Madrid Academy of Art
Your International Art School
in the Heart of Spain
5 stars on Google
Madrid Academy of Art is an international art academy certified by the Art Renewal Center, dedicated to the practical and technical teaching of drawing, painting, and sculpture.
Dear aspiring artist,
Creating art is hard. Really hard.
You're probably wondering how to give depth to your drawings,
how to make your shadows look realistic,
how to find the correct proportion so your figures don't look like Frankensteins in the house of mirrors.
Frustrated and stressed
While you feel a tight knot in your stomach, a constant echo of...
"aren't you good enough?"
that resonates in every corner of your thoughts.
And on top of that.
You're working in a thousand and one directions.
Oh my God!
Should I do a workshop? A Domestika course? Read all of Bridgman's books?
Make copies of the artist I like to learn their style?
What about YouTube tutorials?
Everyone is talking about making giant works now (it seems size matters)... let me try.
Actually... should I work from a photo? Do photorealism? Or maybe I should think more about abstraction?
Ah, I got it! How about creating figurative plus abstraction with a dreamlike touch in the style of Guillermo Lorca?
Yes! That's it!
That's just what I need to find my style!
someone please pull out my eyelashes
Look, most artists have a shiny object syndrome, mixed with a spoonful of ADHD... and a touch of "I can do it all".
And they end up doing a bit of this... a bit of that.
Soon, they are pulling their hair out with all the things they "have to" do/learn.
We call this mess, a "rat's nest".
Also known as hell.
It's hot and humid there.
And we would rather dance barefoot on a field of cacti than learn that way
But this is not about us... It's about you.
You're reading this right now because, in one way or another, your art is not where you want it to be.
Even though you put in a tremendous effort...
Pushing, pushing, scratching, clawing, and working to exhaustion to get here.
Or maybe you're soaring... and you just want more.
More finished works with the feeling of "I'm the king of the world"
Whatever it is for you...
We have good news for you...
Because soon you'll feel like "hey, I got it".
You will wake up every morning and see the world with new eyes.
You will know how to capture beauty and emotion in every stroke of your brush.
You will create art that speaks, that moves, that inspires.
And you won't have to spend hours trying to fix mistakes or covering them up when all is lost.
Everything will be adjusted and running smoothly.
You will have control and a sense of calm will invade you.
And it all starts by choosing your own adventure below...
If you're looking for intensity, this is your program. Minimum enrollment period of 6 months (22 weeks) from Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5.30pm.
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This program offers you all the flexibility you need with a minimum enrollment period of one quarter (11 weeks) from 9am to 2pm Monday to Friday.
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Lasts a minimum of 6 months from 9am to 2pm from Monday to Friday.
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Lasts a minimum of 1 month from 9am to 2pm Monday to Friday. Please you need to confirm the attendance month.
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Lasts a minimum of 4 weeks during the months of July, August and/or September. You can do 1, 2 or 3 months.
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This program lasts a minimum of 11 weeks (one quarter). Every Saturday from 9am to 2pm. Half of the time with live model.
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This program lasts a minimum of 1 week (every quarter). Monday till friday from 9am to 2pm or 9am till 5.30pm.
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Lasts a minimum of 1 week from 9am to 2pm Monday to Friday. Please you need to confirm the attendance week.
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This program lasts a minimum of 11 weeks (one quarter). Starting from 1h 25min every week. Please check available times.
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This program lasts a minimum of 11 weeks (one quarter). From 11.30am to 2pm every Saturday. From 12 years old.
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You can try to solve all this by yourself.
You can keep working hard, spending your days dealing with worry and confusion, and wasting time. Always indecisive about how to draw a hand or use your shadows correctly or how to overcome that problem with those darn proportions or make your painting not look as flat as sliced cheese.
Or we can show you exactly what we did to help our students achieve these impressive results, using the same strategies. strategies.
Get comfortable and prepare for a journey!
We present to you the stories of our students and the very director of the Madrid Academy of Art. It's as if you were at a dinner with them, listening first-hand to how our teaching methods have transformed their artistic skills.
Transforming Digital Art at the Madrid Academy of Art
Nerea tells us about her learning journey at the Madrid Academy of Art. Learn how the MAA has enriched her understanding of digital art and improved her practical skills.
Julia's Journey: From Theory to Practical Art at the MAA
Julia, a summer course student at the MAA, shares her experience. Discover how the MAA has taken her understanding and skills in art to a new level.
From Student to Artist at the Madrid Academy of Art
Anastasija, a student at the MAA, shares her experience. Discover how the MAA has taken her understanding and skills in art to a new level.
“They teach you a lot to focus on a goal. To break your limits, to have patience, to have humility to learn from others, so that others can teach you. And all of these are fundamental personal qualities in life. Very satisfying for me on a personal level, finally having found this place to fully develop myself…”
“I would recommend the program, but not to everyone. Because I think it’s a lot of work, a lot of time and it’s also money. I would only recommend it to people who are passionate about something. Because otherwise it is wasting it, if you go with the intention of spending time, well, you have many other places to do it…”
“There are people who have so much fun that they don’t want someone else to be involved in that process. Because in the end, if you let yourself be guided by another person, sometimes it is not a fun thing. It is not: “how beautiful this painting has been!”. That process is a lot of suffering too and not everyone would be willing…”
“I would not recommend it to anyone because you have to really like figuration, portraiture, everything that is the human being and be willing to be taught. There are people who don’t pay attention. They are people who do not like the human figure, for example, and prefer to combine colors in a landscape, they have fun with it and they are not interested in anything else…”
“There is a clear methodology. They know where you want to go. They know how to guide you there. It is very personalized and that is always appreciated. It is not a typical academy where they teach you four things and have a group level. They care about you, personally, that you reach the level of perfection that you are looking for and that you need…”
“The self-taught option is viable depending a little on your way of being. I think that if you are demanding with yourself it is a good tool. Only that all human beings tend to the comfortable. I myself, for example, was hitting me like blows. I started with painting, I realized that I wasn’t going that way. I went back and resumed drawing. I went much further back, until I started at the beginning, because I understood that it was a process that started from one place and you couldn’t start halfway…”
“I’m sure it’s more difficult because you’re going to make a lot more mistakes and it’s going to take longer to specify an address and a path, and you’re going to waste time and probably get somewhere, but you’re going to arrive later and more tired. The MAA program is much more direct than anything else I can find right now…”
“Until a certain point. When you find a limit. Like the conversation I had with the teacher the other day. He told me: “I see that you are reaching a limit and you say, well this is it, and what I do is push you further, against that limit so that you cross it”. I think that you need someone to do it, you are not going to do it. When they teach you what is logical, what is the path, you already know that it is there…”
“Normally in others academies they do not give the importance to the drawing that it deserves. Broadly speaking, I have found training centers where people went more to meet other people, to hang out, to develop that hobby, to do something successful, beautiful, that they could teach their friends. But they didn’t have that restlessness or that hunger to perfect themselves, this academies focused more on not frustrating people too much and not losing extra income…”
“It’s a lot of money and obviously not everyone can afford it. And I feel quite privileged to be able to pay for it and thus be able to maintain a normal life, without luxuries, but normal. And it’s not expensive. The service as such, the new facilities, the hours you can have a day with a model, if you attend in the morning and in the afternoon… You can’t find that anywhere. You can find similar things, but not everything in one place, it’s not expensive, I think it’s very good…”
“It requires you to have some savings, to have an economic cushion, even if you need to leave your job for a while to be able to support yourself with those savings. But it’s worth it. It’s worth it because it’s not money wasted by the academy. Because they do care about the training of people, about the teachers they bring, about the facilities, it is something serious and professionalism has to be paid for…”
“I like that teachers comment, not only what is done in the academy, but what they do outside, the paintings they do personally, the processes… that they speak to you beyond the drawings and paintings, that they speak to you of the life as artists, how they see it. It is super interesting because they are now paving the way and it gives you clues as to how you can do it in the future…”
“I know people who also like art, obviously friends of mine, but I think it wouldn’t work for everyone. It all depends on how you approach art. There are people who just like art as a way to blow off steam or relax. A friend of mine, for example, tells me: “I really like painting because I relax a lot”. And I say to him: “And how do you relax?” (laughing)… “but it’s a pain” (keep laughing) “I don’t get this part, review it, do it again…”
“I need to work to pay for this and apart from taking a lot of time from where I can to be able to come. And dedicating all that time to it is not easy. As I have a personal situation where I don’t have children, that makes it easier for me to be able to dedicate time to this…”
“I like one thing about the school that I haven’t found before. Have a clear methodology. Because what I have found so far is spending a lot of time on an activity in which you do not notice that you are making progress. You can be there for years and years and you don’t advance. I have met people who have spent more than 20 years painting photographs and in the end they don’t know how to do anything else. It leads nowhere…”
“I like communication with the teacher. I think they adapt well to the student. Not only at their level, but how they address the student. From my experience, they arrive, they go well with what they tell you. I get home and listen to the teacher in my head repeating technical aspects to me. And I think that happens because they do it well. Because they are very flexible. Because they do not treat all students in the same way. Which is what has been happening to me all my life. And here they go at your own pace. Here is work and support…”
"The time you dedicate to it is to achieve a goal that they have clear. And if you have fulfilled it and you have fulfilled it well, because they are very demanding, a door opens to the next phase. Then you see that you are moving towards something…”
“Because of my way of being self-demanding, I went looking for a bit of that knowledge that I lacked and dedicated time to it. What’s up? That one is aware that when you dedicate time to something certain, there are things that you like more than others and I lacked that discipline and I left things aside. It was easier to draw pictures while watching TV because it is less tiring, on the one hand, it has its advantages, but on the other, its drawbacks…”
“(OTHERS ACADEMIES) At the painting level, they were based on copying photographs, one after another. It also limited your own creativity. Because it gave me the feeling that they taught you how to fly, but without ever taking off, always on the runway. So I wanted to take off. When do we take off? When do you teach me to develop my creativity, my imagination, to do something without limits? If I imagine a scene from a certain place, through a composition, I can do it. Whether it’s because of the knowledge of anatomy, drawing itself, even models, sculpture, anything that doesn’t limit you. It always seemed very rare to me…”
“Depends on what is expensive for you, indeed it is expensive, but if you really have a dream… how expensive is it to fulfill it? For example, there are people who pay a lot of money for a home that is not going to give them as much satisfaction as the time one spends here drawing, painting, sculpting, it depends on your preference, on what makes you happy…”
“In the academy where I was, I told them about the possibility of taking models to work from life. And they told me that if they began to bring models to paint from life, the students would get frustrated, they would not want to continue and they would want to leave…”
The Art of Teaching: The MAA and its Methodology
Discover how the MAA uses a unique methodology to teach art. Our practical and technical approach ensures that every student reaches their maximum potential.
Why are art academies necessary? An inside look from the MAA
Sandra, the director of the MAA, shares her vision on the importance of art academies and how the MAA is making a difference in artistic training.
At MAA we don't do critiques: A unique approach to art teaching
Discover how the MAA stands out for its approach to art teaching. Instead of critiquing, we focus on the development and continuous improvement of our students.
A unique place to soak up art to the bone
The academy is like a gigantic canvas of 1150m2, all designed for your creativity to be unleashed and your learning to skyrocket.
Our facilities include a sculpture classroom, a portrait classroom, a figure classroom, an anatomy and composition classroom, two classrooms dedicated to still life, and a painting classroom.
Each of these classrooms is equipped to immerse you fully in learning. It's as if they put you in a time machine and took you directly to a Renaissance master's workshop.
And when you need a break from all that creation, we have a rest corner that is like grandma's kitchen, a cozy place where you can recharge and share a coffee or a snack with your classmates.
In addition, our reception is more than just a simple welcome desk. It's like a miniature art gallery, a showcase where you can admire the work of your classmates, teachers, and professional artists, and maybe even see your own works on display. It's a constant reminder of what you can achieve here.
Every little thing, every detail, is thought out for you
At Madrid Academy of Art, every detail is so well thought out that it seems like the walls themselves are teaching you. It's as if every corner is whispering the secrets of the great masters to you.
Friend, I'm going to put it in superhero terms for you.
At Madrid Academy of Art, we equip you with everything you need to become the Batman of art.
You have your own Bat-easel, a Bat-locker for your utensils, and a Bat-cart to move your materials.
And here's the best part, each workspace has its own lamp, so you can adjust your lighting however you want.
It's like having your own art Batcave!
Natural light is the queen of the dance
It seeps in everywhere, flooding our study spaces through giant windows and skylights.
This natural light creates a study environment so cozy that you will feel at home, but with a plus, because it is essential for artists, as it allows you to see colors and shapes as they are, without filters.
At MAA, natural light is like our personal Yoda, one of our best teachers.
Imagine a place where you can disconnect, recharge, and at the same time, soak up art. That's what you'll find in the common areas of the Madrid Academy of Art.
Our cafeteria is like that cozy corner of your house where you like to relax with a coffee. Here you can take a break, eat something, chat with other students and, why not, exchange ideas about art. And yes, we have a microwave and a coffee maker, because we know that a good coffee can be the perfect fuel for creativity.
But that's not all. Our reception is more than a place to ask questions or receive packages. It's a miniature art gallery, a quiet and stimulating space where you can rest and, at the same time, find inspiration in the artworks on display.
And to make it even cozier, we've added comfortable armchairs where you can sit and lose your gaze in the paintings. It's as if art and comfort shook hands, creating a perfect environment for reflection and artistic appreciation.
A place in Madrid, but without the chaos of traffic and noise
We are a stone's throw from the Fuente de la Mora train/light metro station. So, if you're one of those who prefer to leave the car at home and move by public transport, you're in luck. And if the train is not your thing, don't worry. There are several bus lines that will drop you practically at the door.
Now, if you're one of those who can't live without their car, we've got you covered too. Getting to the academy is a drive away and, best of all, you won't have to fight for a parking spot. The area is free of parking meters, so you can park on the street without having to worry about time or cost.
In short, getting to the Madrid Academy of Art is as easy as painting a rainbow. No matter how you prefer to travel, you will always have a convenient way to get here.
Do you have doubts? Don't worry, we all do!
We know that when it comes to your artistic training, you can have a lot of questions spinning in your head. What are the workshops like? What services do we offer? How can I get the most out of it?
That's why we've created this Frequently Asked Questions (or FAQs, for friends) section. Here you will find the answers to the questions we get asked the most. It's like a treasure map, but instead of leading you to a chest full of gold, it leads you to a chest full of knowledge.
And if after reading our FAQs, you still have doubts, don't worry. We are here to help you. So don't hesitate to get in touch with us.
We will be delighted to help you clear any cloud of doubt you may have!
What does a good art academy really do?
A good art academy will know you like a grandfather knows his favorite grandson. They will carefully assess your current level and then devise the most effective plan for you to become the best artist before you know it. Part of your plan should include regular reviews to make sure you're progressing at the perfect rate and getting the results you want.
We do all of that, but unlike other academies, the MAA team isn't just focused on maintaining that perfect balance. Our goal is to challenge you, we will push you until you reach your limits and then we will push you some more to break that limit. We don't let you settle for less than the best.
Who can participate in Madrid Academy of Art programs?
MAA programs are designed for any student interested in improving their technical skills in drawing, painting, and sculpture.
Do you want to improve your skills and master all the technical knowledge? We can work with you.
Do you understand that creating a work of art will require hard work from you? We can work with you.
Are you willing to go through the process for each technique, and practice them until you've mastered them? We can work with you.
Are the programs only for advanced students or also for beginners?
It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or advanced artist. Our students range from beginning artists with no prior art experience to advanced artists with several years of experience.
Our instructors are trained to adapt teaching to the individual needs of each student.
What prior training do I need to study at the academy?
No art degree needed
No previous experience is needed
No special qualifications needed
No trick needed
We will assess your level and work with you from there.
How long do the workshops last?
You can enroll for a minimum of 1 week and work up to 5 years if you want to complete the program.
So it's totally up to you!
Are the programs taught in Spanish or English?
Programs are primarily taught in English, but many of our instructors are bilingual and can provide instructions in Spanish if needed.
Do the programs focus only on drawing and painting or are other forms of art covered as well?
Our programs mainly focus on drawing, painting and sculpting but we also incorporate elements from other art forms when relevant to the theme of the program.
What is the student to instructor ratio in the workshops?
We strive to maintain a low student to instructor ratio to ensure that each student receives individualized attention.
Do the workshops include independent study time or just directed instruction?
Our programs combine directed instruction with independent study time to allow students to practice and apply what they have learned.
Do the programs include critiques or reviews of student work?
Yes, the programs include critique sessions where instructors provide constructive feedback on student work.
Do students receive a certificate at the end of the program?
Yes, students receive a certificate from the Madrid Academy of Art at the end of the program.
Where are the programs held?
The programs are carried out at our facilities at Avenida Manoteras 22 Local 67, Madrid.
How much do the programs cost?
Workshop costs vary depending on the length and content of the program.
You can invest as much time and money as you want, the choice is entirely yours.
You can do from 1h3omin per week up to 47 hours per week.
And our prices range between €70 and €1000 per month.
Call us (+34 679 49 29 15) and if you are eligible to do the program, we will find the perfect plan that fits both your goals and your budget.
We'll dig into how much time and money you can invest and create a tailor-made curriculum that gives you the best value for money.
What if I have more questions?
If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us (+34 679 49 29 15). We will be happy to help you.
Because technique is not everything, it's important that you start to get to know the art world and that they also start to get to know you. At MAA we have guest artists every month so you can start building your network and truly understand what it means to be an artist.
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