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.
- An exotic flower
Learn about this Argentinian flower.
Clara wants to decorate her house with Spanish tiles.
- 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.
- Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires
Pedro tells us about a famous theatre building in Buenos Aires.
- El Triángulo del Arte
Virgina talks about the most artistic area in Madrid.
- Frida Kahlo
Marcos is going to a Frida Kahlo exhibition.
- In my garden
Discover Nora's beautiful garden.
- La pollera
Luz will wear a pollera to attend her best friend's wedding.
- Las bodegas de Marqués de Riscal
Alfonso is at the Marqués de Riscal vineyard, he is very impressed by the beauty of the Frank Gehry-designed building.
- Leonardo Da Vinci's self-portrait
Carlos has a copy of Leonardo Da Vinci's self-portrait at home.
- Mi retrato
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.
Dory tells us about her fashion blog.
- Museo Munch
Gabriela describes the Oslo Museum building and its architect.
- 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!
- Open House Madrid
Sofia explains why she loves Open House Madrid festival.
- Oscar Mariné
Anabel tells us about her favourite graphic designer.
- Platería argentina
Itziar is learning about the silver tradition in Argentina.
- Puente General Rafael Urdaneta, Venezuela
Petra talks about an important bridge in Venezuela.
- Rafael Moneo
Javier introduces us to the internationally-renowned Spanish architect Rafael Moneo.
- Salón internacional de la moda flamenca SIMOF
Encarna tells us about SIMOF, the flamenco fashion week which she will attend this year.
- Taza de agua y rosa
Fabilola is contemplating a stunning masterpiece by Zurbarán.
- The House of the Seven Chimneys
Discover this special building in Madrid.
- Un dibujo de la cara
Today at school, Iris's teacher asked her students to draw a face.
- 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.
- Arquitectura que sana
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.
- Aztec culture
Learn about the Aztec culture.
- Basic dressmaking techniques
Learn about some dressmaking techniques.
- 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
Learn about Miguel's favourite painter, Diego Velázquez.
- El acueducto de Segovia
Julia explains how Segovia's aqueduct is a very important roman monument in Spain, and a symbol for the city of Segovia.
- EMOZ Zaragoza
Cesar talks about his wonderful visit to an origami museum.
- Fashion influencers
Learn about fashion influencers in social media.
- Francisco de Goya
In this exercise you'll practise El Pretérito Imperfecto, El Pretérito Indefinido and the gender of nouns ending by -or, -ista and -dad.
- Handicrafts from Ecuador
Rodrigo has brought home many handicrafts from Ecuador.
- In the Spanish Village
Learn about this beautiful exhibition in Barcelona.
Nestor talks about the arts and crafts made with the agave plant by the indigenous Xinka.
- La Dama de Elche
Claudia tells us about the masterpiece she discovered during her visit to the Museo Arqueológico Nacional in Madrid.
- Los Churriguera
Amanda describes the Churriguera family.
- Luxury mansions
Susana tells us about a luxury mansion she saw in a catalogue.
- Mi experiencia frente a un cuadro de Sorolla
While escaping a rather dull event, Sergio discovered a wonderful painting by the artist Sorolla.
- Museo Vasco del Ferrocarril
Héctor has taken his students to visit the Basque Railway Museum.
- Orchids at home
Sandra received two beautiful orchids for her birthday.
- Ramón Massats
Fátima describes the photographer Ramón Massats.
- Real Fábrica de Cristales y Vidrio
Ezequiel talks about his educational visit to the Royal Glass Factory in Segovia.
- Real Fábrica de Tapices
Genaro is amazed by his visit to the Royal Tapestry Factory.
- Ricardo Porro
Learn about Ricardo Porro, a well-known Cuban architect.
- Rokeby Venus
Iker just visited a museum where he saw a painting by Velázquez.
- The Zacatal Bridge
Learn about The Zacatal Bridge in Mexico.
- 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.
- ¿Qué me pongo para ir al gimnasio?
Marilia encourages us to wear glamourous gym outfits when working out.
- A Christmas jumper
Marcos must wear a Christmas jumper (US: sweater) for a party, but he is not very excited about it. In this exercise you'll practise El Presente de Subjuntivo, position of pronouns, El Futuro Simple and how to say "the most".
- 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.
Paloma uses photography as psychotherapy tool.
- Baroque in Latin America
Learn about the baroque in Latin America.
- Centro Canalejas
Raquel tells us about the luxury project "Centro Canalejas".
- El Puente de la Mujer
Juan Carlos suggests we visit an iconic bridge in Buenos Aires designed by Santiago Calatrava.
- Everything was about green!
Learn about the meanings of the colour green.
- Frida Kahlo y su mono
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.
- La estrecha
Pedro tells us about the narrowest house in the world.
- Las Meninas
Dorotea is going to meet her friend Catalina at the Prado Museum tomorrow, to discover the secrets of the Velazquez painting "Las Meninas".
- Las vidrieras de León
Almudena tells us about the wonderful stained glass in the cathedral of León.
- Luis Barragán
Aurora visits the Barragán house - workshop.
- Muebles de segunda mano
Maite wants to try something different in her home decoration by buying secondhand furniture.
- My dream house
In this exercise you'll practise El Condicional Simple and the position of direct/indirect pronouns.
- My ideal outfit
Susana describes her ideal outfit.
- National Capitol building
Learn about this emblematic building in La Havana.
Rodolfo is excited and a bit nervous because is going to interview the popular Spanish landscape designer about the Flynn vila.
- 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.
- Psicología de los colores
Mar is excited about the marketing course that she will be starting next week.
- Red poppies
Learn about this spring flower.
- Salvador Dalí
Learn about Salvador Dalí.
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.
- Villa Verde, Chile
Bernardo has been asked to choose an iconic building by Alejandro Aravena, which one will he select?
- Vivir en pocos metros
Carlos tells us about the advantages of living in a small apartment.
- Vizcaya Bridge
Discover this special bridge in the north of Spain which is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
- 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 visit to the Marina Núñez del Prado House Museum
Alba is revisiting one of her favourite museums.
Esteban explains the origin and use of one of Spain's iconic craft objects: the fan.
Marta is very excited about her trip to Altamira where she plans to visit some very important prehistoric paintings.
- Art therapy exercises
Learn about some art therapy exercises.
- Basque Pottery Museum
Have you ever been to the Basque Pottery Museum?
- Casa Decor Madrid
Adriana plans to attend an exclusive exhibition next year.
Do some DIY with Marta while practising adverbial clauses followed by El Subjuntivo, El Futuro Perfecto and El Condicional Perfecto.
- El tapicero
Manel is planning on getting some new upholstery.
- Getting my nails done
Daniela feels very excited about getting her nails done.
- Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Visit the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao while practising El Futuro Simple, impersonal expressions, clauses followed by El Subjuntivo, passive sentences and "al" followed by an infinitive.
- Handicrafts for Father's Day
Mario is very excited about his son's present.
- Los zapatos de lujo son españoles
Abelardo tells us about the wonderful shoes that are manufactured in Elda by amazing craftsman using high quality spanish leather for international luxury brands.
- 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.
- Selfi vs autorretrato
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.
- Tailor-made clothes
Miguel goes to a tailor in order to get a perfect suit.
Nadia found the perfect atelier and fabrics to make her dress for the ball.
- Torre Cube, México
Jaime tells us about an iconic building in Jalisco designed by a Spanish woman architect.
- Viviendas sociales de Sa Pobla
Rodrigo is a fan of a social housing project in Mallorca.
- 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 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.
- Alcoy and its textile industry
Inés is telling her son Alberto about Alcoy's industry.
- Antonio Gaudi
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.
- Diseñador, sastre, modista y costurera
Magdalena explains the difference between the many professionals involved in making clothes.
Federico explains Gothic architecture.
Discover what the traditional Honduran handicrafts are.
Learn about intarsia, a very old traditional woodwork technique.
- 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.
- The perfect portrait
Mercedes tells us about the art of making good portraits.
- Un mercado en alza
Eduardo describes some interesting facts about the rise of the athleisure market.
- Verano en la azotea
Elsa has transformed her rooftop into an oasis to enjoy summer in the city.
- 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!
- 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.