A unique way of learning Spanish whilst discovering Art

Take a Closer Look: Landscape

Be transported to the countryside in this “Take a Closer Look” session on Landscape Painting.

Use all your senses to explore and dissect the masterpiece landscapes at the National Gallery.

Expect a fun workshop of quizzes, drawing, and games, all whilst practising your Spanish. Using discussion-based exercises and working in pairs and small groups, we will unveil the secrets behind some revelatory views.

Learn vocabulary in Spanish, gain confidence articulating what you see, and discover some fascinating art.

Saturday 1st April at 11am

Workshop on Federico Garcia Lorca’s Play Yerma

Set in rural Spain in the 1930s, Yerma is one of Federico Garcia Lorca’s most acclaimed theatre plays.

Yerma deals with the themes of isolation, passion, and frustration but also the underlying themes of nature, marriage, jealousy, and friendship. Social conventions of the period also play a large part in the play’s plot.

In this workshop in Spanish, we will discover Lorca’s poignant biography, as well as discuss the play’s plot, analyse its complex characters, and learn about Spain’s turbulent historical context.

Saturday 22nd April at 2pm

The Spanish Golden Age

Painting in Spain blossomed during the 17th century, coinciding with the political rise of the Spanish Empire.

Join us on Sunday 23rd April at 11am the National Gallery to discover the powerful and uniquely Spanish painting styles of Velázquez, Zurbarán and Murillo.

In this guided art visit in Spanish, we will explore a fascinating period of Spanish history, flourishing in arts and literature.

Sunday 23rd April at 11am

Creative Writing Workshop

Learn to express yourself, and improve your writing skills in Spanish in this fun and enjoyable Creative Writing Workshop.

Through simple exercises, practical activities, and prompts to inspire you, you will gain confidence putting your ideas into words.

The workshop will be led by Spanish House London teacher Alba, BA in Hispanic Language and Literature.

Saturday 13th May at 2pm

Workshop: El Greco

He has both puzzled and galvanised poets, artists, and writers since his times to the present day. His dramatic style inspired avant-garde movements even centuries after his time. He broke conventions, invented new and unusual artistic interpretations, and went against the established norms. But who exactly was El Greco?

Discover the life and work of this prime example of Spanish Mannerism. In this classroom-based workshop we will use a variety of engaging activities to discuss and explore El Greco’s accomplishments. Expect visual analysis, short texts, interaction and exchange of views, in a combination between an art history- and a Spanish language class.

Saturday 20th May at 11am

The Spanish Royal Collection at Apsley House

Did you know that 82 paintings from the Spanish Royal Collection are housed in a sleepy and hidden mansion in the very centre of London?

In this visit to English Heritage Apsley House, we will find out some turbulent stories of Spain’s 19th century and how the Spanish Royal Collection paintings ended up in London.

Not only will we enjoy seven extraordinary paintings by Spanish painters Diego Velazquez, Jose Ribera and Francisco de Goya, but also several masterpieces by Brueghel, Titian, Caravaggio, Van Dyck, and Rubens. Just the beautiful Regency style house itself is already worth the visit.

After the tour you can optionally stay for a picnic in nearby Hyde Park (weather dependent).

Saturday 10th June at 11am

Latin American Artists at Tate Modern

Latin America is the “in thing” in the contemporary art scene. Discover the engrossing works of the most acclaimed Latin American contemporary artists at Tate Modern.

In this discussion-based guided art visit conducted in Spanish, we will explore artworks created by Argentinian, Guatemalan, Colombian, Chilean and Mexican artists in the last few years. Through examining the Latin American artistic landscape, we will delve into the region’s problems and concerns, and the artists’ approaches to them.

Put your Spanish into gear to discuss the most trending topics in the contemporary art scene, in a friendly and welcoming though thought-provoking visit.

Saturday 30th September at 11am

Take a Closer Look: Bacchus and Ariadne

In our Take a Closer Look series, we pause and observe only one or two paintings in depth, paying attention to aspects that normally go unnoticed. On Saturday 24th June we will use all your senses to explore and dissect Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne at the National Gallery.

Using discussion-based exercises and fun and interactive activities, we will unveil the secrets behind this masterpiece.

Learn vocabulary in Spanish, gain confidence articulating what you see, and discover some fascinating art.

Saturday 28th October at 11am

Workshop on Pedro Almodovar’s Film Volver

Join us to discover Spain’s iconic film director, Pedro Almodóvar, and his quintessential work: “Volver”.

Calling the film “the deepest return to my roots”, the director goes back to his birthplace, La Mancha, to tell the story of a group of women, all inspired by women from his own childhood.

Through interactive activities, we will discuss and analyse Almodóvar’s film in depth, delving into its characters, the filmographic techniques, crucial themes and topics, social and historical context, and characteristic vocabulary and expressions.

Interaction among students is at the heart of this workshop, so you will not only dissect the film in depth, but will also be encouraged to share your own opinions.

Workshop on Federico Garcia Lorca’s Play La Casa de Bernarda Alba

Set in rural Spain 1930s, La Casa de Bernarda Alba is one of Federico Garcia Lorca’s most acclaimed theatre plays.

Full of drama, poetic images, and unexpected twists, just the reading of this play is a true delight.

In this workshop in Spanish, we will discover Lorca’s poignant biography, as well as discuss the play’s plot, analyse its complex characters, and learn about Spain’s turbulent historical context.

Led by our lovely teacher, Alba (BA in Hispanic Language and Literature), you will be guided step by step into Lorca’s work by using a variety of enjoyable exercises and interactive activities.

Impressionism at the National Gallery

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 visit, we will explore why Impressionism was considered outrageous in its time, and we will discuss why it is one of the most popular and well-known styles still today.

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 Victoria & Albert Museum in London. You will end the visit thinking of the Middle Ages as the Bright Ages.

    Learn about life in the Middle Ages and find out why medieval people were not that different from us. Discover fascinating objects from around Europe, all while practising your Spanish. 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.

    Spanish Artists at Tate Modern: Picasso, Dalí, Miró

    Guided art visit to Tate Modern

    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.

      Renaissance at the National Gallery

      Guided Art Visit 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.

      Velázquez: ahead of his time

      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 online 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”.

      Goya: a critical mind

      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.

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      • The art tours and workshops must be booked and 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.