Each session will include both practical and theoretical activities, the majority of the time will be spent making work, but will also include a presentation of the weekly topic by Michael with reference to other painters and theoretical / art-historical concepts and examples from his own practice. Some of the artists and theorists mentioned will include Isabella Graw, Peter Doig, Michael Kreber, Mark Bradford, Amy Sillman and Norman Bryson.
All the students will be present for this introduction and for a “clean-up” session at the end, when all the students will show their day’s work and we can wash our brushes together. In-between students will be expected to complete the week’s exercise and the tutor will be available for the full two hours to answer questions and give advice specific to individual students.
Across the four sessions the students will work towards the completion of one ‘finished’ painting, but this will be accompanied by a number of smaller drawings and studies as students ‘fine-tune’ what it is they want to paint and how they want to do it. There will be tasks to be completed between the sessions and short individual meetings between tutor and student to workshop any problems the students might have with this homework.
What should I paint?
Some people want to start painting, but don’t know what to paint. Some people know what they want to paint, but don’t know why. This session introduces the topic of what it means to paint today and suggests approaches for thinking about painting.
Beginning a painting
How do we turn these ideas of what we want to do into a painting? How do we begin a painting, choose our composition effectively? This session uses studies to help students answer these questions.
Staying focussed in the middle
This session is focusses on continuing with our paintings, how to use studies and sketches to resolve doubts we may have while working.
Endgame / Completing the work
How do we decide when a painting is finished? And how to present your work.
Evaluation: Continuous assessment and feedback on weekly tasks, via digital hand-in of exercises to ensure student progress. Final work critiqued.
- A comfortable workspace, preferably with ample table-space.
- An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- A previously installed free account on ZOOM, preferably desktop version.
- Working webcam, microphone and headphones/speakers.
- Strong Internet connection via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
- Students on this course will be given access to Metàfora’s educational platform ClassLife and an @metafora.org email for increased internet security access to Drive and Hangouts inside Metàfora’s Google Education domain.
Your preferred and personal paint-materials:
Paint (oil or acrylics), brushes, canvas or other paintable surfaces, paper and crayons, pencils and other drawing tools.
In this tab is a catalogue of the classes offered from the 29th of June to the 21st of July 2020. All teaching schedules are in Central European Time. Check the time difference here. Click on the classes each weekday to navigate.
Soon to come is the program for the following months.
In this tab is a catalogue of the classes offered from the 29th of June to the 21st of July 2020.
All teaching schedules are in Central European Time. Check the time difference here.
Click on the classes each weekday to navigate.
(first week only)
Contemporary Painting and its Discourse
- 29h of June to 20th of July 2020
(first week only)
Art & Nature – Artistic Practice and Ecology
- 30th of June to 21st of July 2020
- 20-30 minutes scheduled between 18’00 and 21’00
- 16th of July 2020
Credits and Transcript
Even if Metàfora is an independent institution, its Studios Arts Programs calculates class hours according to ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), where 1 ECTS credit equals 25 hours of the sum of lective hours + homework.
As in all universities and schools for further education in Europe, a full time academic year counts 60 ECTS. This includes all education activities, individual studio practice, etc.
Upon completing a stay on Metàfora’s Studios Arts Programs, the student receives a detailed transcript and a personalized Studies Report. These documents are issued only to students whose attendance to the course complies with formal attendance-indications (see below).
Classes, for which the student has been absent for more than 20% will not appear in the transcript.
Participants can choose to register for the online classes individually or as a 2-class package.
Future students who have paid the registration fee for their course are invited to join one Practical Course.
Alumni are invited to join with an additional 10% discount.
Recent Art History + one practical class
- Launch reduction 15%
- Total fees with reduction
Recent Art History or one practical class
- Total fees
WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT US
“…In the beginning we thought that the online format would be impossible to work with. How can you teach painting in a digital setting? Then we realized that limitations actually help artists grow and we have found creative and fun solutions which make the online classes super interesting.”
Marc Larré, teacher on the MSA
“…Metàfora is a great place for people interested in learning art through contemporary approach of education and professional training. It is part of Barcelona’s art scene, with great connections with artists, curators and institutions. The team running the project is passionate, active and always up to help the students to find there way in their one art practice. Furthermore, the tutors are part of the most interesting group of artists and curators in the city….”
Founder of HomeSession,
artistic director at Galeria JOAN PRATS
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