Study fine arts through photography, painting, and drawing under the guidance of French artists while traveling through the French countryside of Provence. Find inspiration while visiting the world’s most celebrated art museums in Paris.
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Embark on a creative journey through French art and culture as you experience Paris and Provence, France’s sunny and colorful countryside. Explore various quaint towns surrounded by sunflower and lavender fields while tracing the footsteps of famous artists who have been inspired by the region, including Van Gogh and Cézanne. Discover the works of famous photographers during a visit to Rencontres d’Arles, the world’s most prestigious photo festival. Travel to Paris, to 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 classes and projects with formal direction from a professional photographer, art professor, and local artists. Take sketching, drawing, and watercolor lessons while learning to conceptualize your artwork. Learn about photo composition and explore photography as a communication tool with a professional photographer at your side. Practice your darkroom skills by developing and sizing photos and create your very own photogram. Discover new art forms through workshops in pottery, silk painting, indigo dyeing, and/or natural paint making. Meet local artists and refine your personal art style.
During your homestay in Les Baux-de-Provence, you will 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 1, 2019 - July 29, 2019
Paris, 2–4 days
Les Baux-de-Provence,* 13–15 days
During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.
Thematic Focus in Aix-en-Provence
During this period, you and your group will stay in a hotel.
Thematic Focus in Arles & Remuzat
Homestay in Les Baux-de-Provence
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 from year to year. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, engagement with specific organizations, and availability of local professionals, your experience — including sites visited, activities, and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented above.
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.
I’ve made life long friends both in the United States and in France. I learned quite a bit about using a camera. There was a lot of freedom to do what you would like to do; that is what I liked most.Blanca
My group leaders and group members became my family during this 4 week program and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. They really helped me open my eyes to the world and how different everyone can be as we explored the different regions of France.--Amy
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
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
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