France: Marchutz School of Fine Arts, Aix-en-Provence
IAU College offers a studio art program for students of all majors and levels of experience. Founded in 1971 by the German artist Le´o Marchutz, the Marchutz School of Fine Arts takes an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to the arts by combining readings in literature and philosophy with studio art training, thereby providing students with a coherent theoretical and practical approach to the creative process. All students interested in art from any perspective—and regardless of their skill level—should consider Marchutz School of Fine Arts. The Marchutz School of Fine Arts is located in the beautiful Provence region of France near Cha^teau Noir, where Cezanne lived and worked. The general purpose of the curriculum is threefold: to enhance awareness of the relationship between perception and imagination, to foster historical and critical perspective, and, above all, to develop students' capacity to create.
Situated on the renowned Route de Ce´zanne, the school's location in Aix-en-Provence has many advantages, among them are its light-filled space, the studios, and most importantly its calm and contemplative atmosphere conducive to sustained, artistic concentration.
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The Studio Art Program in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France is offered at the Marchutz School of Fine Arts, located on the Tholonet Road, just outside Aix-en-Provence, near the Chateaunoir where Cézanne lived and worked. The Marchutz Schoolof Fine Arts, founded by German artist Léo Marchutz in 1971, is under the auspices of the IAU College. Provence is one of the most beautiful, varied regions of France, roughly bordered by Toulon to the east, Nómes to the west and Orange to the north. The Mediterranean is the natural boundary to the south. The topography of Provence is marvelously diverse valleys, mountains, canyons, legendary beaches, and the salt marshes of the Camargue where horse breeding is still a thriving industry.
The Marchutz School of Fine Arts combines studio work, an intensive interdisciplinary art criticism seminar, liberal arts courses at the IAU College, The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, French language study, and excursions to European museums and cities, including Paris, Giverny, and Venice. Studio work informs the museum excursions, while the seminar discussions and museum study enhance the on-site painting sessions. An in-depth study of the locales that inspired masterworks by Van Gogh and Cezanne benefits every individual's own way of seeing. All of these activities interweave to give each artist a perception of his or her own contemporary work in relation to the art of the past -- an essential step toward self-discovery.
Semester and summer programs available.