The arts & Spanish
in Buenos Aires

| Argentina

Cultural Discovery

Explore the arts in Buenos Aires!

Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America, is the ideal place to engage in a variety of art forms. This program focuses on photography, theater, printmaking, and interactions with local artists. It is a combination of artistic workshops in these various mediums complemented by Spanish classes designed to enhance the studio experience. Discover the city as you capture it with your camera. Experience the stage and booming theater scene as you meet with professionals in the field for training sessions and attend plays. Try your hand at woodcut printmaking as you practice a centuries-old tradition. This journey is designed to promote creativity versus technical expertise. Bring a desire to learn, create, and engage and let Arcos take care of the rest!

Dates & Prices

Jun 19 - Jul 03 (15 days) $2,595

Jun 19 - Jul 09 (21 days) $2,995

Program at a Glance

Ages: 14 - 18
Maximum Group Size: 10 students
Focus: Photography, printmaking, theater
Language: Ideally students have some Spanish skills prior to starting the program, but exceptions can be made.
Level of Spanish: A basic
level of is recommended.
Accommodation: Homestay
Airport Code: EZE (Ezeiza International Airport)
Program Location: Buenos Aires

What's Included

Room & Board | Onsite Directors | Workshops | Tuition | Excursions | Cultural Activities |Airport Transfers | International Medical Insurance

Art Workshops & Descriptions

Photography

Week 1

Buenos Aires has produced and attracted many important photographers representing and creating different styles. This fact is intimately linked to the fact that Buenos Aires is such an attractive object of photography: its people, its social movements, its architecture, to name just a few.

The objective of this workshop is to offer a panorama of Argentine photography by looking at the most important Argentine photographers, reflecting on their ways of constructing and composing photos and understanding the narratives and aesthetics in their visual language, in order to build an own conscious “photographic perspective”. Students will be guided in their photographic explorations in the city of Buenos Aires through specific exercises, putting into practice the theoretical concepts previously acquired.

The workshop is divided into 4 to 5 afternoon sessions of 2 to 3 hours each and include excursions around town and visits to relevant museums and archival material.

Students are not required to have previous photographic experience. Nor do they have to own professional photographic equipment. They do need to have either a digital or analog camera or a cellphone with a basic camera. The objective of the workshop is to promote creativity and not technical expertise. At the end of the workshop students will share their productions, print their material and exhibit their works in the Academia Buenos Aires building in downtown Buenos Aires.

Printmaking

Week 2

Buenos Aires is, and has been, a major artistic center, producing and attracting renowned painters and artists. It has a series of world-class selections of paintings, classic and modern, and has been influential in producing major stylistic innovations.

During the 1920’s and 1930’s a group of Buenos Aires artists called “artistas del pueblo” started using different printing techniques, especially xylography. They lived and worked in the former working class neighbourhood La Boca and their work is intimately linked to the social movements of the time. Wood cut printmaking was a relatively cheap way of producing art for the masses.

The aim of this workshop is to go back in time, understand this artistic movement, observe and discuss some artworks and then go out “into the field” (La Boca neighborhood, one of the major tourist attractions of Buenos Aires) to observe emblematic areas of this barrio, make sketches and drawings, bring them back to the art workshop and transfer them to wood, carve the wood, apply the printing paint, and print on paper.

The art workshop is located in La Boca and has all equipment necessary for making large-scale wood prints. The workshop is directed by a local artist, university professor and director of the atelier where the students will work. This program includes visits to parts of Buenos Aires and local museums. Students do not require previous artistic experience of any kind. Workshops are held during 4 days for 3 hours each.

Theater

Week 3

Argentina, and in particular Buenos Aires, is a special place for studying theater. Every year more than 500 theater plays in Buenos Aires attract very diverse publics. International festivals, national and commercial theaters bring foreign productions to Argentina and, increasingly, Argentine playwrights, directors and actors export their art.

Especially since the post-dictatorship 1980’s, most of Argentine theater is created in independent settings, with only the Centro Rojas, Teatro San Martin, Teatro Cervantes and the world famous Colon Theater offering national, official creative spaces with fully staffed theaters and long-term employees both on tand behind the scenes. Much of the independent production is half-professional with high-quality productions but very low budgets and thus only part-time actors. Interestingly, a large number of plays are “neighborhood” productions with amateur actors, no budget, and a lot of passion.

The aim of this workshop is allow students to understand what theater in Buenos Aires is about, in terms of acting, playwriting, rehearsing, producing plays, directing, venues, the connection with cinema, etc. Students will interact with professionals in the field (playwrights, directors, actors, managers) and act themselves in training sessions. The program also includes visits to different theaters, observing rehearsals, and viewing different plays.

The workshop is led by an experienced actor with strong connections in the field. Students do not require any background in acting or having acted before.

Highlights

  • Engaging artistic workshops led by top professionals.

  • Spanish classes at Academia Buenos Aires, the only accredited Cervantes Institute in Buenos Aires.

  • Navigate the river channels of El Tigre.

  • Horseback ride on an Argentine cowboy ranch.

  • Excursion to Colonia, Uruguay.

Mural of Carlos Gardel in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Details

  • Airport transfers (EZE) airport by a program director.

  • The first week of the program includes daily Spanish classes. These classes will complement the learning and enhance the experience of the art workshops. Continue your Spanish classes the following weeks for only $250 a week.

  • Take an average of 12 hours per week of art workshops.

  • Live with one of our carefully selected homestays, and enjoy traditional breakfasts and dinners.

  • All homestays have WiFi and are conveniently located within a 20 minute commute of our activities.

typical day

Boy in the window of a restaurant in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Morning: Breakfast with your homestay and walk or take the subway to class.

Midday: Enjoy a snack at school (tea or maté) and lunch at a local café

Afternoon: Artistic workshops and cultural activities.

Evening: Dinner at homestay, relax, and a good night's sleep.

Ateneo bookstore in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Students touring the Bombonera soccer stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Colorful storefront in Caminto, La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Attend two or more Programs For a 5% discount