Burgundy, France:

Art / Design Lab & Residency



DATE: JULY 1-14, 2019



JANUARY 20, 2019: $3,650 [EARLY]

COURSE FEE: $3,900


Program Overview

Spend two magical weeks on a French Chateau, surrounded by 17th-century interiors, historic gardens and natural landscapes in the Burgundy region of France. Make and exhibit work on the grounds and interiors of the chateau. Connect to the land of France, spending most of the day working and relaxing. Savor authentic French culture, cuisine, and history.  Visit Paris, Dijon, and Reims, France with group day trips, observing contemporary and historic French art and design.


Sign up as a student or artist resident. Transform your practice with our course intensives. Sign up for Graphic Design, Architecture, Sculpture & Media, Book Art, Fibers & Sculpture.

What's Included?

  • 14 days at the French Chateau [based on group occupancy] *Rooms are shared with other guests unless you request and pay for a private room. 

  • Studio and exhibition space.

  • All breakfasts [excluding independent travel days]

  • All lunches [excluding independent travel days]

  • All dinners [excluding independent travel days]

  • Airport pickup and drop-off for arrival and return flights [Flight not included in price.]

  • Illustrated Map and Travel Guide to Paris

  • Three course credits may be offered depending on your school or if your course is approved for credit.


All workshop fees and supplies are purchased independently. Each course has a different lab fee that will be communicated in advance.

Course / Residency Outline

We offer various courses in art and design on the chateau. France is full of rich creative expression, with opulent cities, decorative interiors, and a wide range of revolutions and movements. From the impressionists to postmodernists, France continues to push and define the avant-garde. French perspectives are deeply philosophical and poetic. Our courses embody the tradition of crafts and making, alongside thinking deeply. 


Using the chateau as exhibition space, site-specific course space, and an innovation platform, we aim to make a variety of work, sharing and exchanging perspectives, informed by the past and present. Cross-course critique and dialogue between students and professionals is an essential component of our horizontal platform. Risk taking and hard work are encouraged and nurtured. [The French Beaux Arts tradition had students learn painting, drawing, sculpture, and engraving, in addition to architecture. An understanding of classical and contemporary arts was essential to learning. We study the art, food, architecture, design, and culture of France with a holistic experience for all participants.]


Study contemporary and traditional methods of design and art. Learn to paint, draw and design. Return home with a body of work produced, and broadened cultural perspective.


Book Art

Instructor: Jennaway Pearson 


Learn different techniques for physically making and binding books. Learn about the history and aesthetics of book art. From ancient illuminated manuscripts to conceptual artists of the present, the best book art has always been a marriage of form and content. Think, for instance, of the books made by William Blake. Great poems like The Tyger can only fully be appreciated when accompanied by the drawings, hand lettering, and bindings that Blake considered a central part of his artistic project. You have to see the poems, even feel them in order fully to understand them.


Day 00

June 30th

Departure from home country, suitcase packed with supplies.

Day 01

July 1st

Arrive in Paris. Greeted at airport, chateau check-in, group dinner!

Day 02

July 2nd

Course / Residency, tour of the chateau, creative workshops

Day 03

July 3rd

Course / Residency, art and design making, communal dinner, workshop, and presentations

Day 04

July 4th

Course / Residency, art and design making, communal dinner, workshop, and presentations

Day 05

July 5th

Course / Residency, art and design making, communal dinner, workshop, and presentations

Day 06

July 6th

Day trip to Paris, explore museums, the city at large within smaller groups

Day 07

July 7th

Course / Residency, art and design making, communal dinner, critique and showcase

Day 08

July 8th

Day trip to Dijon, explore museums, the city at large within smaller groups 

Day 09

July 9th

Course / Residency, art and design making, communal dinner, workshop, and presentations

Day 10

July 10th

Trip to other sites around region

Day 11

July 11th

Course / Residency, art and design making, communal dinner, workshop, and presentations

*Note this schedule is subject to change due to local weather, force majeure or new opportunities that better suit the needs of the group. This will help you get an accurate picture of what your experience will be like. 


Day 12

July 12th

Course / Residency, art and design making, communal dinner, set up for show

Day 13

July 13th

Final Show, Celebration Dinner!

Day 14

July 14th

Departure: Airport drop-off, Bon Voyage! A bientôt!

Location / Site

Burgundy is a historic region west of Paris known for grand chateaus, gorgeous countryside, and gastronomic excellence. The region is famous for Burgundy wines and Dijon mustard, named after the region’s capital city. The Palace of the Dukes in Dijon, is where one chapter of the illustrious Musee des Beaux-Arts was established in 1787. Our chateau is located in central Burgundy on a 100+ acre estate. Recently renovated, the chateau has antique suites, a modern kitchen and lovely historic spaces you can explore. Atop the Yonne Valley, observe magnificent views of seven villages dotted along the countryside. 


France is relaxing and refined. Our programs integrate living well into daily life, enjoying the sensual qualities of each day. We value focused time to create and reflect, balanced with elegant meals, paired with creative conversation.

Before you sign up

  • Transportation to France is not included. AIP will send you instructions for travel along with a list of supplies after registration.

  • Please let us know of your dietary restrictions and we will work with our chef to accommodate your needs.

  • We recommend a visit to your health care provider before the trip [scheduled for a minimum of six weeks before travel]. If you have any ongoing medical conditions, please consider when registering.

Travel /


All AIP France participants will arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris CDG), and be picked up by bus. Participants must arrive in Paris at the Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris CDG) by 11 AM on July 1, 2019. If departing from the USA, you would depart June 30th, the day before.


Participants will be transported by bus to and from the airport to the chateau. Our transport leaves the airport promptly at 1 PM on July 1, 2019.


Participants should schedule their return flight from Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris CDG) in the afternoon. (The chateau is 1 hour away from the airport)


Airport pickup and drop-off is only for the program dates indicated. You may choose to arrive early or stay late, where you will be responsible for your transportation arrangements and costs. If you are renting a car or would like to make other arrangements, you are welcome to arrive at the AIP location site on your own by rental car, taxi, bus, or other means.


AIP will collect flight details and alternative travel plans when you complete registration.


& Insurance


We require all participants to be in possession of a passport valid 6 months after your date of travel into the country.


U.S. Citizens do not need a visa when traveling to France. If you are traveling from a country that a visa is required when entering France, you should start the process as soon as possible after signing up.


All participants are enrolled in our international health insurance policy. We highly recommend participants enroll in travel insurance for trip cancelation and personal items. Travel insurance covers: trip delay, cancellation, or interruption due to an unforeseen event- plus lost, delayed, damaged, or stolen gear or bags. We recommend you purchase this insurance directly after signing up for the trip.


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