Dear future apprentices,
Passports and airline tickets should be acquired early , at least
three weeks in advance, and low student fairs should be sought. Some
students find air fares as low as $500 Round Trip from Atlanta to
Nice to Atlanta. While in Vence you are furnished
room, utilities, but not board or a salary. The
N.A.L.L. Art Association used to require a $1000 per
student donation, but now we are able to accept the summer student
apprentices for free. Depending on economic background, we
often reimburse the student for the airline ticket after he or
she has completed his or her three month apprenticeship.
You will need at least $300 per month for food and another
amount depending on your traveling and entertainment while you are
here. I think that even $500 is not an unreasonable amount to
expect as the dollar is currently very low.
Apprenticeship chores are doing whatever needs to be done in the
studio, 8 hours a day , 5 days a week. Working on mosaics,
tromped l'oeil, greeting guest to the foundation, entertaining at
Association events, setting up shows, hanging shows, cleaning studio
and grounds around the studio at the end of each work day, computer
work, and 1000 other things .
We do yoga exercises at 7:30 am for 30 minutes, work till 12, and again from 2-6 pm.
Items that you will need are work clothes, hiking boots or good tennis
shoes, and a nice outfit for parties here at the Foundation and in
Monaco ; a flashlight, and any other things that you usually
require. A portable computer is best, but the French
electrical system and the American systems are different, and you have
to have the proper connections, and transformers, which the cabins do
not have. I do have satellite connections, so this may help from a
distance of 10 meters from the main studio. There are also 2
email cafes here in Vence 5 minutes away.
We have a French teacher come to the Association and give private lessons to the student apprentices 2 hours a week.
give a two week workshop of drawing and watercolor, in the mornings
while all of the other apprentices are in residence. I am
also available for critics, if outside work is done.
You may call Mr. Corley Chapman to help you search for an inexpensive airline ticket, in Troy , Alabama, at 334-566 2106.
Until soon, please let me hear from you asap .
All best, Nall