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!