Program Overview

In this study abroad program, led by UO instructor Lisa Abia-Smith, you will learn about post-impressionists Paul Cezanne and Vincent Van Gogh, who both retreated to the South of France. Provence offered a momentary sanctuary for these major artists to express notions of place, identity and representation.

The program will start in Aix-en-Provence in southern France, where you will participate in outdoor town and country excursions, plein air painting and local museum trips. Participants will create oil paintings of landscapes, self-portraits, and the city of Aix and surroundings. The program will end in Paris, where we will use the museum galleries and collections at the Louvre for observations, discussions and sketching.  

Aix is a charming city in southern France just 20 miles from the coast. Home to boulevards and public squares lined with 17th and 18th century mansions, Aix is the source of inspiration for artists Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne. Paris, known as the City of Light, is the final destination for the program. We will visit the world-renowned Louvre Museum and will take a river tour to see sights such as the Eiffel Tower and the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Additional requirements

Applicants must have completed AAD 406 Special Problems with Lisa Abia-Smith, AAD 410 Lifelong Learning in the Arts with Lisa Abia-Smith, or AAD 408 Art of the Athlete by Summer 2018

Academic Details

The program will start in Aix-en-Provence in southern France, where the class will meet daily for discussion and to create art inspired by your experience. During this weeklong program, you will create oil paintings of landscapes, self-portraits, and the city of Aix and surroundings. During excursions, students will immerse themselves in painting outside in nature capturing the buildings in Aix, the terrain, the landscape, and the light. Students will also keep a sketchbook and journal in which you will document your experience, respond to writing and drawing prompts, and draft paintings. The program will end in Paris, where we will use the museum galleries and collections at the Louvre for observations, discussions and sketching. In this program, you will earn two UO upper division elective credits in Arts and Administration.

Faculty and Staff

Lisa Abia-Smith is the Director of Education at the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Senior Instructor in the College of Art and Design at the UO, teaching courses in arts and healthcare, accessible arts, museum education, and arts mangagment. She presents nationally and internationally at conferences on arts and healthcare programs and art education for marginalized communities.

Abia-Smith’s work as the director of education at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art intersects with her teaching practice and provides undergraduate and graduate students with practical application and fieldwork immersing in art education for visitors of all ages and abilities. Since 2011, she has led the Art of the Athlete program at the University of Oregon. In 2014 she was selected as Oregon’s Art Museum Educator of the Year and is a board member of the Oregon Art Education Association.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer201801/15/201802/15/201806/15/201806/23/2018

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.