"Mythology in Artistic Creation"
Summer visual arts course for teenagers (13/17 years old)
from 7th to 13th August 2016

Stage estival d'arts plastiques pour ados

Enrollment: maximum of 15 students
French level: minimum A2

The course will take place at the Centre Méditerranéen d'Etudes Françaises in Cap d'Ail, an international linguistic and cultural centre founded by Jean Moreau in 1952, situated not far from the Principality of Monaco. The Centre is housed in a beautiful 3-hectare planted out with flowers and trees and overlooking the Mediterranean mountainside. Its open-air theatre was decorated in antique style by the poet Jean Cocteau between 1957 and 1962, out of fondness for the centre and its founder and to provide youngsters from around the world a place to learn and meditate. Teenagers from around the world gather here throughout the summer to participate in art, language and sports activities and to draw mutual enrichment from their differences.

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The concept

Centred on the poetic imagination of Jean Cocteau and to inspire students with the graphic designs he created at the Centre Méditerranéen in order to revisit mythology and allow students to reinvent their own story through the drawing of manga and comic strips.
  • Observation of reality by carrying out a series of sketches of real life situations, mastering proportions, light and shadow.
  • To invent and create their own story and characters (half-human/half-plant, or half-human/half-animal: any combination is possible!).
  • To learn and experiment with different techniques of drawing, colour and volume

stages artistiquesThe pedagogical approach

The drawing exercises offered aim to refine the students' sense of observation and improve their approach to reality in order to express and translate their imagination with ease. The course aims to teach students how to develop a flexible hand when drawing in order to create more ethereal drawings similar to those of Jean Cocteau.

All work carried out during the week will be on show at 6 pm Friday evening, to provide an opportunity to meet and chat with all the students.

  • Material to be supplied by the student:
    • 1 A4 90 to 200 g sketchbook, about 120 pages
    • Pencil case containing 1 x HB pencil, 1 x B4 pencil, 2 x 1 to 0.5mm permanent black pens, 1 x pencil sharpener, 1 x rubber
    • 1 box of colouring pens (12)
    • 1 box of coloured pencils (12)
  • Material available at the Centre:
    • 5 x 10kg blocks of white clay
    • Acrylic paints: primary yellow, primary blue, primary red, white and black
    • White paper (50x65cm), about 25 sheets
    • Wood glue
    • Set of different sized brushes.


This course will be taught by Delphine Monnereau, visual artist who lives and works in Montreuil. Delphine Monnereau, a graduate of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, conducts many workshops and courses in drawing, painting, modelling and visual arts for a diverse public of children, adolescents and adults. She teaches in numerous locations such as at L'Escale, a cultural centre in Levallois-Perret, and for an organisation run by the Ministry of Finance at Bercy.
Delphine Monnereau's CV

For more information on the course's programme:

Delphine Monnereau: +33(0)684384675



CMEF - Avenue Prince Rainier III de Monaco - Chemin des Oliviers B.P. 38 - 06320 Cap d'Ail - France
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e-mail programme junior: junior@cmef-monaco.fr - e-mail séjours groupes scolaires: groupes@cmef-monaco.fr - Mentions légales