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Stephanie Aromy ~ Charlotte Cook
Fund for Teachers Trip
Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Aromy were awarded a Fund for Teachers fellowship this summer in France, not only to view Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces but also to experience the locations that inspired these works. They followed in these artists' footsteps, viewing their works in museums, experiencing the culture and painting.
They started in Paris where they visited the Louvre, Marmottan, Orangerie, and the Orsay museums, and viewed major works of art by some of their favorite artists and even discovered some new favorites along the way. Their hotel was in Montmartre where many of these artists lived and had studios. They took a plein air painting workshop and painted side by side along the Seine River, just like Monet and Renoir used to. They spent a day in Giverny where they visited the Impressionist Museum and toured Monet's home, studio and gardens. They took a train to Auvers sur Oise and followed Van Gogh's footsteps stopping to paint in the wheat field where he painted his last painting.
Next, their journey took them south to St. Remy, where their hotel was across the street from the hospital where Van Gogh was treated, and traveled to Arles where he once lived. While in Provence they went to Aix, following in the footsteps of Cezanne and painted outside of his studio.
The final part of their journey was spent on the southern coast where many of these artists lived and painted. They visited the Matisse, Renoir and Picasso museums. Here they experienced the vivid colors and extraordinary light of the beautiful coast and understood the draw that it had on these artists, the Impressionists, painters of light. You can find more information and photos of their adventure on their blog, artteachersabroad.blogspot.com.