Proximate learning does not occur without risk, but it is in those moments when students are living their education alongside the issues they are studying that worldviews are transformed.
Picture yourself in the south of France, immersed in plein air painting, the exploration of Europe’s finest museums, while living in your very own artist colony. This is European Art Classroom, Proctor’s term-long art immersion program. During the winter and spring terms, eight students and two Proctor faculty dedicate themselves to the study of fine arts and European culture. The group resides together in a beautiful private home where they learn about group living, cook meals together, and hone their art skills in the spacious art studio and on excursions to local sites, all while studying literature, art history, and language classes.
While based in Aix in Provence, France, European Art Classroom travels to three other European cities to further explore cultural and artistic themes. The program takes full advantage of Europe’s finest art museums, theater, musical performances, and old-world charm. This program’s vibrant combination of art, travel, and study inevitably leads to heightened aesthetic sensibilities and personal discovery.
Creating is powerful; however, what I’ve found even more important is harnessing the ‘empty moments.’ Moments when I am not creating, but instead simply observing or reflecting. Empty moments are hard to come by when navigating our busy lives, but how can we learn, collaborate, and create if we aren’t also reflecting? I am forever grateful to Proctor’s off campus programs for embracing empty moments. - Vienna ‘20
Meet the Instructors
David and Jen Fleming have been art teachers and professional artists for more than 30 years, and have worked at Proctor since 2001. Dave and Jen launched European Art Classroom in 2012 and have lived, taught, and created art abroad with Proctor students for the past decade.
Courses and Credits
Students enrolled in European Art Classroom receive the following course credits:
- European History (1 Social Science credit)
- European Literature (1 English credit)
- French Language (1 French credit)
- European Art I: Studio Art Emphasis (1 Art credit)
- European Art II: Sketchbook (1 Art credit)
- European Living Skills (1 Skills credit)