Develop your fine arts skills through photography, painting, and drawing while practicing the French language as you experience the beauty of Paris and Provence.
July 3, 2018APPLY NOW
Embark on a creative journey through French art and culture from the majestic “City of Light,” Paris, to the lavender-filled French countryside. You will take in the art at galleries and world-renowned museums, such as the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay., Develop your drawing, painting, and photography skills through workshops and projects under the guidance of French artists. Learn to set up a photoshoot near the graves of Oscar Wilde and Dominique Vivant (the first Director of the Louvre appointed by Napoleon) in the famous Père Lachaise cemetery or the Belleville Market, and train your lens on Parisian neighborhoods with a professional photographer at your side. Then, travel to the countryside and trace the footsteps of famous artists who have been inspired by the region of Provence, including Van Gogh and Cézanne.
During your homestay in Les Baux-de-Provence, you will get your hands dirty in a pottery workshop and delight in the regional food while immersing yourself in la vie quotidienne, or daily life, of a French family. Take day trips with your host family to nearby cities of historical and artistic significance, such as Marseille, Avignon, or Arles. As your artistic journey unfolds, you will have continual opportunities to enhance your French language skills and knowledge of French culture. You will rendezvous in Paris to reflect on your journey and mount an exhibition of your work.
Note: Participants should bring a working digital camera. A drawing kit will be supplied once in France.
French (at least one year)
July 3, 2018 - July 31, 2018 (4 weeks)
Paris, 2–4 days
Les Baux-de-Provence,* 13–15 days
Orientation in Paris
During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.
Thematic Focus in Provence
During this period, you and your group will stay in hotels and hostels.
During this period, you will stay in the home of a family. Sample host community: Les Baux de Provence
Thematic Focus in Paris
During this period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.
Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Paris
During the reflection period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.
Please note: This itinerary is only a sample and is subject to change. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, your experience — including sites visited and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented above.
These are leader bios from summer 2014.
Camille was raised in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, and in May 2014 she received her BA in linguistics from Barnard College at Columbia University. Camille spent the spring of 2013 studying Tibetan and Himalayan culture in Nepal, Bhutan, and India through SIT Study Abroad, where she researched linguistic human rights in the Tibetan diaspora. During her semester abroad, she also volunteered at an NGO, The Tibet Hope Center, as an English conversation guide. Within linguistics, Camille has loved studying French phonetics, the morphology of Swahili, and the semantic relationship between Tibetan and Buddhism. She spent her non-academic time in college leading and arranging music for Barnard’s all-female a cappella group and working as a community habilitation worker for a company that provides services for disabled youth. Before that, she spent time volunteering as an ESL teacher, traveling throughout France and Greece, kicking soccer balls, and inventing her own smoothies while working as a barista. Camille currently works as a researcher and program manager at the NeuroLeadership Institute in New York.
A two-time Experiment leader to France, Sarah Heck developed a love for traveling and experiencing different cultures while growing up in Europe. With a German father and an American mother, she was exposed to multiple cultures at an early age. While studying at the University of Washington, she spent a year in Paris through a direct exchange at Sciences Po. Upon her return to Seattle, she interned at the French-American Chamber of Commerce and the World Affairs Council. After graduating with a BA in international studies and French, she spent her summer traveling through India, Cambodia, and Vietnam. In her free time, Sarah enjoys watching foreign films, going to art expositions, biking, photography, scuba-diving, and exploring different countries and cultures. In fall 2014, Sarah moved to Réunion, off the coast of Madagascar, where she serves as a teaching assistant through the French Ministry of Education.
It is strange how I transformed more in the course of five weeks than my lifespan of sixteen years; it goes to show how much awaits us all abroad. Honestly, I feel more experiment-sick than homesick! Life is filled with surprises, and with curiosity anyone can discover the next best thing… I still cannot fathom how amazing this summer voyage was, and I can’t wait to go back to France, and revisit all the places I’ve seen and friends I’ve made!Roxy Moinzadeh, Santa Monica High School
I loved my homestay experience! We were matched up perfectly and couldn’t ask for a better family. We were constantly outside the house; may it be going to the many beaches or having a 3 day hike on the Pyrenees Mountains which was fantastic! Although we may have not understood each other 100% of the time, the relationship was strong and they made me feel as part of the family and never left me out of their own family discussions. It felt as if I was at a home away from home. As for what I have learned, I was able to appreciate how close family bonding can really have an impact on the entire family in a positive way and I am glad I was [able] to be there with them.Armando Nuno, San Lorenzo High School
Congratulations on your upcoming Experiment summer on the France: Fine Arts & Photography program. Please download these important pre-departure documents about your host country and program by clicking on the links below. Visit our Pre-departure page for information about our expectations, communications, and travel planning.