Arles, France

The Pleasures and Palate of Provence: An Artist’s Journey 

Your Journey

Spend two magical weeks in Provence, in the charming city of Arles. This quaint town in Provence has become a home for forward thinking innovations in the arts. During the summer, art world luminaries flock to the event of the year - an international photography festival. The eclectic cultural art hub that has sprung up in the last three decades consists of traditionally French architecture intermingled with nouveau modern; as well as world class art galleries,  boutique museums, avant-garde performance art, and quintessentially French café life. This is where Van Gogh, who sought respite here, was the most prolific. He not only completed 300 plus works in little over a year, but many of these works are his most famous. 

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. Visit the nearby Camargue region, for natural wonders, flamingos, and wild horses. Take day trips to a French perfumery and Marseille. Where else can you make your own perfume, experience the landscapes made famous by Van Gogh and Matisse, while tasting Rosé from the unmistakable terroir? Join us, and immerse yourself in an artistic lifestyle from the moment of your arrival. 

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

Program Dates: 

2022: June 13th - 26th

 

Book Independently with your own group* Contact us to schedule your private departure

                            

Image by South of France Photos

Highlights

– Residence at a lovely boutique hotel in the center of Arles 

– Access to Arles right outside your front door

– Exclusive tours of local artist studios, museums, workshops, and galleries 

– Daytime excursion to Marseille 

– Guided tours of Arles 

– Studio and exhibition space in the city right next to one of Van Gough’s painting sites on the riverfront

– Culinary experiences in Arles at local restaurants, famous for delectable herbs du Provence and the ever refreshing Rose du provence. Multi-course meals are shared out on the town in partnership with local chefs and bakeries. 

– Specially curated presentations and experiences by trip leaders and local artists

 

Itinerary

Day 1

– Arrivals at leisure to hotel. You can meet us in Marseille and take the train to Arles, or arrive on your own. 

– Welcome reception aperitif and celebration dinner

– Included meals: dinner

Day 2

– Wake up in Arles and enjoy breakfast from a local bakery. Walk to the waters edge for the picturesque viewpoint followed by introductions to the group.  

– Explore the city of Arles on a private tour, ending at the art studio along the riverbank

 – Meet with your creative group to discuss goals and your immersion experience

– Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3, 4 & 5

– Communal breakfast, lunch and dinner, exchanging ideas and excitement with other guests

– Workshops in art and culture with time to relax and do personal reflections

– Meet for an aperitif followed by presentations by professors and AIP trip leaders about their work and creative topics 

– Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

 Day 6

– Travel to Marseille for a guided tour of local artist studios, and an insider's perspective on the city 

– Independently explore the city and share meals with new friends in town

– Included meals: breakfast 

 Day 7

– Mid-program review of your work in a communal setting. 

– Explore your work while we host a midterm exhibition of your project at the studio and in the city at large, setting goals to reach on the trip and reflecting in creative conversation

– Midterm celebration dinner

– Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 & 9

– Spend the day relaxing in Arles; shopping and time to reflect. 

– Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10

– Journey to Nimes to explore art and culture 

– Included meals: breakfast 

Day 11 &12

– Workshops, art making, and living well. Work towards your creative goals, preparing for the final exhibition. Spend the day relaxing and reflecting and attending workshops. 

– Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 13

– Explore the work of the group for the final exposition. 

– Farewell dinner 

– Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 14

– Departures at leisure or take group transport back to Marseille in the morning.

– Included meals: breakfast

What's Included?

-The AIP team: guides for your entire experience

-Travel logistics: private transfers, day trips to Marseille and Gravison * Flight not included in price.

-Food and Drinks: all meals shared at the hotel and at our favorite local spots, quintessentially French multi-course dinners with rose and other local wines. Arrival and final celebration dinners

-Accommodations: residence at a gorgeous historic property right in the center of Arles. High-Speed wifi.

​-Activities: creative presentations, lectures, critiques, and workshops by AIP leaders and teachers

-Studio space: room to spread out and any activity fees covered

-Peace of mind: International health insurance is provided for all of our participants

Image by Thomas Despeyroux
AIP FRANCE ARTIST IMMERSION PROGRAM 2021

Your Art Practice

First and foremost AIP is a community of artists supporting each other. We work outside of the traditional school and institution models, and are a transient community that believe in the catharsis of travel along with its accompanying creative stimulation. Our journeys accelerate your creative path by facilitating immersive environments, removing roadblocks, and reducing stressors. 

Arles with AIP is an opportunity to paint, draw, and think critically; from contemporary and traditional methods of drawing, painting, and writing - in Provence. Make art each day, guided by intellectual and skill-building principles. Acquire new skills or build on preexisting ones. You may take a class, or work independently on your own projects. Practice being present - in the moment - and enjoy your time while learning and connecting to the world. Create, record, take note of your experience.  Return home with a body of work produced, your own personal artistic launching pad plus a broadened cultural perspective. We allow participants to make work in a variety of formats and exhibit in the city. 

Draw from daily life or your imagination

Paint your surrounding and experience

Study architecture and history of Provence and artists in Provence

Create print designs

Produce your own original writing 

Develop dynamic multidisciplinary projects

Discover and make use of available installation space

Trip Details and Pricing

PRICE: $3,900

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

― Marcel Proust