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Skidmore in Paris

Partner Institutions for Studio Art

Skidmore in Paris partners with the following institutions in Paris to provide a limited offering of studio art courses. There is no French language prerequisite for either institution; however, not all instructors are fluent in English. Feedback and critique for beginning French language learners may be provided through translation.

Course Descriptions

Painting or Drawing (4 credits) – FALL AND SPRING
(Académie de Port Royal)

Students spend a minimum of six (6) hours per week in class painting or drawing nudes and/or a still life. (Two still-life displays are available, each lasting two weeks, and alternately renewed on Thursdays.) Students prepare one work for general comments from instructors and student peers. Additionally, each student must visit at least one exhibit and submit a one-page essay, in French summarizing his/her reactions and feelings relating to the exhibit. Class participants use the medium and technique of their choice, while receiving consistent feedback and instruction from the instructors, all of whom are professional artists. The final grade is based on individual progress, attendance, a sketch project, and the essay.

Students can enroll in the beginning, intermediate or advanced section depending on their background and prior coursework in studio art.

Photographie cours debutants / Beginning Photography (4 credits) – FALL AND SPRING
(Studio Vermès, Paris Bastille)
(Supplementary studio fee: 200 Euros)

The course is geared to an exploration of the aesthetic and mechanical aspectsof the photographic process.Emphasis is placed on using the camera as a tool to increase visual sensitivity and personal awareness. Each student must bring his/her own camera with adjustable lens. Ready access to dark-room facilities. Eight hours per week.

Photographie cours avance / Advanced Photography (4 credits) – FALL AND SPRING
(Studio Vermès, Paris Bastille)
(Supplementary studio fee: 200 Euros)

Advanced dark-room techniques and investigation into the creative possibilities of photography. Candidates for this course may have to pass an entrance test.

The Studio Vermès also offers an art history course called the History of Photography

Student Meeting at Studio Vermes       Paris Resident Director with Students at exhibit