Study Abroad in Paris: Visual Arts Programs

Cameron Hanson (Claremont McKenna College, SLC Paris '08) at the Academie de Port-Royal Students in the study abroad visual arts program in Paris may take a class in 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. A four-credit course is composed of two three-hour sessions and at least three hours of independent work per week.

Advanced students who wish to concentrate more than half of their coursework in the visual arts may apply to one of our intensive programs in drawing, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture.

A typical intensive program (8 credits per semester, for 15 to 20 class hours per week) consists of the following:

  1. Two Art Courses
  2. Research Project
  3. Exhibit Attendance

Visual Arts Studios in Paris

Students may enroll in visual arts courses at any of the following studios:

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


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


  • 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


Atelier 63

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


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.

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Thoughts on the Paris Program

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

–Marily Langill, SLC