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Spanish art in London from Velázquez to Picasso

At a Glance

  • Live online course
  • 2 hours a week
  • Thursdays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 10 weeks: January to March
  • Tutor: Anna Riera
  • Fees from £125 to £210
  • Imperial College attendance certificate (T&Cs apply)
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Spanish art in London from Velázquez to Picasso

This course will be delivered in Spanish. The minimum proficiency level required is B1 (Intermediate)

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Course participants should be confident in participating in class discussions in Spanish.

On this course, we will develop Spanish language skills through the analysis and discussion of some Spanish masterpieces from prestigious London art collections such as The National Gallery, the Wallace Collection, Apsley House and Tate Gallery. The sessions will be in Spanish and will use the exploration and understanding of paintings as the means to develop and improve language skills in Spanish. Students will be introduced to new language which will enable them to exchange their ideas and perceptions of art by Velázquez, Goya, Sorolla, Dalí and Picasso in lively class discussions.

Students will have access to online resources and virtual tours of the collections. A visit to the National Gallery is planned for the final session.

To join this course no prior knowledge of art or artists is required.

COURSE AIMS

1. On this course you will be introduced to five of the most famous Spanish painters and their masterpieces in London main art collections.

2. You will learn complex grammatical structures in Spanish and the relevant vocabulary to express your ideas and perceptions about art.

3. You will develop the ability to understand and appreciate art while you develop your oral skills in Spanish.

Online access to course

This is a taught live online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time on a specific day of the week. To take part in the course you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device. Please find full details and instructions below under 'Course Delivery'.

Attendance certificate

Those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive an attendance certificate from Imperial College London upon completion of the course.

Course Information

Course Programme

INDICATIVE CORE CONTENT

The content is organized around five topics, each focusing on one painter.

  • Sessions 1 & 2 – Introduction to Spanish Art in the “Golden Age”. Diego de Velázquez. Revising vocabulary for senses, food and tastes. Reading allegories behind the scenes.
  • Sessions 3 & 4 – Goya. Portraits of the monarchy. The Peninsular War and the “black paintings”. Making hypothesis about the past and future
  • Sessions 5 & 6 – Late 19th century.Sorolla. Discussing about colour and light in the transition to the vanguards. Genre scenes of Spanish life. Speaking about past habits and our childhood.
  • Session 7 & 8 - Surrealism. Dalí. Explaining dreams. Expressing feelings.
  • Session 9 - Cubism. Picasso. Comparing the ways in which a variety of ideas, themes and concepts are expressed in the visual arts in different times.
  • Session 10 - Visit to the National Gallery

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Level advice

Please review the course description to assess whether the proficiency level required for this course is a good match for your level of ability. If you have been out of formal education for a while or have not had an opportunity to practice your Spanish in some other way please be reasonably sure and realistic about your level of proficiency prior to proceeding with enrolment.

Contact details for course-level advice: Ms Almudena Sanchez-Villen (Assistent Spanish Coordinator), m.sanchez-villen@imperial.ac.uk

Your Tutor

All tutors on our language programmes are native speakers with a great deal of experience in teaching languages to beginners and the more advanced. Tutor contact details are provided in the programme pack which will be emailed to you just prior to the start of term.

For any questions relating to your tutor's background or teaching qualifications please contact our Assistent Spanish Coordinator: Ms Almudena Sanchez-Villenm.sanchez-villen@imperial.ac.uk

Course Delivery Method: Live Online (Zoom)

All our online courses are taught live which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you must be able to attend the online session at the time stated for the course description.

All times stated are British Standard Time.

To take part you will need a computer, or laptop, or tablet computer, connected to the Internet. The device you use will also need to have a camera, microphone and speakers. Most devices now have these built in, but if not you might have to buy them from a computer shop and to connect them to your device.

Zoom

This course will use Zoom as its online delivery method. Zoom is very easy to use and you do not need to set up a Zoom account to use it. Near the date of your first online session you will be sent an email with a web address (or URL) that will allow you to access the course. This is called the Course Link. All you need do is click on the Course Link in the email and you will be asked to enter your name. This is the name that will be seen by your tutor and other students in the class.

Once you have entered your name you might be asked to enter a password to enter the class. The password will be included in the email sent to you. Once you enter the password you will either be taken directly into the class, or asked to wait in a virtual waiting room until the tutor is ready to let you into the class.

We have also produced a Handy Guide to Zoom [pdf] which gives you basic information on how to use it.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 20  10  £210   (≡£10.50 per hour)
£125     (≡£6.25 per hour) £165    (≡£8.25 per hour)
All fee rates quoted and due are for the whole course. Part-payments are not possible. Equivalent to hourly rate is for comparison guidance only. There is no early-bird discount for January intake courses.


Rate Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors)
  • Individuals enrolling under our Friends & Family scheme
  • Staff of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should contact eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form

Associate Rate

  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Cooperative College Members
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Friends and Patrons of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Members of the Kennel Club
  • Members of the London Zoological Society
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • National Health Service (NHS) employees
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Teachers and other staff of UK schools
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer termSummer School
 20  10 n/a w/c 17 Jan - w/e 26 Mar 2022 (10 weeks)* n/a n/a
* This is a one-term course

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 5 November 2021

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. Please click on the blue booking link on the relevant course page noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on the course page and your applicable rate category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details after your course choice and applicant details are collected via an in-built questionnnaire
  • The following email notifications are sent:
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Is sent instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • This is a receipt for your payment and includes payment date, order number and course title
  • Confirmation of your place on your chosen course will follow later
2. Enrolment confirmation Is sent within 10 working daysPlease treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-confirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms the day and time of your course
3. Programme information Is usually sent on Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains joining instructions for your course, incl. tutor contact details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Any Questions?

  • Questions regarding the content and teaching of your course should be sent to Ms Almudena Sanchez-Villen (Assistent Spanish Coordinator) at m.sanchez-villen@imperial.ac.uk
  • Questions about your enrolment and payment should be sent to the Programme Administrator, eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk