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The Visual Arts

Cameron Hanson (Claremont McKenna College, SLC Paris '08) at the Academie de Port-Royal Students in the SLC Paris Program may take a class in costume, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture. Regardless of their area of interest or their level, all students will find a class that suits them among the ample selection of studios available.

As the technical and pedagogical approaches vary significantly from one school to another, professors from each studio give presentations at Reid Hall during the orientation period. Students then visit all of the studios prior to making their final selection.

A four-credit course is composed of two three-hour sessions and at least three hours of independent work per week.

Advanced students may consider applying to one of our intensive programs in the visual arts (including graphic design).

All classes are conducted exclusively in French.

Drawing and Painting

Académie de Port-Royal

  • In-depth study of drawing
  • Painting with live model
  • Still-life composition
  • Diverse techniques and formats, working with color

Atelier La Charpente

  • In-depth study of drawing: perspective, values, composition, colors
  • Graphite pencil, charcoal, pastel and ink
  • Drawing with live model
  • Sculpture: study of volume and anatomy, work on proportions, values and representation

Drawing, Textile and Costume

Ecole Supérieure d'Art Françoise Conte

  • Acquisition of basic drawing and painting techniques
  • Mastery and anticipation of trends, completion of projects and techniques for the fashion industry
  • Textile workshops, completion of clothing and fashion accessories

Photography

Studio Vermès

  • Understanding the functions of the camera, capturing different types of light
  • Black and white photography
  • Digital photography, study of new creative processes
  • Learning to read images, the silent image, silence in images
  • On a more advanced level, work on the development of the student’s critical thinking skills and of a personal style


Spéos

  • A range of courses taught in basic and advanced darkroom technique
  • Depending on experience, more independent and open study possible
  • Black and white photography
  • Digital photography

Printmaking

Atelier 63

  • Initiation and perfection of printmaking techniques (zinc and bronze)
  • Etching, aquatint, soft ground, chiseling, drypoint, mezzotint, etc.

Sculpture/Pottery

Student work at the Atelier Boz'artAtelier Boz'art

  • Technical and esthetic study of clay sculpture
  • Discovery of modeling and ceramics
  • Work on form and decoration

Atelier de Sculpture Flury

  • Drawing (live model)
  • Sculpture (ceramic, wood, stone, metal)
  • Diverse techniques: modeling, plaster casting, direct carving, welding and deep drawing

Les Arts d’Argile

  • Studio specializing in clay sculpture
  • Ceramics, pottery
  • Modeling, decoration and composition techniques

For more information about studying the visual arts in Paris, please e-mail Gary Burnley, Professor of Visual Arts.

Thoughts on the Paris Program

"I loved the head teacher of the atelier, she was very attentive, an absolute gem."

–Marily Langill, SLC