Overview

Embark on an exploration of French art and culture and learn technique from a professional artist on this high school summer abroad program in France.

Embark on an artistic exploration of French art and culture, from Paris to Provence. 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 artistic significance, such as Marseille, Avignon, and/or Arles. You’ll also create a carnet de voyage (travel book) with assistance from a French artist. As your artistic journey unfolds, take advantage of continuous opportunities to enhance your French language skills and knowledge of French culture.

Note: Participants should bring a working digital camera with them on the program. A drawing kit will be supplied once in France.

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 artistsVisit museums and see famous works of art

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

Days 10–23
Homestay

  • 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
Departure

About The Experiment

The Experiment in International Living is a non-profit organization that has been offering immersive experiential learning programs abroad since 1932. Today, The Experiment offers three-, four-, and five-week summer programs for high school students in more than 20 countries around the world.

Programs are designed to equip participants not only with essential cultural skills and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to critical global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Each year, hundreds of Experimenters come away from their summer abroad with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge that help them to thrive—and lead—in diverse, intercultural environments.

The Experiment is committed to providing participants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds with access to The Experiment’s immersive cross-cultural programs through its partnerships, scholarships, and other initiatives.

The Experiment places the highest priority on health, safety, and security. Each program follows a comprehensive structure designed to maximize the well-being of all participants while they engage in dynamic cross-cultural experiences. We have implemented specific risk management strategies that include a 24-hour emergency on-call service and regular safety reviews. We hire and train experienced adult group leaders and maintain longstanding partnerships with in-country offices to support each of our programs.

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