Art Spain

Program Dates: June 2, 2023 - June 23, 2023

In this program, we will travel to Spain, visiting two major cities, Madrid and Barcelona. Two art studio courses  (6 credits) will occur over the program. In addition, two pre-travel classes in the spring will cover necessary language skills and studio course projects, provide a more detailed schedule of events and cover all travel questions.  

During this program, we will visit historic architectural sites, museums, cultural sites, artist studios, and Metafora: Studio Arts Barcelona for a two-week Intensive studio experience. The Metáfora is an international studio program and will offer studio spaces and instruction from regional artists. In addition, it provides total immersion in art and culture and an exhibition of works at the end of the program.  

Visual journaling, drawing, and photography will be means to capture, explore, and give voice to the trip's experiences. Daily assignments will help to provide perspective on the cultural aspects of travel. Shared research and a reflection paper will contextualize, expand one's knowledge, and give the student a frame of reference for determining how these traditions can be a source of inspiration or point of departure.  



Madrid, Spain's central capital, has elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It's renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum's works by Goya, Velázquez, and other Spanish masters.


Barcelona, the capital of Spain's Catalonia region, is known for its art and architecture. The fantastical Sagrada Família church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí dot the city. Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró feature modern art by their namesakes. City history museum MUHBA includes several Roman archaeological sites.


Program participans will enroll in one course from the following selection.

Course Prefix

Course Name



ART 2016 or 3530

Art Spain - Multiple Tiles


Lisa Stinson

ART 2016 or ART 3530

Art Spain - Visual Journaling


Lisa Stinson


Faculty Leaders

Lisa M. Stinson
Department of Art


Lisa Stinson is a Professor in the Art Department and Coordinator of the Ceramic Area at Appalachian State University. She earned her MFA in Ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design, a BFA in Ceramics from New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a BA in Psychology from Wells College. 

Her current studio work investigates her interests in mark making, as it relates to surface, pattern, and drawing. Her ideas address both utility and non-functional with a continued commitment to materials research.

Professor Lisa Stinson has led a Study Abroad Program to Spain in 2017 and 2018 and is passionate about the global learning experience.  She received the 2017 College of Fine and Applied Art Teaching Award of Excellence.


Program Cost: $6,476

Program cost includes airfare, all in-country program transportation, lodging, a two-week residency at Metafora: Studio Arts, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, meals, and OIED administrative fee.

Estimated Additional Expenses


Undergraduate Tuition - Resident

$152.54 / credit hour

Undergraduate Tuition - Non-Resident

$172.54 / credit hour

Graduate Tuition - Resident

$187.54 / credit hour

Graduate Tuition - Non-Resident

$207.54 / credit hour

Personal Expenses




Meals not included in program fee


Local SIM card and art supplies


Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted. Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. 

Payment Schedule





 Upon receipt of application

Payment 1



Payment 2 



Payment 3



Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.


Application Process

  1. In order to apply for this program, you will need to contact one of the program leaders and provide your Banner ID and email address. Program leaders may request additional information or a meeting to discuss the details of the program and your interest.
  2. When permission to apply for the program is granted, you will receive an email from your faculty leader with a link to the application and further instructions.
  3. Your application will be considered complete when you have submitted it and paid the $300 deposit fee. The fee cannot be paid until it appears on your student account. Please note that it may take 2–3 business days for it to post to your account. You will receive an email with Instructions for paying the deposit fee. Instructions can also be found in the application.