UA Art Already Planning 2023 Study Abroad to Spain

Art and Art History students and faculty congregate for group photo at the Alhambra in Granada.
Art and Art History students and faculty congregate for group photo at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, May 2019.

The UA Department of Art and Art History has announced plans to again take students to study in Spain. The trip is scheduled for May 14 through May 29, 2023. The program will be based in the centrally-located medieval city of Toledo, and students and faculty will take excursions to Madrid, Córdoba, Granada, and finally Barcelona before returning to Alabama. The program will be guided and courses taught by UA professors Dr. Tanja Jones and Jason Guynes.

Toledo, the home of the renowned 16th-century artist El Greco, is a UNESCO world heritage site and “a beautiful medieval city famous for three religions living peacefully together,” Professor Guynes told UA News when the 2019 study tour was preparing to go. “You can still see the influence of those cultures in the city. We can just step outside and draw or conduct research.”

In Madrid, students and faculty will tour the Prado, Reina Sophia, Palacio Real, and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums, take an excursion to El Escorial to tour the palace, monastery and museum, and to Segovia to tour the Alcazar and cathedral. The program includes a three-day excursion to the cities of Granada and Córdoba to visit the Alhambra and the Mesquita, or Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba. Activities conclude in Barcelona with tours of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila.

Up to six credit hours may be earned in studio art and/or art history courses with some work required prior to and after the trip. For information about the upcoming tour or to sign up, go to our Study Abroad webpage or email Professor Guynes.