Best Art Museums in Buenos Aires Argentina
Buenos Aires is an incredibly artistic city. There are a multitude of fantastic art museums, some of which we have covered in previous blogs (MALBA; Xul Solar; Street Art), and you see impressive street art all over the city. While I spent my first couple of weeks passively involved in the art scene, going to the MACBA (macba.com.ar) and MALBA and taking a street art tour, I recently got inspired to become active myself!
I am by no means an artist. As a matter of fact, I have done nothing artistic in my whole life but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from learning how to draw! Through an Argentinian friend I was introduced to a porteña (local Argentine woman specifically from Buenos Aires) who teaches nightly art classes. So far they have been fantastic!
The classes are taught in her flat and there are typically four other students per class. Students choose to either dibujar (draw) or pintar (paint) and the teacher gives personal lessons throughout the class. It is a very relaxed environment and everyone chats while working (and there is often a mate going around the group!). Every student in the class is of varying skill levels, with myself being at the bottom and some of the other students having studied art their whole lives. It is also a very diverse class. While I am the only non-native Spanish speaker in the class I have met students from Venezuela, Bolivia and Columbia. The ages vary as well. Most students are in their 20’s, either still in university or taking class after work, there are also a few students in the 50’s plus.
One of my favorite parts of the class is it forces me to work on my Spanish since neither the teacher nor the students speak English. While it sounds like it would be difficult to learn a new hobby in a new language, it has been surprisingly easy! Through the combination of a few weeks of Spanish classes and the context of the class I have been able to understand most, if not all that the teacher says. It has greatly improved my listening skills and introduced an entirely new set of vocabulary!
While living in Buenos Aires for an extended period of time it is nice to get a diverse set of experiences and I’ve found taking art classes to be a great way to do so. Not only am I learning a new hobby but it has also helped me make Argentinian friends and improve my Spanish outside the Vamos classroom.
Some art-related vocabulary I have picked up along the way:
Forma Negativa (negative form)
Geométricas Cerradas (closed shapes)
Geométricas Irregulares (irregular shapes)
Punto de vista (point of view)
Primer plano (foreground)
Pintura acrílica (acrylic paint)
Objects Purchased for Art Class
Carbonillas medianas (charcoal sticks)
Papel de escenografia (drawing paper)
Goma de caucho (rubber eraser)
Cinta de papel (paper tape)
Lápiz pastel (pastel pencil)
There are a lot of art stores around Buenos Aires to buy supplies. I go to Libreria Thesis (Av. Raúl Scalabrini Ortiz 1828) and have found everything I need there. The first time I went I brought a list of what I needed and the clerk helped me find everything. Another store closer to Vamos is Artística Ixs (Billinghurst 1458). Furthermore, when I started to learn where to look, like googling “taller de arte” or “curso de dibujo/pintura“, I realized there are so many art studios and cultural centers offering art classes in the city. Site like artebaires.com.ar is a good place to start if you are like me looking to pick up other new interests while learning Spanish in Buenos Aires.