Southern Spain

Art &

Design Workshops and Residency

Program Overview

Program Dates: July 22 - AUGUST 5, 2021.

Live in the whitewashed and relaxed city of Carmona in southern Spain for a magical two weeks. AIP Spain is set at a beautiful historic property right in historic Carmona. We have studio space, courtyards, exhibition space and ample time to explore the city and culture of Andalusia. Arrive in Carmona and spend the day at the pool before sharing tapas and an aperitif followed by a celebration dinner with Spanish food and wine. Share time between the hotel, studio space and the city of Carmona.

 

Wake up to a lovely breakfast at the hotel, have class or head to the studio workspace. Our lunches and dinners are shared dining experiences set at the hotel and in local restaurants. Multi-course meals encourage you to relax and take time to enjoy each moment of the day. We have day trips into Seville, known for opera and incredible architecture, along with Cordoba, famous for its mosque cathedral and charming labyrinthian neighborhoods.

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What's Included?

Historic Hotel Accommodations​

AIP workshops and experiences 

AIP group leader and Travel Guide ​

Artistic, Curated Tour of Carmona 

Visits to Local Museums and Cultural Sites​

Meals included: Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners * Except on travel days ​

Studio and exhibition space​

Airport pickup and drop-off for arrival and return flights [Flight not included in price.]​

Final Exhibition open to the Public​

Critiques, Lectures, Presentations, and Workshops​

International Health Insurance ​

*If you are a University student we can work with you to get college credit. 

Trip Highlights

We offer various courses in art and design in Carmona, Spain. Our group will travel to museums and cultural sites to understand the broad historical context of Spanish art. Spain is known for painting, pottery, dance, cuisine, and leatherwork. AIP will offer workshops with local masters.  

 

Courses and residency space will be held at the Carmona Cultural Arts Center studio's, a local castle, courtyards in town and the city at large. We have designated studio space with sinks, electricity, and air conditioning. Many classes meet in the city to draw, paint and discuss in the cultural environment. 

 

Using exhibition space in the city, a municipal exhibition space,  site-specific course space, courses will run for three hours a day. Students are expected to work on projects outside of class time. Meals are shared at the hotel and at local restaurants. Residents can work on their own schedule and use the space there projects require. 

Spanish art is open and expressive. Dance, music, sculpture, and architecture communicate a wide range of human experience. The idiosyncratic masterworks of Greco, the Golden Age of Velazquez, the art of Goya, and the innovative works of Picasso, Dali and Miró are wide-ranging and powerful. We aim to make a variety of work, sharing and exchanging perspectives, informed by the past and present. Cross-course critique and dialogue between students and professionals is an essential component of our horizontal platform. Risk-taking and hard work are encouraged and nurtured. Study contemporary and traditional methods of design and art. Return home with a body of work produced, and broadened cultural perspective.

Image by Joan Oger

What you will do and learn. 

The town of Carmona is excited for our group to be visiting each summer! We work in partnership with the town of Carmona, using the town hall as exhibition space and cultural arts center as studio space. We engage with the community and local makers and artists, inviting locals to dine with us and work with local artists to do our final exhibition and showcase.

We offer various courses in art and design in Carmona, Spain. Our group will travel to museums and cultural sites to understand the broad historical context of Spanish art. Spain is known for painting, pottery, dance, cuisine, and leatherwork. AIP will offer workshops with local masters.  

 

Courses and residency space will be held at the Carmona Cultural Arts Center studio's, a local castle, courtyards in town and the city at large. We have designated studio space with sinks, electricity, and air conditioning. Many classes meet in the city to draw, paint and discuss in the cultural environment. 

Classes are three hours a day, and participants relax and work the rest of the day. A bus, cab or uber can get you to Seville in around thirty minutes. We have a mid-program and final exposition to showcase work to the entire group. Along the way, faculty and program leaders make presentations on work and their course topics, to inspire and give a greater cultural context to Spain. Each day is full of creative conversation, encouraging you to relax and energize your creative pursuits.

The town of Carmona is excited for our group to be visiting each summer! We work in partnership with the town of Carmona, using the town hall as exhibition space and cultural arts center as studio space. We engage with the community and local makers and artists, inviting locals to dine with us and work with local artists to do our final exhibition and showcase

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Where we stay:

Southern Spain is full of whitewashed villages, olive groves, lemon trees, and stunning colors. The spirit

of Andalusia is one you can’t find anywhere else. There are beautiful courtyards, fountains, smells of

orange blossoms and echoes of flamenco. Carmona is a charming little town located in Sevilla, in southern Spain. The town is lined with cobbled streets lined with churches and mansions. The architectural style in Carmona is Mudejar. A market takes place weekly selling seasonal fruits and vegetables. When the moors occupied Carmona, they built walls around it and fountains and palaces within it, all of which are still visible today. 

 

Our trip is stationed in the town of Carmona at a grand property on the edge of the town, overlooking the Spanish countryside. The hotel is complete with interior patios, halls decorated with frescoes and Moorish gardens. There is a lovely pool to enjoy during your stay. 

AIP Spain is located 25 minutes from the Seville Airport.

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Program Itenerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Spain! Arrive at the airport and meet your private transfer to take you from Sevilla to Carmona. Check in at the hotel and relax in the courtyard with a beverage, or take a dip in the saltwater pool. Spend the afternoon relaxing and getting settled. Gather to meet the group that evening and head for an aperitif and tapas. Meet the rest of the group and head to a celebration dinner enjoying local cuisine and Andalusian wine.

 

Day 2 - Wake up in Andalucia and enjoy a breakfast with cafe con lecce, fresh fruit, sweets, eggs, yogurt, toast and other regional specialties. We will all gather to introduce AIP; get to know the teachers, students, residents, and group organizers. Bring your supplies up to the classroom (all participants bring supplies with them so they are prepared to work right away) and meet with your class groups. Creative Residents can set up workspace and start working right away. Gather at 1 pm for lunch and take the afternoon to work on art, writing etc. You will have open time each day to be in the moment and share experiences with the community. We will discuss our goals and objectives for the trip, building trust and focus for our journey together. Spend the afternoon relaxing and reflecting. Gather for tapas and another multi-course dinner.

 

Day 3 - Enjoy a morning in class, in town, or at the studio space. Courses will meet each morning for three hours, and instructors will give assignments you can work outside of class. Creative residents will dive into projects. We will all take a tour of Carmona with a local guide to get to know local landmarks, and other important sites.

 

Day 4 & 5 - Wake up to another wonderful morning, meet for class followed by lunch and spend the afternoon working/ relaxing. Meet for an aperitif followed by presentations by professors and AIP trip leaders about there work and other creative topics. Arrive to dinner excited and chatting with other guests, asking questions and learning about each other and what interests you share. 

Day 6 - Spend the Day in Seville. See the city with an AIP walking tour followed by independent opportunities. Eat out on your own.

Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Shared with more aperitifs, and a Mid Term Review of work of all courses, professors and residents. Review, look and discuss!

 

Day 8 - Visit Cordoba exploring the charming city's Jewish quarter, UNESCO world heritage mosque, and many shopping opportunities. Traces to Siena exploring, seeing sites and shopping. Look out for the local flags of the neighborhoods!

 

Day 9 - Shared meals, course sessions, group gatherings and time to create! Visit archaelogical ruins in town.

 

Day 10 - Open day to work and relax. You can take an independent trop to Seville or other nearby location. No class meetings.

 

Day 11 & 12 - Shared meals, course sessions, group gatherings and time to create! Prep for final show.

 

Day 13 - Breakfast followed by our final exhibition. Tour the exhibit as a group to see and explore everyones projects. Pack up your supplies and suitcases, enjoy a fantastic celebration and farewell dinner!

 

Day 14 - Wake up, enjoy breakfast and ride the private transport back to Roma to depart! If your staying longer, enjoy the rest of your trip.

*Note this schedule including dates is subject to change due to local weather, force majeure or new opportunities that better suit the needs of the group. This will help you get an accurate picture of what your experience will be like. AIP programs are non-refundable, due to the advanced planning required to make trips possible. We plan every detail to make sure our stay is excellent in every way. 

Trip Details and Pricing

This experience includes almost everything you.

 

*Rooms are all shared.

Private rooms available upon request.

Airfare to Spain is not included.

PRICE: $3,900

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Let us know why you’re interested in Spain. We will keep you on our list and get back to you! 

Any questions?

Please check our FAQ or email info@artistimmersionprogram.com

Other trip details:

Other cool things to do:

Visit Seville any day of the week, either by bus or taxi. We are close to many other amazing towns and places. Cordoba is a fantastic day trip. 
 

  
What is Flamenco? How is Andalusia connected to Opera?

 

Flamenco is an emotional and romantic Spanish art form combining dance and music. Originating in ancient Spain, this tradition is passed on through communities, dancers range from age two up, it’s truly a community oriented art form. Performance is integrated into Andalusian culture, all of Southern Spain is rich in passion and pageantry. You can tour many places that inspired many lyrics and settings for writers. More than one hundred operas are set in Seville! This is mythical and romantic place, will surely inspire and intrigue you and your creative spirit. 

Travel Arrangements:

AIP will email you when it is time to get your ticket. We will complete much planning in advance, and will email this to you ninety or more days before your tip. We will send more specific details once you sign up for the trip. You will be met at the airport, and we will all go to the hotel together. 

Weather:

Spain is hot in the summer and can get cool at night. Higher temperatures are around afternoon time, when it’s hot in the sun and much cooler in the shade. Modesty is respected in Spainish culture, especially when visiting churches. We recommend nice looking clothes for your everyday experience. Scarves are helpful when visiting cities if you plan on attending churches or museums.

Suggested Reading:

 

CLASSIC

Don Quixote,

by Miguel de Cervantes, 1605

FICTION

For Whom The Bell Tolls,

by Ernest Hemingway, 1940

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NON FICTION

Travelers' Tales: Spain,

by Lucy McCauley, 1995.

Image by Petr Slováček

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

― George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia
 

 

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