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Interested students should contact Mark Eanes ( right away to start the approval process for registration.

The (artist) is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur finds the world “picturesque."  -- Susan Sontag

Tapas to Tàpies

Instructor: Mark Eanes
June 25-July 16, 2014

The Artist as Flâneur

Travel requires more than just fulfilling a tightly constructed itinerary with a checklist of monuments and museums. It includes a willingness to explore beyond the usual beaten path, to discover the smaller, more authentic moments of daily life . . . the vibrant marketplace, the street musicians, the older woman peering from her balcony onto the plaza below, the hanging of laundry on the ubiquitous clothesline.

In order to experience a deeper immersion of a place and its people, participants in this course  play the flâneur from time to time -- one who saunters around observing society, an amateur detective and investigator of the city.

This three-week intensive course divides its time between the two jewels in Spain's crown: Madrid and Barcelona, plus two one-day excursions to the towns of Segovia and Toledo.

In addition to visiting contemporary studios and galleries, numerous museums, monuments, cathedrals, and other sites of interest, participants are encouraged to explore the daily life and activities of these two remarkable cities.

Students develop a rich travelog, compiling drawings, painted studies, text, and photographs to be used as source material for more fully developed stories and imagery.

The instructor conducts periodic critiques and general discussions of studio-related practice.


The broad sweep of architectural history provides a glorious backdrop to vibrant city life, from medieval mansions and royal palaces to the unimagined angles of Spanish contemporary architecture, from the sober brickwork and slate spires of Madrid baroque to the extravagant confections of the belle époque.

Put simply, this is one beautiful city.

Few cities can boast an artistic pedigree quite as pure as Madrid’s -- an essential destination for any artist. For centuries, Spanish royals showered praise and riches upon the great artists of the day, from homegrown talents such as Goya and Velázquez to a stunning pantheon of Flemish and Italian masters.

Masterpieces by these and other Spanish artists such as Picasso, Dalí, and Miró now adorn the walls of the city’s world-class galleries.

Madrid has also given rise to many fine illustrators including Isidra Ferrer, Eduardo Bertone, and Martin Leon Barreto, to mention a few.

Segovia + Toledo

Not far from Madrid, Segovia still boasts the spirit of old Castilian towns. At an altitude of a thousand meters, Segovia was founded on a limestone crag, protected by the Eresma and Clamores rivers.

Its Roman aqueduct and impressive castle are just a few of the monuments that led Unesco to declare it a World Heritage Site in 1985. The streets of Toledo were once synonymous with peaceful coexistence between Moors, Jews, and Christians.

In 1986, Toledo also became a World Heritage Site, acknowledging its centuries of cultural wealth. Home to the El Greco museum, Toledo is a stunning city worthy of a full day's exploration.


Barcelona has been likened to an old tree whose trunk has thickened over two thousand years due to the many layers of historic development.

One of Europe's most energetic and exuberant cities, Barcelona has a long held reputation of being the avant garde city of Spain -- known for its Mediterranean spirit, the warmth of its people, and for the breadth and diversity of its art, architecture, and design.

In recent years Barcelona has emerged as one of Europe’s leading centers for illustration and graphic design. It has given rise to some remarkable illustrators including such talents as Paloma Valdivia; Adria Fruitos; and Brosmind, the design firm founded by the Mingarro brothers.


As the great travel writer Pico Iyer says, “we travel to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate . . . to leave all of one’s beliefs and certainties at home, and see everything one thought one knew in a different light, and from a crooked angle.”

The beauty of illustration is found in the power of story. There is no better way to expand the boundaries of one's imagination for storytelling than travel. Artists have understood this fact for centuries -- to stretch beyond the comfort zone of the familiar and enter into the realm of the unfamiliar.

In doing so, the traveler returns home refreshed and revitalized, with an expansive view of the world beyond the usual and a deeper appreciation for the place they left behind.

About the Instructor

Think you are escaping and run into yourself. The longest way 'round is the shortest way home.  -- James Joyce, Ulysses

At the age of 24 and fresh out of college, Mark Eanes took his life savings to drive across America and hopped a plane to Europe, equipped with a backpack, sketchbook, and camera.

As a young painter, he chose to plot out a four-month itinerary that would take him to many of Europe’s finest museums in order to stand before the great works of art that he had only seen in books and slides.

Since then, he has continued to travel throughout the world and believes all young artists should make every effort to experience the world beyond their usual scope, into unfamiliar territory.

Currently on sabbatical, Eanes has just completed a three-month tour of France, Croatia, Italy, and Spain.

Learn more about Mark Eanes »


Undergraduates: completion of at least sophomore level by summer 2014 and instructor approval.

Graduates: instructor approval

In addition all students must be in good academic, conduct, and financial standing for the 2013–14 academic year.

Course Satisfies

For undergraduates this course satisfies the Tools: Painting Workshop for illustration majors or a Studio Elective.

For graduates this course satisfies a gradwide elective.

Program Fee

$4,700 + $50 registration fee

Included in program fee:
3 units, housing, local transportation, field trips, entrance fees, and travel/health insurance

Not included in program fee:
Airfare or meals

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In-person registration is going on now for all summer study abroad courses. Students may still register as long as spots are available in the class and accommodations have not been finalized.

All CCA summer study-abroad courses (including the New York Studio and Marfa Fieldwork Project) are coordinated by the Office of Special Programs.


Office of Special Programs
Oakland campus, Ralls 201

Nina Sadek
Dean of Special Programs

Carol Pitts
Operations Manager, Special Programs