist of talks, exercises, presentations and debate.

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.

Art & Objecthood: Greenberg, Fried, Graham Hartman (Michael Lawton)

Recent trends in philosophy seek to update the ways through matter, objects, bodies –in a word, reality, can be took in account in thinking. These have also entailed a powerful effect on refreshing the ways artists focus on the material layer of the art, after some decades of discursive and linguistic prevalence. Graham Harman, a major figure of the so-called OOO (Object-Oriented-Ontology), has even declared concerning the possibilities of acquiring real knowledge of reality that “aesthetics is the root of all philosophy”.

Block 2. 18th of October to 26th of November 2021

The program presented here may vary in dates and contents.

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.

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.

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 (Beatriz Escudero)

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.

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.

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.

Block 3, 10th of January to 18th of February 2022

The program presented here may vary in dates and contents.

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.

Who is the “I”? , Identity through 20th century (Recent Art History, Helena Pérez)

The crisis of the concept of the “Subject” is crucial to understand Twentieth Century postwar culture.

Recent past practices are responding to an endless crisis of subjectivity, that effect of modernity described by Liah Greenfeld or Richard Sennet, being also reflected in a myriad of phenomena, from the end of enlightenment to the birth of the Unconscious.

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.

Academic Drawing and Painting (Piotr Perski) 

An introduction to academic drawing; Still-lives and sessions of model (long pose, full size drawing). We work with charcoal and pencil, but also acrylic painting.

Paper and Wood (Oriol Texidor)

The title of this workshop hides several experiments of translations between two dimensions and sculptural thinking. It is a must for any students with aspirations towards sculpture or installation. It is a technical journey to get to the “soul of sculpture”, focusing on joining materials and building volumes through folding, adding, gluing or taping natural materials such as paper and wood. We work with geometry, structure and balance, and finish off with polishing, varnishing or painting.

Digital Photography (Marc Larré)

This course will introduce participants to photography in the context of contemporary visual culture. Each class is divided in two parts. The first one is informative and the second one is a practical exercise. The classes will be open to specific suggestions from one week to the next. For example, composition, lighting, staged photography, etc… could be considered if enough students are interested.

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.

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.

Disturbing Distribution (Francesc Ruiz)

The well established and recognized artist Francesc Ruiz takes the intermediate and advanced level students on a journey into logistics, alternative publishing and disappearing.

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 this Block we invite different practicing artists to Metàfora to talk about their work and practice.

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.

On Falsity (Rubén verdú)

Art, sometimes, is seen immune and unresponsive to the avalanche of troubles that surround us. In this stressed scenario, should it just act succinctly in such a strictly self-centered way? If that is not deemed appropriate, should it respond with tools other than those that have long lost their rhetorical sharpness? Can we find ways to address these shortcomings? If the stand thinkers take in relation to prescient issues of contemporary relevance centers mostly around an impending political crisis (failing democracy), the spread of falsity (fake news) and a deeply troubled perspective focused solely in advancing humanity (anthropocentrism), are we ready to advance an alternative cultural practice?

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.

Feminist Theory & Politics (Ariadna Guiteras)

Block 4, 21st of February to 1st of April 2022

The program presented here may vary in dates and contents.

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.

Who is the “I”? , Identity through 20th century (Recent Art History, Helena Pérez)

The crisis of the concept of the “Subject” is crucial to understand Twentieth Century postwar culture.

Recent past practices are responding to an endless crisis of subjectivity, that effect of modernity described by Liah Greenfeld or Richard Sennet, being also reflected in a myriad of phenomena, from the end of enlightenment to the birth of the Unconscious.

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 you need to get you started!
To bring a laptop is recommended. We will work with Premiere Pro, After Effects and other similar programs.

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.

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)

his 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.

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.

Block 4 is about career and presentation, what is a gallery, Who is the collector, what is an art fair (ARCO)

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.

Relevance and Connectivity (Michael Lawton)

Block 5, 4th of April to the 13th of May 2022

The program presented here may vary in dates and contents.

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.

Body and Limits, Exploring Performance (Recent Art History, Helena Pérez)

The late 1960’s and early 1970’s brought with them a raise of political awareness in most layers of Western society. Feminism, Civil Rights and later movements such as LGBT. 

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.

Frottage and collage for big scale abstract paintings (Piotr Perski) 

In his own art practice, Piotr Perski often explores the technique of “frottage”, among others in an ambitious project at the cathedral of Barcelona. This playful technique leaves space for lots of inspiration to large scale drawings and paintings.

Sculpture in Architecture (Oriol Texidor)

This class is an introduction to the idea of transforming the space with the additional input of the utility, both in art and architecture. In this workshop the student can learn the basic tools to develop an architectonic planning by taking a critical understanding of the space, thinking and drawing initial sketches, technical drawings through the Dihedral Representation System, building a maquette and presenting a final planning of a project for a specific space.

Screen Printing (Oriol Texidor)

In this workshop students learn the whole process for a screen printing edition, from preparing the photolith, coating the screen, exposing it to the light, developing, registering the support and printing. We will print on paper but also on different supports such as canvas, t-shirts, wood, glass or metal. Advanced students will learn the CMYK technique! 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.

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.

Performance (Laura Llaneli)

In this module students are encouraged to experiment with the body in all its facets: through examples of artist who work with time, space and context, students test their own and others limits.

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.

In this block we return to Barcelona’s Contemporary Art Museum, MACBA. Every week we go there to explore the collection in under the title “Make Macba Yours”.

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.

Time and Space (Marc Larré)

Marc Larré is a well established artist who works with video, installation and objects. This seminar part from his personal practice helping students wor produce new work and think differently.

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.

Future: Utopia, Dystopia (Rubén Verdú)

To frame is to take responsibility, that is, to decide what to include or to exclude, to point towards something or to cut it off. As artists we are constantly confronted with a conquenation of choices which require a political stance. Contemporary photography and moving images are mediums that explore matters of framing and rhythm, but also hybrid proposals which also include installation, performance and sculpture face similar choices. Artists and thinkers such as Hito Steyerl or Boris Groys will be a starting point to think towards our responsibility in our making-processes.

Block 6, 16th of May to the 23rd of June 2022

The program presented here may vary in dates and contents.

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.

Postcolonialism (Recent Art History, Helena Pérez)

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.

Gold leaf, tempera and acrylics on wood. (Piotr Perski) 

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Questions of Volume (Oriol Texidor)

More than a technical investigation, the sculpture class of Block 6 is dedicated to different one-day workshops approaching the sculpture media into a more conceptual territory. A new theme with its corresponding studio assignment will be proposed each class, letting time to think and be developed during the week.

Cyanotypes and Embroidery

The block features one-morning workshops on very different practices and techniques.

Cyanotypes is a photographic technique, using sunlight and a harmless chemical reaction. Discover “blue magic”.
Embroidery may not seem as a discipline belonging to contemporary art, but this class opens up for a fascinating universe of nataing threads which many students end up embracing and applying to their personal art practice.

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.

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.

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.

In this block invite a series of visiting artist to come and talk about their work.

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.

The importance of when and where (Arash Fayez)

On site specific art.

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.

Critical Theory, Postcolonial Theory (Francesco Giaverri)