Impressionism in Paris & Southern France

Impressionism in Paris & Southern France — About

About Impressionism in Paris & Southern France

Capital of France and home to one of the largest population centres in Europe, Paris is notably famous for its world-class art, architecture and breath-taking scenery. Iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Louvre fill this city with architect and art lovers. Viewed as an international center hub for arts, Paris is recognized globally for its famous museums and galleries.

With its intricately sculpted arcs and glass pyramids, you will find interesting examples of art scattered throughout France. Located on the south coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Montpellier is also gleaming with elegant buildings and has become a stylish metropolis known for its prosperous trading port and cultural center. With the population expanding in the 1960’s, Montpellier became one of the most multicultural cities in Southern France. 

Course Description

Explore the revolution of French Impressionism. Examine how the “art climate” as well as developments in science and technology led to a movement that transformed the art world with fresh depictions of daily life. You will travel to Paris and southern France over spring break to visit sites that served as inspiration for impressionist painters. There you will find your own inspiration in bustling cafés, tranquil gardens, the alluring Mediterranean Sea, French villages, and other notable landscapes.

In both the Twin Cities and France, visit museums and discuss how and why Impressionism captured the immediacy of experience.

No previous art or art history experience is required, only an open mind and a willingness to learn and participate in the process.

Housing & Meals

While in Paris, you will live with other program participants in a hostel.

While in Montpellier, you will have the unique opportunity to live with a French host family. Your host family will also be hosting a UofM student from the Montpellier semester program. This student can help translate, if you don't speak French, and will serve as a resource for your time in southern France.

Welcome and farewell meals as well as breakfast and dinner with your host family in Montpellier are included in the program fee. Additional meals can be eaten at local cafés around Paris and Montpellier.


While in France, the surroundings will become your classroom and you will explore and experience the seminar coursework through site visits. Excursions will take place in Paris, Montpellier and surrounding areas and may include: in Paris, boat tour on the Seine River, Musée de l'Orangerie to see Monet's Water Lilies, Musée d'Orsay, Musée Rodin, and a walking tour of the Montmarte neighborhood, where several artists lived and worked and home to the Sacré Cœur. In Montpellier: walking tour of the charming old town and a beach on the Mediterranean Sea. Trace the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and marvel at the wonders of the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge.  

Group Flight

All program participants will be taking the coordinated group flight to and from the program site. The cost of the group flight is included in the program fee that will be posted to your student account. Do not book your own flight, you will receive information from the Learning Abroad Center regarding your seat on the group flight once your participation has been confirmed. 

Learning Outcomes

Faculty & Staff

Monica Fogg is an artist and designer and has taught courses in watercolor, drawing, painting, color theory, design, visual presentation, and art history. Previously taught Freshman Seminars Abroad in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and Global Seminars in 2015 and 2017. 

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