Pablo Picasso studied at two institutions in Spain: the Royal Academy of San Fernando and the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona. He attended the Royal Academy at age 14 and the School of Fine Arts at 16.
Picasso excelled as a painter but not as a student. He frequently cut classes to paint and sketch on his own. He grew disenchanted with both institutions' emphasis on classical techniques. During his time away from classes, he sketched street scenes, gypsies, beggars and prostitutes. He finally left the School of Fine Arts and became inspired by the revolutionary actions and ideals of his friends. This inspiration led to his experimentation and creation of Cubism.