Arles, France

Art, Design, and Culture workshops in the Global Art center of Arles.  

Program Overview

Program Dates: June 21 – July 4, 2021


Impressionist and Modernist artists lived in Provence, with a vision of a utopian artist community, Provence is a bounty of sensory stimuli, with the most beautiful produce, lavender, wine, and landscapes in the world. Natural wonders including wild horses, and flocks of flamingos, inspire both locals and visitors to view life with a renewed and joyful spirit. Where else can you make your own perfume, look at the landscapes Van Gogh and Matisse painted, while tasting Rosé from the unmistakable terroir? Come with us, and from the moment you arrive, immerse yourself in an artistic lifestyle. 


Learn and live in Provence while painting, writing, drawing and designing with local and international experts. Build relationships and make lasting connections and stories you will surely re-tell. 


We have people who want more guidance, and others who want to interact with the group, but reserve separate time to work on their own projects. Either way is a perfect fit to experience a trip with AIP.

Spend two magical weeks in Provence, in the charming city of Arles. This contemporary city is known for its international photography festival each summer, its streets are full of art galleries, performers, and cafes. Van Gogh completed many of his most famous paintings while living in Arles, over 300 works over a year period. The south of France is relaxing and artful. Visit the Camargue region, to see flamingo and wild horses. Take day trips to a french perfumery and Marseille. 

Trip Highlights

Spend two magical weeks in Provence, in the charming city of Arles. This contemporary city is known for its international photography festival each summer, its streets are full of art galleries, performers, and cafes. Van Gogh completed many of his most famous paintings while living in Arles, over 300 works over a year period. The south of France is relaxing and artful. Visit the Camargue region, to see flamingo and wild horses. Take day trips to a french perfumery and Marseille. 

Connect to the land of France, spending most of the day working and relaxing. Savor authentic French culture, cuisine, and history. Meals are shared with the group. Courses meet three hours a day, and we have a midterm and final show.  Visit Marseille, St Marie la Mere, and Gravison, France with day trips. 

Vue de l'asile et de la Chapelle de Sain

Our French Community

We work with local artists, writers, photographers, and designers in Arles to host workshops and guide us through our experience. 

Suggested Reading:



My Life in France, 
by Julia Child



A Moveable Feast, 
by Ernest Hemingway



Two Towns in Provence, 
by M.F.K. Fisher 

As They Were, 
by M.F.K. Fisher

Image by Mariana Dal Chico

“The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust

“What would life be if we didn’t dare to take things in hand” _  Vincent Van Gogh


What's Included?

14 days in Arles at a lovely boutique hotel right in the city  *Rooms are shared with other guests unless you request and pay for a private room. 

Studio and exhibition space

Private transfer and travel arrangements for flight arrival and departure at nearby Marseilles.  [Flight not included in price.]

Courses: Three hours of class a day 

Residency: Shared Workspace + Internet

Critiques, Lectures, Presentations, and Workshops

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner* [excluding independent travel/work days]

Final Celebration Dinner 

Artistic Tour of Arles

Travel Guide 

Final Celebration Dinner 

International Health Insurance

Course Credit if approved by your University

*Participants sign up for one course, although collaboration with other courses is encouraged. All art and design supplies are purchased by participants before the trip. Some courses may have a lab fee for shared materials and equipment which you will pay on or before the program.


What you will do and learn. 

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 city and various spaces with it in 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. We have two exhibition/ classroom spaces near to the hotel for classes, presentations, and residency workspace. 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.


Provence to Palette to Plate: Gouache Painting from Life

​This course will be designed to create a visual daily diary, exploring all that Provence has to offer, wonderfully observing, documenting, consuming, diving in. If we shop at the morning markets, we will use our produce as our muse and the natural light of the long summer days to capture and create. Then we will use this same produce once again to create beautiful local dishes for delicious lunches together. We will try to explore as much of what is indigenous to the area and use this to inform our daily paintings, as well as what we make in the kitchen. Yes, every day and evening will have a plan, a focus, a lesson, but if we spill the coffee or the wine we use it! We will take the wrong turn off course and explore the outcome. When in Provence!!

Creative Writing

​Write your thoughts and stories with various creative prompts. Over the two week period, you will go through a series of exercises to get you thinking creatively and improve your practice. 

Oil Painting and Drawing

Learn to Oil paint in the city Van Gogh completed many of his most famous works. Arles is set on a river in southern France. With bridges, winding streets, art galleries and cafe', Arles is charming and quintessentially French. Explore, draw, paint, and learn while painting in and around the city and its landscape. 

Where we stay:

Provence is relaxing and known for inspiring artists from all over the world. The region is famous for lavender, perfume, and rosé. Our program is located in Arles, near to many other fantastic cities, museums, and natural landscapes in Provence. We are at a bed and breakfast with comfortable rooms and communal kitchen space. 


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 a creative conversation.

Image by Samuel C.

Program Itinerary

Here is our best description of what your time will be like in Arles with AIP. 


Day 1 - Welcome to France!

Arrive at the Marseille airport and be picked up by our private transportation to the hotel located in Arles. We will check in and relax and wait for the rest of the group to arrive, spend your afternoon relaxing and getting settled. Take a walk and chat with other guests. We have a nightly meet and greet followed by a celebration dinner. We have multi course dinners made with local produce and ingredients, and of course wine!


Day 2 - Wake up in Arles and walk to breakfast. We will gather in the studio space to introduce AIP and get to know the teachers, group organizers and talk about our goals for the trip and why we all came. Bring your supplies up to the classroom (all participants bring supplies with them so they are prepared to work right away) and meet with your class groups. Creative Residents can set up workspace and start working right away. Gather at 1 pm for lunch and take the afternoon to work on art, writing etc. You will have open time each day to be in the moment and share experiences with the community.


Day 3,4 & 5 - Wake up to another wonderful morning, meet for class followed by lunch and spend the afternoon working/ relaxing. Meet briefly then proceed to presentations by professors and AIP trip leaders about their work and other creative topics. Arrive to dinner excited and chatting with other guests, asking questions and learning about each other and what interests you share. 

Day 6 - Spend the Day in Marseille. See the city with an AIP walking tour followed by independent opportunities. Eat out on your own. 

Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner shared, and a Mid Term Review of work of all courses - professors and residents. Review, look, and discuss!


Day 8 - Arles exploring, seeing sites and shopping.


Day 9 - Shared meals, course sessions, group gatherings and time to create!


Day 10 - Open day to go into Arles or work. No class meetings.


Day 11 & 12 - Shared meals, course sessions, group gatherings and time to create! Prep for final show.


Day 13 - Breakfast followed by our final exhibition. Tour the studio spaces as a group to see and explore everyone's projects. Pack up your supplies and suitcases, enjoy a fantastic celebration and farewell dinner!


Day 14 - Wake up, enjoy breakfast, and ride the private transport back to depart from the Marseille airport! If you're staying longer, enjoy the rest of your trip.

*Note this schedule including dates 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. AIP programs are non-refundable, due to the advanced planning required to make trips possible. We plan every detail to make sure our stay is excellent in every way. 

Trip Details and Pricing

This experience includes almost everything you need.


*Rooms are all shared.

Private rooms available upon request with an upgrade fee.

Airfare to France is not included.

PRICE: $3,900

Image by Linh Nguyen

Other trip details:

Other cool things to do:

Arles is close to many other cities in Provence, you can visit by train. Marsailleis a fantastic day trip. 



What is Van Gough’s connection to Arles? Why have so many artists visited Provence?

Van Gogh moved to Arles from Paris to cure his depression and mania. Van Gogh had a vision of Provence ad the future of art. A move away from the business of the city, and connection more with nature and sensuality. The vibrant colors, connection to the earth and sun inspired his imagination along with other artists including Cezanne, Picasso, Van Gogh and Gaughin. Van Gogh was highly productive in Arles and created his painting style used in his most famous works. 


Travel Arrangements:

AIP will email you when it is time to get your ticket. We will allow much planning in advance, and will this this email ninety or more days before your tip. We will send more specific details once you sign up for the trip. You will be met at the airport, and we will all go to the hotel together. 


France is fairly hot in the summer and can get cool at night. Higher temperatures are around afternoon time, where its hot in the sun and much cooler in the shade. 

AIP Arles 2021
Jun 14, 3:00 PM GMT+2

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