Art & Design in Catalonia

Antoni Gaudi’s architecture must be a priority in any visit to Catalonia. The Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family, commonly referred to as la Sagrada Familia, was designed by Gaudi and although only a quarter of the building was finished when he died in 1926, construction continues, largely through private funding. The influence of other architects can be seen as the structure grows. It is planned to be completed in 2026. Gaudi’s architecture is often categorised as Art Nouveau, but he is famous as a Spanish ’modernista’ architect. Gaudi’s incorporation of ceramics, often broken, into his organic buildings can be seen to great effect in the Parc Guell in Barcelona. Don’t forget to tell your students to look up as they tour the streets of Barcelona. There are many examples of modernista buildings, including Gaudi creations.
For more recent works of Art, visit the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, which houses work from the middle of the twentieth century up to the present. Antoni Tapies, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro are all Catalan artists and all have their work displayed in their own dedicated galleries. The Dali theatre and Museum offers an experience of surrealism in the building and displays.
The Picasso museum in Barcelona has an extensive collection of Picasso’s paintings, drawings and prints spanning his many styles.

Key Study Areas

  • Investigate Dali's surrealism and the principles of this movement
  • Discover the works of Gaudi assessing his contribution to Art Nouveau
  • Analyse Miro's work visualising his progression to symbolism and abstraction
  • Examine the potential for design of urban spaces
  • Assess how Picasso's images relate to social, cultural and personal contexts
  • Investigate the use of materials in urban design


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Art and Design Excursions

  • Dali Museum
  • Gaudi's work in Barcelona
  • Montserrat
  • Joan Miro Foundation
  • Gaudi Centre
  • Picasso Museum


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7 Days to Catalonia by Coach

Day 1:
Depart from school and connect with an early evening channel crossing. Travel overnight on your coach to your resort.

Day 2:
Arrive at your accommodation in the early afternoon. The rest of the day is free to relax. Your coach will not be available due to driver's regulations.

Day 3:
Depart for a full day excursion to Barcelona, visiting sights such as the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, and the Joan Miro Foundation.

Day 4:
Spend the morning at Monserrat, including a trip to the Monastery. In the afternoon visit a Cava factory.

Day 5:
Full day excursion to PortAventura Theme Park (subject to seasonal opening).

Day 6:
Depart your accommodation. Stop to explore the town of Figueres. Visit the Dali Museum. Travel overnight to meet your early morning channel crossing.

Day 7:
Arrive back at school.

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