French for the Artist


Intensive beginner to intermediate French language & culture course for the artist (or art appreciator!)


What you’ll learn: This unique and dynamic French course uses arts-focused lessons and visits to cultural sites around Paris to immerse beginner to intermediate level students in French language and culture. Each day will include an in-class lesson teaching foundational French grammar and vocabulary skills through an innovative artistic lens, as well as a guided visit in French to a Parisian museum. The French language content will be tailored to interest artists and art appreciators, with activities such as learning clothing vocab through the work of Coco Chanel, everyday descriptive vocab by analyzing the paintings of French Impressionists, using different verb tenses to describe what has happened or will happen in the photographs of Robert Doisneau, etc.

Where you’ll visit: Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, la Cinémathèque de Paris, Musée et Jardin du Luxembourg, Musée d’Orsay, Grand Palais, Saint-Sulpice Church, Musée Montmartre, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

Course highlight: Morning lesson on food/drink vocabulary and afternoon visit to Musée d’Orsay to practice using this new vocab by describing and analyzing the still life paintings of Cézanne and Manet

Prerequisites: The desire to close the textbook and discover the French language through art

Level: Open to all – Students will be placed into two class sections by level after an initial assessment, and students with no previous French experience will automatically be placed in the beginner level. The two sections may do visits together or separately. Please note that the course will be a mix of beginner through intermediate students, and the instructors will adapt activities to suit and challenge a range of levels within each class. Please email with questions about course content or level.

When: Session 3 (July 12 – 23, 2021)*, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

*No class July 14 – National Holiday

Tuition Cost: 2-Credit – €2200 | Audit – €1650