Unarguably the most important artists of the Spanish Golden Age, Velázquez is celebrated for taking painting out of its traditional confines. His innovative technique, loose brushstrokes, and treatment of light have even made some critics consider him an early precursor of Impressionism.
In this workshop we will discuss the role of the artist in Spanish Golden Age, the historical context and its influence on Velázquez trajectory; we will analyse Velázquez’s extraordinary style and some of his most acclaimed masterpieces; and of course, we will examine in detail his most intriguing work “Las Meninas”.
- Friday 10th July from 7pm to 8.30pm
- Friday 4th September from 7pm to 8.30pm
Often considered the first truly modern artist, Goya was a shrewd observer of the uproarious events in the late 18th and early 19th century Spain. From his sly critique of the ruling class to his satirical view of the society around him, Goya leaves a testimony of his time.
His highly inventive work, his engravings’ dreamlike subjects and grotesque imagery, and his witty social commentary presaged the works of Picasso and the Surrealism of Salvador Dali.
In this workshop we will not only discover Goya’s fascinating art, but also the tumultuous political context of the Spain of his time.
- Friday 17th July from 7pm to 8.30pm
- Friday 11th September from 7pm to 8.30pm
This workshop originated as a “know-before-you-go” guide to the Royal Academy exhibition “Picasso & Paper”. Through a variety of interactive activities, you will discover Picasso’s biography and artistic periods, his creative use of different materials, and his inexhaustible imagination to innovate. We will even have time to talk about his most emblematic work “El Guernica”, all whilst putting your Spanish into gear.
- Friday 18th September from 7pm to 8.30pm
Be impressed by the movement that stirred up the art scene of late 19th century France and changed the course of painting forever. We will delve into the works of the most renowned painters in the history of Art: Monet, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro, Manet… In this workshop, we will explore why Impressionism was considered outrageous in its time, and we will discuss why Impressionism is one of the most popular and well-known styles still today.
- Friday 25th September from 7pm to 8.30pm
Mythology and Christian iconography have been the main sources of inspiration throughout the centuries for Western Art. The paintings in our galleries are filled with tales,which are sometimes not easy to decipher for the modern viewer. In this session, we will explore the most popular Greek and Roman myths, Christian legends, and symbols that hide behind the masterpieces. Unveiling the story and meaning behind a scene will completely change your view!
- Sunday 24th May from 3pm to 5pm
A church or a cathedral is more than a magnificent and imposing piece of architecture. These extraordinary buildings are full of symbolism. Designed quite deliberately to be “read” in this way by the faithful, they express complex ideas about human belief.
In this workshop we will “visit” some of the world’s most iconic buildings; we will unlock the layers of sacred meaning within the structure, furniture and decoration of Christian architecture; and we will decode the symbolism used in churches to express many different aspects of belief.
- Saturday 27th June from 3pm to 5pm
Spanish Artists at Tate Modern: Picasso, Dalí, Miró
- Discover the 20th-century Spanish masters at the Tate Modern: Picasso, Dalí and Miró. In this guided art visit in Spanish, we will explore the avant-gardes of the 20th century, especially Cubism and Surrealism and we will learn about the main Spanish artists who stood out in each tendency.
- Find out about Picasso’s, Dali’s and Miro’s artistic careers; uncover the hidden meaning of cryptic works of art; dissect the characteristics of the most famous art movements of the 20th century; and explore how these trends were influenced by their historical context and how they in turn influenced future generations.
- This is a discussion-based tour in which you will put your Spanish into gear. You will not only learn about art, but you will also be encouraged to be critical and express your own opinions. Absolutely no knowledge of art is required, just an inquisitive mind and an interest to learn and exchange views.
- All levels of Spanish are welcome. You will be provided with a vocabulary list in advance, so that you can familiarise yourself with the words we will use in the tour. Please let us know your level of Spanish when booking your place.
Arte de la Edad Media en V&A Museum: Middle Ages, Dark Ages?
- The Middle Ages have traditionally been referred to as the Dark Ages, but was this really a dark period in Art History? Join us to shed some light on the Medieval Collections at the V&A. You might end the visit thinking of the Middle Ages as the Bright Ages…
- Learn about life in the Middle Ages and discover fascinating objects from around Europe, all while practising your Spanish. The variety of the collection will allow us to explore the History and daily life in Europe from the early Middle ages to the early Renaissance. We will talk about everyday objects such as ivories, reliquaries, or Books of Hours, as well as precious treasures such as the Becket Casket and the Soissons Diptych.
Renacimiento en la National Gallery
The Renaissance (rebirth in French) meant a revolution in the visual arts that changed our perception and shaped our western ways of seeing for centuries to come. Its influence is still strong today. Join us on a visit to the National Gallery to unveil the huge transformation that the Renaissance signified.
This guided Art visit in Spanish will take you on a journey from Italy to Northern Europe, to discover the masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian and Van Eyck.
Be prepared to “sharpen your eye” and put your Spanish into gear
How to look at a work of art
According to museum researchers, the average visitor spends between 15 and 30 seconds in front of a work of art. In this workshop, we will slow down and examine art beyond first impressions.
Peel off the layers of a work of art with us and find out what to look for when analysing art: from iconography to pictorial space, from symbolism to composition, from political context to line and colour.
Let’s observe, ask questions and discuss together what lies below the surface.
PAYMENT METHODS & CANCELLATION POLICY
Sessions are paid in advance.
Sessions are held in small groups and tend to sell out. We advise early booking to avoid disappointment.
No refunds can be made for unattended sessions.