Virtual Vernissage: A Walk-through of the Final Exhibition

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Lacoste School of the Arts – the Vernissage is here!

The Vernissage is from 2 – 7 pm on Saturday, November 17 with the reception from 5 – 7 pm. The students are in their final hours of preparation. Sami Woolhiser and Caroline Hepler-Smith are the Vernissage assistants for painting. They have coordinated the work flow and a mountain of information with timeliness and clarity, and the painting students have answered the call for assistance reliably showing up for their shifts.

The painting students will exhibit work from their painting courses and from other courses, such as Travel Portfolio and Installation, in a variety of the spaces at Lacoste. There are over 600 works that will be on view (there are 44 photographers here along with the 20 painters and a goodly number of sculptors and other majors). For anyone who has taught or studied here, you will recognized that additional space was needed to accommodate this profusion. Of note the back cave of the printmaking space has been outfitted with wires on the two main walls and one side wall, and it has become a show-case space, with a vaulted ceiling of more than 20 feet. Also, one wall of the boutique has been turned over for the display of small works, such as panoramic sky paintings, and Studio 3 is full. Here is 10% of the work that will be exhibited.

And of course, in classic Lacoste fashion, Rue St. Trophime and Rue du Four become outdoor walking galleries. Works by Sean Muldrow and other painters are strategically positioned to pull the viewers from one venue to another, and the students will be out in force for their one-day showing to greet guests and help them to discover every square inch of art that is to be seen.

We all wish that you were all here.

All photo documentation created by Kayla Cloonan, BFA Painting, SCAD Savannah

Halloween in Lacoste

By: Kimberly Bates, MFA Painting, SCAD Savannah

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The students of SCAD Lacoste again hosted Halloween festivities that are now becoming a French tradition in Provence. The streets of Lacoste were aligned with 500 visitors in various costumes.  “I thought Halloween was great. It was well coordinated by Cedric coupled with the high participation from students to interact with the locals. It was a perfect activity to take a break from our studies,” said Kate Phillips.  Continue reading

By Diane Pham ( “SCAD students attend class in a spectacular restored medieval village in Southern France”

The completion of Maison Basse and SCAD Lacoste’s tenth anniversary have given more attention to our goings on than usual. (design will save the world) is a “weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.” Diane Pham, the architecture and design editor for, published an article on October 22 and a few painting students at work are included in the photo essay which accompanies the story. Enjoy!

Thank you for writing the article, Diane.

Sandra Reed, Professor of Painting

Landscape Painting – Week 3: Sky Panoramas

SCAD students in Landscape Painting class create panoramic paintings of the Provençal skies.

During the first two weeks, Landscape Painting students focused on the effects of light (sunrise, midday, moonlight) on buildings, land, and natural forms. For the third class session on Tuesday, October 9, Landscape Painting students shifted their attention upwards. Before ‘going into the wild’ (as undergraduate painter Julie Ferris says), students learned about cloud types and viewed the work of historical and contemporary artists for whose work the sky and clouds were an inspiration. Continue reading

Tree Blood

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Vineyards and cherry orchards that are a part of the college’s property surround the painting studios in Maison Basse.  In the orchards I found an unexpected treasure. I learned that what first appears to be gold and white nuggets crowning the dark, twisty trunks is resin or sap that has bled out into beautiful and sculptural forms. Unfortunately, these are indicators of illness or infestation likely caused by borers or gummosis (a bacterial or fungal infection). Sap is the blood of a tree Continue reading

Living and Painting in the Ever-Changing Environment of Lacoste

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“Are you ready to hike back up?” I overhear a fellow painting student ask another. Nearly all of the painting students in Lacoste, France this quarter must traverse down the trail from the Upper Village through the woods, alongside the fields, and beyond the vineyards to arrive Maison Basse. After painting, sketching, and experimenting late into the evening, the painting students must prepare for the homeward hike. These journeys up and down, along with additional adventures up to the castle Château de Sade and the hike to nearby Bonnieux, have become significant experiences informing Lacoste painters this quarter. Continue reading

Moving into Maison Basse

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On Sunday, September 23 all the students in the Painting classes met up with Professor Reed to set up our brand-new studio at Maison Basse, located in the foothills of Lacoste, France. Our recently restored wood-and-stone complex, with some parts dated to the 12th century, retains its beautiful medieval character and charms and we are excited to be the first ones to occupy this space. Continue reading

New Painting Studio at Maison Basse

Within two hours of arriving in Lacoste, the painters living in the upper village had found the Roman road and made a pilgrimage to Maison Basse and their new painting studio. They will spend hour upon hour in this inspirational space in the coming weeks.

New Painting Studio in Maison Basse: North Skylight. Photo Credit: Sandra Reed


New Painting Studio in Maison Basse: SW corner. Photo Credit: Sandra Reed


The foot path between Maison Basse and the Upper Village

A foot path connects Maison Basse and the village of Lacoste.

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The stones of the foot path were laid by the Romans more than two millenia ago. The painting students will traverse this path many times throughout the quarter. One of the nineteen painting students both lives in Maison Basse and has all classes there. The rest of the painting students move between the village and Maison Basse for living and studio/classroom locations. As Mizuki Katakura, a B.F.A. Painting student from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, said, “Oh, what beautiful legs painting majors will have by the end of this quarter!” Photo Credit: Sandra Reed