Program Details

Develop your fine arts skills through photography, painting, and drawing while practicing the French language as you experience the beauty of Paris and Provence.
Paris, France; Arles, France
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School

Program Overview

Program Description:

Embark on a creative journey through French art and culture from the majestic “City of Light,” Paris, to the lavenderfilled French countryside. You will take in the art at galleries and worldrenowned 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-deProvence, 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.

Setting Description:
During orientation in Paris, visit galleries and world-renowned museums— such as the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre—and have drawing, painting, and photography sessions under the guidance of a French artist. Trace the footsteps of the famous artists who have been inspired by the region of Provence including Cézanne and Van Gogh. Learn the art of Provençal watercolor, and fill a canvas with your own impressions of Provence’s landscapes and extraordinary beauty. Visit photo exhibits in the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, set up a photo shoot in Pére Lachaise or the Belleville Market, and explore Paris’s arrondissements with a French photojournalist. During the homestay period in Les Baux-de-Provence, meet with local artists and craftsmen, participate in a pottery workshop, and enjoy regional food, while becoming fully immersed in the daily life of a French family and community. Take day excursions with your host family or Experiment group to nearby cities of historical and artis

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
The Experiment in International Living is committed to helping students from a diversity of backgrounds participate through a variety of need-based scholarships. In 2016, The Experiment awarded a total of $2.4 Million in financial aid and scholarships.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 2 Reviews

  • my experience

    I did not like the art classes. They were very basic things any public middle school teacher would have taught, and the teacher would often just draw over my artwork. They taught me nothing I didn't already know and I felt like I didn't grow. The photography

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Life Changing

    I was so nervous to enter a new country with kids i've never met before, but I'm so glad I went on this trip. It was amazing just thinking back makes my heart swell with joy and happiness, also a bit of sadness because I miss all the great people I met

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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