Adult Enrichment

Please check back in the fall for information about 2018 offerings.

Summer 2017: Modern and Contemporary Spanish Art: Beyond Picasso, Dalí & Miró

Image courtesy of Paco Simón, local contemporary artist from Zaragoza

Graffiti art in Zaragoza. Image courtesy of Whitney Hermann, ES'85

Image courtesy of Paco Simón, local contemporary artist from Zaragoza

Following the success of our oversubscribed adult enrichment seminar on the Quijote offered last June, SYA is pleased to announce its second annual program offering: Modern and Contemporary Spanish Art - Beyond Picasso, Dalí & Miró.

Whether you already have a keen eye for modern art or are just trying to figure out what it’s all about, what better way to deepen your knowledge of Spanish art than studying at SYA Spain, in Spanish, and in the company of a diverse group of like-minded adults in summer 2017?

This Adult Enrichment seminar in Zaragoza will be led by SYA contemporary art and language teacher Soledad Gutiérrez. This seminar is open to SYA alums, their parents and relatives, as well as high school Spanish teachers.

Starting with an in depth look at the roots of modernism, and in particular the influence of Zaragoza’s own Francisco Goya, the course will focus on:

  • Major movements in Spanish art from impressionism to the present day, including cubism, expressionism, abstraction, pop, performance, post-modernist, realist and conceptual art;
  • Active classroom discussions (¡en español, claro!) with a modest amount of reading and background material assigned before and during the seminar;
  • Participatory morning classroom work at SYA Spain's school, Casa Foster, followed by afternoon museum and studio visits in the city.

No background in art is required.

Zaragoza is a lively city with a strong personality and a host of people, places, tastes and treasures to explore. Class times are structured to allow students ample opportunity to discover what this city has to offer, either on their own or in optional group activities. These will include a welcome dinner, architecture and graffiti walking tours, cooking classes, a tapas crawl, and a farewell wine-tasting and gastronomy event.


• The cost is $1,475 (price does not include flight or hotel)
• The seminar runs for five days from June 26 – June 30, 2017, with an opening dinner on June 25.
• Space is limited to 12 participants.


For more information, contact Director of Special Projects,
Whitney Shugrue Hermann ES'85 at / 978-725-6828, ext. 134

Summer 2016 Attendee Feedback

Summer S., Spanish Teacher, The Wheeler School, RI

"I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and studies in Zaragoza. I have participated in three others (summer teacher workshops) over the last 10 years (Cuernavaca and Oxford Barcelona) and this summer was, by far, my best experience. Zaragoza is a perfect city to explore but also small enough to walk most everywhere."

Tom S., ES'71

"I thought the week was very well organized and had the right balance of time off and discussion time. The approach of discussing topics, which crossed both books was an ideal way to approach such a massive subject. Ángeles is a superb teacher and I think we all learned a lot. Her enthusiasm and energy shone through."

Andrea H., ES'00

"In a nutshell, I thought the Quijote seminar was extraordinary. Of course, I count Ángeles among the best teachers I've ever had, and would follow her anywhere. As for the activities and structure, the guided tours were a bonus I did not anticipate (both of them great), and the wine tasting and goodbye dinner an extra special treat. It is wonderful that SYA is expanding its academic programs in this way. My world is so much larger, and so much richer, thanks to my experiences with the school."