"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


"Karla's lectures about art, architecture and the history of Toledo were a game changer for me.

I did NOT know one could literally SEE the rich history of the Visigoth, Arabs, Jews and Romans to THIS DAY, hidden in plain sight, IF ONLY one knows what to look for.

Karla made history come to life!!

I now find myself looking MUCH closer at building, churches or even, as here in Calpe, excavation sites. For example, the ruins in Calpe I believed for years to be of Roman origin, I now know they must have been dwellings and "bath" of the Moorish origin,just by the type of building materials they used.

Thank you Karla for enriching my historical understanding of this beautiful country, one lecture at a time! Highly recommended and deeply appreciated!!

Karla's teaching style is informative, interesting, well planned and presented and I heartily recommend her!"

*Christa Terry, Calpe


"We learnt about Diego Velazquez and how his work progressed and developed during his lifetime.

We also learnt how his work was influenced by the politics, religion and culture of the time.

In addition, Karla incorporated a complete history of the reign of Philip IV, the rise and fall of the Hapsburgs in Spain.

We both like Karla's teaching style of delivery. She is very matter-of-fact and tells it like it is with a bit of humour thrown in.

We would definitely encourage others to attend her presentations and other events."

Gladys and Ian Cummings. Javea and UK


"I saw an article in the freebee newspaper, the Weekender, called "The artist and the royal" so I attended the presentation which was on Diego Velazquez and the Habsburgs.

Having followed adult education in History of Art, civil and religious architecture, history of Brittany (France) from the settlement of the Welsh and Irish, through the middle ages.... in France, I am an enthusiast of learning culture.

Now that I am in Spain, I have found a person, Karla Darocas, who is also enthusiastic, and knows how to transmit her knowledge of Spanish culture.

I learned a lot about Velazquez, but also how Monet and other impressionists were influenced by Velazquez (Le joueur de flute).

Karla Darocas has a very natural teaching style, ease, language, comments and I would recommed her to other."

* Josette Jouas, Denia


"I found an advert through Facebook's Javea Connect for a lecture on Toledo and its architecture, art and history. Karla's lecture was not only interesting but highly informative and entertaining due to her immense knowledge of the subject.

She was very relaxed and the depth of her knowledge brought the lecture to life!!

I would absolutely recommend Karla to other!!"

Diana Santiago, Javea


"So many techniques including learning how to compose the perfect picture, positioning and taking the picture at the right angle. Karla was very knowledgeable and she made it a nice informative way to spend a morning.

Karla's teaching style is easy going and she VERY patient. I would definitely recommend her to other."

Vivienne Olver, Javea