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EAC W'14 Week Five

The week leading up to our trip to London has been an interesting one.


Photo: Jonathan Goodnow

Rushed wouldn't be the right word, but there is almost certainly a sense that we must make the most of our remaining time every chance we get.


Photo: JG




Photo: JG

We are more than halfway through our program and as Dave kindly reminds us seemingly everyday, “You don’t really have that much time left”.





Photo: JG

It is not as though we didn't always take full advantage of our time it’s just that now we can more realistically see that the days are dwindling and with them our opportunities to embrace this place and make it our own.


Photo: JG

But enough of the complaining.



This week we changed our schedule and have made it better structured to our particular group.


Photo: JG

The group is filled with jokesters and entertaining people and at night this translates to a lower focus level.


Photo: Michelle Asche

So instead of having an art lesson at night we have “art time”, otherwise known as open studio.







A free period to focus on a piece of art or a new idea.










Sam Barretts view from the Chateau de Beaupré.

We now do our “art lesson” in the day. The new schedule has as far as I can tell been a major success. Dave’s epiphany was a home run and we are on track and well focused for his class.  This past Thursday I had a solo at our house. The solo is a day where you are free from the group while they go off on an excursion to paint, known as “Promenade with Dave”. It is a much needed break and it is a gift to have some personal time.


Photo: MA

It gave me some time for self reflection about “Euro”. Just realizing how lucky we are to be here and to do the things we get to do makes you thankful, not just to Dave and Jen but also our parents and the school who put countless time and effort into sending us here.

Photo: MA




Photo: JG

Sometimes it may seem from our blogs that Dave is the only group director.






Luckily for us we are blessed with another amazing director and dorm mom, Jen Fleming. Jen is one of us sometimes, joking and goofing around like us.


Photo: JG

When it’s time for class though she cracks the whip and lets everyone know it’s time to do work.



Our literature class in town is in a cafe right on the main street. It is a fun class and we always enjoy our work. Jen is one of the most supportive and open adults I have ever met and she really makes the whole group feel comfortable.


Photo: JG




Photo: JG

Just talking to her on the walk up the hill from our bus stop you can find yourself solving almost any personal problem you could have. We are all very thankful for the awesome directors we have here in France.


Photo: JG

At the end of the day though, it comes down to work.
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  • Joan Saunders
    Ian I am very impressed by the blog and how you put the photos together. Johnathan Goodnow you must pursue photography. To all- keep strong and enjoy the time and the light and the love of life there. Great images...landscapes and individuals. I really like the Tucker portrait.
  • john ferris
    Great blog about gratitude and appreciation.....and wonderful photos. I agree with Heidi regarding the photo with the trees...amazing! Enjoy!
  • Erik Cole-Johnson
    Merci pour le blog Ian. J'aime la photo de Tucker. Bonne chance à Londres!
  • Anne Landers
    Really nice blog Ian, and thank you Jen for being an amazing dorm Mother!
  • Joyce Johnson
    Great thoughts! Thanks for sharing.
  • Heide Johnson
    Michelle - your reflective photo of the trees (sycamores?) is AMAZING - just gorgeous!!! Enjoy the remainder of the term and it will be good to see everyone back in the spring!
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