European Art Classroom or "Euro" is all about intensive study, intensive together-living and complete immersion within the arts. The arts we see, the arts we make and the constant natural and human made beauty we simply discover daily by accident. Just prior to flying to Prague, we visited St. Rémy in order to say good bye to Vincent van Gogh and the hallowed ground where he painted Starry Night among many other great paintings. Finally, our adventure to the Czeck Republic. Towards the blog's end there are final reflections from each of the artists. Enjoy.
Near Les Baux-de-Provence.
Sophie at the entrance of Saint-Paul de Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
Dantong painting at the entrance of Saint-Paul de Mausole. Vincent would walk down this very path. After his mental episode in Arles he checked himself in here and lived from May 1889 - May 1890.
Beautiful Provence and our Sunday meal before leaving for the Czeck Republic.
We arrived in the evening, which was fine with us, I mean look at this!
The following morning, a bitter cold journey across the Vitava River on the Charles Bridge, constructed in 1357.
Karly - Miss New Hampshire - Houghton finding her little pile of snow.
Inside the 9th century Prague Castle, is the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral. A magnificant structure boasting the beautiful stained glass by Czeck artist: Alphonse Mucha.
Later that evening a birthday dinner was in order for Emi Lu. Czech Beef Goulash in a bread bowl with potato gnocchi is something to admire.
The next day was a visit to the National Gallery. From Mucha to Renoir you can get your dose of Realism and Romanticism to Art Nourveau and Post Modern.
Our last day was a day of liberty and going off in groups of two or more. Lots of promenades, photos, cinnamon rolls called Trdelniks, and painting.
Two months completely flew by!!! I had never believed that I would be able to have the opportunity to live in France for two months doing art with amazing people! My experience has been such a blessing, as I feel that I stepped into this program as a different person and going home as a mature, experienced, and happy art student. I have learned what I am passionate about in art and in my life and that has always been something I have been curious about. I have learned that patience, kindness, and a positive attitude are crucial when traveling in a group. I have also learned that I am so thankful for this program. Having dedicated and patience teachers like Jen and Dave and how this opportunity is so unique!! How many high schoolers get to travel to France for two months and study art? Not many. I was so excited to travel to Paris, Florence, and Prague to experience different cultures, to enjoy spectacular art and delicious food! Aix en Provence has been my beautiful home for two months and although I am sad to be leaving I am looking forward to seeing my family! I have come back from this program with 9 amazing friends and one AMAZING and INCREDIBLE experience studying abroad and I could not be more grateful!!!
I honestly don't know what to say. It has yet to hit me that this whole experience is over. Everything has happened too quickly and I haven’t had time to reflect. We are leaving Aix. We will no longer wake up to the orange skies of Provence; this is it. We will no longer have the long van rides filled with laughter and sarcasm. We will no longer get to make fun of Dave every day. These are the last few moments as a group, and that still hasn’t hit me. Tomorrow morning we are all getting on planes and going our separate ways. Some of us won't see each other until graduation. We have all gotten so close and used to living, painting, cleaning, and cooking together that it is going to be strange to be separated from the rest of the girls. Although the program has come to an end, we will forever be the Euro gals to one another.
Looking through the window, the future awaited. Paris, fulfilled with art masterpieces and tourists, nourished my spirit and cultural perspectives through the appreciation of arts and shopping. Florence, known for exquisite leathers and magnificent architecture, allowed me to be calm and astonished at the same time. Prague, our last trip before going home, drew my attention to the great artist Mucha with his smooth lines and harmonic colors. And our home, Aix-en-Provence, kept me on the daily routine in learning European history and literature from Dave and Jen (and bubble tea!). I will cherish this amazing and unforgettable journey throughout my life.