My mission is to create a welcoming space where you can experience outstanding fine arts classes. My cozy classroom comes alive with full-screen slides and captivating lectures, enriching your learning journey. 

Join me on enlightening group excursions that combine education with exploration, and delve into my insightful educational publications that celebrate the magnificence of art. Stimulate your thoughts with my curated selection of art films, designed to spark creativity and introspection. 

I am dedicated to nurturing your passion for the arts while fostering personal and intellectual growth.

In a teaching career spanning more than three decades, I have cultivated an unwavering dedication to igniting and nurturing a deep passion into the "love of learning".

After completing my academic career, I embarked on a transformative path in education by bringing my expertise to the field of "Continuous Learning"

Continuous Learning represents the relentless pursuit of intellectual growth that translates into an unwavering commitment to regularly updating and expanding one's knowledge.

As a fine arts lecturer and art historian specialising in Spanish art and architecture, I have the great privilege of imparting wisdom to my students. 

Under my guidance, they embark on a journey to transcend the boundaries of understanding, interpreting, appreciating and ultimately enjoying without reservation the magnificent works of art by the great masters of art and the awe-inspiring grandeur of architectural marvels.

Artfully Yours,
Karla Ingleton-Darocas
Tel. WhatsApp # 34 648 156 066 

ABOUT - C. V. 

  • B.A. (Hons) FINE ARTS, Specialisations in Spanish Fine Arts Masters, Creative Arts, Film Studies and Photography, University of Waterloo, Waterloo. CANADA grd. 1990
  • Diploma Creative Arts. Rexdale College, Rexdale. CANADA . grd. 1979
  • Entrepreneurial Business Diploma. Kitchener. CANADA grd. 1990

  • Owner of Hemlines Design - 1979 - 1984
  • Freelance Educator / Adult Education / Private Tutor since 1990
  • Owner of Zona Communications - 1984 - 2000
  • Owner of Darocas.com - 2001 to present
  • Owner of SpainLifestyle.com - 2004 to present
  • Owner of KarlaDarocas.com - 2006 to present

  • Oshawa Times - 1979 - 1983
  • Oshawa This Week - 1996 - 2000
  • Toronto Sun - 1980 - 1984
  • Waterloo Record - 1990 - 1996
  • Valencia Life Magazine (editor)
  • Round Town News, Costa Blanca - 2002 - 2010

AUTHOR of Spanish Arts, Architecture, History & Study Guides Books
  • THE MEDIEVAL GOTHIC GLORY OF XÀBIA / JÁVEA *A Historical and Architectural Adventure
  • JÁVEA *Historical Stories of Prominent People & Places
  • MARINA ALTA & GANDIA *Captivation Historical Landmarks
  • CLOTILDE  *Sorolla's Cornerstone: A Tribute to the Life of a Woman of Vision & Grace
  • SPANISH DOGS *The Story of Dogs in Spanish History, Culture & the Arts
  • PRIDE & PASSION AT THE PRADO *Spain's Seven Most Famous Historical Romantic Stories & the Artists Who Immortalised Them
  • DIEGO VELÁZQUEZ *The Man and his Mythological Paintings at the Prado
  • VIVA Collection. Volume #1. 

VOLUNTEER Organizations

  • CKWR 98.7 Waterloo - 1992 - 1996

  • Women in Business Club
  • Founder - 2004 - 2014
  • President - 2004 - 2008

DEGREES and Diplomas

ON TV. The Travel Channel

Understanding and Appreciating Spain with Karla Darocas

Interview in "This is Spain"webzine, 2017
One of the best ways to understand and appreciate Spain and its people is to study the great Spanish artists who have enlightened hearts and minds with their art works.
The Costa Blanca is fortunate as it has one of the most recognised Spanish art historians living and teaching in Benitachell, Alicante.
Since 1990, Karla Darocas has been an adult educator who has lived in four countries before making Spain her home when she married her longtime Spanish boyfriend in the year 2001.
In the past, her adult teaching curriculum focused on practical applications such as Business Development to Marketing to Digital Communications, but since 2012 she has narrowed down her spectrum to focus on her passion, which is teaching the great Spanish Art Masters.
When Karla graduated with an honours Fine Arts degree with a specialisation in the Spanish Masters from the university of Waterloo, Canada, she was never able to teach her passion. Living in Spain, she has now found an appreciative audience.
I have known Karla since 2002 and her website SpainLifestyle.com is fascinating.


STEVE: I see by the reviews on your KarlaDarocas.com website that you have really inspired a lot of people to enjoy Spain more by appreciating its great art and artists. How did it all come about?
KARLA: I have always been an artist but when I discovered the Spanish Masters at university, I was hooked. This passion lead me to Spain to study at the Prado in Madrid and then to Javea for fun where I met my now husband. That was back in 1988. To this day, I am continually inspired and moved by the sublime determination of the arts to make sense out of beauty and the intellect within the realm of the human condition. My students tell me that my passion rubs off on them!!
STEVE: What kind of things do you explore in your teachings and presentations?
KARLA: Art History is an exploration and adventure that looks at artist and answers important questions that might be philosophical or technical…like… How did the artist come to create the work?, Who were that artist’s teachers and influences?, Who were the patrons?, Who were that artist’s disciples?, What historical forces shaped the artist’s work, and How did that artist’s work affect history and in turn – political, and social events?
STEVE: And what kind of students do you attract?
KARLA: My students are adults who are well travelled and enlightened, but not always educated into the humanities. Once they attend my lectures, films, day trips or whatever, they develop their passion and can truly enjoy Spain for all the artistic and historical value it possesses.
STEVE: Do you only teach about Spain and its artists?
KARLA: No. Sometimes I will lecture on an artist outside of Spain but 99% of the time, those artists have been inspired by Spanish artists or have competed with Spanish artists?
STEVE: Great – Thank you Karla. Always wonderful to catch up with you. Stay in touch.