"I have learned so much more about the history behind the buildings and interiors of buildings. Explanations of symbols (like the shell) into present day functioning (Camino de Santiago) is really super. Historical facts of the area in relation to the history of all of Spain were unknown to me. The explanation is so thorough and interesting.
The Toledo area has become so much more alive and explained, I cannot wait to go there again and see the town with new insights and 'new eyes' .
I like the way Karla uses knowledgable wording and her sense of humour makes learning fun.
I would totally recommend Karla and her events to anyone!"
* Trudi, Cumbre del Sol
We learned how to identify the different styles of architecture by looking at the ornate carvings, festoons and magical fantastic creatures.
We looked at el Greco paintings and also at a number of drawings done at the Romantic era.
It was sad to see the destruction of the Alcazar from bombings in the civil war but amazing to see how it has been restored.
I am really looking forward to joining Karla's trip to Toledo to see all these beautiful historic buildings putting my learnt knowledge into what I am seeing.
Karla mixes art and the history and context of how it is all created.
I highly recommend Karla's teaching and events.
* Lizzie Clayton, Benitachell
"The lecture started with a brief timeline of the historical cultures of Toledo. This grounding was further developed with useful descriptions of architectural styles and assimilation.
With this knowledge we were then guided through the streets and buildings of Toledo, able to recognise the differing layers of the City as it grew.
The lecture was highly informative and very entertaining.
Karla is fabulously cynical about constructs of power. This made her lecture seem refreshingly contemporary.
I would definitely recommend her to others."
* Katherine M Waters Parcent
"I learned that many of the architectural wonders of Toledo were built by the Romans, Visigoths, Jewish Civilizations, Muslims, and Christians. As each group of people ruled the area the architecture changed accordingly and the buildings were transformed to reflect each groups beliefs.
It is amazing that each subsequent group had the respect for the historical importance of the buildings and built upon it with their own religious convictions rather than destroy the buildings which is often done when it’s not part of their religious beliefs.
I like how Karla always is well prepared and enthusiastic about the information she delivers.
I would recommend Karla to anyone who would like to gain knowledge of the history of Spain."
* Virginia den Hartog
"I loved the Toledo lecture yesterday. I have been to Toledo but now I can't wait to go again to see the many sites that you pointed out and that I now know a lot more about.
Great to have a lecture encompassing architecture, art and history all in one."
* Christine Wood
"From the Visigothic and Roman roots of Toledo with its unique cultural legacy of Christian, Arab and Jewish communities living alongside each other to the horseshoe arched mosques and haunting canvases of El Greco, Karla crammed all of this and much more into her enthralling and spellbinding lecture.
Toledo now holds a far greater appeal than ever before, I simply must return to truly explore and appreciate this magnificent medieval city. Wow!
Karla's teaching style is full of Passion and Knowledge and I "always" recommend her to other.
* Sue Martin, Pedreguer
"Where to start? As always Karla shares so much knowledge.
I learnt the range of people's coming into Spain and eventually Toledo including the Romans, Visigoths, Jews and Muslims. This seat of learning also showed how many different cultures could live together in harmony and learn from each other.
I learnt how to understand the different styles of architecture, the more simple style of Rome to Mudejar from the Muslims. This was using materials readily available, clay to make bricks, stones from the fields. The skill to carve and embellish plaster.
I could go on for so much longer, but I can't wait for her next lecture, Toledo part 2.
If you want to learn about Spain and it's history Karla's teaching through art is wonderful. The feature I love about her teaching is her knowledge and passion. I Highly recommended her lectures."
* Lizzie Clayton. Benitachell
"I very much enjoyed this talk on El Greco. It filled up my mind with amazing art and interesting historical details.
Karla brings colour to life with her unique perspectives and extensive knowledge about art. What features did you like about the teaching style of Karla Darocas? * The feature that I like about her teaching is her unique perspective."
* Kathleen Misson, Moraira.
"I thoroughly enjoyed Karla's most recent lecture on El Greco. She is knowledgable and passionate about the artists she discusses and the times in which they lived, so much so that they come to life before your eyes.
Don't hesitate to take advantage of this great opportunity that Karla gives us and spend a very enjoyable couple of hours."
* Margaret den Hortog, Javea
"Time flies at these lectures and I absolutely love them. I am totally hooked and his one on El Greco was no exception. Her enthusiasm is infectious and I have most certainly caught the bug!
Thanks Karla for bringing a new dimension into my life."
* Sue Martin, Pedreguer
"As always, great. Karla has such detailed knowledge about the artist and her/his work she talks about. It is so interesting for me to hear the background of the piece of art, the details in it, and the life of the artist.
I am again and again fascinated by the brilliant way of her presentation!! I love everything about Karla's teaching style and I absolutely recommend her to others!"
* Angelika Goette, Jávea