JOAQUÍN SOROLLA * Classes Fridays @ 5pm


2023 is the year of Sorolla, as the whole country celebrates the centenary of the death of this Valencian painter.

Joaquín Sorolla has left us an extensive collection that allows us to study almost half a century of Spanish art history.

Painting captivated Sorolla from a young age and he never abandoned this devotion. Only his love for his wife Clotilde could match this passion.

I have been teaching about Sorolla for almost 30 years and I promise you that no stone will be left unturned as we delve into the life, culture, trends, fashion, themes, techniques and so much more that surrounds his work and legacy.

Understand & Appreciate * Joaquín Sorolla - Fridays @ 5:00pm 

FEE: 10 euros per class / date
Length: approx 90 minutes
Where: Classroom - Carrer Pare Plácido, 57, Benitachell
  • March 17 * Styles Advanced * Impressionism to Luminism 
  • March 24 * Ultimate Masterpieces . Last Work . Legacy 
  • March 31 * Special Tribute . Paintings Dedicated to Childhood 
  • April 14 * Special Tribute . Portraits of Coltilde -  the Most Portrayed Woman in Art History!


"Karla's lecture are so full of the historical context of Spain. I enjoyed the Costumbrista style masterpieces of Sorolla. His academic work was beautiful too and when you keep in mind of his young age when he was painting these works, amazing! The historical philosophies of Spain and Europe at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century comes to life in the absolute master works of the great and unique Sorolla. He formed a unique style with inspirations from master painters from Velázquez to the modern era of Monet."  * Trudi van Dorp, Benitachell

"Fascinating lecture on the progression of Sorolla's style. Loved his mixture of naturalism and Impressionism to create his own Illumination. Karla has a great understanding of his works, and you leave the class feeling stimulated. Looking forward to the next one! "  * Mimi Carrera, Valencia

"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

"I learned so much!! I have lived in Jávea for many years, had heard about the famous painter Sorolla, met people who took painting classes about Sorolla's pieces, and saw paintings by him. In Karla's lecture, I learned so many details about Sorolla's life, works, where he lived, and saw the beautiful colours in many of his paintings. What stood out to me was to realise how much Sorolla must have loved Jávea - with all its beautiful beaches, the light, people, and landscapes. Karla's knowledge is huge, and I just love her teaching in every way. I absolutely recommend her!" * Angelika Goette, Benitachell