THE DALI EXPERIENCE - Course - 2 classes - Sept.29&30, 2021


    PART ONE / Dali & Freud

    Dali was the first visual artist of his era to seriously question, interpret and pictorially demonstrate the revolutionary Freud's theories of the psychodynamic approach to psychology, which looks to unconscious drives to explain human behavior.

    In this class we explore Sigmund Freud’s influences on Dali’s visual mind, visions, social interactions, personal relationships and of course his artworks, which aim to interpret the concepts of: Free Association, Dreams, Hallucinations, Paranoia, Psychoanalysis, The unconscious, Psychosexual stages, Anxiety and defense mechanisms, Oedipus complex and Psychopathology

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    PART TWO / Dali & Science 

    Even though Salvador Dalí's relationship with science began during his adolescence, it really hit a nerve after August 6th, 1945: the first atomic bomb, Little Boy, was dropped on Japan. As he grew older, he also tried to interpret Science's interrelationship with Religion, especially his Spanish Roman Catholicism.

    In this class we explore how this event opened up a dynamic channel of creative inspiration for Dali and his artworks which now mix and combine various scientific aspects: atomic energy, physics, quantum mechanics, the origins of life, evolution, natural law,  hermeticism, monasticism, geometry, time travel, catastrophe theory, advanced mathematics and optics.


    Days: SEPT, Wed, 29, Thurs, 30 - 2021

    Time: 17:00 H

    Place: Darocas Studio inside Benitachell Properties (opposite Sabadell & BBVA)

    Vaccinations & Masks are required in the classroom.

    Fee for 3 classes: 20 euros for course / or 10 per class / payable at the entrance

    Length: 60 - 75 minutes


    DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: Saturday, September 27, 2021

    Instructor: Fine Arts Historian, Sr. Karla Darocas, Hons. B.A. 




    Joaquín Sorolla was Valencia's most prolific artist at the turn of the 20th century. From academic and social realism to costumismo to impressionism and luminism, he mastered every genre that he tried.  He was accepted at art exhibitions around the world and his reputation became widely known. But, how did he achieve it all? 

    In this course, we will explore the people and circumstances that came into Sorolla's sphere of influence that helped to propel this master artist to fame and fortune. We will marvel at his amazing techniques as he passes from style to style. In these classes, you will come to know his most important artworks and what makes them still hold their value to this day. You will come to know Sorolla intimately and then you will be able to really enjoy his artworks to the maximum.


    "I really enjoy the in-depth view about the life and times of the artist Sorolla. All aspects of this presentation from his life and times to the information about Spanish history around each of the times of a particular period of his artwork was fascinating. But more importantly, is how much knowledge Karla passes on to her 'students'. The presentations are really fun and the time goes too fast!!! I always recommend her lectures, her knowledge, and her enthusiasm." * Janis Turner 

    "I learned about a painter that I had no knowledge of, from his formative years right through to his death, through the styles and painters that influenced him as his work developed. The paintings were the star of the show. Very inspiring work, especially his use and rendering of light. Beautiful. I enjoyed Karla's informality and organisation and I would recommend her to a friend." * Debra Cazalet, Pego 

    "I had seen some of the work of Sorolla before and was so delighted to have attended Karla's very interesting lecture on this great Spanish painter. His connection with Javea was of particular interest and you gave us a true illustration of his unusual technique and skill." * Lorna Ainsworth, Javea 

    "Karla has a great knowledge of both techniques and cultural history. Sorolla is of great interest to me because I am a Javea resident and so I have a local Javea connection." * Lorna O’Connor, Javea 

    "It was another fabulous lecture Karla...we learned so much about Sorolla and his work through your inimitable and very accessible style of lecture. I can’t wait to see more of his paintings and also look forward to hearing more from you in the future on other artists...thank you." * Gladys Cummings 

    "Thank you for your very interesting talk at the recent Anglo Spanish Assoc. meeting on Sorolla. The presentation was very informative and it was a great pleasure to have had the opportunity to see such a wide range of his work about which I knew nothing. I wish I'd found a seat nearer the front! * John G. Deacon, Jávea 

    "Wow and again wow! What a wonderfully interesting talk on Sorolla that Karla gave to the Anglo Spanish Association yesterday evening. Many of us struggle to understand the subtleties of the development of an artist. What she gave us was a lucid, and well-illustrated, talk on the progress of his abilities and career. For example, I especially remember him being the first to use a white background. I look forward to hearing more of Karla's talks, lectures and tuition." * Keith Hyde, Javea 

    "Karla'a expertise on Sorolla's life and work is both extensive and fascinating." * David Decker, Javea


    Spain’s Modern 19th & 20th SHOCKING Ideology of Women

    In this lecture, we will take a critical journey to the epicenter of Spain's turn-of-the-century art world's blatant misogyny and macho attitudes. It was a time of the industrial revolution which caused the rise of the bourgeoisie and the decline of the nobility and their church imposed charity obligations. 

    In this time of radical upheaval, many women often found themselves in situations that were hopeless and without choices trying to survive in an established social system that made no sympathetic allocations to compensate for their blight. 

    Some intelligent academic artists aimed to call out the hypocrisy of the established fine arts competition system and its judges who defended their manly narrow-minded morality. What they ended up approving and disapproving, at the national exhibitions, in today's society, would be considered absolutely shocking!




    Picasso is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Understanding & Appreciating Picasso will not only help you unlock the meaning behind his artwork but also the psychology of the man and his entry into the modern art era.  

    This course coverers all of the major and profound periods of Picasso's evolution over three-afternoon lectures.

    You will come away from this course ready, willing and able to appreciate and get excited about his artwork in the many art galleries around the world that feature his works.

    19th Century Spanish Summers for the Bourgeoisie

    The 19th century witnessed the emergence of the Spanish bourgeoisie taking their summer holidays by the sea, at a beach or spa resort, that combined health, recreation and social life. The Spanish beaches were filled with changing huts and sunbathing chairs, walkers in their fashionable clothes stylishly dressed parents sitting under umbrellas watching their children swim and many other novel phenomena that contemporary artists immortalized.


    In this FREE SUMMER ART TALK, Karla Darocas will explore the painting styles of several 19th c Southern Spanish Romantic artists and talk about a few of their popular cultural paintings that from an Andalusian expression allude to the modest wooing rituals of couples during their courtship. 


    In this ART TALK, Karla Darocas will highlight the Seville artist Gonzalo Bilbao (1860-1938), a painter of Spanish traditions in the Seville school style. His success came by combining Andalucian elements related to customs, regionalism, and symbolism. 


    ART TALK by Karla Darocas will focus on the emblematic paintings of the Sevillian "garden of the senses" where history, popular past, light, colour, sounds, and pleasant domestic visions yield an appreciation of Sevilla landscape art.

    2nd Summer Season of Spanish ART TALK 2021

    FREE ZOOM LESSONS about some of my favorite Spanish Paintings & Artists and their Historical Stories.

    ** ART APPRECIATION will help you to enjoy your living and traveling in Spain so much more because when you visit the magnificent cultural museums, castles, cathedrals, art galleries, you will undoubtedly see art all around you!!💗

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    Lessons give adults the chance to reconnect with learning and/or increase their knowledge base.
    - become more understanding of Spanish culture and formulate new perspectives.
    - gain confidence to travel more in Spain and abroad for fun, for yourself, for fulfillment.
    - appreciate and take part in activities within the learning environment and the local community and make new friends.



    The Carmen Thyssen Malaga Museum has opened a new but temporary exhibition that they are calling, "Painting the Light", but is only there until October 17th, 2021.

    It is a collection of the vibrant and romantic 19th to mid 20th century Catalan masters. This was a fascinating group of artists who were united by their desire to progress art into a modern era but not lose any of the charm and technique of creating an act of the mind and soul. 

    These works are not only intriguing, reflecting on everyday Spanish life, but they are also beautiful. Capturing the spirit of Spanish culture, the art lover can marvel at their magical light, and painterly qualities while feeling like they have wondrously stepped into a retrospective vision of Spain.

    Displayed at the exhibition will be fifty-three works including painting, cultures, and drawings. Evidently, this is the most personal collection of Baroness Carmen Thyssen, owner of the museum and renowned art collector, because these works are a reflection of her personal tastes and interests given her sentimental closeness derived from her Catalan origins.

    The Most Amazing & Famous Spanish Historical Paintings Of The 19th Century

    IN THIS CLASS, we will marvel at the master painters who took the historical genre of painting to an amazing level of complexity and personality. We will be amazed at their narratives and be charmed by their romantic flare. The techniques of these artists are determined by realism and impressionism and blended into an eclectic mix. These are truly the most amazing and famous works of 19th-century historical genre. You will also learn about Spanish history as themes from Spanish legendary stories and tales are recreated for our pictorial pleasure! 

    Late 19th Century Spanish Orientalist Painters of Landscapes, Cultures & Costumes

    IN THIS LECTURE, we will explore the 19th-century Spanish painters who made their mark on the genre of Orientalism. Through the artworks studied, you will learn about the fascinating culture and costumes of the Moroccan culture as fantasized and also recorded by the Spanish, during this era. Please read the Introduction before the lecture so that you are prepared. 


    Orientalist painting in Spain was sparked by inquisitiveness about Morocco. This attraction was for obvious reasons. Firstly, the fact that Spain was close to Morocco. Secondly, the “African War” of 1859-1860, a dispute between Spain and Morocco that hinged on the unrelenting attacks of Berber tribesmen on Spanish settlements in North Africa, especially Ceuta and Melilla, on the north coast. Spain declared war on Morocco on 22 October 1859 and bombed the city of Tétouan (Arabic/ Berber) or Tetuán (Spanish) for two days and then entered the fight until the Treaty of Wad-Ras on 26 April 1860.