By MORGAN TARPLEY
Twenty-two students from the School
of Art have had three weeks to live
the art, culture and architecture that is usually only
studied in classrooms.
Through the study abroad program French Quarter, the
students spent three weeks living and learning in Paris.
“[French Quarter] gave students a chance to have
international exposure and to see beyond Louisiana and the United States,” Saul
Zalesch, a French Quarter professor and an associate
professor of art, said.
“We visited Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and
the Arc de Triomphe, plus we saw all kinds of other
art not as well-known but just as eye-catching.”
Zalesch said if someone is
interested in art, Paris is a great place to go because it is the center of the
“[The students] were never in an actual classroom but we
would go visit specific places and museums like the Louvre
and the Notre Dame Cathedral,” Zalesch said.
“We saw the three most famous works in the Louvre: “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da
Vinci, “Winged Victory of Samothrace” and “Venus de
Milo,” both by
Zalesch also said the students
and the faculty also spent a day in Chartres, France.
There they saw the Chartres
Cathedral, which is considered the world’s most famous Gothic cathedral.
Jennifer Moore, a French Quarter participant and senior
art major, said she never imagined how wonderful the trip’s experience would
“I wanted a chance to experience new things and see in
person the paintings [like Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona
Lisa’] that I’ve studied in my art history classes,” Moore said.
“Any art major should love the chance to go and study in
Paris. When else can you go to Paris to study art with a group of other
Moore said no one should worry about visiting another
“The experience that you will gain will be all worth it,
and you might even come to appreciate what you have back home even more,” Moore
“I now know that I could travel to Europe, and I wouldn’t
worry about being in another country. That is something that I didn’t expect.”
Moore also said one of her favorite memories of the trip
was going to see where Van Gogh spent his last days.
She also enjoyed getting to visit Monet’s house and
“I would definitely go back to Paris,” Moore said.
“I didn’t even want to come back home.”
Emery Zachry, a French Quarter
participant and senior art major, said she wanted to go to Paris for the
opportunity to experience another culture.
Zachry said she also wanted to
see some of the world’s best art in person.
“I got exactly what I expected: fabulous sights and
architecture everywhere I looked, really yummy pastries and clothes that I
could never afford [at
home],” Zachry said.
“[Students] should definitely go.”
Brittany Schanzbach, a French
Quarter participant and junior art major, said Paris was different than what
she had expected, and it surprised her in more ways than one.
“I was expecting Paris to be the city of romance, a very
laid-back sort of place,” Schanzbach said.
“My expectations were not totally wrong, but Paris is
also a productive city,” Schanzbach said. “It’s a
busy place, which I guess is something that I did not imagine.”
Schanzbach said the trip was so
incredible she does not think there is only one memory she can point out.
“There were always goofy moments, but also there were
those moments that take your breath away that you will never get the images out
of your head,” Schanzbach said.
“One of the moments I will never forget is climbing to
the top of the Arc de Triomphe and watching the
Eiffel Tower light up at night. It was one of the most beautiful things I have
Rachel Shaifer, a senior art
major, said any time anyone has an opportunity to study abroad,
they should do it, because it is worth every penny.
“The time that I spent in Paris taught me about myself,” Shaifer said.
“I was able to get to know a whole group of people that I
might not have had the opportunity to know without Paris,” Shaifer
“Life and experience are the best teachers, and this
experience takes you out of the classrooms and lets you see art, the art we
study about in art history, the art that is contemporary.”