France: Fine Arts & Photography

Arts and Social Change

Develop your fine arts skills through photography, painting, and drawing while practicing the French language as you experience the beauty of Paris and Provence.








Physical Activity



Program Description

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)



Program Fee:


(does not include airfare)
Group Airfare Cost:


Depart/Return City:

New York


Paris, 2–4 days


Les Baux-de-Provence,* 13–15 days

Other Accommodations:


Sample Itinerary

    Days 1-4

    Orientation in Paris

    • Learn about the history and culture of France
    • Get to know other members of your group during activities and group discussions
    • Visit famous sites and museums throughout the city
    • Explore diverse neighborhoods, navigate the metro, and sample French cuisine in street-side cafés
    • Practice your French language skills
    • Meet your French art teacher, learn about famous French artists in guided museum tours, and take classes in painting and drawing

    During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.

    Days 5-9

    Thematic Focus in Provence

    • Attend intensive drawing and photography classes, learn technique, increase your skills, and develop your creativity
    • Explore the Provence region, including places such as Aix-en-Provence, Saint-Remy-de-Provence, and Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume
    • See lavender fields, medieval villages, and vistas that inspired Cézanne and Van Gogh
    • Participate in workshops with local artists
    • Visit museums and see famous works of art

    During this period, you and your group will stay in hotels and hostels.

    Days 10-23


    • Become fully immersed in the daily life of a French family and community
    • Do activities with your host family
    • Explore your host community and the surrounding area

    Thematic Focus

    • Practice your photography skills in your host community
    • Learn about regional differences in culture and art

    During this period, you will stay in the home of a family. Sample host community: Les Baux de Provence

    Days 24-27

    Thematic Focus in Paris

    • Explore Paris and the surrounding region with your art and photography teachers
    • Visit museums, cultural sites, and galleries such as Musée d’Orsay, Musée l’Orangerie, Pompidou Centre, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, and Monet’s house in Giverny
    • Meet with art and photography experts
    • Learn how to develop photographs in a laboratory
    • Exhibit your art and photography project

    During this period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.

    Day 28

    Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Paris

    • Reflect with your group on your experiences during the program

    During the reflection period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.

    Day 29


    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.

Itinerary is subject to change.

Past Group Leaders

  • Camille Inge

    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.

  • Sarah Heck

    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.

Student Voices

  • 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, 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, San Lorenzo High School

Pre-departure Documents

Summer 2018

Congratulations on your upcoming Experiment summer on the France: Fine Arts & Photography program. Visit our pre-departure page for information about our expectations, communications, and travel planning. In early 2018, our summer international information will be published in a secure page, found in the Parent Portal.

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