By Sandra Reed, professor of painting, SCAD Savannah
The painting students explored Paris from October 31 through November 3, 2012. On Sunday afternoon, October 28, in advance of the trip, the students met with Professor Reed in the Maison Basse cafeteria for a planning workshop. On Monday morning, October 29, Eleanor Twiford, SCAD Lacoste academic director, met with the painting students to review the itinerary and to set expectations. Materials provided to students included a list of galleries and museums with hours of operation and special exhibitions, which was assembled by Hélène Soalhat with contributions from faculty members.
The academic itinerary combined specific venues for each class with open time and the responsibility to research and develop a plan to incorporate visits to specific venues and works of art that were of individual interest. In general, on Wednesday afternoon the students made commercial gallery visits and at night went to the Palais de Tokyo; on Thursday the day started with the Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou later on; on Friday we began at the Louvre and then met up at the Musée de l‘Orangerie. In between and on Saturday until the train at 7 pm, students re-visited sites or ventured farther afield.
Several students will be writing posts about their experiences at the galleries, museums, and cultural sites of Paris. For me, a visit with my graduate school professor was a highlight. Professor Smith has lived in his Paris apartment part-time since 1978 and full-time since retiring in the mid-1990s. I visited him there ten years ago on my first visit to Paris, also with a group of SCAD students.
Photos by Sandra Reed