"Karla has an encyclopedic knowledge and accessible style of presentation. She makes the techniques of photography easy to understand. Very interesting lecture with inspirational examples of photographic styles/works. Her teaching style is relaxed, informative and fun. I would recommend Karla to learn photography."

Nicola Clark - Javea


Another great lecture, Karla - thank you! I learned a lot AGAIN - and I never want to stop learning. Your immense knowledge about art and architecture in Spain is unbelievable. I cannot wait to hear the second lecture about this subject, and have even booked the day trip to Valencia for 28.04.18. Looking forward to that!

Lots of love, Angelika


"It was another fabulous lecture Karla...we learnt 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


"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 friend."

* Debra Cazalet, Pego


"Fantastic trip to Toledo organised by Karla. We got to stay in a medieval castle within easy walking distance of the city. Every day we saw a different part of the city and with Karla's help and guidance got to understand the significance of Toledo in Spanish history and culture. Fascinating to see how Toledo brings together in one place Spain's Islamic and Christian heritage. Thank you Karla!
Karla's teaching style is very informal and fun and I absolutely recommend her events and trips!"

* Christine Wood of Javea


"Karla had organised this trip in such great detail it was a true delight to be a part of it.

Our arrival in Toledo was coordinated with other students who were making their own way to our 'Hostel in a Castle' where we all met and hit the ground running.

The itinerary was intensive and varied. The classroom advance lectures we had all attended proved to be utterly invaluable, having prepared us for the visual feast awaiting.

We were all utterly enthralled and captivated by the monuments, monasteries, synagogues, palaces, hospital and artisans workshops that this ancient city has to offer.

I loved every minute of it and made some wonderful friends at the same time.

Karla's teaching style is laid back and utterly charming.

I would recommend Karla's teaching and events in a heartbeat!"

Sue Martin, Pedredguer


"I have always liked Dalí as an artist but knew very little about his background and never understood the messages in his artwork. Karla gave fascinating insights regarding his troubled childhood and inner demons. It made me want to learn more about the man and his art. I like Karla's relaxed teaching style. I always recommend Karla to my friends!!"

* Margaret den Hartog, Javea


"We are a big fan of S D & Karla filled in back ground info. Karla has a very human approach to her teaching style. I certainly would recommend her teaching and events to others."

* Roger & Cheryl - Spain


"We learnt such a lot. Having liked Dali pictures for 40 years it was so interesting to learn a lot of the influences and ideas behind the paintings. Learning about Dali’s personal life and the the reason for some recurring themes was fascinating. Karla has a very nice relaxed, entertaining method of teaching."

 * Judy & Peter Dicken, Benitachell


I learned a bit of everything from the general trends of art at that time in Spain (1600s), to the use of colour & light, & everything in between.

I particularly liked how history & politics of the times can be shown to be a big feature of the composition of the picture.

I also learned more about the Spanish Royal lineage of the Habsburgs & the place of Royal women as mere pawns.

Karla Darocas made a subject I have little knowledge of into an absorbing 2 hours of easy listening & learning. I would definitely recommend Karla

* Linda Stephen-martin, Benitachell (part-time)


"As part of this programme, some of our group will be visiting Toledo shortly. This lecture series was invaluable in preparing us for the visual feast of this former capital of the Spanish Empire.

Karla captured the essence and soul of Toledo with its rich abundance of architecture ranging from Romanesque and Mudejar to Gothic and Renaissance. This rich tapestry that has created Toledo over the centuries as described by Karla kept us mesmerised throughout."

*Sue Martin, Pedreguer