2.en.67 Some pics from the outing

Which part of the outing did you like best?


2.en.66 Art Nouveau, Catalan Modernism: From the Gran Hotel in Palma to the cemetery of Son Sang in Sóller

In the first term we learnt many things about our city, Palma. This term we are working on a different topic: “familiy, relationships and friends”. However, by now you must have realised that learning is a never ending process and that part of learning is establishing connections and links between what we already know and what we have just discovered.

In the outing of the 21st February,  we shall compare Palma and Sóller. The city of Palma has many examples of Modernism. We have been many times to the Gran Hotel. Last time, not even a week ago, to a drama workshop, don’t you remember?

Well the beautiful building of the Gran Hotel, is one of the most emblematic examples of Catalan modernism architecture in Palma. It is a work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, an influential architect of this style, whose best known figure is Antoni Gaudí .

In Sóller you will see many examples of fine modernist architecture,  so you will be able to find some of its features.

In this video from you tube, you can see some of the most outstanding modernist buildings in Palma.

In groups, you will explore the town of Sóller and some of its buildings. As a whole group, our first stop will be at the cemetery. I will ask you to look for the sculptures of Josep Llimona and also to find some of features of Art Nouveau style in the graves and ironwork of  Son Sang.

  • Typical decorative elements  of Art Nouveau sytle include:

  • leaf and tendril motifs
  • Organic forms
  • Floral and other plant-inspired motifs
  • Flowing curvilinear forms
  • Whiplash patterns
  • Asymmetrical shapes
  • Extensive use of arches and curved forms
  • flowers, insects and other zoomorphs
  • Hair and curvaceous bodies of beautiful women
  • Curved glass
  • Mosaics
  • Stained glass
  • ironwork

After the outing, you will have time to visit several websites that will help you understand better what you saw. We’ll spend a couple of lessons working together in class.

These are some of the  sites and on line resources we shall be using:

  1. An excellent introduction of Modernism in Sóller from  El Diario de Mallorca. There is a section where we can contribute with pics and comments, so I will ask you to participate by sending your best shots.









2. A gallery of photos in Soller net, where non professional photographers exhibit different Art Nouveau motifs






3.nformation about the vintage train to Soller and Soller train station









4. The train journey. The girl cannot pronounce Sóller very well, can’t she?

5. A video about Art Nouveau, where you can see how  the same artistic and architectural style is found in different countries and how it is called in different languages: German, English, Catalan, French and Spanish, as well as some of its most outstanding artists (Gaudi, Mucha, Klimt, Lievemont)

2.en.64 Outing to Sóller: 21st February 2011

Next Monday we are going on an outing to Sóller. Today we are going to make groups and talk about the aims of the outing. This is the first post of a series of 3 that will give you instructions on what you have to do and what we expect from your work. These are some of the words that you will find in your visit. I’m sure that after the outing to Sóller you will recognize most of them.

The teacher will give you a map and a dossier You must bring something to take notes in ( a notebook is better to take notes than loose sheets of paper) and something to write (pen or pencil). Remember that you will need a camera and something to eat and drink during the morning.


After the outing, each group must produce a power point presentation and present it orally to the class

  • The power point must have 11  slides.
  • Each slide will reflect  an aspect of the visit.
  • You must include one or two pics per slide, a catchy caption and a few lines.
  • A power point presentation is not meant to be read, but to provide visual support for your oral presentation.
  • You must hand in a written description of each slide (30 to 50 words) but do not include the written descriptions in the part of the slide that you will show to the class.
  • Hand in the slide description to the teacher and include it as “notes”. This part will be assessed as a writing exercise


  1. The journey
  2. The train station
  3. The Botanic Garden.
  4. A plant or a tree endemic of the Balearic islands.
  5. The Town:fact file
  6. The Cemetery
  7. Modernism
  8. The building that gives name to your group
  9. The shops
  10. A picture gallery: your choice of pics to comment in front of the class
  11. Assessment and glossary


Group 1-La casa de Sa Lluna-. Group leader: Noé.

Members: Noé, Jhazmin, Joan Sebastià,  Maria.

Group 2-Can Prunera-. Group leader: Ariadna.

Members: Ariadna,Silvia, Joan and Pau Seguí

Group 3 .- Can Querol- Group leader: Miquel

Members:Miquel, Paula Socies, Pau Campomar and Izabella

Group 4. -the Gran Hotel- Group leader: Josep

Members: Josep, Andrea, Andreu and Alba

Group 5 . -The Bank of Sóller- Group leader: Alvaro

Members: Alvaro, Marta, Marga, Vladis

Group 6. -San Bartolomè parish church-Group leader: Paula

Members: Paula Gomila, Marina, Ritish and Sergio

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