Atelier Neo-Medici is Amazing for artists to learn Technique Mixte! Past Review

By (Bachelor of Fine Arts Painting and Drawing, Bowling Green State University / BGSU) - abroad from 07/04/2015 to 08/24/2015 with

Atelier Neo Medici: Villeneuve sur Lot - Annual Painting Course & 2-month Intensive Painting Workshop

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a technique that was very valuable to me personally in my art career. It was absolutely worthwhile to learn there.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Gregory Pelizzari is an amazing artist and teacher! He inspires and encourages artists to follow their own intuition.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My living arrangements were not provided by the atelier, but Greg Pelizzari told me about people in town to contact who rented out rooms.

* Food:

Food was not provided, but I loved the French food overall!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I spoke with the other students at the atelier as much as I could! There were many French ladies that came to learn to paint as well as many other internationals.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

This rating may vary considering that I am a young woman: however, it seemed that I could not walk on the streets beyond 5 pm because it was not safe. I'm sure if you're a man, you're perfectly safe!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

This experience changed my life and changed the way I look at painting.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

I was not awarded enough money for extra travel expenses and food costs. So I did come out of pocket for those things.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 65 Euros


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Greg P. speaks English and we spoke mostly English together. However, he did speak French to me as well and it helped me to practice and learn new French words.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 4 years of French
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Skype French people or email them to learn to write.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Gregory Pelizzari's instruction
  • I had a key to the atelier and was able to come in early to unlock the doors to begin painting alone.
  • We had lunches together everyday where we could talk about current issues and art topics.
* What could be improved?
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* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? -

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!