Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art
Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art (PASCA) is an art school founded in 1993 by art historian Caroline Boyle-Turner as an international fine arts program for advanced under-graduate and post-graduate studies. It is a private, United States non-profit university fully accredited for undergraduate study through its affiliation with Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.
Junior year, undergraduate coursework delivered during the 15-week/15-credit study abroad semester at PASCA is accredited through Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Courses satisfy National Association of Schools of Art and Design requirements for 300 level studio, art history/critical studies and French culture and language classes.
Each term the curriculum has these potential course options:
• A 2-D studio (can include painting, drawing, print) • A 3-D studio (can include sculpture, installation, site work) • A 4-D studio (time-based strategies that may include video, performance, photo, digital) • An Art History/Critical Studies offering • French Culture and Language study • Two five-day faculty-led cultural site seminars, to Paris/Berlin and either Venice in Biennale years, or Madrid/Barcelona, or London ].
The art school is located in the small town of Pont-Aven in Brittany, France - since the 19th century one of the favorite summer working places of Paris-based artists and art students like Paul Gauguin, Paul Sérusier, Émile Bernard, as well as Maurice de Vlaminck and Camille Claudel. Since these heroic days, Pont-Aven School became a brand covering a broad variety of artists busy in the region.