Metàfora Art School

Introduction

The core of Metàfora’s teaching methodology lies in the individualized approach to our students. Through one-to-one tutoring and intensive studio-work, all students are encouraged to develop a personal and self-motivated art investigation leading to independent projects.

We believe that all students should be allowed total freedom regarding the components of their own training. For this reason, the course program is designed according to a series of key concepts of the learning process.

Classes in tools and techniques

The International Workshop offers a constant flow of introductory classes to different tools and techniques, and students choose them according to interests and needs.

Think Tank, Studio Assignments and Workshops

Through playful exercises and “crazy experiments”, we stimulate and poke the student into thinking and reflecting.

Personal artwork

In the studios students are expected to develop their own work. The International Workshop provides the necessary freedom to focus on materiality and form, but also to develop conceptual discourses beyond traditional boundaries of art-making.

Personal artwork

In the studios students are expected to develop their own work. The International Workshop provides the necessary freedom to focus on materiality and form, but also to develop conceptual discourses beyond traditional boundaries of art-making.

Tutorials, work-reviews

We constantly try to place our students in situations where they can review their reasons for choosing techniques and media. Through analyzing the personal work – in groups or individually – we raise awareness of the importance of intention, discourse and idea.

Exhibitions

Throughout the year, students can submit work for real life experiences which help prepare for a professional life as an artist.

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Space and facilities

Metàfora is housed in three old factory buildings in the area of Sants, and the space is an important marker for the experience of all our students. As part of Barcelona’s disappearing history of old factories, the space charms any artist with its leftovers of many decades of industrial reality, where 20 years of theatre and art have left their marks in all thinkable ways.

The heart of the school is the Big Hall that houses part of the personal studio spaces. From the main building and through the courtyard, one enters the “Downstairs Studio”, with additional studio spaces and access to a second courtyard. From here the studios continue into the “New Studios”, where the biggest of our three courtyards is located. Here you also find the tool-area with welding-stations and power-tools as well as the printing room where students can work on clean surfaces with screen printing and mono types.

Soon to come in this part of the school is a photography studio with lighting, tripods and backdrops.

The courtyards are among the spaces preferred by many students because of their plants and lovely warm atmosphere. Here it is possible to work in open air and with materials that require a high degree of ventilation.

All the studios have division walls and are equipped with basic furniture and studio easels. There is Wi-Fi in the entire premises, for students who wish to bring their own computers, tablets or smart-phones. The studios are open throughout the day from 8’00 to 24’00, seven days a week. There is a small kitchen area by the main courtyard and students are welcome to eat their lunch at school.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Courses

Foundation Studies in Studio Arts

Campus Full time 37 weeks January 2017 Spain Barcelona

Metàfora’s art foundation is designed for students on starter’s level who wish to pursue further education in art. Students on this modality are offered a broad introduction to different techniques as well as a fair amount of art history. [+]

“Having an experience is taking part in the world. Taking part in the world is really about sharing responsibility.” Olafur Eliasson Foundation Program in Studio Arts (Starter’s level) – Five studio blocks of 6-7 weeks, optional 1-week block (Madrid), 2 optional exhibition credits What is the Foundation Program? Metàfora’s art foundation is designed for students on starter’s level who wish to pursue further education in art. Students on this modality are offered a broad introduction to different techniques as well as a fair amount of art history. We consider it basic to help students to produce a body of work as extensive as possible, to broaden their horizon and to introduce new ways for working and perceiving art. Metàfora’s Starter’s Level is recognized as a Foundation Course in the UK. [-]

International Workshop

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Spain Barcelona

The International Workshop is a 4 year multidisciplinary studio arts program for students from starter’s level to advanced art practice. Students can choose to take the entire training or embark on short term stays from one year down to 6-7 weeks. [+]

The International Workshop is a 4 year multidisciplinary studio arts program for students from starter’s level to advanced art practice. Students can choose to take the entire training or embark on short term stays from one year down to 6-7 weeks. Students have their own studio-space in an old industrial warehouse. The course offers total immersion in art and culture in Barcelona though studio-visits and taking part in gallery exhibitions. Metàfora is housed in an old factory complex and attracts artists and art-students from all over the world. Classes in English with 25+ nationalities in each group. Short term stays Not everybody has the possibility ‘to tear out an entire year of the calendar and fly off to Spain’. We understand that. Therefore, we offer the possibility of shorter stays on the International Workshop. This option is a more affordable, yet intense and a concentrated way of savoring the course. Overseas students on short stays do not need to apply for a student visa, and can use a 3 month tourist visa instead. Students, who embark on a short term stay integrate entirely with the student-group on the International Workshop and can participate in all scheduled classes and activities. At the beginning of the short term stay the student will be assigned a personal tutor, who will monitor the work of the student once a week throughout the stay. Admission according to level and previous experience. [-]

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Contact

Metàfora

Address Carrer de Papin 29
08028 Barcelona, Spain
Website http://international-workshop.com/
Phone +34 933 30 00 89