Auvillar and Collioure, France

Program Description

This program consists of painting and intensive drawing on the landscape and in the teaching studio Monday through Friday for a total of 6 credits. We engage the local community in art, poetry, and performance under the direction of Agnes Carbrey and expert guest lecturers.

On weekends we visit the treasures of the region such as local vineyards, artist's studios, the medieval villages of Rocamadour and Carcassone, the Musee Ingres, the Saint Cecile Cathedral in Albi and le Gouffree de Padirac, one of France's natural wonders. Students complete the experience with an Open Studio exhibition celebration with the community at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Auvilllar France.

Location Description

The hillside village of Auvillar abounds with events: concerts, exhibitions, poetry readings, open air markets, museums, and monasteries. Recognized as one of "les plus beaux villages de France" Auvillar is set on the broad green Garonne River, with clearly visible remnants of the ancient hilltop fortifications, centuries-old buildings and a spirit of hospitality that has been passed down through generations in this stopover on the historical pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostella. The region is noted for Faience pottery, superb restaurants, troubadour singing, cassoulet, foie gras, strawberries, exquisite wines and tantalizing cheeses.

During the last week of the program we travel  to Collioure on the Mediterranean Sea. This is the fishing village where Matisse and Derain discovered Fauvisim: we follow in the footsteps of the masters and create vivid works of art. There we visit historic sites of the Catalan region and savor the unique culture with seafood and flamenco music and dance.


Agnes Carbrey | carbreax@jmu.edu | 540-570-9831 | Art, Design and Art History


The studios and accommodations in Auvillar are provided by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) at the Moulin a Nef with internet access, full kitchen and laundry facilities. Students will be in shared double rooms. In Collioure the students live in a private seaside villa surrounded by olive and lemon trees.

Students will eat most lunches and dinners with the group and most meals are provided as part of the program. Breakfast is on your own. In addition, students should plan to spend their own money on toiletries, special items, an occasional taxi and snacks.

Additional Items to Consider

Students will be required to have passports. Visas are not required for American citizens.

Some French is recommended but not required.

Open to all who want to live and breathe art. Art majors and minors, as well as film, video, photography, dance, nursing, biology and business majors who love art and long to be immersed in it.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Open to all majors

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Portfolio
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


ART 392: Topics in Art - Landscape Painting (3 credits)

ART 392: Topics in Art - Landscape Drawing (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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