SPAIN 2007: The Grand Artistic Tradition
June 18-July 2, 2007

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona (Photo: Melissa Stowe)


Day 1 Monday, June 18 Departure Seattle In flight

Day 2 Tuesday, June 19 Arrival Barcelona
City walking tour. Hosteria Grau

Day 3 Wednesday, June 20 Catedral, Museu Picasso, Poble Espanyol de Montjuic, Fundacio Joan Miro Hosteria Grau

Day 4 Thursday, June 21 Gaudi day: Casa Batlo, La Pedrera, Sagrada Familia, Parque Guell Hosteria Grau

Day 5 Friday, June 22 Excursion to The Dalí Museum in Figueres Hosteria Grau

Day 6 Saturday, June 23 Museum of Contemporary Art, Palau de la Musica, Fiesta San Joan Hosteria Grau

Day 7 Sunday, June 24 Bus to Valencia
City walking tour. Museo de Bellas Artes Hotel abba Acteon

Day 8 Monday, June 25 Museo de la Catedral, La Albufera, the beach Hotel abba Acteon

Day 9 Tuesday, June 26 Excursion to Requena. Tour of La Villa, Las Cuevas, Paella lunch, Winery Hotel abba Acteon

Day 10 Wednesday, June 27 Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Museo Fallero Hotel abba Acteon

Day 11 Thursday, June 28 Bus to Madrid
City walking tour. Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace Hostal Dulcinea

Day 12 Friday, June 29 Excursion to Toledo
Santo Tome Cathedral,
Museo El Greco Hostal Dulcinea

Day 13 Saturday, June 30 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Museo del Prado Hostal Dulcinea

Day 14 Sunday, July 1 Museo Reina Sofia, El Rastro, Farewell dinner Hostal Dulcinea

Day 15 Monday, July 2 Departure Madrid
Arrival Seattle In flight


  • Hosteria Grau, C/Ramelleres, 27 08001 Barcelona, Tel. +(34)933018135;
  • Hotel abba Acteón, Vicente Beltrán Grimal, 2, 46023 Valencia, Tlf. +34 96 331 07 07,
  • Hostal Dulcinea, C/ Cervantes,19 2º, Madrid-28014, Tel: 34-91-429-9309. 34-91-429-4171,



Santo Tome, Toledo (Photo: Melissa Stowe)


La Sagrada Familia (Photo: Julian Reyes)

Catedral, Valencia (Photo: Melissa Stowe)

Palacio Real, Madrid (Photo: Melissa Stowe)

The artistic traditions of Spain are second to none and fascinating in their contextual relations. Significant elements of Spanish art and art history (traditional and modern) are embodied by the seven artists: El Greco, Diego Velazquez, Francisco Goya, Antonio Gaudi, Joen Miro, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Julio Gonzales. By first-hand experience of the culture of Madrid, Toledo, Requena, Valencia, and Barcelona, by attending important museums to view artworks in their original, a more holistic study of art and context will be possible. We will explore the cultural environment of contemporary Spain to enable a more profound understanding of the artists within a discussion of the value and meaning of artistic expression. We will stay in hotels. Course requirements include preparatory meetings, book reports, a travel journal, and a research paper.

Calamares on the table (Photo: KA; Julian's cam.)

Inside La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona: back (left-right): Julian, Dana, Whitney, Melissa, Andrew; front: Kim, Kara, Angie (Photo: KA; Julian's cam.)

Below Columbus in Barcelona (Photo: KA; Dana's cam.)

Parc Montjuic in Barcelona (Photo: Dana Simpkins)


Julian, Dana, Angie, Andrew, Melissa, Kim, Kara and Whitney in Barcelona.
(Photo: KA)

Cafe-time in Valencia. (Photo: Tina Fernandez)

Ciudad de las Ciencias, Valencia. (Photo: Tina Fernandez)

Andrew, Angie, Kim, Kim, Kara, Melissa, Whitney, Dana and Julian in front of the Ciudad de las Ciencias, Valencia. (Photo: Tina Fernandez)