Arles, France

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

Your Journey

Program Dates: June 21 – July 4, 2021

                            

Spend two magical weeks in Provence, in the charming city of Arles. This quaint town in Provence, is home to forward thinking innovations in the arts. Art world luminaries flock to the event of the summer, an international photography festival. Here exists a permanent landscape of architecture that is a mix of traditionally French and nouveau modern; as well as world class art galleries,  boutique museums, avant garde performance art, and quintissentially french cafe life. Van Gogh completed many of his most famous paintings while living in Arles, 300 and more works in little over a year. Visit the nearby Camargue region, to see flamingo and wild horses. Take day trips to a french perfumery and Marseille.

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, 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.

Highlights

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

– 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

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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 mid term 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

– Mid term 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

Your Journey Includes

Our Team: the AIP team will guide you through the 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, Activity fees.

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

Image by Samuel C.
AIP FRANCE ARTIST IMMERSION PROGRAM 2021

Your Art Practice

Study contemporary and traditional methods of drawing, painting and, writing in Provence. Learn to paint, draw, and think critically. The focus of the trip is being in the moment and enjoying your time while learning and connecting to the world. Return home with a body of work produced, and broadened cultural perspective. We allow participants to make work in a variety of formats, exhibited in the city. 

 

Make art each day, guided by intellectual and skill-building principles. You may take a class, or work independently on your own projects.

We are a community of artists supporting each other while continuing to learn.  

Create writing 

Draw Italy from life or your imagination

Paint your surrounding and experience

Study architecture and history of Provence and artists in Provence

Create print designs

Develop dynamic multidisciplinary projects

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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
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Daily Life

Study contemporary and traditional methods of drawing, painting and, writing in Provence. Learn to paint, draw, and think critically. The focus of the trip is being in the moment and enjoying your time while learning and connecting to the world. Return home with a body of work produced, and broadened cultural perspective. We allow participants to make work in a variety of formats, exhibited in the city. 

 

Make art each day, guided by intellectual and skill-building principles. You may take a class, or work independently on your own projects. Each day is full of creative conversation, encouraging you to relax and energize your creative pursuits.

The French Beaux-Arts tradition had students learn painting, drawing, sculpture, and engraving, in addition to architecture. We believe an understanding of classical and contemporary arts is essential to learning. We study the art, food, architecture, design, and culture of France with a holistic experience for all participants.

We spend several hours a day engaged in making and learning, culminating in the production of multiple pieces of art and design. You will be guided along this process. We will have presentations and critiques, for you to share your ideas and dreams and get critical feedback. Two exhibitions will take place, where you will showcase your work with the villa as your backdrop. Presentations by our faculty and locals will synthesize your trip to give a greater cultural context to Provence and connected art forms. 

Suggested Reading:

TRAVEL WRITING CLASSIC

 

My Life in France
Julia Child, 2006.


FICTION

A Moveable Feast
Ernest Hemingway, 1964.

NON FICTION

Two Towns in Provence
M.F.K. Fisher, 1983. 


As They Were
M.F.K. Fisher, 1982.

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
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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. 

Image by Samuel C.