Daily Brief – 30 June, 2017 (Final Day of Classes)

Daily Schedule

    • French Class at France Langue (6 Rue du Fouarre) 8:15 – 12:00
    • Drawing will be traveling to the Place des Vosges for lunch and drawing today. Kristen will meet you at the Fontaine St. Michel at 12:15.

Information and Photos
Built by Henri IV from 1605 to 1612, The Place des Vosges is one of the oldest planned squares in Paris, and also one of the most beautiful. Visitors stroll under the arches or along the paths of the central garden, taking time to admire the beautiful facades of red brick. Shops, open on Sundays contribute to the liveliness of the spot. The square is the ideal departure point for a walk in the Marais, one of the most charming historic neighbourhoods in the capital, with its rich heritage and special atmosphere. The many mansions of the 17th and 18th centuries have been transformed into internationally renowned museums: Musée Picasso Paris, Musée Carnavalet, the house of Victor Hugo museum … it is well worth discovering for its atmosphere, its shops and its restaurants. (from the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

A fountain inside of the Place des Vosges (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

 

One of the incredible buildings surrounding the Place des Vosges (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

 

More photos will be uploaded after the class visits the specified locations!

 

Daily Brief – 29 June, 2017

Daily Schedule

    • French Class at France Langue (6 Rue du Fouarre) 8:15 – 12:00
    • Drawing will be traveling to the Grand Palais to see a Rodin Exhibition today. Kristen & Matt will meet you at the Fontaine St. Michel at 1:00.

Information and Photos
The Grand Palais is one of the most iconic Parisian monuments. Built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle, it is recognizable by its large glass dome flanked by the French flag. This architectural masterpiece of stone, steel and glass has been listed as a historical monument since 2000. It comprises 3 major sites: the Nave, the National Galleries and the Palais de la Découverte. The majestic nave, 240 m long, welcomes a wide variety of major national and international events: (horse riding, contemporary art, fairground, etc.). The national galleries organize large-scale exhibitions on artists that have marked the history of art (Picasso, Hopper, Renoir, etc.). The Palais de la Découverte is a museum and cultural centre dedicated to science, where children can learn whilst having fun, through permanent collections and temporary exhibtions. A 3-in-1 site that’s not to be missed, close to the Champs-Elysées. (Info courtesy of the Paris Convention & Visitros Bureau website.

The Rodin Exhibition:
To mark the centenary of his death, the Musée Rodin and Réunion des musées nationaux Grand Palais are joining forces to celebrate Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). The exhibition reveals Rodin’s creative universe, his relationship with his audience and the way in which sculptors have appropriated his style. Featuring over 200 of Rodin’s works, it also includes sculptures and drawings by Bourdelle, Brancusi, Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, Beuys, Baselitz and Gormley, shedding new light on this giant of sculpture.

Ninette draws Lehmbruck’s Le Prostré from across the gallery at the Rodin Centenaire.
Sophie draws Lehmbruck’s Le Prostré at the Rodin Centenaire.
Allison draws as Kristen and Isabel discuss the month’s drawings.
The Grand Palais as seen from the Pont Alexandre III (image courtesy of Wikipedia).

 

The Grand Palais (image courtesy of Wikipedia).

 

More photos will be uploaded after the class visits the specified locations!

 

Daily Brief – 28 June, 2017

Daily Schedule

    • French Class at France Langue (6 Rue du Fouarre) 8:15 – 12:00
    • Drawing will be traveling to the Fondation Louis Vuitton today. Matt will meet you at the Fontaine St. Michel at 12:45, as it will take a fair bit of time to get there.

Information and Photos
The Fondation Louis Vuitton, situated in the Bois de Boulogne, a stone’s throw from the Jardin d’Acclimatation, opened its doors on 27 October 2014. The Foundation’s exceptional contemporary art collections (permanent and temporary) are exhibited in an architectural gem designed by the American Frank Gehry. This visionary architect has revolutionised the use of glass and created previously unimagined shapes to produce a unique and innovative light and airy building. In addition to the artistic and architectural richness of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the visitor is also afforded wonderful panoramic views from the various terraces of the building. (information courtesy of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau website.)

Allison, Ninette, Isabel and Justin drawing atop the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Kristen and Sophie atop the Fondation Louis Vuitton with the La Défense area in the distance.
Fondation Louis Vuitton (photo courtesy of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s website).
Aerial photo of the Fondation Louis Vuitton (photo courtesy of Pinterest)

 

More photos will be uploaded after the class visits the specified locations!

 

Daily Brief – 27 June, 2017

Daily Schedule

    • French Class at France Langue (6 Rue du Fouarre) 8:15 – 12:00
    • Drawing will be traveling the Seine River today, via Bateau-Mouche (Kristen and Matt will meet you at the Fontaine St. Michel at 1:00 and we will travel to the river together).

Information and Photos
A veritable tourist institution of Paris, the Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches® attracts millions of visitors every year…its success makes it the 4th highest yielding tourist attraction in the capital.

Jean BRUEL created “Bateaux-Mouches®” from a quirky idea that had a real ring to it: “explore Paris from its best avenue of them all: the Seine”. By purchasing one of the last steamboats, used during the universal exhibition of 1900, in 1949 he introduced a novel activity to the Seine: guided tours without stops, departing from a fixed port and returning to the same place. To promote his new endeavour, Jean Bruel arranged an avant-garde PR operation: On the 1st April 1953, during the inauguration ceremony of his new boat the “Jean-Sébastien Mouche”, the Minister for Transport of the time unveiled the bust of an illustrious, fictitious character, with the same name as the boat and introduced him as the creator of the famous Bateaux-Mouches®. (text from the Bateaux-Mouches website.

The Millsaps Drawing Class making the best of a rainy boat ride on the Seine.
A Bateau Mouche passing beneath the Pont Alexandre III (image courtesy of Trip Advisor).

 

A Bateau Mouche passing Notre Dame de Paris (image courtesy of Wikipedia).

More photos will be uploaded after the class visits the specified locations!

 

Reflection #4

Looking back on the month, what are your biggest three takeaways? What would you like to remember most about your month living in Paris? What are the best foods/places visited/experiences had? As in your previous reflections, you should mention both the language and drawing courses and can include cultural observations in roughly 250-350 words. Feel free to add photos as you please. I will grade you mainly on content and clarity of expression, not grammar. Your reflections of our trip’s highlights are due by midnight on Thursday, June 29.

“Vue Perspective du Sallon de l’Academie Royal de Peinture et de Sculpture au Louvre, a Paris” Anonymous 19th century handcolored etching on laid paper. Source.

Visual Analysis #4

For your last visual analysis, compare and contrast your drawings/methods of expression/conceptual thinking with another artist’s work that we viewed in person in Paris. We traveled to many museums or galleries and I’m sure you can find connections through another artist’s style, concepts, line, technique, chosen medium… etc. Be sure to post photos of the works discussed, either yours or one from online to illustrate your analysis. If you use a photo from the internet, be sure to cite your source with a direct link to the website from whence it came! I will grade you on content, clarity, diction, and mechanics. Your analysis is due on the blog by midnight on Wednesday, June 28 by midnight.

Robert Rauschenberg, “Erased de Kooning Drawing,” 1953. Source.

Homework #4

For your final homework drawing, you will create a drawing that reflects your experience in Paris using whatever paper and drawing materials you so desire. Consider all of the techniques we have practiced and artwork we have seen when planning the style, composition, and subject/s of your drawing. What kind of line is appropriate? Should you use color? What subjects and methods of expression can best convey your experience? Your drawing is due on our last day of class this Friday, June 30.

Paul Cezanne “Baigneurs au repos” ~1875-1877, watercolor and ink on paper. Source.

Alberto Giacometti [Café Terrace I], circa 1958 – 1965, sheet 123 from Paris sans fin, Paris (1969). Lithograph on Arches woven paper, 42,5 x 32,5 cm. Source.

“With My Tongue In My Cheek” by Marcel Duchamp, 1959, Sculpture drawing: plaster, 
pencil, paper, and wood, 9 3/4 x 5 7/8 x 2 in. Source.

Niki de Saint Phalle “Californian Diary (Order and Chaos),” 1994. Source.

Daily Brief – 26 June, 2017

Daily Schedule

    • French Class at France Langue (6 Rue du Fouarre) 8:15 – 12:00
    • Drawing will be traveling to Centre Pompidou today (Kristen and Matt will meet you at the fountain outside of Centre Pompidou at 1:15. You can take Metro Line 4 from St. Michel in the direction of Porte de Clignancourt and get off at the stop Chatelet. From Chatelet (which is a large station, so pay attention to signs!), exit the metro using the Rue Rivoli exit, then proceed east on Rue Rivoli (it’s one-way, you’ll be walking against the flow of traffic) one block and turn left onto Boulevard Sébastopol and proceed two full (ie: LONG) blocks and turn right onto Rue Aubry le Boucher (which is also Rue Berger on the previous block). Continue for 2 blocks, then you will see Centre Pompidou ahead and to the left of you. The fountains where we will meet are to the right of the building!).

Information and Photos

The Centre Pompidou, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, is a 20th-century architectural marvel, immediately recognizable by its exterior escalators and enormous coloured tubing. It is home to the National Museum of Modern Art and is internationally renowned for its 20th and 21st century art collections. The works of iconic artists are displayed chronologically over two sections: the modern period, from 1905 to 1960 (Matisse, Picasso, Dubuffet, etc.), and the contemporary period, from 1960 to the present day (Andy Warhol, Niki de Saint Phalle, Anish Kapoor, etc.). In addition to its permanent collections, internationally renowned exhibitions are organized every year on the top floor, where visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view of Paris and its rooftops. Everything you might need to spend a pleasant half-day, or indeed a day in the museum is available: eat at Le Georges, learn more at the public information library, and take a break browsing the shelves of the museum gift shop. At the foot of the Centre, the Atelier Brancusi presents a unique collection of works by this artist who played a major role in the history of modern sculpture. (Description courtesy of The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

Centre Pompidou’s unique outer facade.
Some of Picasso’s works exhibited in the Centre Pompidou (image courtesy of Wikipedia).

 

More photos will be uploaded after the class visits the specified locations!

 

Daily Brief – 23 June, 2017

Daily Schedule

    • French Class at France Langue (6 Rue du Fouarre) 8:15 – 12:00
    • Drawing will be traveling to Notre Dame de Paris as well as Sainte Chapelle today (Kristen and Matt will meet you at the Fontaine St Michel at 1:00).

Information and Photos
One of most famous cathedrals in the world, Notre Dame de Paris is centrally located on the Ile de la Cité and is considered to be one of the best examples of the French Gothic style of architecture. Construction began in 1163 and was completed around 1250 (though many additions were made in the centuries to follow). It has frequently been the target of vandalism, particularly during riots and revolutions, when displeased citizens targeted the cathedral to demonstrate their displeasure in the church and/or its role in society. For more extensive information on the history of Notre Dame, visit Wikipedia

Built as a chapel for the royal palace on the Ile de la Cite by Louis IX, Sainte Chapelle was consecrated in 1248 and has what many consider to be the finest examples of 13th century stained glass in Europe. Upon consecration, it immediately became home to a number of passion relics, such as the purported crown of thorns, that were purchased by Louis IX in an effort to increase his own position in the church as well as the Holy Roman Empire, which had fallen into a bit of political disarray. Much like Notre Dame, it suffered damages during the Revolution, and has undergone a number of restorations through the years, but about two-thirds of the incredible stained glass windows are original. For more extensive information on the history of Sainte Chapelle, visit Wikipedia.

The Western facade of Notre Dame de Paris (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

 

An interior view of Sainte Chapelle (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

 

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Daily Brief – 22 June, 2017

Daily Schedule

    • No French Class Today
    • Drawing Meets at 8:50 at the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (in front of the Louvre Museum) for a timed museum entrance at 9am.

    Information and Photos
    Exhibition: Drawing Greatness: The Art of Sketching in the Republic of Genoa
    This exhibition illustrates the prolific artistic activity in Genoa between the 16th and 18th centuries, driven by a highly favorable economic and cultural context. Their numerous financial and trading ventures made the Republic’s powerful local dynasties a dominant force in the Europe of the time.
    This presentation of the handsomest pieces from the Louvre’s collection also highlights the publication of this regional collection of some 600 works, the outcome of ten years’ research. Thus this is the opportunity to offer the public fresh discoveries and to address such issues as the distinction between Luca Cambiaso’s originals and the many copies that have found their way into the corpus; as well as being of interest to specialists and connoisseurs, these questions are instructive for visitors as a whole.

  • Kristen doing a demo of figure and hand studies.
    The Millsaps Drawing Class and their incredibly patient models.
    Photo of l'Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
    l’Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

    Photo of the Louvre at night
    Le Louvre (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)