European Art Classroom - enroute to Belgium

Posted by European Art Classroom

02/08/2015

As our time continues here in Aix-en-Provence, we all begin to feel less like tourists and more like locals. When we first arrived to Aix some 5 weeks ago, the city felt quite large and confusing. Jen and Dave reassured us that after a few weeks we would have the city memorized, and it would start to feel smaller and smaller.

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Molly absorbed.  Photo:  Erin Hanscom

By this time, most of us know where our favorite cafés are, where the best restaurants are, and where the stores we like to spend our parents’ money are (sorry mom and dad.)

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Photo: Warren Albert

Even though most of us had never spoken French before this trip, we all know how to order what we’d like, and carry out basic conversations. We now know seeing words like “Pizza Royale” on a menu means that the pizza has ham, mushrooms, and cheese on it, a favorite of ours.

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Photo: Warren Albert

Just as we are able to find our way in the city, we are also finding our way in art. All of us know what we enjoy looking at, and what we enjoy making by now. The mediums and subjects change from person to person, but the passion for it is all the same.

European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence France

 European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence France

Photo: Warren Albert

Dan really enjoys using a pallet knife and mimicking amazing paintings that he has seen on the Internet or in person.

European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence France

European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence France

Calvin loves to oil paint experiences that he’s had in Maine.

European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence France 

Bailey and Molly are fascinated with the ocean and sunsets. I personally enjoy painting landscapes from Texas and the southwest.

European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence France

Daisy is in awe of the cityscapes and captures them through photography and painting.

European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence France

Mary finds inspiration through graphic arts, lettering, and quotes.

European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence France

Erin focuses on the lines of flowers and nature.

European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence France

Photo: Warren Albert

On a promenade, Dan and Bailey tried Kangaroo!

European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence France

Photo: Erin Hanscom

European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence France

Photo: Erin Hanscom

During my solo day, the group visited the ancient Roman aqueduct, Pont du Guard, and saw an olive tree dating back to 908AD. Visiting sites like these remind us of the history that we are surrounded by everyday.

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Photo: Warren Albert

On Wednesday morning, we were awoken with a bit of a surprise. There was snow! The snow in Aix though, could not compare to the recent storms our peers in Andover went thorough.

European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence France

Photo: Erin Hanscom

European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence France

Photo: Warren Albert

We got a brief glimpse of snow Tuesday night but none of us expected it to stay. It’s fascinating how much snow can change a landscape. The terrain that we see every day was unrecognizable. Unfortunately the city of Aix doesn’t handle snow well, like Andover, so we had a snow day.

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Photo: Warren Albert

Many of us worked on presentations in preparation for our trip to Belgium. Every girl on the trip cannot wait to visit Belgium, mostly because of chocolate.

European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence FranceOn Thursday we explored the life of Paul Cézanne. We saw his house nestled on the outer parts of Aix. As we squeezed through the city in our van Jumpy, Dave pointed out the significance of places that we walk by every day. Along Cours Mirabeau is Cézanne’s father’s hat store. Just up the way is the church that he was baptized in, and the house that he was born in. Many of us had walked by these sites countless times but had no idea their significance.

European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence France

Photo: Warren Albert

European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence France

At the end, we visited his gravesite. It was unpretentious and simple and hosting his various family members. Cézanne died an unsuccessful artist, but loved what he did.  To him it was about the art and capturing the moment, something we try and do every day.

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Photo: Warren Albert

On Saturday we visited the small village of Joques. We all enjoyed pizza, pasta, and steak outside in the sun together while sharing stories. On our way back through the windy, narrow roads with snow on either side, we pulled over and the boys explored old stone bunkers.

European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence France

Photo: Warren Albert

We pictured Germans creeping through the mountains looking for French resistance fighters. We also envisioned troglodytes, or cave people, lurking around and living in those bunkers.

European Art Classroom Proctor Academy Aix en Provence France           

Photo: Warren Albert

As we continue our journey on European Art Classroom, we are looking to advance as artists and as explorers and build upon our knowledge. We’ve all found our current artistic interests and are ready to explore them. It’s hard to imagine we have only one week left in the city of Aix, however we are all so excited to visit the culturally and historically rich areas of Belgium and Spain.

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