Program Details

Courses offered at the Institute for American Universities are comparable to those offered in universities in the United States. Students must enroll in the Studio Seminar, the Art Criticism Seminar and one art history class.
Aix-En-Provence, France
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

The Studio Art Program in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France is offered at The Marchutz School of Fine Arts, located just outside Aix-en-Provence, near the Chateaunoir where Cézanne lived and worked. The Marchutz School of Fine Arts, founded by German artist Léo Marchutz in 1971, operates under the auspices of the Institute for American Universities (IAU). Provence is one of the most beautiful, varied regions of France, roughly bordered by Toulon to the east, Nómes to the west and Orange to the north. The Mediterranean is the natural boundary to the south.
The Marchutz School of Fine Arts combines studio work, an intensive interdisciplinary art criticism seminar, liberal arts and social science courses for an immersive artistic experience.  Excursions to local and regional museums and cities around France and Europe round out the term abroad. Studio work informs the museum excursions, while the seminar discussions and museum study enhance the on-site painting and drawing sessions. An in-depth study of the locations that inspired masterworks by Van Gogh and Cezanne benefits each student’s own way of seeing. All of these activities interweave to give each artist a perception of his or her own contemporary work in relation to the art of the past -- an essential step toward self-discovery.

Setting Description:
The Institute for American Universities is located in Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France. Aix is one of the major university, legal and cultural centers of France. Marchutz is located on Tholonet Road, just outside of Aix, near the Chateaunoir where Cezanne lived and worked. Students are generally housed in French homestays, which provide daily breakfasts and six dinners; semi-independent lodging is available upon request, though the homestay experience is highly recommended.
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