The hillside village of Auvillar provides expansive views for "plein air" painters of the landscape. The village abounds with events: concerts, exhibitions, poetry readings, open markets and indigenous folk musicians. Nearby are cathedrals, museums and monasteries among them, the Musee Ingres in Montauban and The Augustins in Toulouse. The Moulin à Nef is located in the charming village of Auvillar, recognized as one of "les plus beaux villages de France. " A village of 900 souls, it is situated between Toulouse and Bordeaux in a region rich with history and culture, both French and Occitan. Auvillar was once an important French ceramic center. A stopover on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Auvillar has a well-earned tradition of hospitality. One of France's "100 Most Beautiful Villages," Auvillar is set on the broad green Garonne River, with clearly visible remnants of ancient hilltop fortifications, monuments that go back centuries, nearby medieval cathedrals and museums to explore. The weekly market is a highlight. The village also has a butcher shop, bakery, pharmacy, tabacco, post office and public email access, plus six eateries, ranging from a pizzeria to a four-star restaurant. The region is noted for medieval villages, Faience pottery, troubadour singing, cassoulet, foie gras, strawberries, exquisite wines and tantalizing cheeses.
During last ten days of the program we travel by private van to medieval cities, museums, cloisters and natural cave sites such as the Gouffre de Padirac. We arrive at our destination city of Collioure, a small ancient beautiful seaside town on the Mediterranean Sea. Painters Henri Matisse and Andre Derain were so inspired by the colors and lifestyle of Collioure that they invented the post-impressionist movement of "Fauvism" here. We follow in the footsteps of the masters, creating vivid works of color with pastel and paint.
See a short video about the program: http://youtu.be/RevGckhojCE
Passport required. Students are requested to travel by air with the group.
For the current projected costs for this program, please click on the following link to the Fees for JMU Study Abroad Programs page.
Students will stay in a villa for the duration of the program. All meals will be covered by the program fee.
For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.
Students must meet the minimum required GPA of 2.5 in order to participate.
In addition to the oIP application form, students are required to submit the following material: