“I saw an advertisement for Appreciation of Spanish Art in the Round Town News. The course was based on the Spanish Masters including Sorolla, who painted here in Javea. I love visiting art galleries but I had no understanding of how to interpret the paintings.

Karla's classes opened up a whole new way of looking at art. Karla is a enthusiastic teacher and her enthusiasm is contagious. Thank you Karla for making the course so enjoyable.

RE: Madrid & Toledo Trip 2014

Wonderful trip, great experience and good company. Take 7 women who do not know each other but have a shared interest in art and put them on a minibus van to Madrid and the journey is going to be noisy, full of laughter and take no time at all. Karla even provided the nibbles and water.

The walking art tour was informative, quite hectic as Karla ensured that we were kept fully occupied but it was great fun.

Everything was well organised and all we had to do was enjoy ourselves, which we did.”

Maureen Luxton * Javea

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I recently had a great few days in Madrid and Toledo with a lovely group of women. We were enjoying the fine art galleries of Madrid and it was so nice to have everything arranged for us by Karla Darocas.

There was so much packed into each day not just to see paintings but all sorts of other places of interest and interesting historical facts. It really felt like a week worth of events and a great way to get to know Madrid and Toledo.

Karla Darocas, fine arts educator and tour guide was so entertaining and enthusiastic, it was quite contagious. Trudi van Dorp - our van driver - was wonderful as well, keeping the group together with her own injection of energy and fun.

I can't say I that I have done so much and seen so much in such a short space of time for years!

Gaynor Crighton


Having attended Karla’s very informative series of lectures, I was delighted to be able to join the trip to Madrid to see some of the masterpieces “for real".

The trip was so much more than just art.

We had a very comfortable drive up to Madrid and the hotel was in a very central location.

There was lots of walking, lots of museums and enough stops for coffee and cake to keep us all going.

We were fortunate to see two Sorolla exhibitions as well which was amazing.

The return trip via Toledo was very interesting. Lots of different things to see there as well as art .. the marzipan was a bonus!

Thoroughly fun and educational few days away and I would recommend any art lover/city break lover to go.

Thanks Karla and the other ladies for making the experience such a happy one.

Rebecca Kerr
Javea (part-time)


The reason I joined the course was my love of art, although not really knowing anything about it. Also Salvador Dali was included in the list of Masters to be studied so I had no option but to sign up, did I!

The first day was an overview of the course, and already I felt out of my depth, but each week Karla explained things so clearly and in a 'down to earth' manner that I began to appreciate just how amazing these artists were. The paintings really came to life and I feel that in the six weeks of the course I have learned more about art than I have in the whole of my 66 years!

Karla's enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject is outstanding and captured the imagination of the whole class.

Eileen Jackson