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Toulouse Studio Arts Program

June 7 to July 12, 2008

Toulouse, France

Program Overview

The Toulouse Studio Arts Program provides a concentrated five-week study of painting and drawing 'en plein air.' Both landscape and architecture will serve as the subject matter.


The Setting

Toulouse is a thriving cultural and commercial center.  It is located on the Garonne River just north of the Pyrenees Mountains that separate France from Spain. Its red brick buildings give Toulouse the name “la ville rose.” A city rich in both art and architectural history, Toulouse is home to two of the most famous churches in southern Europe: the Romanesque Basilica St. Sernin and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Etienne. The wealthy pastel merchants of the Renaissance built elaborately decorated homes, such as the Hotel d'Assezat, now home to the Bemberg Foundation collection of Renaissance, Venetian, and Modern Art. The Dickinson Study Center in Toulouse, located a short distance from the city center, is in a refurbished villa on the Canal du Midi. It contains large, sunny classrooms, a library, a kitchenette, and a student lounge. 



Students must be in good academic standing and should have taken A&AH-122 Fundamentals of Composition and Drawing, or its equivalent, and A&AH-227 Fundamentals of Painting, or its equivalent.  Non-Dickinson Applicants must also submit 10-20 slides of recent work, and the name, address, and telephone number of a reference.

A&AH 260:  Painting and Drawing 'en plein air.'

Students who successfully complete the program will receive one course credit, the equivalent of four (4) semester hours. Students will receive a letter grade for the course.


The Toulouse Studio Arts Program is a second-level studio course that concentrates on the concepts and practice of painting and drawing in the landscape. The course will deal with the use of color, space, light, and interpretive problems of working on site.  The instructional segment of the class will meet four hours a day at a variety of sites, and there will be weekly field trips to view the art and architecture of the region.

Program Activities

The program includes group field trips to the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum in Albi, the Goya Museum in Castres, the Ingres Museum in Montauban, and cave paintings. There will be an overnight trip to Bordeaux and the Atlantic Coast, where we will have a private viewing of Albert Marquet paintings in the Bordeaux Museum, and spend a day on the beach.


In addition to several visiting artists, an art historian will lead tours of the art and architecture of Toulouse and other sites.


During their stay in Toulouse, students will reside with English-speaking French host families. Interaction with French host families is an effective way to gain a better understanding of French home life and to expand one's working vocabulary. Individual student initiative will usually determine the type of relationship with the family. Students have dinner with their host families five days per week, and breakfast every day.  Students will also receive a food allowance for lunches and weekend dinners

On-Site Administration

Ward Davenny , Associate Professor of Art and Art History, will be the Dickinson Program Director in Toulouse.  Professor Davenny's works, primarily prints and drawings based on the landscape, are exhibited nationally. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowships.

Program Cost

The estimated comprehensive fee will be approximately $5,200.  The fee covers tuition, room and board, excursions, and park and museum tickets. Not included in the program fee are primary medical and accident insurance purchased in the U.S., travel costs to/from Toulouse,  and all other incidental expenses.


Art Supplies:  French easels, painting supports, canvas, stretchers, and solvents will also be provided. Students must supply their own paints, brushes, and drawing materials. Art supply stores in Toulouse are well stocked with excellent materials at reasonable costs.

For more information, contact

Professor Ward Davenny

Department of Art and Art History, Dickinson College

Tel.: 717-245-1305



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