Your Invitation to Adventure 

We invite you to expand your comfort zone, speak a new language, and make new friends. Discover Barcelona and beyond through the lens of your camera and the pages of your sketchbook. But most importantly, discover a new way of seeing the world by reframing your point of view while forming memories of a lifetime.

Orange Coast College is presenting

See, Sketch, Shoot Barcelona

June 23rd – July 23rd 2019

5 Units: Art A120/124 Drawing and Photography A100 — Basic Digital Photography

Students will move to the city of Barcelona, Spain, where they will immerse themselves in day-to-day Spanish lifestyle by living in apartments with your student roommates. You will live next door to Spaniards, grocery shop with the locals and become residents of the city for an entire month.

The city of Barcelona and the surrounding countryside will be your classroom while you learn to draw and use your digital camera, creating a sketch and photo journal of your experiences. You will live in the vibrant city while walking on the same streets as Gaudi, Picasso, Dali and so many other masters.

The program will also take an excursion to the Spanish capital Madrid as well as the nearby cities of Figueres and Girona.

Initial prep and final wrap-up classes will also be held in June and August on the OCC campus in Costa Mesa California.

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Students will earn five units of college credit while studying Drawing and Digital Photography among the historical and cultural tapestry that is Barcelona. Students are required to enroll in both of the classes offered, which are taught in English by OCC Instructors.

ART A120 Beginning Drawing or
Art A 124 Advanced Drawing
3 units

These classes offered by Chris Kerins are designed for the beginning and intermediate student. With Spain as our classroom, we will walk the streets of Barcelona and other Spanish cities to find our subjects while learning the basic elements of shape, volume, and perspective.  The technical application of diverse drawing materials will include charcoal, graphite, ink, and watercolor media to create illusionistic space and form. As part of class, we will visit museums and other areas of culture in the region.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC

Photo A100 Basic Digital Photography
2 units

Instructor Jonathan Fletcher will offer this introductory course that is designed to help the photo enthusiast increase their visual literacy, increase knowledge of the historic use of photographs in all aspects of society, and to take better pictures. A practical foundation in the use of digital cameras will be introduced, including exposure, composition, lighting, color, as well as, current methodology of image processing.

With all of Barcelona as your subject, assignments will be designed to explore and experience the region and its history.

Transfer Credit: CSU

Classes may require walking up to 6 miles a day in very warm weather. Both classes will have sessions that meet at the Orange Coast College campus in Costa Mesa during the 2 – 3 weeks prior to departing for Barcelona.



Chris Kerins

Art A120/124 – Drawing

Chris Kerins

Chris led the Rome 2014 and 2017 programs for Coastline Community College teaching Art in and around Italy. He is delighted that not only were they an experience of a lifetime for his students but also for himself – so much so that he wants to share it again with a new group of students.

As an artist and illustrator, Chris believes drawing is a fundamental way of seeing and understanding the world around one’s self. When traveling, Chris is never far from his sketchbook including four personal tours of Italy and France. Additionally, in 2010, Chris attended the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Portland Oregon where he shared and sketched the city with other faculty and artists from around the world.

Chris Kerins has been teaching Art and Architecture at Orange Coast College for the past 10 years focusing on illustration, drawing and watercolor. Additionally, he has taught at Brooks College, and UCLA where he also received a MFA in Design for theater and opera.

Contact Mr. Kerins at jkerins@occ.cccd.edu.

Jonathan Fletcher

Photo A100 – Basic Digital Photography

Jonathan Fletcher

Jonathan has been an instructor at Orange Coast College’s The School of Photography for 17 years and continues to teach photography at several local colleges. He received his BA from UC Santa Barbara, and holds an MFA from the Art Institute of Boston. His photographs are held in collections throughout the country.

Jonathan has worked in both commercial and fine art photography for more than 25 years, spanning both film and digital. His true passion comes from the pinhole cameras he builds for his personal work. In 2006 he was invited to be a technical advisor the The Great Picture Project. This massive effort turned an abandoned F-18 jet hanger into the world’s largest camera obscura. The resulting 31×111 ft. image is listed with the Guinness Book of World Records as the worlds largest single photograph created by the world’s largest camera. He is very interested by the intersection and overlap of antiquated 19th century “alternative” photographic processes in our modern digital age.

As a teacher he believes strongly in the power and resonance in the photographic image and that every photographer has a unique point-of-view and story to tell based on their singular experiences in life. Encouraging students to find their visual voice is what fuels his enthusiasm in the classroom. Barcelona, with its history and cultural significance, is the perfect framework for this photographic adventure.


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What Is Included:

The city of Barcelona as well as other Spanish cities will be your classroom as you study Drawing and Digital Photography, on the “See, Sketch, Shoot Barcelona” program. There will be numerous fieldtrips to museums, churches and historical sites within Barcelona as well as daytrips and excursions to other cities in the region.

  • Included in the cost of “See Sketch Shoot Barcelona” is:
    Accommodation: twin-bedded rooms within a shared apartment. Centrally located, maximum 30-minute travel time to the AIFS Center, with shared kitchen and living space, linens and towels are provided, laundry facilities on-site, weekly cleaning, WiFi enabled property.
  • Self-catering facilities at student accommodation, a welcome dinner, a farewell dinner.
  • Travel pass: A TMB pass for unlimited use on the metro, buses, trams and regional trains in the central zone of Barcelona for the duration of the program.
  • A three-day, two-night excursion to Madrid, including round-trip high-speed train or plane tickets in standard class, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at a centrally located hotel sharing twin rooms, a three-day metro pass, a guided walking tour of the Historic Madrid, a guided tour of the Museo del Prado, a self-guided visit to the Reina Sofia museum, and a group meal.
  • A full-day excursion to Girona and Figueres, including round-trip transportation by private bus, a walking tour of Girona with the services of a professional, English-speaking guide, and entrance to the Teatro Museo Dali for a self-guided visit.
  • An Articket, granting one entrance to each of the following museums in Barcelona: Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCCB), Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Fundació Joan Miró, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), and Museu Picasso.
  • A self-guided visits to Parc Guell, a self-guided visit to either the Casa Milà or Casa Batlló, a self-guided visit to the Montjuic Castle, including round-trip Cable Car tickets
  • A street art bike tour.
  • A group cooking class. Students will have the opportunity to learn four traditional Spanish dishes and will work together to prepare the meal before enjoying dinner together.

The estimated per student program price is $3,745 based on 20 to 29 students, or $3,425 based on 30 to 39 students. Each student will also be charged a refundable security deposit of $125. Airfare is not included in the program price.

What is Not Included:

The student program fee does not include the following items:

  • Round-trip airfare and in-country transfers for students. The service provider will offer group flight pricing. Excess baggage fees, porterage.
  • $125 refundable damage deposit
  • Passport or visa fees if applicable
  • Meals other than those listed
  • Personal expenses
  • Orange Coast College tuition or administrative fees
  • Course-required materials
  • Additional fieldtrips and excursions to those listed
  • Anything not specified

Passports and Customs Information

Visit the United States Federal Government Passports and Customs Information page. You may go here to get information about obtaining or renewing your passport, as well as customs information you’ll need before you return to the United States. People residing in America holding a foreign passport should contact their embassy or consulate, as a visa may be required.

Financial Aid

Scholarships may be available! Please see the Mireille Halley in the OCC Global Engagement Center for more information and to get the ball rolling.


Service Provider

What does a service provider do?

Orange Coast College, as part of the Coast Community College District, contracts with companies called “service providers”. Service providers are chosen based on each program’s specific needs. The service provider chosen for this program has not only had many years working with the Coast Community College District, but also has been given the ‘thumbs up’ by both faculty members and students from previous programs.

Service providers are the ‘behind the scenes’ logistical organizers of successful Study Abroad programs. Some of the responsibilities that service providers are charged with is making sure students and faculty members are not only comfortable, but experience a healthy and safe learning environment. Housing, meals, transportation, and other details such as recommending restaurants or shops are just some of the added benefits service providers offer to study abroad students and faculty. They are extremely familiar with the ‘local culture’ and are the ones to go to in order to make the most of your program.

Most service providers offer two levels of assistance. The first level occurs before departure from the United States. This help may be in the form of helping you obtain airplane tickets, or answering questions specific to the overseas housing. The second level of help is when you are overseas on the program. Examples of help are: should you lose your wallet, can’t withdraw money from the ATM, or if you are ill and need medical attention. Service providers may refer you to short courses to help you more thoroughly experience the local culture, but these courses are not meant to be in place of the classes offered through Orange Coast College.

About AIFS

AIFS is recognized as a leading provider of study abroad programs. AIFS was founded in 1964 and since then, over 1.5 million students have participated in our educational and cultural exchange programs. Over 6,000 American college students study abroad each year with the AIFS Study Abroad— approximately 2,000 of these participate on Customized, Faculty-Led Programs. With more than 50 years of experience, we have the resources and experience to provide what our students want and need in a study abroad program, and to safeguard their welfare around the globe.

AIFS pioneered Customized, Faculty-Led Programs, which are formal arrangements between educational institutions and AIFS in which AIFS provides logistical support, student services, classrooms, housing facilities and cultural activities at a location abroad, plus student medical and fee refund insurances and over $50 million of liability insurance for the U.S. college/university. This enables institutions to conduct their own academic programs abroad at minimal expense.

Faculty from the home institution teach their curriculum abroad (with optional use of local adjunct professors), and the institution maintains academic control over the program and retains tuition income. Students pay a non-academic program fee directly to AIFS.

Since 1964, AIFS has been at the forefront of international education and study abroad, with a commitment to high academic standards, health and safety practices, and a dedication to supporting students in order to maximize their time abroad.


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Are you feeling lucky?

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
Roman dramatist, philosopher, & politician (5 BC – 65 AD)

June 2019 may seem like a long way away, but that time is your opportunity to prepare. Several things need to happen before joining us for this remarkable study abroad experience. Some are required and some are suggested. We hope joining us for this program will leave you feeling like the luckiest person in the world.



Come meet us at the next Program Information meeting and bring your questions that are not answered on this website. See the Welcome section for times and dates.



Fill out the online application and pay your deposit as soon as you can and no later than March 29, 2019. This will reserve your place in the Barcelona 2019 program. Final payment is due by April 26.



When Summer 2019 registration opens, register for our Art A120 or A124 and Photo 100 classes at Orange Coast College.



About a month or two before we leave, we will have a student orientation meeting on the OCC campus where we will meet the other students and both instructors as well as get the specific details about preparing to leave.


While this program is an inexpensive way to live in Spain for a month while visiting all the attractions and having excursions to nearby cities, it will cost a considerable amount of money. It is never too early to start saving the needed money while also finding what resources are available to you. You may want to start asking family and friends to contribute to your savings instead of buying gifts for birthdays and holidays. There are many ways to raise the funds needed and having months to do it in will work to your advantage if you start now.

More Suggestions

Recruit your friends or family members to join you on this Study Abroad program.

Take a class in Spanish language, Art History or World History class. None of these are necessary but may make your experience even more enjoyable.

Like our Facebook page. This is where we will post small items to whet your appetite for Spain.


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The Coast Community College District reserves the right to cancel, change, amend, append, add, or delete Programs or features of programs. Dates, prices, locations, and other details on this preliminary information page may not accurately reflect the actual Program offered in 2019, as Programs are still in the final planning stages. Accurate as of August 2018.

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