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About ARCH


Designed for adults of all abilities, ARCH is built on the ethos of Les Tapies, which has offered successful art programs in Southern France for over 15 years.  The goal of the program is to provide a life transforming experience which brings out the best in the participants by developing skills which can continue to be nurtured forever. The key to the success of this TASIS-inspired program led by several TASIS Veterans is to slow down and approach the opportunities with an open mind and an open heart with the time to pursue in a breathtaking setting. By eliminating stressful distractions and focusing on the positivity of the moment, participants allow their inner strengths to emerge and help them to find a healthy balance in life. We believe the creative process, which is inherent in everyone since childhood, is a valuable asset in achieving success.


The key ingredient of ARCH is the nurturing, supportive community that is quickly created at Les Tapies by the workshop leaders and the adventuresome, like-minded participants who share the experience. The workshop leaders are gifted teachers and providers who are passionate about sharing their expertise with the participants, whether they be beginning or advanced. The sense of community and working together in an atmosphere of collaboration is highlighted by the evening round table discussions, where participants share their daily experiences over a relaxed glass of wine.  The opportunity to network with participants from around the world creates enduring friendships that last a lifetime. The possibility to participate in and contribute to the success of the program brings the community together and adds a special dimension.   


The Creation of Les Tapies

a 40 year labor of love

Having begun his career as an art teacher at Andover before continuing his career with the TASIS Schools in Europe, Fernando dreamed of creating an artists’ community which would attract motivated students and adults from around the world to share in the creative process surrounded by the beauty and artistic heritage of Southern France. Thus Les Tapies was born as the abandoned hamlet was brought back to life building by building, stone by stone over the past nearly half century.

 This journey was a labor of love, shared with family, friends, colleagues and especially the early Les Tapies staff - John Smalley, James Perry, and Perrin Tingley who believed in my dream and toiled tirelessly since 2004 to transform a collection of farm buildings into a purpose-built art facility. Each building presented a different challenge and an opportunity to learn what would work better on the next project. Built into the hillside on a very steep slope, Les Tapies is the epitome of the organic architecture which existed centuries long before Frank Lloyd Wright created the label. Les Tapies consists of six buildings - three farmhouses and three barns, - which are harmoniously designed to work as a whole, connected by steps and bridges to make the hamlet a cohesive whole. It is this feeling of cohesiveness and harmony that creates an overall peaceful setting where one feels immediately at ease, connected yet detached from the hectic stressful world we live in. 

We look forward to you becoming part of the Les Tapies story.