History and culture overview
Segovia, Toledo, Cordoba, Sevilla, Granada, Madrid
From primitive Celtiberian tribes, though Roman cities to Arab palaces and Castillian fortresses, students can experience first hand the legacy of Mediterranean history. A broad range of ages can find a point of access to gain important insights into key conceptual features of cultural evolution. You can deconstruct lunches as living history (Did the tortilla de patatas exist before the 15th century?). Examine military fortifications as problem solving puzzles (What's the defensive virtue of a maze?). Spain offers so much for direct experiences that lead to enduring understanding of historical and cultural processes in society, whether students are 12 or 22.
Art, architecture and form
Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Cadiz, Barcelona
Why Art? Why do humans from the earliest of times show any concern for how something looked, beyond the functional purpose of an object? Why are knives decorated elegantly in the handle? Why are ordinary dishes painted? Why elaborate knockers on doors? Why paint landscapes? No matter where you want to start your exploration of questions that get at some of the fundamentals of aesthetics, a place as rich as Spain, has plenty of material to provoke discussions like these, or more technical examinations of processes of elaboration of some of the more common objects in our life.