Southern Spain

A Dream in Southern Spain: Carmona and Seville

Your Journey

Program Dates: 

July 22 – August 4, 2021

14 days

July 2022*

Spend two magical weeks in southern Spain, in the relaxed city of Carmona, right outside of Seville. Here, where sensual traditions are as ancient as the sun kissed earth, and where olive oil and wine, an intrinsic part of life, are enjoyed  from day time to late night dinners. Carmona, an ancient and quiet town, is right outside of Seville, the setting for most of the worlds well known Operas, including the Barber of Seville and Carmen.

AIP Carmona is set at a beautiful historic property right in the city center, so that we may participate and integrate into the community in meaningful ways. We have studio space, courtyards, exhibition rooms, and ample time to explore the welcoming Andalusian city of Carmona. Each day, wake up to a lovely breakfast at the hotel, and, depending on your course of study, have class or head to the studio. Our meals are shared dining experiences set at the hotel and in local restaurants. Multi-course dinners encourage you to relax and take time for enjoyment. There are day trips into Seville, known for its incredible architecture; along with Cordoba, famous for its mosque cathedral and charming labyrinthian neighborhoods. Quiet and quaint means there is a lot to do and make; observing ancient structures and scenes, while listening to courtyard waterfalls and the sounds of local life.


– Residence at a lovely historic hotel in the center of Carmona, the quaint village right outside of Seville 

– Exclusive tours of local artist studio's, museums, workshops, and galleries

– Excursion to Seville, the grand city of cultural and dramatic arts

– Guided tours of Carmona

– Studio and exhibition space in the city center. Exhibition opportunities at city hall

– Culinary experiences at local restaurants, famous for tapas and Andalusian wine

– Specially curated presentations and experiences by trip leaders and locals

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Day 1

– Arrivals at leisure to hotel; independently or meet in Seville for private transport to the hotel in Carmona. 

– Welcome reception, aperitif, and celebration dinner

– Included meals: dinner

Day 2

– Wake up in the city center and enjoy a luxurious breakfast 

– Explore the city of Carmona on a private walking tour

 – Meet with your creative group to discuss goals and the your immersion experience

– Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 3, 4 & 5

– Communal breakfast, lunch and dinner, exchanging ideas and excitement with other guests

– Workshops in art and culture with time to work, or relax and do personal reflections

– Meet for an aperitif followed by presentations by professors and AIP trip leaders about their work and creative topics. 

– Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

 Day 6

– Travel to Seville for a guided tour of local artist studios, and an insider's perspective on the city. 

– Independently explore the city and share meals with new friends in town.

– Included meals: breakfast 

 Day 7

- Mid program review of your work in a community setting 

– Explore your work while we host a mid term exhibition of your project at the studio and in the city at large, setting future goals to reach on the trip and reflecting in creative conversation

– Mid term celebration dinner

– Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 8 & 9

– Spend the day relaxing and reflecting in Arles. *shopping and time to reflect is a must 

– Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 10

– Journey to Nimes to explore art and culture 

– Included meals: breakfast 

Day 11 & 12

– Workshops, art making, and living well. Work towards your creative goals, preparing for the final exhibition. Spend the day relaxing and reflecting and attending workshops. 

– Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 13

– Explore the work of the group for the final exposition.

– Farewell dinner 

– Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 14

– Departures at leisure or take group transport back to Seville in the morning.

– Included meals: breakfast

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Your Journey Includes

The AIP team; we will guide you through the entire experience

Food and Drinks: all meals served at the hotel and vetted local eateries. On travel days, you will dine independently.

Arrival and Final Celebration Dinners

Accommodations: residence at a gorgeous spacious traditional property in Carmona's city center. Access to the entire hotel.

Ground Transportation: Private airport transfers and Carmona transportation * Flight not included in price

Activity Fees

Day trips to Seville and Cordoba 

Studio and Exhibition Space: Cultural Arts Center and City Hall work and exhibition spaces.  

​Creative Presentations, lectures, critiques, and workshops by AIP leaders and instructors

Peace of Mind: International Health Insurance is provided for all of our participants

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Your Art Practice

Study contemporary and traditional methods of drawing, painting and writing in Andalucia. Learn to paint, draw, and think critically. The focus of the trip is being in the moment and enjoying your time while learning and connecting to the world. Return home with a body of work produced, and broadened cultural perspective. We allow participants to make work in a variety of formats, exhibited in the city. 

Make art each day, guided by intellectual and skill-building principles. You may take a class, or work independently on your own projects. 

Create writing samples

Draw Carmona, Seville, and Cordoba from life or your imagination

Paint your surrounding and experience

Study architecture and history 

Make color samples

Make print designs

Exhibit your work to the public 

Trip Details and Pricing

PRICE: $3,900

“I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain!”
― George Orwell,
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