Art & Design
Topic specific Spanish practice exercises
Whether you are interested in prehistoric art, street art, modern architecture, or high fashion, this is the place to discover important actors and movements in the world of art and design in Spanish-speaking countries while practising and improving your language skills.
- A cup of water and a rose
Fabilola is contemplating a stunning masterpiece by Zurbarán.
- A pollera
Luz will wear a pollera to attend her best friend's wedding.
- An exhibition by Frida Kahlo
Marcos is going to a Frida Kahlo exhibition.
- An exotic flower
Learn about this Argentinian flower.
- Argentine silverware
Itziar is learning about the silver tradition in Argentina.
- Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
John would like to visit the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
- Chema Madoz
Alma tells us about her favourite photographer.
Alvaro is at his primary school crafting a handmade clay cereal bowl for his daily breakfast.
- Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires
Pedro tells us about a famous theatre building in Buenos Aires.
- Drawing a face
Today at school, Iris's teacher asked her students to draw a face.
- Expo Beauty Show in Mexico
Learn about one of the most important beauty fairs in Latin America.
Dory tells us about her fashion blog.
- Fun with drawings
Susana is having a blast with her drawings!
- General Rafael Urdaneta Bridge, Venezuela.
Petra talks about an important bridge in
- In a pottery class
Ricardo loves his pottery class, discover why!
- In my garden
Discover Nora's beautiful garden.
- International Flamenco Fashion Show
Encarna tells us about SIMOF, the flamenco fashion week which she will attend this year.
- Leonardo Da Vinci's self-portrait
Carlos has a copy of Leonardo Da Vinci's self-portrait at home.
- Marqués de Riscal's wineries
Alfonso is at the Marqués de Riscal vineyard, he is very impressed by the beauty of the Frank Gehry-designed building.
- Mudejar art in Teruel
Learn about Mudejar art in Aragon.
- Munch Museum
Gabriela describes the Oslo Museum building and its architect.
- My favorite calendar
Laura tells us about her favorite calendar featuring real heroes and heart-stopping action.
- My favourite colour
Andrea tells us about her favourite colour.
- My mother has an unusual mobile phone
Lucía tells us about her mother's mobile phone.
- My new couch
Sandra is very excited about her new couch!
- My portrait
Helga is in front of the mirror because she needs to paint her portrait but she doesn't know how to convey her personality on canvas.
- My shoe cabinet
Rosa shows us her shoe cabinet.
- Open House Madrid
Sofia explains why she loves Open House Madrid festival.
- Oscar Mariné
Anabel tells us about her favourite graphic designer.
- Rafael Moneo
Javier introduces us to the internationally-renowned Spanish architect Rafael Moneo.
- The House of the Seven Chimneys
Discover this special building in Madrid.
Clara wants to decorate her house with Spanish tiles.
- Triangle of Art
Virgina talks about the most artistic area in Madrid.
- Unos patucos para mi bebé
I'm making my new baby his first bootees!
- Murales Mayas
In San Bartolo, Guatemala, the remains of a Mayan pyramid have some incredible Mayan murals. This exercise can help you practise forming the masculine and feminine of regular singular adjectives, forming the masculine and feminine of regular nouns (singular and plural) and conjugating "ser" in the present tense.
- A different look
Carmela went to the beauty salon and tells us about her experience.
- ABC Museum of Drawing and Illustration
Francis invites us to explore the ABC Museum.
- Agave fibres
Nestor talks about the arts and crafts made with the agave plant by the indigenous Xinka.
- Architecture that heals
Clara attended an architectural workshop to learn how to design hospitals that help in the healing process.
- Art therapy in Spain
Learn about some art therapy exercises.
- At the florist
Marta is at the florist to buy her sister some flowers.
- At the shoe shop
Raquel is at the shoe shop looking for some fancy shoes.
- Aztec culture
Learn about the Aztec culture.
- Basic dressmaking techniques
Learn about some dressmaking techniques.
- Basque Railway Museum
Héctor has taken his students to visit the Basque Railway Museum.
- Cathedral of Santa Maria de Vitoria
Marcos went to see the cathedral of Santa Maria de Vitoria with his school.
- Colours for the kitchen
Learn about how to use some colours in the kitchen.
- Cristóbal Balenciaga
Last month Luis visited the exhibition of Cristobal Balenciaga, the famous Spanish fashion designer, at the V&A Museum in London.
- David Rees: Pencil sharpener
Learn about this very unusual business.
- Diego Velázquez: a Spanish painter
Learn about Miguel's favourite painter, Diego Velázquez.
- Educational Museum of Origami in Zaragoza
Cesar talks about his wonderful visit to an origami museum.
- Fashion influencers
Learn about fashion influencers in social media.
- Francisco de Goya: a Spanish painter
Learn some features about Francisco de Goya.
- Handicrafts from Ecuador
Rodrigo has brought home many handicrafts from Ecuador.
- History of Latin American art
Learn about some history of Latin American art.
- Icono Tower
Learn about the Icono Tower in Asuncion, Paraguay.
- In the Spanish Village
Learn about this beautiful exhibition in Barcelona.
- Learning to knit
Discover the artistry of knitting.
- Lorena Ros: an award-winning documentary photographer
Victor talks about an awesome Spanish female photographer.
- Luxury mansions
Susana tells us about a luxury mansion she saw in a catalogue.
- Manolo Blahnik, the king of shoes
Learn about one of the most renowned luxury shoe designers in the world.
- My experience in front of a Sorolla's painting
While escaping a rather dull event, Sergio discovered a wonderful painting by the artist Sorolla.
- My son loves knitting
My son has just knitted a scarf by himself and he loves it.
- Orchids at home
Sandra received two beautiful orchids for her birthday.
- Ramón Massats
Fátima describes the photographer Ramón Massats.
- Regional Ceramics Museum
During her recent visit to the Museo Regional de la Cerámica in Tlaquepaque, Gabriela was delighted to discover the rich and vibrant ceramic tradition that exists in Jalisco.
- Ricardo Porro: a Cuban architect
Learn about Ricardo Porro, a well-known Cuban architect.
- Rokeby Venus
Iker just visited a museum where he saw a painting by Velázquez.
- Royal Glass Factory
Ezequiel talks about his educational visit to the Royal Glass Factory in Segovia.
- Royal Tapestry Factory
Genaro is amazed by his visit to the Royal Tapestry Factory.
- The aqueduct in Segovia
Julia explains how Segovia's aqueduct is a very important roman monument in Spain, and a symbol for the city of Segovia.
- The Churriguera
Amanda describes the Churriguera family.
- The Lady of Elche
Claudia tells us about the masterpiece she discovered during her visit to the Museo Arqueológico Nacional in Madrid.
- The Zacatal Bridge
Learn about The Zacatal Bridge in Mexico.
- Vibrant Mexican art: the power of drawing
The power of drawing brings vibrant Mexican art to life.
- Zaha Hadid
Did you know that there is a Zaha Hadid-designed bridge in Zaragoza?
- Arquitectura y pintura en España
Join this art student as they survey the many notable works of art and architectural marvels of Spain. This exercise can help you practise El Presente, using the preposition "de" with nouns for description, possessive adjectives, the regular adverbs, ir and ser in the preterite and tener in the preterite.
- Francisco Salzillo
Francisco Salzillo was a celebrated Spanish Baroque sculptor who lived and worked in the 18th century. This A2 exercise can help you regular and irregular verbs in the Spanish preterite, the position of direct object pronouns and feminine nouns.
- Santiago Calatrava
Discover the life and some of the most iconic works of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. This A2 exercise can help you practise El Indefinido and forming ordinal numbers in Spanish.
- A Christmas jumper
Marcos must wear a Christmas jumper (US: sweater) for a party, but he is not very excited about it.
- A gala evening
Sara has received an invitation for a special event.
- A wonderful gardener
Learn about Pedro, a high-skilled gardener.
Fernando explains the athflow concept.
- Baroque in Latin America
Learn about the baroque in Latin America.
- Buying a lamp
Nacho needs to buy new lamps to give a different ambience to his living room.
- Canalejas Center
Raquel tells us about the luxury project "Centro Canalejas".
- Decorating the table
Felipe shares his ideas for decorating a stunning table.
- Do you draw by hand or use a computer?
Digital or traditional? Master both for success.
- Drawing basics: getting started with lines and shapes
Learn about some drawing basics.
- Everything was about green!
Learn about the meanings of the colour green.
- Frida Kahlo and her monkey
Carmen is taking Frida Kahlo art classes and she is fascinating by one of her paintings.
- Ideas for your garden
Running out of ideas to organise your garden?
A look at the Spanish multinational clothing company whose HQ is in Galicia.
- Landscape design
Rodolfo is excited and a bit nervous because is going to interview the popular Spanish landscape designer about the Flynn vila.
- Living in a few square meters
Carlos tells us about the advantages of living in a small apartment.
- Luis Barragán
Aurora visits the Barragán house - workshop.
- My dream house
Isabel tells us about her dream house.
- My ideal outfit
Susana describes her ideal outfit.
- National Capitol building
Learn about this emblematic building in La Havana.
- Petrona Viera
Carmen is enjoying the Petrona Viera paintings at the National Museum of Visual Arts of Uruguay.
Vicente explains what PhotoEspaña is.
- Pottery in Pereruela
Isabel visited a pottery factory in north Spain.
- Red poppies
Learn about this spring flower.
- Salvador Dalí: a Spanish painter
Learn about Salvador Dalí.
- Second hand furniture
Maite wants to try something different in her home decoration by buying secondhand furniture.
- Self portrait
Paloma uses photography as psychotherapy tool.
- Sports shoes designed by blind people
Three young students from Alicante founded a startup in 2018 to manufacture trainers for blind people made by visually-impaired employees with recycled material.
Ricardo tells us about the strange reaction he had upon contemplanting the beauty of the Alhambra.
- Sustainable fabrics
Discover why Maribel prefers to buy sustainable clothes.
- The Bridge of the Woman
Juan Carlos suggests we visit an iconic bridge in Buenos Aires designed by Santiago Calatrava.
- The Meninas
Dorotea is going to meet her friend Catalina at the Prado Museum tomorrow, to discover the secrets of the Velazquez painting "Las Meninas".
- The narrow one
Pedro tells us about the narrowest house in the world.
- The psychology of colours
Mar is excited about the marketing course that she will be starting next week.
- The restitution of looted art
2023 seems to be the year of the restitution of looted art.
- The stained glass windows of León
Almudena tells us about the wonderful stained glass in the cathedral of León.
- The textiles of Oaxaca
Learn about the vibrant tapestry of Oaxacan textiles.
- Villa Verde Housing, Chile
Bernardo has been asked to choose an iconic building by Alejandro Aravena, which one will he select?
- Vizcaya Bridge
Discover this special bridge in the north of Spain which is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
- What do I wear to go to the gym?
Marilia encourages us to wear glamourous gym outfits when working out.
- World Art Day
Marisa talks about the events that will be held in Bogota to celebrate World Art Day.
- La Casa Azul de Frida Kahlo
Immerse yourself in Frida Kahlo's iconic "Casa Azul", where she painted and lived for much of her life. This reading and listening exercise can help you practise "cuando" with the present subjunctive vs the present indicative and written accents.
- Mario Testino
Learn about Mario Testino, the iconic and infamous Peruvian fashion and portrait photographer. This B1 exercise can help you practise past tenses, la pasiva refleja and past participles as adjectives.
- Semana de la Moda Madrid
The end of January sees the arrival of Madrid’s Fashion Week. This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Futuro Simple.
- Sorolla el pintor de la luz y la costa valenciana
Joaquín Sorolla is a Spanish painter from Valencia. This exercise can help you practise using the relative pronouns and the pasiva refleja.
- 12 self-portraits by Pablo Picasso
Learn about Pablo Picasso's self-portraits.
- A family of potters
Get into the fascinating world of a family of master potters.
- A homemade costume
Amalia plans to make her own costume for carnival.
- A visit to the Marina Núñez del Prado House Museum
Alba is revisiting one of her favourite museums.
Marta is very excited about her trip to Altamira where she plans to visit some very important prehistoric paintings.
- Andrea's travel notebook
Explore Andrea's solo journey across South America and her unforgettable legacy.
- Art therapy exercises
Learn about some art therapy exercises.
- At the hairdresser's
Clara goes to the hairdresser to change her look.
- Basque Pottery Museum
Have you ever been to the Basque Pottery Museum?
- Casa Decor Madrid
Adriana plans to attend an exclusive exhibition next year.
- Changing my wardrobe
María plans to change the clothes in her closet for the new season.
- Cube Tower, Mexico
Jaime tells us about an iconic building in Jalisco designed by a Spanish woman architect.
Do some DIY with Marta!
Nadia found the perfect atelier and fabrics to make her dress for the ball.
Esteban explains the origin and use of one of Spain's iconic craft objects: the fan.
- Getting my nails done
Daniela feels very excited about getting her nails done.
- Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Visit the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
- Handicrafts for Father's Day
Mario is very excited about his son's present.
- Luxury shoes are Spanish
Abelardo tells us about the wonderful shoes that are manufactured in Elda by amazing craftsman using high quality spanish leather for international luxury brands.
- Magical shoes
Pedro tells us about a pair of shoes he had in his childhood.
- Maruja Mallo
Rosendo is researching the life and work of Maruja Mallo at the Museo Reina Sofía.
Ambrosio tells us about an impressive restaurant in Puerto Rico.
- Ponte Vella
Manuel tells us about a medieval footbridge built on Roman foundations in Ourense, Spain.
- Priego de Córdoba
Learn about this beautiful baroque town in southern Spain.
- Selfie vs self-portrait
Marcos is trying to understand the difference between selfie and self portrait.
- Set design
Do you know about set design?
Vicente is surpised by the history and effort behind a simple light switch.
- Social housing in Sa Pobla
Rodrigo is a fan of a social housing project in Mallorca.
- Tailor-made clothes
Miguel goes to a tailor in order to get a perfect suit.
- The best villages in Spain to buy ceramics
Discover the top Spanish villages for buying ceramics, showcasing unique artisanal creations.
- The upholsterer
Manel is planning on getting some new upholstery.
- Umbra Light Festival
Experience the magic of light at Umbra: Vitoria's mesmerizing light festival!
- Very fine silverware
Elevate your dining experience with luxurious cutlery to indulge in culinary perfection.
- Virtual art
Violeta is shocked after discovering that many cutting-edge art masterpieces are virtual.
- Window to the World
Learn about this Colombian architectural marvel.
- Aprende a decorar mesas navideñas
It’s time to add a seasonal touch to really get in the festive sprit! This exercise can help you practise subordinate clauses in the subjunctive and the indicative plus relative clauses with prepositions.
- Desde mi balcón
instead of being a physical event, 2020's PhotoEspaña will be an online event. This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Subjuntivo.
- El Dos de Mayo de Goya
Discover the history behind this famous painting by Francisco Goya, one of Spain's most important artists of the turn of the 18th century. This reading and listening exercise can help you practise different uses of the subjunctive, and using the imperfect vs the preterite.
- El Peine del Viento
B2 Spanish interactive reading article
- La herencia árabe en España
This exercise is about the influence of Arabic culture on Spain and the Spanish language.
- A growing market
Eduardo describes some interesting facts about the rise of the athleisure market.
- Alcoy and its textile industry
Inés is telling her son Alberto about Alcoy's industry.
- Antonio Gaudi's architecture
Learn about Gaudí's architecture in Barcelona and practise relative pronouns and the passive voice.
- Benefits of art therapy
Have you ever heard about art therapy?
- Council housing challenges
Learn about the council housing situation in a Spanish city.
- Designer, tailor, dressmaker and seamstress
Magdalena explains the difference between the many professionals involved in making clothes.
Federico explains Gothic architecture.
Discover what the traditional Honduran handicrafts are.
- History of ceramics in America
Trace the evolution of American ceramics through the centuries.
Learn about intarsia, a very old traditional woodwork technique.
- Madeira Centro hotel
Discover this beautiful hotel in Benidorm.
- Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba
Have you ever visited the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba?
- My father's self-portrait
Daniel had a lot of fun with his father's self-portrait.
- Rooftop Summer
Elsa has transformed her rooftop into an oasis to enjoy summer in the city.
- The "jarapas" from the Granadan Alpujarra
I'm so pleased with my purchase of some Granadan rugs, I can't wait to see them decorating my house.
- The perfect portrait
Mercedes tells us about the art of making good portraits.
- El arte inigualable del colombiano Fernando Botero
The Colombian artist Fernando Botero passed away 15 September 2023, leaving us with an extraordinary legacy of paintings and sculptures in his exuberant and instantly recognisable style that has come to be known as Boterismo. Learn more about his life and work.
- El Guernica, símbolo de una historia
Pablo Ruiz Picasso is probably Spain's best-known artist and 2023 is the 50th anniversary of his death. To participate in this special moment, we look more closely at one of his most emblematic and political works, the massive painting of Guernica. This exercise can help you practise forming the passive voice with ser + participle, using the present to narrate past events and using the gerund to say “by doing something”.
- Museo del Prado
El Museo Nacional del Prado, located in Madrid, is Spain's most important museum with a magnificent collection of European art. This C1 exercise can help you practise using El Presente to narrate past events, the passive voice and past tenses generally.
- Un viaje a Egipto (A2)
Choose the correct form of the demonstrative adjective given in the hint. Remember to look for gender and number clues in the rest of the phrase to make sure you get the agreement right.
- El nombre de La Alhambra (A2)
Conjugate the verb in the hint in El Pretérito Imperfecto, for example: hablar = hablaba
- La última cena (B2)
Fill in the gaps with the right form of the past participle. Watch out the agreement.
- Bañadores de marca española para este verano (A2)
Fill in the blanks with the right form of the verb "ser" in El Presente. Pay attention to the hints!
- Los tapabocas mexicanos (A1)
Fill in the blanks with the right form of El Presente. Pay attention to the hints!
- Oswaldo Guayasamín (A2)
Feeling confused about hay, ahí and ay? Fill in the gaps with the right form. Pay attention to the hints!
- Óscar de la Renta (A1)
Fill in the blanks with the right possessive adjective. Pay attention to the hints!
- La bandera española (A1)
Fill in the gaps with the right adjective form, pay attention to the gender and number.
- Arte urbano en Latinoamérica (B2)
Fill in the gaps with the right subordinate time clause. Pay attention to the hints!
- Antonio López García (B1)
Practise the future tense with this fill-in-the-gaps exercise. Remember: some forms may require a written accent. Pay attention to the hints!
- Celebrando la paz (A1)
There are some lovely activities at Jaime’s school to celebrate International Peace Day. Practise Spanish prepositions with this gapfill exercise. Choose one of the options given!
- Mi habitación (A1)
Practise your Bedroom vocabulary in Spanish vocabulary and adjectival agreement in Spanish with this fill-in-the-blanks kwiz exercise. Pay attention to the hints!
- Nuestras decoraciones navideñas (A2)
Fill in the blanks with the right word related to "Christmas" vocabulary in Spanish. Pay attention to the hints!
- La inauguración de mi casa (A2)
Practise your Spanish vocabulary for House rooms names in Spanish with this Fill-in-the-Blanks kwiz!
- La habitación (A1)
Violeta's mum is describing her daughter's bedroom. Test your vocabulary relating to Bedroom vocabulary in Spanish. Pay attention to the hints!
- En la papelería (A2)
Test your Stationery supplies vocabulary in Spanish with this fill-in-the-blanks exercise.