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  • Locations: Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-led GPA Requirement: 2.5
Education Abroad Advisor: Tricia Sherrard Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Art
Program Description:


Aix-En-Provence, France

Summer 2021 program cancelled. Check back in the fall for info on Summer 2022!
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Led by Bruce Aiken
Education Abroad Advisor: Tricia Sherrard 

IAU College, Aix-En-Provence, France
May 23 - June 6, 2021


Come study in Aix-en-Provence, France! This drawing and painting workshop will consist of two weeks in beautiful Aix in the heart of Provence with drawing and painting excursions to countryside mountains and historic villages as well as views of costal scenic beauty. We will take several sketching field trips to Mount Sainte Victiore, the mountain made famous by the paintings of Cezanne in the late 1800s. A one-day field trip to the Calanques, on the Mediterranean coast near Cassis, is another scenic wonderland. From here we will take a short 3-kilometer hike, painting and drawing along the way. Other day trips include a visit to Arles where Vincent Van Gogh lived and painted, and a trip to Rousillon where the pigment rock for the color Yellow Ocher was discovered. Students with beginning skills all the way to advanced learners are welcome!


May 23 - June 6, 2021


Students will earn 3 NAU credits for one of the following courses:
  • SA350 (Study abroad credit) - Art students may be able to use this to fulfill art degree requirements - speak to your academic advisor
  • HON399


  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Good Academic Standing
  • Must be at least 18 years old


Students will stay in hostel/hotel accommodation at Apart Hotel Odalys Atrium in Aix-En-Provence, France. 


The fee for this program is $3,817. This includes NAU tuition and fees, $100 application fee, international health insurance, accommodation, some in-country transportation, and most excursions.


Summer 2021 ITINERARY

(preliminary and tentative)

May 23: Arrival
Students will get themselves to Aix and meet me and a representative of the IAU at the Apart-hotel Odalys Atrium at approximately 11AM-12 noon. Housing will be assigned at this time and a de-briefing given.
May 24: Walking tour of Aix - Meet at IAU at 9 am
Walking tour of Aix, walk to Marschutz Studio, where art kits and lockers will be issued, and participate in a life drawing lesson.
May 25: Morning and evening painting
In studio morning, life drawing class. Afternoon in Aix center drawing and painting.
May 26: Morning and evening painting
In studio morning, life drawing class. Afternoon in Aix center drawing and painting.
May 27 & 28: Mt. St. Victoire Outings
On-site in morning and evening, in studio for midday.
May 29: Studio Day
Critiquing and completion of Mt. St. Victoire work underway.
May 30: Day Trip to Arles
Visit the Van Gogh Foundation. Walk the “Van Gogh Trail” in Arles, viewing locations where he painted. Comparing sites as they are today and historically. Discover the light and ambiance of Arles and what may have drawn Van Gogh to this remarkable and scenic town in Provence. A book reading assignment about Van Gogh will be part of the workshop. In 1888, Van Gogh and Gauguin lived together in the Yellow House in Arles for some six weeks. During that six weeks, turmoil and artistic magic happened. 
May 31: Studio Day
Van Gogh follow up and book discussion
June 1: Day Trips to Cassis and Calanques
We will need to leave the painting studios no later than 7 am with van/bus. Drive to Cassis We will then hike in to the Calanques . Drawing and painting. This hike into the Calanque en Vau is about two and a half  KM each way. It is steep in places and an up and down, rough at times trail. Please be prepared and have sturdy hiking shoes. Students will pack lunch and snacks for this excursion as well as bringing their art supplies in their backpacks. Weather could be warm to even hot but I expect perfect balmy temps in the Calanques. The views along this trail are outstanding world-class scenery. If the wind is blowing hard the Clanques may be closed by the French National Park system. Wild-land fire is a big threat there when wind is high.This is a two and a half Kilometer (one and a half hour each) way hike into this world-class scenic wonder. The Calanques are a French national park area and it is protected from development and overuse. Hiking or coming in by Kayak are the only ways to reach the Calanques. There, we will paint and draw all day. 
June 2: Studio Day
Students will bring lunch and spend the day in the studio, finish work started at the Calanque.
June 3: Day Trip to Rousillon, afternoon excursion to the Ocher Institute
Roussillon is north of Aix about 40 minutes. Painting and sketching in historic Roussillon in morning. Afternoon, attending a class at the Ocher Institute on creation of oil paints, specifically Yellow Ocher, discovered and mined in the area. 
June 4: Studio Day
All day in studio, discussion of Roussillon excursion, painting and drawing, completion of works underway. 
June 5: Studio Day - Final Critique
Studio Day-Final Critique – Students may work at studio all day or take personal time after final critique in afternoon. Students turn in art supplies. Evening – group meal at a restaurant in Aix. 
June 6: Check Out
By mid-morning students should be checked out of housing and have made arrangements to return home or continue their European adventure on their own. Aix is a vibrant, very old city. You will find a lot of interesting streets, alleys and narrow historic districts to explore. No doubt you will have found your favorite cafes and restaurants as well as places to just go and absorb the energy of this beautiful French town. Expect to be enchanted! Remember, Barcelona in Spain is only a few hours away via train. Paris is to the north a few hours by train as well. Italy and Switzerland are to the north and east very easily reached by train or bus.  Even London and Great Britain can be reached via the TGV (high-speed train) station in Aix. Think of the opportunity to use your newly acquired skills for traveling in Europe for your own private adventure after the workshop ends. Possibilities are unlimited.  By mid-morning students should be checked out of housing and have made arrangements to return home or continue their European adventure on their own.


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Program Ratings:
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Academic Experience:
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Program Reviews:
Jordan Taylor Wann, Summer 2018 Participant
Absolutely fantastic, Bruce Aiken is an amazing artist and it was a privilege to study under him.

Allyson Harriet Hirsch, Summer 2018 Participant
The program was honestly one of the most unique experiences I have ever endured.

Summer 2016 Participant
I had an amazing time on this program! I learned so much and one of the best parts was being able to do art work all day, pretty much everyday. I loved the change of scenery, and the independence that I had to explore the city. This trip was one of the best parts of college so far and I am so glad I got this opportunity.

Dates / Deadlines:

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This program is currently not accepting applications.