France: Fine Arts & Photography

Arts and Social Change

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.




Physical Activity




July 1, 2019


Program Description

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

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 1-2

    • Learn about the history and culture of France as you visit famous sites and museums throughout the city, such as the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe.
    • Get to know other members of your group during activities and group discussions
    • Navigate the capital city and its famed metro as you explore diverse neighborhoods, from tracing the steps of the Lost Generation writers in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, to the roaming the typical residential districts like a local Parisian.
    • Practice your French language skills with the locals and shop clerks. Sample French cuisine in street-side cafés and shop for picnic ingredients at open air markets and boulangeries.
    • Meet your French art and photo teachers, learn about famous French artists in guided museum tours and visit the fine arts school in the Latin Quarter.
    • Take photos around the capital, learn digital photography techniques, and work in a lab with your teacher.

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

    Days 3-4

    Thematic Focus in Aix-en-Provence

    • Participate in sketching and painting workshops, , learning techniques and developing your skills and creativity
    • Explore the town and surrounding areas, finding locations of interest to work on sketches or take pictures.
    • See lavender fields, medieval villages, and vistas that inspired Cézanne and Van Gogh
    • Visit museums and places of interest, such as Cezanne’s workshop and Musée Granet.

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

    Days 5-9

    Thematic Focus in Arles & Remuzat

    • Travel to the cultural hotspot Arles, where Van Gogh produced many of his works, and attend the events and exhibitions at the International Photography Festival ‘Les Rencontres d’Arles.’
    • In Remuzat, enjoy the authentic landscapes of the French countryside and shop for fresh picnic foods at the local open-air market.
    • Take excursions to nearby charming rustic or medieval towns, all the while continuing your art workshops, developing your technique through the inspirational scenery.
    • Visit de la maison des Vautours to enjoy the view and watch the vultures.
    Days 10-23

    Homestay in Les Baux-de-Provence

    • Become fully immersed in the daily life of a French family and community as you share meals and family activities with your hosts
    • Explore your host community and the surrounding area, learning about regional differences in culture and art and doing activities such as such as hiking in the nearby Alpilles. With members of your host family, visit the seaside town of Saintes Maries de la Mer to see how the French vacation and dip your toes in the Mediterranean Sea.
    • Go to nearby Marseille and enjoy a picnic on the Iles du Friol.
    • Spend a day doing a high ropes course with your group and host siblings.
    • Continue to practice your photography and art skills in your host community

    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

    • Visit museums, cultural sites, and galleries still on your list, such as Musée d’Orsay, Musée l’Orangerie, Pompidou Centre, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, and Monet’s house in Giverny
    • Meet with your art and photography teachers to finalize you projects, including developing your photos in a laboratory.
    • Set up an art and photo exhibitions to display some of your best works from the program.

    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
    • Enjoy a celebratory final dinner and farewell.

    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 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.


Pre-departure Documents

Summer 2019

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 2019, our summer international information will be published in a secure page, found in the Parent Portal.

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