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    • 28 Sep 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • 27 Jun 2016
    • 5:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    Mondays from 28 September 2015 to 27 June 2016
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 

    No class during
    Christmas school holidays and official public holidays

    This French Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have an advanced or strong intermediate level of French. Our group leaders, native French speakers, will provide interesting topics, guide participants' discussions and correct their mistakes. The group speaks only French for 90 minutes. Before enrolling, please complete the placement test and send an e-mail to languages@wice-paris.org with a brief summary of your level of French.

    Ce Groupe de Conversation guidée en français est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent français presque couramment. Nos animateurs de langue maternelle française, proposent des sujets intéressants, animent les discussions et corrigent les fautes des participants. Le groupe parle uniquement français pendant 1,5 heure.

    Instructors:  Christian Lebreton, Liliane Daniel, Sylvie Kerisit, Claire Prat, Melanie Razzetto

    Important: Before signing up for a course please read the How to Enroll instructions and take the appropriate placement test found therein.

    Avant de vous inscrire, merci de compléter le test de niveau et de l'envoyer par e-mail à languages@wice-paris.org en indiquant votre niveau de francais.

    • 28 Sep 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • 27 Jun 2016
    • 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 4
    Mondays from 28 September 2015 to 27 June 2016
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

     
    No class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays

    This class is for students with an elementary knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary and for those who want to refresh their communication skills in English. The program is designed to promote proficiency in grammar, vocabulary, speaking and listening capacities. Various discussion topics and readings will be used to develop oral and written communication skills.

    Ce cours s'adresse à la fois aux personnes qui ont des connaissances élémentaires en grammaire et en vocabulaire et à celles qui souhaitent réactiver leurs capacités de communication en anglais. Il vous permet de renforcer vos connaissances orales et écrites en anglais, tout en traitant de sujets variés avec le professeur pour améliorer votre grammaire et enrichir votre vocabulaire.

    Instructor: 
    Louise Denyer, a native English speaker, is a qualified English solicitor and an experienced teacher holding the Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (CTEFLA). For the past 20 years, she has been teaching Business, Legal and General English to various international audiences; she also coaches French and foreign actors in English and teaches theater in English to French children.

    Important:
    Before signing up for a course please read the How to Enroll instructions and take the appropriate placement test found therein.

    Avant de vous inscrire, merci de compléter le test de niveau et de l'envoyer par e-mail à languages@wice-paris.org en indiquant votre niveau d'anglais.

    • 30 Sep 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • 29 Jun 2016
    • 2:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 2
    Wednesdays from 30 September 2015 to 29 June 2016
    12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
     
    No class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.

    This Spanish Guided Discussion Group is open to people who speak Spanish almost fluently. Our group leaders, native
    speakers from Spain or Latin America, come up with interesting topics, guide participants' discussions and correct their mistakes. The group speaks only Spanish for 90 minutes. Before enrolling, please send an e-mail to languages@wice-paris.org with a brief summary of your background in Spanish.


    Ce Groupe de Conversation guidée en Espagnol est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent espagnol presque couramment. Nos animateurs, natifs d'Espagne ou d’Amérique Latine, proposent des sujets intéressants, guident les discussions et corrigent les fautes des participants. Le groupe parle seulement espagnol pendant 1,5 heure. Avant de vous inscrire, veuillez envoyer un e-mail à languages@wice-paris.org indiquant votre niveau d'espagnol.

    Instructors:  Ethel Chesnoy),
         


    • 30 Sep 2015
    • 4:30 PM
    • 29 Jun 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 1
    Wednesdays from 30 September 2015 to 29 June 2016
    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

    No class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.


    This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have an advanced or strong intermediate level of English. Our group leaders, native English speakers, will provide interesting topics, guide participants' discussions and correct their mistakes. The group speaks only English for 90 minutes. Before enrolling, please complete the placement test (see link below) and send an e-mail to languages@wice-paris.org with a brief summary of your level of English.

    Ce Groupe de Conversation guidée en Anglais est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent anglais presque couramment. Nos animatrices de langue maternelle anglaise, proposent des sujets intéressants, guident les discussions et corrigent les fautes des participants. Le groupe parle seulement anglais pendant 1,5 heure. Avant de vous inscrire, merci de completer le test de niveau (voir plus bas) et d'envoyer un e-mail à languages@wice-paris.org indiquant votre niveau d'anglais.

    Instructors:  Shirley Dixon, Stephanie Brackfield. Dijana Vrban

    Important: Before signing up for a course please read the How to Enroll instructions and take the appropriate placement test found therein.

    • 01 Oct 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 30 Jun 2016
    • 11:30 AM
    • WICE Office
    • 1
    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 October 2015 to 30 June 2016.
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

     
    No class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.

    Based on understanding French in practical, everyday situations, the goal of this course is to give you the basics of communication and help you in any activity where French is needed. It will also help you acquire the basics of grammar and the principal rules of pronunciation. Classes are small and will be held mostly in French, to ensure fast and lasting progress. 

    Basé sur la compréhension et la simulation de situations pratiques, ce cours donne des éléments de communication et vous aide dans vos premiers pas dans la vie courante. Il vous permet d'acquérir les structures grammaticales basiques et les principales règles de prononciation. Les classes étant petites et le cours étant surtout en français, vous êtes assurés de progrès rapides et durables. 

    Instructor:  Muriel Lunetta has an MA in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) from the Sorbonne. She has more than 20 years foreign language teaching experience.

    Important: Before signing up for a course please read the How to Enroll instructions and take the appropriate placement test found therein.


    • 01 Oct 2015
    • 11:30 AM
    • 30 Jun 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 October 2015 to 30 June 2016.
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    No class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.

    An elementary knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary will be necessary to participate fully in this course. The course will prepare you to understand spoken French in social situations. It will help you with pronunciation, oral and written comprehension, French language structure and help you learn vocabulary. Using French interactively in the classroom, you will practice common expressions for everyday life. Classes are small and will be held in French only, to ensure fast and lasting progress.

    Ce cours vous aidera en prononciation et compréhension orale et écrite pour les tâches variées de la vie sociale. Vous élargirez votre vocabulaire et pratiquerez interactivement, en classe, les expressions courantes de la vie de tous les jours, grâce à l'acquisition d'un savoir-faire communicatif et linguistique. Les classes étant petites et le cours étant uniquement en français, vous êtes assurés de progrès rapides et durables. 

    Instructor: Muriel Lunetta, has an MA in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) from Sorbonne. She has more than 20 years foreign language teaching experience.

    Important: Before signing up for a course please read the How to Enroll instructions and take the appropriate placement test found therein.


    • 01 Oct 2015
    • 1:30 PM
    • 30 Jun 2016
    • 3:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 2
    Thursdays, 1 October 2015 to 30 June 2016
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    No class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.

    This German Guided discussion Group is open to people with an advanced or intermediate level of German. Our group leaders from Germany suggest interesting topics, guide participants' discussions and correct their mistakes. The group speaks only German for 90 minutes.

    Ce Groupe de Conversation guidée en Allemand est ouvert aux personnes qui ont un niveau intermédiaire d'allemand ou le parle presque couramment. Nos animatrices allemandes suggèrent  des sujets intéressants, guident les discussions et corrigent les fautes des participants. Le groupe parle seulement allemand pendant 1,5 heure.

    Instructors: Monika de Vigneral, Ulla Emonet, Dorothée Yvernes, Nadine von Lukowicz

    • 06 Oct 2015
    • 1:30 PM
    • 28 Jun 2016
    • 3:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    Tuesdays, 6 October 2015 to 28 June, 2016
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


    No class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.



    This advanced level French course will consolidate your knowledge of French through the development of speaking and listening skills. With a focus on interactive conversation you will expand your knowledge of grammar and improve pronunciation for a variety of social situations.

    A ce niveau, vous avez acquis une certaine indépendance dans l’utilisation de la langue et vous êtes autonome face à de nombreuses situations de la vie courante. Ce cours vous permet d’affiner vos compétences dans des situations complexes et d’acquérir des structures linguistiques plus approfondies.

    Instructor: Muriel Lunetta has an MA in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) from the Sorbonne. She has more than 20 years foreign language teaching experience.

    Important: Before signing up for a course please read the How to Enroll instructions and take the appropriate placement test found therein.
    • 09 Oct 2015
    • 11:00 AM
    • 28 Jun 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • WICE Office
    • 1
    Tuesdays (8:30 AM-10:00 AM) and Fridays (11:00 AM to 12:30 PM) from 9 October 2015 to 28 June 2016.


    No class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.

    An elementary knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary will be necessary to participate fully in this course. The course will prepare you to understand spoken French in social situations. It will help you with pronunciation, oral and written comprehension, French language structure and help you learn vocabulary. Using French interactively in the classroom, you will practice common expressions for everyday life. Classes are small and will be held in French only, to ensure fast and lasting progress.

    Ce cours vous aidera en prononciation et compréhension orale et écrite pour les tâches variées de la vie sociale. Vous élargirez votre vocabulaire et pratiquerez interactivement, en classe, les expressions courantes de la vie de tous les jours, grâce à l'acquisition d'un savoir-faire communicatif et linguistique. Les classes étant petites et le cours étant uniquement en français, vous êtes assurés de progrès rapides et durables. 

    Instructor: Audrey Charmont has a Master in Marketing and Communications as well as a DAEFLE (French as a Foreign Language). For the past ten years, she has built up a combined business and French teaching experience in France and abroad.

    Important: Before signing up for a course please read the How to Enroll instructions and take the appropriate placement test found therein.


    • 21 Oct 2015
    • 2:45 PM
    • 29 Jun 2016
    • 4:15 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 2
    Wednesdays from 21 October 2015 to 29 June 2016
    2:45 PM - 4:15 PM

    No class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.


    This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have an advanced or strong intermediate level of English. Our group leaders, native English speakers, will provide interesting topics, guide participants' discussions and correct their mistakes. The group speaks only English for 90 minutes. Before enrolling, please complete the placement test (see link below) and send an e-mail to languages@wice-paris.org with a brief summary of your level of English.

    Ce Groupe de Conversation guidée en Anglais est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent anglais presque couramment. Nos animatrices de langue maternelle anglaise, proposent des sujets intéressants, guident les discussions et corrigent les fautes des participants. Le groupe parle seulement anglais pendant 1,5 heure. Avant de vous inscrire, merci de completer le test de niveau (voir plus bas) et d'envoyer un e-mail à languages@wice-paris.org indiquant votre niveau d'anglais.

    Instructors: Ronni Malcolm, Anne Carson

    Important: Before signing up for a course please read the How to Enroll instructions and take the appropriate placement test found therein.

    • 12 Jan 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • 16 Feb 2016
    • 4:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio; 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 12
    Tuesdays, 12, 19 & 26 January, and 2, 9 & 16 February 2016
    2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Cost: 240 
    Pro-rata option is also available: 48 per session

    Learn about color directly by mixing pigments and composing color harmonies with water-based paints (watercolors, gouache and acrylic). No experience in drawing is necessary. Just bring your curiosity and a willingness to experiment. Exercises will include:
    • creating decorative pattern designs
    • making color studies from reproductions of paintings
    • observing and painting color from nature
    • exploring paint and color as a form of self-expression
    This course is designed for those who:
    • enjoy color and want to learn more about how it works
    • appreciate paintings and want to understand color composition
    • seek a creative experience
    • wish to enhance their visual perception
    Click here to see samples of Jan's student's work.

    Course requirements

    This class is suitable for all skill levels. Paints and paper are supplied and included in the price. A list of other materials and the addresses of Paris art supply stores will be offered at the first class meeting.

    About the instructor

    Prior to settling in Paris, Jan Olsson was awarded the Professional Fellowship in Painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Her paintings have been exhibited in Paris' most competitive juried exhibitions and are included in both private and museum collections. Visit her website to see examples of her work.

    Image credit: Jan Olsson
    • 14 Jan 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 18 Feb 2016
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 2

    Thursdays, 14, 21 & 28 January, and 4, 11 & 18 February 2016
    10:00 AM -12:30 PM
    Cost: 240 
    Pro-rata option also available: 48 per session

    This class meets weekly in Jan Olsson’s Paris art studio. It is designed for:

    • Beginners who would like to learn to draw, but find it hard to start
    • Those with experience who wish to refresh their drawing skills
    • Anyone wishing to enhance their perceptual skills
    • Students who desire the structure and inspiration of weekly sessions
    • Those who would benefit from the guidance of an experienced teacher
    • Those who enjoy practicing in a group
    Click here to see samples of Jan's student's work.

    When you draw you learn to see.  The world unfolds before your eyes, one page and one mark at a time.  In this drawing studio, every experience is as fun as it is challenging.  Through attentive observation, engaged imagination, and practical study from samples of contemporary and traditional artists' drawings, students learn a wide variety of approaches and techniques. These include:

    • Line drawings in pencil or pen from botanical subjects
    • Rendering light and shadow in charcoal
    • Creating depth and volume with pen and ink wash
    • Composing a composition from a still life or photograph
    • Creating texture with combined media
    • Drawing with colored pencils and chalk pastels
    • Figure drawing and portraiture from a live model

    Course Requirements

    This class is suitable for all levels.  Specialty papers and drawing ink are provided.  A supply list and addresses of Paris art supply stores will be provided at the first class meeting.

    About the instructor

    Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing. Since her tenure as a full-time fine arts faculty member at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Jan has specialized in continuing studio arts education for adults. She has taught beginning to graduate-level figure drawing at the University level. Her paintings, prints and drawings focus on the figure. Visit Jan Olsson's website to see examples of her work.

    Image credit: Jan Olsson
    • 10 Feb 2016
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 9

    Wednesday, 10 February 2016

    Free Event

    Have you ever received an email from a "friend" abroad who has just been mugged, had all her money stolen, and needs your help to get back home?  If so, you may have been one of the 269,000 unlucky Americans who, in 2014 filed complaints reporting losses through Internet scams amounting to more than $800 million!  Adults are attractive targets for online skullduggery because of their financial status, their often naive attitudes about the Internet and social media issues, but also because many believe that they are savvy enough to recognize a scam when they see one.

    Internet bad guys are endlessly inventive when it comes to ripping us off. WICE has invited Elizabeth Milovidov to bring us up to speed on the latest trends in Internet scamming including the dreaded identity theft. She will also give us tips to help us protect our privacy and the information that we put online.

    About the Instructor

    Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov Esq. is a lawyer, a law professor and an "e-safety" consultant.  She serves in the latter capacity for European Schoolnet and as a project coordinator for the European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure Environments.  Her work with children includes founding Digitalparentingcoach.com.

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    • 12 Feb 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 8

    Friday, 12 February
    2:00 to 4:00

    free to WICE members

    An Officer and a Spy,  by Robert Harris

    A brief summary of this book:

    Robert Harris returns to the thrilling historical fiction he has so brilliantly made his own. This is the story of the infamous Dreyfus affair told as a chillingly dark, hard-edged novel of conspiracy and espionage.

    "Harris’s retelling of the Dreyfus case is as taut and exciting as anything by Forsyth or Follet." (BOOKS OF THE YEAR Guardian)

    "The fact that this novel is seriously riveting is a testament to Robert Harris's storytelling power; he conjures knuckle-blanching suspense from a very well-known piece of history." (BOOKS OF THE YEAR The Times)


    Join WICE Bilingual Book Group to discuss this intriguing novel that is sure to spark discussion on the many ways to interpret this story.


    • 13 Feb 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artist's studio, Paris
    • 12
    Saturday, 13 February 2016
    Cost: 100

    Learn the basics of printmaking through a simple and popular technique known as the "monotype". Making a monotype print involves no toxic materials or laborious technique.  As its name suggests a monotype is a one-of-a-kind print. Rather than carving or etching, a monotype is made by painting with ink on a smooth surface.

    For prospective students who are unfamiliar with monotype prints, you can view a collection of student's prints and images of the studio on the instructional website

    No knowledge of drawing or painting is needed to enjoy its immediacy and rich textural effects. One can make a print in just a few minutes with almost no technical skills, and some techniques can be used at home.

    This course is designed for:
    • anyone who would enjoy having a new creative experience
    • working WICE members who would enjoy a relaxing and creative Saturday activity
    • accompanied children age 10 or over
    • artists of all kinds who want to learn and practice new techniques
    • those who enjoy sharing a creative activity with others.
    Click here to see samples of Jan's student's work.

    Course requirements

    No prior experience is necessary. This class is open to all skill levels and students can take the course multiple times to create new prints. All materials will be provided. Students will need to bring a cover-up and picnic lunch. 

    About the instructor

    Jan Olsson has been working in her etching studio at La Ruche since 1990. While studying for her Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing, Jan also studied printmaking and has taught beginning to advanced printmaking courses at the college level. Visit her website to see examples of her monotype prints.

    Image credit: Jan Olsson

    • 17 Feb 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private Residence, rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75009 Paris; Métro: Bonne Nouvelle
    • 0

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    Wednesday, 17 February 2016
    € 55

    February is the perfect month to master how to make sweet and savory crêpes.  They are one of the most versatile preparations to have on hand in your French kitchen.

    When you keep a pre-made stack in your freezer, you have 
    a quick and convenient base for snacks, main courses and desserts.  All ready to use! 

    In this class, Chef Randall will stuff our savory crêpes with a classic filling of sautéed mushrooms and country ham.  

    You won't want to miss out on how to make the equally versatile Sauce Béchamel, which we will flavor with herbs and enrich with grated cheese. 

    For dessert, you will learn how to make the celebrated Crêpes Suzette a la flambée

    A dramatic finale to any meal. Just cover your savory crêpes with this cheese sauce and brown in the oven for a satisfying quick meal.

    Check out the classic French cooking techniques you will learn in this class:   

    How to make, cook and fill crêpes

    How to sauté mushrooms

    How to make Sauce Béchamel

    How to make orange butter

    How to flame desserts, and more make-ahead tips

    About the Instructor  Chef Randall Price will share with us his passion for French cuisine, drawing on his 25+ years of experience cooking in France for heads of state and working as Chef-Instructor at the professional Paris cooking school, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne.  His entertaining style, easy-to-follow demonstrations and focus on classic French techniques will inspire you to reproduce these authentic French dishes at home. 

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    • 17 Feb 2016
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Place Saint Michel
    • 8

    Wednesday, 17 February 2016  

    5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Cost: €65

    Night photography is a challenging and sometimes difficult adventure but the rewards are astounding when you know some special techniques.

    This advanced photography course will let you master low light and night photography, plus techniques of light painting, where a rich depth of color is created with reflections on water enhanced by a black background.

    Technical information is presented just before dark and the class will then try the techniques described. Review and suggestions finish the course.

    Course requirements

    • Participants are to bring a camera that can manually set ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, plus know how to set manual mode.
    • Your flashlight will be used for light painting. Participants are also encouraged to bring a tripod.

    About the instructor

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Masters in Contemporary Photography. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate about photography, Juan Manual works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, reportage and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.

    Image Credit: © Juan Manuel Abellán


    • 18 Feb 2016
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • meet at 10:15 am at 60, rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75004 Paris. Metro: Rambuteau (line 11).

    Thursday, 18 February 2016

    Cost: €22

    Commissioned by François de Rohan Soubise and his wife Anne de Rohan Chabot (one of the mistresses of Louis XIV), the once private mansion Hôtel de Soubise was built by the young architect Delamair in the late 17th century. The beautiful interior decoration was designed by Germain Boffrand and was later redecorated in a rococo style, including paintings by François Boucher, Natoire and Carle van Loo.  Later, the residence became the property of the state.

    It houses the Museum of French History and part of the French National Archives.

    We will visit the Prince’s and the Princess’s apartments, the ‘Empire style room’, and the charming garden that surrounds the building.

    Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to art history studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.

    • 18 Feb 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    Thursday, 18 February 2016
    Free Event
           
    Come and be part of WICE Spring Open House 2016.

    This is your opportunity to:

    • Discover exciting courses WICE has to offer
    • Connect with current WICE members
    • Learn about the wider benefits of WICE membership
    • Join the WICE community
    • Register for courses starting from March 2016


    This exciting event is happening on Thursday, 18 February 2016, 2:00pm - 6:00pm at WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris.


    Register in advance for this free event and come along at any time.  Sign up for a course on the day and receive up to €30* off a second course from the Spring course offer.


    Remember that this free event and is open to everyone so be sure to let your family and friends know.


    We look forward to seeing you there.



    *for further details on this offer see WICE Spring Open House 2016


    • 29 Feb 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • meet at 10:45 AM 8 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt - 75008. Métro Champs Elysées Clémenceau (line 1,13).

    Monday, 29 February 2016
    Cost: €22

    The ‘Cercle France Amériques' is a private association which aims to promote the relationship between France and North America.  It was founded in 1909 by Gabriel Hanotaux, former Foreign Affairs minister.

    Ideally located near the Champs Elysees and set in the beautiful private mansion called Hotel Le Marois, it was once inhabited by the famous courtesan, Marie Duplessis (the famous Dame aux Camélias who inspired Alexandre Dumas’s son).

    Come and discover this truly exceptional mansion and its sumptuous reception rooms, located in one of the most elegant districts of Paris and learn more about its famous inhabitants.

    About the Instructor

    Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to Art History studies.  She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.  She also coordinates several tours all over Europe.

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    • 03 Mar 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 24 Mar 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Location details will be sent 24 hrs before the start of class.
    • 8
    Thursdays 3, 10, 17 and 24 March 2016

    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

    Cost: €200

    Intrigued by the variety of modes and settings on your camera? Get away from the simple choice of shooting with an automatic mode by mastering when to use the other settings.

    This course explores in-depth the manual mode factors of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. You'll analyze the interaction among them and learn when to apply the manual mode settings. Each class starts with an explanation of each element and continues with practical work in difficult lighting conditions. A review and suggestions of your images will follow.
     
    Students can expect to:
    • learn about the manual mode settings on their camera
    • learn about ISO, shutter speeds, and how to tackle challenging light situations
    • get hands-on experience with practical assignments
    • participate in a friendly critique of their work.
    Course requirements
    • Participants are to bring a camera that can manually set the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.
    • Suitable for all levels of photographers
    About the instructor

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a master in Contemporary Photography. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate about photography, Juan Manual works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, reportage and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.

    Image Credit: © Juan Manuel Abellán

    • 07 Mar 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 18 Apr 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • Artist's studio, 75004 Paris; Métro: Pont Marie, Hôtel de Ville
    • 7

    Mondays, 7, 14, 21 March and 18 April 2016                (4 sessions)
    Cost: € 180

    This course will focus on how to create a series of photographs that tell a story ... to accompany an article, to communicate a social message, to work as a photo essay with few words (for publications or blogs), or to use in an exhibit. We will discuss how to vary the photos in the series to hold the viewers interest, how to become a photojournalist in mind and body, how to research a subject, and how to sell photos in this genre.


    The weeks between the first classes and the last are intended to allow for students to complete a project, which will be presented and critiqued at the last class.


    Students can expect to:

    • become more familiar with their camera

    • learn about exposure, composition, and how to engage their subjects

    • learn how to research and sell a photo essay

    • participate in a friendly critique session of their work


    Course Requirements


    • Suitable for all levels of photographers


    About the Instructor

    Meredith Mullins is a popular photo instructor and fine-art photography mentor, an internationally exhibited photographer, and a winner of international photography competitions, including the Grand Concours Photo sur Paris, PX3 Competition, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, and Worldwide Gala Photo Awards.  She is the author of the award-winning book In a Paris Moment and the Director and Co-Founder of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

    Photo credit:  Anne Hobbs

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    • 07 Mar 2016
    • 10:30 AM
    • 04 Apr 2016
    • 12:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 6

    Mondays, 7, 14, 21, 28 March and 4, 11 April 2016
    10:30am - 12:30pm
    Cost: 165

    Short stories can be just about anything, but how do you make yours stand out? This course helps aspiring and experienced writers shape and refine their fiction according to their own unique vision, with emphasis on character and form.
    Over six sessions, we will explore the principles of story writing in class exercises, discuss participants' work, and analyze some of the masters of the genre. 

    About the Instructor:

    Alecia McKenzie is an award-winning short-story writer and novelist. Her first book Satellite City and her novel Sweetheart have both won Commonwealth literary prizes, and she was shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, when 22 stories from around the world were selected from a record 4,000 submissions.  Born in Jamaica, she has lived in Asia and Europe, and is now based in Paris. She is also a professional journalist and accomplished painter, and edits SWAN, a website devoted to art and culture. 

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    • 07 Mar 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • 18 Apr 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 3

    Mondays 7, 14, 21 March and 4, 11, 18 April 2016
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Cost: €165

    This six-week writing workshop allows participants to hone their writing skills through the creation of vignettes: short scenes that focus on a moment, a character, an encounter, an experience, a mood or a place.

    By understanding how to create vignettes, writers are able to aim for the essential of the experience, encounter, place, etc. that they're trying to capture.  In addition to the pleasure of writing them for their own sake, creating vignettes serves as a jumping off point for writing short stories, travel essays and longer fiction and non-fiction work.

    Though the emphasis of this workshop will be on non-fiction vignettes of up to 1,000 words, participants will learn the importance of scene work that will then enhance their writing of longer works of fiction, non-fiction and memoir as well as unique travel blogs.

    Participants will complete one vignette per week, most of which will be discussed during the workshop.  Paris Vignettes Part I is not a pre-requisite for the course though some writing experience (in any form) is desirable. Nevertheless, new writers are welcome!

    About the Instructor

    Gary Lee Kraut is the editor of the online travel and culture magazine France Revisited and the author of guidebooks, articles, essays, short stories, and op-ed pieces concerning travel, culture, cross-culture and expatriate life.  He has taught creative writing and travel writing and has lectured extensively in the United States and France.

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    • 07 Mar 2016
    • 4:45 PM
    • 11 Apr 2016
    • 6:45 PM
    • to be advised
    • 6

    Mondays, 7, 14, 21 March and 4, 11 April 2016
    4:45pm - 6:45pm
    Cost: €205 (includes weekly tastings)

    Award-winning travel writer Gary Lee Kraut leads a five-week session of his moveable writing workshop designed for budding and experienced travel writers and bloggers interested in developing engaging, original and informative posts, articles and stories.

    This upbeat (even off-beat) writing workshop will be held at a different location in Paris each week, whether a café, a bar, a garden or other setting. There, you’ll examine ways in which to develop an eye for telling detail and a knack for recounting experience while folding history and other information into your writing. Each session will include an encounter with an owner or specialist of some kind and a tasting of some kind (e.g. pastry, cheese, chocolate, wine). Altogether, the setting, the encounter and the tasting will provide us with the material for the week’s assignment.

    Weekly writing exercises will consist of creating scenes, descriptions and stories (fiction or non-fiction) based on the various settings, tastings and experiences of our moveable workshop. These will be shared and discussed during the workshop.

    While particularly instructive for those to looking to develop their skills as travel writers, bloggers, food writers and vignette writers, Gary’s Moveable Writing Workshop will be of interest to those wishing to hone their skills on work in other forms (memoir, short story, essay) that takes place in Paris or on the road.

    About the Instructor

    Gary Lee Kraut is the editor of the online travel and culture magazine France Revisited. He is the author of five travel guides to France and Paris as well as numerous articles, essays, short stories, and op-ed pieces concerning travel, culture, cross-culture and expatriate life. He has taught creative writing and travel writing and has lectured extensively in the United States and France.

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    • 08 Mar 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 22 Mar 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • Studio, Paris 75010 metro Jacques Bonsergent
    • 4

    Tuesdays, 8, 15 and 22 March
    Three-part series
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Cost: € 220

    This workshop is aimed at those who are interested in learning all the possibilities that studio photography has to offer.

    You will learn the different studio flash lighting techniques to make beautiful portraits, still lives, or anything else you may have in mind!

    A model will be provided for you to shoot during the session; advice on directing the model and posing technique will be given. We will also practice how to shoot objects, food and how to compose a creative still life.

    You will be shown the effect of umbrellas, soft boxes and how to use reflectors.  You will also learn how to use both hard and soft lighting to change the effect of a portrait.

    The teaching is presented in an easy to understand and entertaining way within a small group.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about studio photography
    • Gain the necessary tools to develop their work
    • Critique their own work

    Course Requirements

    • A camera that can be set in manual mode
    • Suitable for all levels of photographers

    About the Instructor

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Masters in Contemporary Photography. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate about photography, Juan Manual works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, reportage and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.

    Image Credit: © Juan Manuel Abellán

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    • 08 Mar 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • 12 Apr 2016
    • 4:30 PM
    • Artist's studio, Paris 15, Metro Balard
    • 15

    Tuesdays,  8, 15, 22, 29 March and 5, 12 April 2016
    2:00pm - 4:30pm
    Cost: €240 
    Pro-rata option also available:
     €48 per session

    Paris is a fabulous place to study painting.  This class draws on the riches of the Orsay Museum and the Centre Pompidou to inspire and instruct a variety of painting approaches and techniques.  Gauguin’s luminous color, Cezanne’s brush stroke, and the spatial twists and turns of a Braque still life are a few examples.  Painting enhances your understanding of color and composition.  It solicits your imagination as it engages you with the beauty of the world around you.

    Exercises will include:

    • Mixing pigments to achieve harmonious color compositions
    • Rendering light and shade and painting transparent glazes
    • Studies from paintings on display in Paris galleries and museums
    • Observing and painting color from nature
    • Exploring paint and color as a form of self-expression

    This course is designed for those who:

    • Enjoy color and want to learn more about how it works
    • Appreciate paintings and want to understand color and composition
    • Seek a creative experience in a supportive group atmosphere
    • Wish to enhance their visual perception
    Click here to see samples of Jan's student's work.

    Course requirements

    No experience in drawing is necessary.  Just bring your curiosity and willingness to experiment.  Acrylic paints and paper are supplied.  A list of other materials and the addresses of Paris art supply stores will be offered at the first class meeting.

    About the instructor

    Prior to settling in Paris, Jan Olsson was awarded the Professional Fellowship in Painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Her paintings have been exhibited in Paris’ most competitive juried exhibitions and are included in both private and museum collections.  Visit her professional website and teaching blog.

    Image credit: Jan Olsson


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    • 09 Mar 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 13 Apr 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 3

    Wednesdays, 9, 16, 23, 30 March, 6, 13 April 2016
    10:00am - 12:00pm
    Cost: €165

    You have a personal story to tell and would like to share it. But what does it mean to write a memoir? How to find your voice? How to structure your narrative? How to handle the feelings of those you portray while still being true to your story?

    This series of six sessions with editor and writer Meg Bortin will explore how to focus your work, craft an engaging narrative and edit your story for publication. Whether your memoir is a slice of life or a longer story, you will be able to share your work in a thoughtful environment that will stimulate the creative process. Both newcomers to creative writing and experienced writers are welcome.

    Instructor:

    Meg Bortin is a career journalist, most recently with the International Herald Tribune. She is the author of two memoirs, Desperate to Be a Housewife (Mirabelle Books, 2013) and Dear Djeneba in Family Wanted, an anthology on adoption (Granta Books, 2005). She holds an MA in French from Cornell University and has taught journalism as an associate professor at the American University of Paris.

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    • 09 Mar 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 13 Apr 2016
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75015, Paris; Metro: Balard
    • 15

    Wednesdays,  9, 16, 23, 30 March, and 6, 13 April 2016 (6 sessions)
    10:00am - 12:30pm
    Cost: €240 
    Pro-rata option also available:
     €48 per session

    This class meets weekly in Jan Olsson’s Paris art studio. It is designed for:

    • Beginners who would like to learn to draw, but find it hard to start
    • Those with experience who wish to refresh their drawing skills
    • Anyone wishing to enhance their perceptual skills
    • Students who desire the structure and inspiration of weekly sessions
    • Those who would benefit from the guidance of an experienced teacher
    • Those who enjoy practicing in a group

    When you draw you learn to see.  The world unfolds before your eyes, one page and one mark at a time. In this drawing studio, every experience is as fun as it is challenging. Through attentive observation, engaged imagination, and practical study from samples of contemporary and traditional artist’s drawings, students learn a wide variety of approaches and techniques.  These include:

    • Line drawings in pencil or pen from botanical subjects
    • Rendering light and shadow in charcoal
    • Creating depth and volume with pen and ink wash
    • Composing a composition from a still life or photograph
    • Creating texture with combined media
    • Drawing with colored pencils and chalk pastels
    • Figure drawing and portraiture from a live model
    Click here to see samples of Jan's student's work.

    Course Requirements

    This class is suitable for all levels. Specialty papers and drawing ink are provided. A supply list and addresses of Paris art supply stores will be provided at the first class meeting. The date for the class utilizing a model will be provided at the first class meeting as well.

    About the Instructor

    Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing. Since her tenure at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Jan has specialized in continuing studio arts education for adults. Visit her
    professional website and teaching blog.

    Image credit: Jan Olsson


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    • 11 Mar 2016
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Meet at 10:20 am at the entrance of the BHV-Marais store. Intersection Rue de Rivoli - Rue du Temple. Metro line 1 or 11: Hôtel de Ville.

    Friday, 11 March 2016
    Cost: €25

    Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world has a unique architectural heritage. The major part of this heritage comes from the 19th century with Haussmann's works.

    But did you notice that Paris is also a city that constantly be on the move? The Pompidou center, the Canopy of Les Halles, the New Samaritaine store, the French ministry of Culture... Each one represents a new step in the exciting evolution of Paris.

    Do you know what the colors of the pipes on the Pompidou Center represent? Come and learn the history surrounding Les Halles market since 1137? And learn how many pyramids the Louvre really has with Alex, and discover Paris with a true Parisian architect.

    This walk will cover the 1st and 4th arrondisement.

    Instructor: Alex Lapinte-Law: Architecte hmonp, historien du patrimoine , and guide-conférencier.

    Please come prepared with comfortable walking shoes.

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    • 11 Mar 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private residence, 75116 Paris; Métro: Boissière
    • 13

    Friday, March 11 2016
    7:30–10:00 pm
    65 euros

    If you're thinking "wine," sooner or later you'll be thinking "cheese." 

    Is there such a thing as the "perfect marriage" of these two essential elements of French life? 

    The cheese board is a staple of any French meal, and France boasts a different cheese for every day of the year – and more. It's good to know your cheeses, and it's important to know how to pair them with just the right wine. 

    You'll be tasting 8 French cheeses and 4 wines (red and white from Bordeaux and Burgundy). You'll learn how to pair the cheeses, how to taste them, how they are made, why there are so many, and when to get them.

    Instructor: lène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of the Bordeaux area. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French “savoir-vivre.” She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.


    • 12 Mar 2016
    • 12:45 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Transportation from Paris provided, details to be sent to registrants later
    • 0

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    Saturday, 12 March 2016

    Cost: €11 entry fee for Maison Cocteau

    Getting there:
    Transportation will be provided. 
    Departure will be at 12:45pm from the 15th arrondissement. An email with the exact location will be sent to registrants later.

    Registration is limited to five. 

    Members should bring their own snacks and drinks for the visit.

    Maison Jean Cocteau, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

    We will begin with a tour of the house where Jean Cocteau, avant-guard artist, poet, writer and film director, lived and worked during the last 17 years of his life.  We will admire his refuge, away from the hustle-and-bustle of Paris, actually the annex of a castle surrounded by a moat.  We will tour his office, his living room and his bedroom, restored to the way it was at his death in 1963. 

    We will also see the temporary exhibition showcasing Cocteau’s cinematic and literary productions of “Myths and Legends."  Through Cocteau’s experimental filmmaker lens, we will go with Orpheus on his fearsome journey to the underworld and enter into other Surrealist worlds.

    Outdoors, we will walk in Cocteau’s enchanting gardens, with movie props from his poetic and dreamlike production of Beauty and the Beast.

    A Chapel of Love, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    We will then visit the nearby Saint-Blaise des Simples Chapel, built by the Knight Templars in 1136 whose reconstructed walls were painted by Jean Cocteau.  It is in this chapel where Jean Cocteau was laid to rest.  We will listen to a moving recording made by his lover, the actor Jean Marais.  In the gardens surrounding the chapel, we will discover different medicinal plants, called Les Simples.  We will also have the opportunity to visit the old market place near the chapel.

    Photo: © Moïse Fournier

    Visit coordinator
    Wendy Dubreuil is a true Francophile, married to a French man.  She holds a BA in French and a MA in International Communication from the School of International Service, American University, Washington DC and has extensive international experience, including work with the U.N.

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    • 16 Mar 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private Residence, rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75009 Paris; Métro: Bonne Nouvelle, exit Bonne Nouvelle
    • 0

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    Wednesday, 16 March 2016
    Cost: €55

    We are going streamlined in this class, teaching you how to save time without sacrificing quality or flavor. Who doesn't want to have a few shortcuts in their back pocket?

    During a Paris winter, few dishes are as welcome as a Chef Randall will teach us a streamlined method for making a homemade brown stock using cooked chicken wings instead of veal bones. well-prepared soupe à l'oignon gratinée. Your homemade version will be better than anything you will ever find in a restaurant.

    Plus, we will use some of the chicken wings in a made from scratch honey-Dijon mustard sauce in a salad to accompany the soup. 

    Our dessert is the Breton delicacy known as Kouign-Amann, a buttery rich and sweet layered pastry.







    Check out the classic French cooking techniques you will learn in this class:  

    • How to make a brown stock;
    • How to properly sweat onions;
    • How to gratiné;
    • How to make a laminated yeast dough.

    About the Instructor

    Chef Randall Price will share with us his passion for French cuisine, drawing on his 25 years of experience cooking in France for heads of state and working as Chef-Instructor at the professional Paris cooking school, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne.  His entertaining style, easy-to-follow demonstrations and focus on classic French techniques will inspire you to reproduce these authentic French dishes at home. 

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    • 16 Mar 2016
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 11

    Wednesday, 16 March 2016

    Free Event

    Anyone who has lived in France for a while knows how firmly anchored in the French mentality is the notion that the government is supposed to provide, especially in the area of culture! And where more willingly than for the Louvre, a world-famous showcase for priceless works of art? It wasn’t until after 2004, when France began to offer tax deductions to museum donors, that the search for private funds got under way. But how does the Louvre persuade wealthy individuals and corporations (especially those overseas) to finance new acquisitions for a museum whose storerooms are already bulging with artworks seldom displayed?  Ask Julia de Rouvray, a Franco-American whose delicate mission is to specifically obtain donations from international donors!  In the world of international fund-raising, one size does NOT fit all, and Julia will tell us how idiosyncratic cultural differences play out in the sensitive negotiations she undertakes as well as about the traps she has to avoid.

    About the Instructor After graduating from the Sorbonne in Paris with a Master’s Degree in American Modern Art and American History, Julia de Rouvray started her career in New York City at the Museum of Modern Art and the Hunter College Art Galleries. Back in Paris she worked for the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais before joining the Musée du Louvre Development office as an International Development Manager.

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    • 22 Mar 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 12 Apr 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • Meeting Details Sent Via Email Before Each Class
    • 7

    Tuesdays, 22, 29 March and 5, 12 April 2016

    10:00am - 1:00pm

    Cost: €180


    What better way to celebrate a change in seasons than to wander the grand parks and secret gardens of Paris? We will catch the last long shadows of winter and the first signs of spring, compose images, focus on the line and form of unique structures, and capture the lively characters of diverse arrondissements. Join this adventurous group of photographers as we discover the real Paris via our own personal artistic perspective.


    Each class will start in a café of the chosen quartier to discuss the photo lessons of the session.  You’ll explore the area on a mission to really see the light, colors, characters, details, lines, forms, and shapes. You’ll get hands-on practice with your camera and have your questions answered on the spot. At the end of each class, you and your compatriots will review the images from the previous week’s expedition to learn from the successes and challenges.


    Students can expect to:

    • Become more familiar with their camera

    • Learn about exposure, composition, and how to engage their subjects

    • Have their technical questions answered directly

    • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work


    Course Requirements


    • Suitable for all levels of photographers


    About the Instructor

    Meredith Mullins is a popular photo instructor and fine-art photography mentor, an internationally exhibited photographer, and a winner of international photography competitions, including the Grand Concours Photo sur Paris, PX3 Competition, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, and Worldwide Gala Photo Awards. She is the author of the award-winning book In a Paris Moment and the Director and Co-Founder of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

    Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins

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    • 23 Mar 2016
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • meet at 2:15 PM 16 rue de la Faisanderie - 75016. Métro Porte Dauphine (line 2).
    • 13

    Wednesday, 23 March 2016
    Cost: €21

    Created by UNIFAB (French Union of Manufacturers), located in a private mansion in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, the museum of counterfeiting was initiated as a didactic museum to make people aware of counterfeiting in any fields, and its impact on the international economy.

    Would you like to be able to spot the differences between a true and a fake sculpture of Rodin?  What about textiles, pens or perfumes?  This is your chance to learn more about the importance of intellectual property and the legal sanctions that can be generated by selling and buying fake products.

    Come and discover with our guide, Catherine, this unique museum.

    About the Guide:

    Catherine Estivalezes holds a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back into Art History studies.  She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.  She also coordinates several tours all over Europe.

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    • 25 Mar 2016
    • 1:30 PM
    • 13 May 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • Location details will be sent out 24hrs prior to class
    • 7

    Fridays, 25 March, 1, 8, 15 April and 13 May, 2016 
    1:30pm - 4:00pm  
    Cost: €190 (five-part series); Pro-rata option: €45

    In a continuation of our popular series, we explore the contemporary art scene in Paris through weekly afternoon excursions.  Each outing teaches us more about contemporary art appreciation and collecting, as we discover a gallery neighborhood, artists to collect, an international art fair or an auction.

    March 25 - New art walk around avenue Matignon with galleries and auction house 

    April 1 - A private tour of the Drawing Now art fair for contemporary drawing Carreau du Temple (entrance extra, TBA)*

    April 8 - New art walk in Montparnasse (Villa Vassilieff, musée Bourdelle, a photo gallery...)

    April 15 - Design galleries from Art Déco - 50s to today in St-Germain-des-Prés 

    May 13 - A private tour of the Salon de Montrouge for emerging artists (entrance extra, TBA)*

    As always, we intersperse works we know you’ll enjoy with those that will push your boundaries, so we can appreciate the ever-changing frontiers of art.  Because we have so many repeat students, we now approach the classes somewhat like a Socratic dialogue, as we pursue the answer to the question, “What is great art, now?”

    If you’re a novice, you’ll come away from these interactive sessions with a good sense of how art collecting works.  If you’re already actively collecting you’ll come away with ideas for artists to watch, and collect, right now. 

    * Please note that there is an additional cost for entrance into these exhibitions.

    Additional information
    • Space is limited. Register soon to avoid disappointment.
    • Meeting location information will be sent to students 24 hours prior to class.

    About the instructor

    Caroline Etter is an art consultant, historian of art, and a friend to collectors and artists, who has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 15 years.  After graduating from the Sorbonne with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts, she has worked at the Villa Medicis in Rome and at Bibliotheque nationale de France in Paris.  She is also a curator, journalist and gallery manager working with private and corporate clients.

    Photo credit: City Art Insider

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    • 01 Apr 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • 15 Apr 2016
    • 6:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 12

    Fridays, 1, 8, 15 April 2016
    5:00pm - 6:30pm
    Cost: €75 (three-part series); €30 pro-rata option

    "Making art is a conversation that becomes the telling of stories. Sometimes these stories turn into histories." 

    Paris-based Artist and Professor of Fine Arts Stephen McClymont is presenting an exciting new lecture series, where participants can discover the merits of the great artists in history as seen through an artist's discerning eye. 

    The talks will be accompanied by visuals on art history, and will be enriched by anecdotal stories about artists and their lives that McClymont has accumulated over his 30 years of experience as an active participant in the world of art. 

    Join us for one or all of the following talks:

    April 1 - The Language of Paint

    April 8 - Vermeer and Optical Devices

    April 15 - Gerhard Richter: The Master of the Blur

    About the instructor:

    Stephen McClymont began his art training at the National Art School in Sydney graduating in 1974 with a Degree in Sculpture. Later he studied in New York at the New York Studio School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, was mentored by the prominent Abstract Expressionist painter Robert Motherwell, and worked as Joan Mitchell’s assistant both in New York and in France.  McClymont has also taught painting and lectured on art history over the course of his long career and is currently on the faculty of the Paris College of Art. 

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    • 01 Apr 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private residence, 75116 Paris; Métro: Boissière
    • 3

    Friday, April 1
    7:30–10:00 pm
    65 euros

    The French are very fond of entertaining via the Apéro or Apéro-Dinatoire, their equivalent of the American Cocktails but delivered with its usual Gallic flair. Learn how to throw a classy evening soirée without slaving in the kitchen all day.

    Join us for an evening of wine and amuse-bouches and learn how to pair your wines with classic French appetizers.

    You will be sampling savory and sweet amuse-bouches, two white wines and two red wines, hand selected to pair well with the evenings tastes. 

    Instructor: lène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of the Bordeaux area. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French “savoir-vivre.” She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

    • 02 Apr 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Porte de Versailles
    • 15
    Saturday, 2 April 2016
    11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Cost: €100 

    Come and join Jan in the beautiful historic site known as La Ruche for a Saturday full of fun and surprises.  Learn the basics of printmaking through a simple and popular technique known as the 'monotype'.

    Making a monotype print involves no toxic materials or laborious technique.  As its name suggests, a monotype is a one-of-a-kind print.  Rather than carving or etching, a monotype is made by painting with ink on a smooth surface.  Degas loved its ease and used it to create strong atmospheric light and bold textures.  Contemporary artists are drawn to it for its immediacy.  One can make a print in just a few minutes with almost no technical skill, and some of the monotype techniques do not require a press.  One needn’t know how to draw or paint to make monotypes.  Stamping, stenciling and collage can be used to create a myriad of beautiful effects.  Click here to see a sampling of Jan Olsson’s student prints and to learn more about the medium.

    This class is perfect for:

    • Anyone who would enjoy having a new experience in creativity
    • Working WICE members who would enjoy relaxing and creating on a Saturday
    • Artists of all kinds who want to learn and practice new techniques
    • Former students of Jan’s printmaking workshops who would like to continue
    • Those who enjoy sharing a creative learning process within a small, convivial group
    Click here to see samples of Jan's student's work.

    Course requirements

    No skills or no previous knowledge of the medium is necessary.  This workshop is open to all levels, artists and non-artists alike, and may be repeated by anyone wishing to continue exploring the process.

    Materials: All materials will be provided for this full-day course.

    About the instructor:

    Jan Olsson has been working in her studio at La Ruche since 1990.  While studying for her Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing, Jan also studied etching, lithography and silkscreen printing, and has since taught advanced printmaking courses at college level. Shortly after she purchased and installed an etching press at La Ruche, Jan began working with monotype prints, one of her favorite mediums.  You may visit her professional website for examples of her work.

    Image credit: Jan Olsson

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    • 04 Apr 2016
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Meet at 10:20 am in front the Conseil d'Etat, place du Palais royal (75001). Metro (lines 1 or 7): Palais royal - Musée du Louvre.

    Monday, 04 April 2016
    Cost: €25

    The Palais Royal district overflows with charming covered walkways, (Galerie Vivienne, Galerie des Deux Pavillons), with refined boutiques showcasing designers' works, and classical and contemporary architectural masterpieces illustrating the urban evolution of Paris.  You will be introduced to and hear the stories of cutting edge designers, some world famous, and some beginning to make a name for themselves.

    The Les Halles district, formerly “Paris's belly,” is still occupied by talented bakers, cheesemakers and butchers who share this district with trendy boutiques.  Today this district is under re-construction with the spectacular Canopy developing, becoming the new entrance of Les Halles Commercial Center.

    The district of Le Marais is full of surprises: at the corner of a hidden garden we will discover boutiques housed in former courtyards of French mansions or former factories. Le Marais is proof that Paris can stay a historical city on the cutting edge of design and innovations.

    Discover the amazing mix of these hip and historical districts in the center of Paris. We will cover the 1st, 2nd,3rd and 4th arrondissements.

    About the Instructor

    Alex Lapinte-Law
    : Architecte HMONP, historien du patrimoine, and guide-conférencier.

    Please come prepared with comfortable walking shoes.

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    • 05 Apr 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • 24 May 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 7

    Tuesdays, 5, 12  April and 3, 10, 17 and 24 May 2016
    4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Cost: €165

    Writing Your First Novel. Here's the chance to explore that novel you've always wanted to write, working with a small group to hatch ideas, learn about possible pitfalls and discover some tried and true basics. Bring your idea and/or work in progress and let's go! 

    About the Instructor
    Dr Gretel Furner,
    Oxford University, PhD on the modern novel, University of the Saarland, Germany. Assoc. Professor of German, George Washington University.  Instructor, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Since 2003, instructor at WICE in French Literature and History, the Migrant Soul series and Creative Writing.

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    • 07 Apr 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 14 Apr 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Location details will be sent 48 hrs before the start of class.
    • 6
    Thursdays, 7 and 14 April 2016
    10 AM - 2 PM

    Cost: €110

    The classic debate: color or black and white?  Black and white is timeless, classic and mysterious. Color is poetic and emotional.  Learn how to get the best of your pictures applying the techniques of both styles.

    The workshop consists of two four-hour sessions. The first session will include theory, explaining the principles involved in each mode of photography, and showing the work of the best masters of photography; during the second session we will shoot outdoors and practice with entertaining assignments.  The class will end with a friendly review of all the images taken during the class. 

    You will definitely look at reality with a different perspective!

    Students can expect to:

    • learn the basic principles involved in black & white and color photography
    • get hands-on experience with both techniques through practical assignments
    • develop critical skills through peer review.

    Course Requirements

    • Suitable for all levels of photographers
    About the instructor

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Masters in Contemporary Photography. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate about photography, Juan Manual works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, reportage and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.

    Image Credit: © Juan Manuel Abellán

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    • 08 Apr 2016
    • 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Theatre Edouard VII, 10 place Edouard VII 75009 Paris, Metro: Opera

    Friday, 8 April 2016

    8:30pm - 11:00pm

    WICE discounted ticket price from 55 per person 

    Theatre in Paris welcomes WICE members to a spectacular performance of the popular comedic play “The Lie” with English surtitles. The performance will be held at the Edouard VII Theatre, named after King Edward VII of Great Britain, a lover of the French arts, who wished to strengthen Anglo-French relations.

    The discounted ticket price includes a pre-performance talk about the history of the theatre, the plot and the actors plus a complimentary glass of wine.

    Please note: Tickets are purchased through Theatre in Paris (see link below) using the discount code provided with the WICE registration confirmation email. To ensure optimal seating at the discounted price, tickets must be purchased by 8 February.

    What are English surtitles?

    A translation of a libretto or other text projected onto a screen above the stage during a performance. 

    The Story

    The Lie is a popular comedy that debuted in Paris in September 2015.  Alice (Evelyne Bouix) has spotted her friend’s husband with another woman and is faced with an agonizing dilemma: should she tell her friend what she saw, or not?  Her husband Paul (Pierre Arditi) tries to convince her that she should hide the truth.  The concept of the truth becomes highly confused, leading many audience members to exit the theatre deep in conversation as to what really happened.

    The Playwright and Actors

    The Lie is written by the young and highly talented author Florian Zeller and directed by the renowned Bernard Murat. Adding to his already impressive repertoire, Zeller has also written The Father, which is currently playing at London’s Wyndham theatre.  The acting in The Lie is top quality, featuring Pierre Arditi, a César award winning actor.  The play also stars Evelyne Bouix, Arditi’s wife, both in real life and on-stage.

    For more information on The Lie go to http://www.theatreinparis.com/the-lie.html

    The Host

    Theatre in Paris  The French love going to the theater; now you can go with them, thanks to Theatre In Paris' exclusive English surtitling system. 

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    • 20 Apr 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private Residence, rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75009 Paris; Métro: Bonne Nouvelle - exit Bonne Nouvelle
    • 2
    Wednesday, 20 April 2016
    Cost: €55

    Spring lamb is a favorite in France. So is the spicy cuisine of North Africa, the favorite ethnic cuisine of the French.  

    A homemade lamb tagine Chef Randall has developed his personal version over the past 30 years. The recipe is a mixture of Moroccan elements of fragrant spices, roasted red peppers and hot pepper, preserved lemon and a Persian touch of roasted eggplant added near the end of cooking.satisfies most every taste and delights with its combination of spices.

    For dessert, we will learn how to make a classic French favorite: Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce. 

    These ice cream-filled, airy
    puffs and the sauce can both be made days ahead. They are great as a last-minute dessert!
     

    Check out the classic French cooking techniques you will learn in this class: 

    • How to cut and saute lamb shoulder
    • How to make lamb stew
    • How to grill vegetables
    • How to make and bake choux pastry
    • How to make hot chocolate sauce

    About the Instructor

    Chef Randall Price will share with us his passion for French cuisine, drawing on his 25 years of experience cooking in France for heads of state and working as Chef-Instructor at the professional Paris cooking school, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne.  His entertaining style, easy-to-follow demonstrations and focus on classic French techniques will inspire you to reproduce these authentic French dishes at home. 


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    • 20 Apr 2016
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 8

    Wednesday, 20 April 2016

    Free Event

    What do most people associate with the word “Paris”? 

    Love and Food, of course!  If food is your thing, you will certainly want to hear about both the history and the stories concerning the famous cooking school, Le Cordon Bleu, which was founded in Paris in 1895. Le Cordon Bleu is now internationally known across 20 countries, with 50 schools which host 20,000 students annually, all psyched to learn French cooking from a dynamic team of Chef Instructors dedicated to disseminating their culinary savoir faire. Thanks to Sandra Messier -- for 14 years a key figure in the school -- you will hear about these stars of the stove, the glamorous people who have attended, and how the culinary world has evolved in recent years due to the profession’s media coverage.


    About the Instructor

    Marketing and Communications Manager at Le Cordon Bleu, Lima-born Sandra Messier has always worked in luxury tourism and hotel and restaurant management – for 12 years in the U.S. and since 2000 in Paris.  Her main missions at the school now include the coordination of campaigns to launch new culinary arts and hospitality programs, which, along with her press and public relations activities, contribute to furthering the worldwide reputation of Le Cordon Bleu.

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    • 21 Apr 2016
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • meet at 2:45pm at 15 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris, metro Line 9, station Alma-Marceau, Line 1, station Franklin Roosevelt
    • 10
    Thursday, 21 April 2016
    Cost: €18

    Opened in 1913, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
    is without doubt one of the most beautiful performing venues in Paris. This listed building houses in reality three theaters – Le Grand Théâtre is home to opera, dance, symphony concerts and recitals, while the more intimate settings of La Comédie and Le Studio host repertory theater.  This art deco style building was designed by a daring group of artists: the architects Van de Velde and the Perret Brothers, the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle who carved Isodora Duncan among others in the bas-reliefs on the facade, the painters Maurice Denis and Edouard Vuillard and René Lalique who designed the lights. The artistic adventure of the theater was marked throughout the century by the presence of prestigious composers, conductors, dancers and singers. This theater remains noted for the “scandal” of the first performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes whose music and choreography were shocking at that time.

    Instructor
    Guide to be provided by the Théâtre des Champs Elysées.


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    • 03 May 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 24 May 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • Location details will be sent 24 hrs before the start of class.
    • 4
    Tuesdays 3, 10, 17 and 24 May 2016
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Cost: €165

    This course is aimed at photo enthusiasts who want to develop their artistic sensitivity and explore fine art photography.

    During the workshop, you will study the photographic narrative, concept, style, and purpose of your personal work. Students will analyze their own images and also review new trends in contemporary photography, without forgetting about the great photography masters.

    Students can expect to:

    • learn about fine art photography
    • gain the necessary tools to develop their work
    • critique their own work
    Course requirements
    • Participants are to bring a camera that can manually set ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.
    • Suitable for advanced levels of photographers.
    About the instructor

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Masters in Contemporary Photography. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate about photography, Juan Manual works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, reportage and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.

    Image Credit: © Juan Manuel Abellán

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    • 09 May 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 30 May 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • Meeting details sent via email before each class
    • 8

    Mondays, 9, 16, 23 and 30 May (4 sessions)

    10:00am - 1:00pm

    Cost: €180


    Paris is a city made for exploration and discovery. No matter how many days, months, or years you have been here, there are always new subjects to discover and secrets to unearth in every part of Paris.


    In this course we will practice, practice, practice the art and technique of photography by exploring the city, from the known to the unknown, from lively quartiers to tranquil corners, from traditional Paris to the 21st century. Join us as we discover the real Paris via our own personal artistic perspective.


    Each class will start in a café of the chosen quartier to discuss the photo lessons of the session. You’ll explore the area on a mission to really see the light, colors, characters, details, lines, forms, and shapes. You’ll get hands-on practice with your camera and have your questions answered on the spot. At the end of each class, you’ll review the images from the previous week’s expedition to learn from the successes and challenges.

    Students can expect to:

    • Become more familiar with their camera

    • Learn about exposure, composition, and how to engage their subjects

    • Have their technical questions answered directly

    • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work


    Course Requirements

    • Suitable for all levels of photographers


    About the Instructor

    Meredith Mullins is a popular photo instructor and fine-art photography mentor, an internationally exhibited photographer, and a winner of international photography competitions, including the Grand Concours Photo sur Paris, PX3 Competition, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, and Worldwide Gala Photo Awards. She is the author of the award-winning book In a Paris Moment and the Director and Co-Founder of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

    Photo Credit: Pamela Fickes-Miller

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    • 10 May 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • 14 Jun 2016
    • 4:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75015 Paris; Metro: Balard
    • 15

    Tuesdays,  10, 17, 24, 31 May, and 7, 14 June 2016
    2:00pm - 4:30pm
    Cost: €240 

    Pro-rata option also available: €48 per session

    Paris is a fabulous place to study painting.  This class draws on the riches of the Orsay Museum and the Centre Pompidou to inspire and instruct a variety of painting approaches and techniques.  Gauguin’s luminous color, Cezanne’s brush stroke, and the spatial twists and turns of a Braque still life are a few examples.  Painting enhances your understanding of color and composition. It solicits your imagination as it engages you with the beauty of the world around you.

    Exercises will include:

    • Observing and painting color from nature
    • Mixing pigments to achieve harmonious color compositions
    • Rendering light and shade, adding color with transparent glazes
    • Studies from paintings on display in Paris galleries and museums
    • Exploring paint and color as a form of self-expression

    This course is designed for those who:

    • Enjoy color and want to learn more about how it works
    • Appreciate paintings and want to understand color and composition
    • Seek a creative experience in a supportive group atmosphere
    • Wish to enhance their visual perception
    Click here to see samples of Jan's student's work.

    Course requirements

    No experience in drawing is necessary; just bring your curiosity and willingness to experiment.  Acrylic paints and paper are supplied.  A list of other materials and the addresses of Paris art supply stores will be offered at the first class meeting.

    About the instructor

    Prior to settling in Paris, Jan Olsson was awarded the Professional Fellowship in Painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Her paintings have been exhibited in Paris’ most competitive juried exhibitions and are included in both private and museum collections.  Visit her professional website and teaching blog.

    Image credit: Jan Olsson

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    • 11 May 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 15 Jun 2016
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75015 Paris; Metro: Balard
    • 15
    Wednesdays,  11, 18, 25 May, and 1, 8, 15 June 2016
    10:00am - 12:30pm
    Cost: €240 

    Pro-rata option also available: €48 per session

    This class meets weekly in Jan Olsson’s Paris art studio. It is designed for:

    • Beginners who would like to learn to draw, but find it hard to start
    • Those with experience who wish to refresh their drawing skills
    • Anyone wishing to enhance their perceptual skills
    • Students who desire the structure and inspiration of weekly sessions
    • Those who would benefit from the guidance of an experienced teacher
    • Those who enjoy practicing in a group

    When you draw you learn to see.  The world unfolds before your eyes, one page and one mark at a time.  In this drawing studio, every experience is as fun as it is challenging.  Through attentive observation, engaged imagination, and practical study from samples of contemporary and traditional artists' drawings, students learn a wide variety of approaches and techniques. These include:

    • Line drawings in pencil or pen from botanical subjects
    • Rendering light and shadow in charcoal
    • Creating depth and volume with pen and ink wash
    • Composing a composition from a still life or photograph
    • Creating texture with combined media
    • Drawing with colored pencils and chalk pastels
    • Figure drawing and portraiture from a live model
    Click here to see samples of Jan's student's work.

    Course Requirements

    This class is suitable for all levels.  Specialty papers and drawing ink are provided.  A supply list and addresses of Paris art supply stores will be provided at the first class meeting. The date for the class utilizing a model will be provided at the first class meeting as well.

    About the Instructor
    Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing. Since her tenure at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Jan has specialized in continuing studio arts education for adults.  Visit her
    professional website and teaching blog.

    Image credit: Jan Olsson

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    • 12 May 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 19 May 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • Artist's studio, 75004 Paris; Métro: Pont Marie, Hôtel de Ville
    • 10

    Thursdays, 12 and 19 May, 2016 (two sessions) 

    10 AM - 1 PM

    Cost: 90  


    It's fun to think about how you would you portray yourself in a self-portrait. (We're talking more than a selfie here.) Would you show your whole body or just a part. Would you use props or places that have meaning for you? Would you dress a certain way or play with interesting disguises? Would you show inanimate objects that represent you, rather than your living, breathing self?  What is the best way to show who you really are?


    This course will inspire self-discovery, provide new and useful technical tools, and offer fun hands-on ways of creating the photographic self-portrait. (After all, your subject is always available.) We'll study the art of the self-timer, lighting, costume and set design, light painting, multiple exposure, collage techniques, and layering in Photoshop.


    Students can expect to:

    • become more familiar with their camera

    • learn about exposure, composition, lighting, collage, and simple Photoshop tools

    • have their technical questions answered directly

    • participate in a friendly critique session of their work


    Course Requirements


    • Suitable for all levels of photographers


    About the Instructor

    Meredith Mullins is a popular photo instructor and fine-art photography mentor, an internationally exhibited photographer, and a winner of international photography competitions, including the Grand Concours Photo sur Paris, PX3 Competition, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, and Worldwide Gala Photo Awards. She is the author of the award-winning book In a Paris Moment and the Director and Co-Founder of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

    Photo Credit: Joanna Crettenand

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    • 18 May 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private Residence, rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75009 Paris; Métro: Bonne Nouvelle
    • 4
    Wednesday, 18 May 2016
    Cost: €55

    We are getting ready for warmer weather and that means lighter dishes. 

    This class features how to roast thick fillets. This makes for a lovely presentation for entertaining.  Next, you will learn how to make a delicious sauce using white wine, cream and the roasting juices.of firmwhite-flesh fish.  The fillets will be wrapped in thinly-sliced bacon and then roasted.  Yes, you read that right!  Roasted fish!

    Our dessert is the classic French Lemon Tart with a special twist.  Learn how to whip white chocolate ganache for that perfect finish.  

    Check out the classic French cooking techniques you will learn in this class:

    • How to lard and tie a roast
    • How to make a pan sauce
    • How to make tart pastry
    • How to make lemon custard
    • How to whip ganache for decoration

    About the Instructor

    Chef Randall Price will share with us his passion for French cuisine, drawing on his 25 years of experience cooking in France for heads of state and working as Chef-Instructor at the professional Paris cooking school, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne.  His entertaining style, easy-to-follow demonstrations and focus on classic French techniques will inspire you to reproduce these authentic French dishes at home. 

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    • 18 May 2016
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 14

    Wednesday, 18 May 2016             

    Free Event

    “Once upon a time, there was a Belgian princess.” 

    That sentence may summon up the vision of an elegant chateau and a lavish lifestyle, but this princess forsook her worldly life in the late ‘60s  for a lonely little farm which she populated with dogs, cats, goats, ferrets, the odd iguana, pig or donkey – even snakes – all abandoned, mistreated, or orphaned through an owner’s death.  Though the generous princess has left us, her legacy, the Refuge of Thiernay near Nevers in central France, lives on.  There, some 120 animals find shelter, affection, veterinary services, dedicated volunteers, and in many cases, even adoptive families. Managing all this as well as dealings with social services and the justice system is Amelia Tarzi – a professional interpreter whose languages now include barks, meows, whinnies and braying. Come hear how she fields both the routine and the extraordinary at this admirable animal refuge.

    If enough people are interested, WICE will organize a day trip to the refuge and its surroundings. Call the WICE Office for details.

    About the Instructor

    Though a member of both the New York and the English bars, lawyer and conference interpreter Amelia Tarzi has long been an activist for animals.  Starting with board membership for the Geneva S.P.A in the ‘80s, she was also a government inspector for farm and research-exploited animals there, and in the ‘90s became Vice-President of the A.S.P.C.A, in the U.S.A.  In 2011 she assumed the presidency of the Refuge de Thiernay, yet still participates actively in animal protection organizations in both Geneva and Nice.

    With animal protection measures now more than ever before making headlines, Amelia is the perfect person to tell us the latest.

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    • 20 May 2016
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Meet at 10:20 am at the entrance of Metro Pont Marie (Line 7)

    Friday, 20 May 2016                                               10:30am - 01:30pm
    Cost: €25

    A walk to enjoy the essence of Paris on the two islands.

    First, the magical Ile St Louis, with its elegant architecture and aristocratic mansions.  This island was a favourite with artists and writers in the 19th century and the lost generation of the 1920s who all savoured its old world charm.  It now has many restaurants, pretty boutiques and the famous Berthillon ice creams.

    We then cross to Ile de la Cité to look at the architecture and sculptures of Notre Dame Cathedral, the history of the island where Paris was first founded.  We will explore some picturesque old streets and the hear how Paris developed into the majestic city of today, and see the poignant memorial to those who were deported during the Occupation.

    About the Instructor: Brad Newfield. Highly experienced walking guide in Paris.

    Please come prepared for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

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    • 21 May 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75015 Paris; Metro: Porte de Versailles
    • 15

    Saturday, 21 May 2016

    11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Cost: €100

    Come and join Jan in the beautiful historic site known as La Ruche for a Saturday full of fun and surprises.  Learn the basics of printmaking through a simple and popular technique known as the 'monotype'.

    Making a monotype print involves no toxic materials or laborious technique.  As its name suggests, a monotype is a one-of-a-kind print.  Rather than carving or etching, a monotype is made by painting with ink on a smooth surface. Degas loved its ease and used it to create strong atmospheric light and bold textures.  Contemporary artists are drawn to it for its immediacy.  One can make a print in just a few minutes with almost no technical skill, and some of the monotype techniques do not require a press.  One needn’t know how to draw or paint to make monotypes.  Stamping, stenciling and collage can be used to create a myriad of beautiful effects. Click here to see a sampling of Jan Olsson’s student prints and to learn more about the medium.

    This class is perfect for:

    • Anyone who would enjoy having a new experience in creativity
    • Working WICE members who would enjoy relaxing and creating on a Saturday
    • Artists of all kinds who want to learn and practice new techniques
    • Former students of Jan’s printmaking workshops who would like to continue
    • Those who enjoy sharing a creative learning process within a small, convivial group
    Click here to see samples of Jan's student's work.

    Course requirements
    No skills and no previous knowledge of the medium is necessary.  This workshop is open to all levels, artists and non-artists alike, and may be repeated by anyone wishing to continue exploring the process.

    Materials: All materials will be provided for this full-day course.

    About the instructor

    Jan Olsson has been working in her studio at La Ruche since 1990.  While studying for her Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing, Jan also studied etching, lithography and silkscreen printing, and has since taught advanced printmaking courses at college level.  Shortly after she purchased and installed an etching press at La Ruche, Jan began working with monotype prints, one of her favorite mediums. Visit her professional website for examples of her work.

    Image credit: Jan Olsson


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    • 24 May 2016
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • meet at 2:15pm at 2, rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris. Metro: Solférino (line 12) or RER C Musée d'Orsay
    • 14

    Tuesday, 24 May 2016                                                  2:30 - 4.00pm
    Cost: €19

    Located in the 7th arrondissement, the Musée de la Légion d’Honneur is housed in an elegant neoclassical mansion, the Hôtel de Salm.  This Hôtel was built in 1782 by architect Pierre Rousseau for Frederick III, Prince of Salm-Kyrburg.  It was burned in 1871 during the Paris Commune and subsequently restored by subscription of medalists.  Since 1804 this building has been the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur and the seat of France's highest honors: the Légion d'honneur (1802) created by First Consul Bonaparte, the Médaille militaire (1852), and the Ordre national du Mérite (1963).

    The current museum was created in 1925.  It displays a history of France's honors, medals, decorations and knightly orders from Louis XI to the present, including Napoleonic souvenirs and more than 300 portraits.  A special section is also dedicated to foreign orders.

    Please join us on a guided tour and discover this exceptional collection of military and civil decorations and orders from France and overseas.

    About the Guide

    Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes was involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before returning to Art History studies.  She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.  She also coordinates several tours all over Europe.

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    • 26 May 2016
    • 2:30 PM
    • 23 Jun 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15

    Thursdays,  26 May, and 2, 9, 16, 23 June 2016
    2:30pm - 5:00pm
    Cost: €185 
    Pro-rata option also available:
     €40 per session

    Come out and enjoy Paris in the spring and learn or practice drawing skills while you create a one-of-a-kind visual journal of your experience. This is not only a drawing class, although drawing will be our focus during group outings. You’ll also be invited to collage photographs, ticket stubs, postcards, decorative papers, poetry, quotations, notes … you name it ... on to the pages of your sketchbook to create your own carnet de voyage. For samples of student pages from prior classes similar to this one, please click here.

    This class is designed for:

    • Anyone who enjoys sightseeing in Paris and would like to record that experience
    • Those who would like to draw outdoors with a group and receive instruction in drawing
    • Anyone who may already be keeping a sketchbook or journal and would like to enhance that activity with new, creative ideas
    • Writers or journalists wishing to add a visual element to their work

    Class sessions will include:

    • Visits to Paris parks and other locations of interest including Parc Monceau, Jardin de Luxembourg, Quais de la Seine and Tuileries
    • A group café discussion at the end of each class meeting
    • Last class meeting in the artist’s studio to complete pages and share (guests welcome to join us for 5 o’clock tea!)
    Click here to see samples of Jan's student's work.

    Course requirements

    This class is open to all. Only the desire to create and a sense of adventure are required.

    About the instructor

    Prior to settling in Paris, Jan Olsson was awarded the Professional Fellowship in Painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Her paintings have been exhibited in Paris’ most competitive juried exhibitions and are included in both private and museum collections. Visit her professional website and teaching blog.

    Image credit: Jan Olsson

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    • 27 May 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private residence, 75116 Paris; Métro: Boissière
    • 15

    Friday, May 27 2016
    7:30–10:00 pm
    65 euros


    When any kind of festivities approach, the bubbles are never far. "I am tasting the stars," said Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon, one of the true pioneers in the making of champagne. And we taste the stars too.

    Champagne. What are the stories behind the "grandes maisons?" Why do they taste so different? What is the champagne-making process? Where do the bubbles come from?

    Join us and celebrate as we taste different champagnes, followed by gourmet sweet and savory plates, finding out exactly why this region gives France its good name.

    Instructor: lène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of the Bordeaux area. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French “savoir-vivre.” She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
    • 03 Jun 2016
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • meet at 02.15 PM. Meeting point to be announced.
    • 19

    Friday, 3 June 2016                                                  
    Cost: €26

    Located in Rueil
    Malmaison, in the western suburb of Paris, the chateau was built in the 17th century.  It was the residence of Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte and became the headquarters of the French government from 1800-1802.  After Napoleon divorced Josephine in 1809 for not bearing a son, she continued to live in this castle until her death in 1814.

    The public rooms and the Emperor's study have been restored to their original 17th-century splendor.  We will see original furniture, busts of the Napoleon family, portraits of Josephine and Napoleon in their happier days, and the famous Napoleon Crossing the
    Alps by Jacques-Louis David.

    We will experience the grandeur of Josephine's incredible bedroom, bathroom and dressing rooms, as well as seeing her wardrobe of robes and gowns.

    With our guide, Catherine, enjoy a visit to this exquisite private country residence, where we will hear about the important political decisions made by Napoleon, including the Civil Code and the Legion of Honour.

    About the Guide

    Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes was involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before returning to Art History studies.  She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.  She also coordinates several tours all over Europe.


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    • 06 Jun 2016
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Meet at 10:20 am at metro station Abbesses

    Monday, 6 June 2016
    Cost: €25

    On this picturesque walk, you will discover a neighborhood that has a different flavor from the rest of Paris and was a favorite for the artists of the late-19th and early 20th-centuries.  You will see the old winding streets, the vineyard, the artists' studios (Renoir, Lautrec, Van Gogh, Picasso), the quiet gardens, the famous Lapin Agile cabaret, the place du Tertre with its street artists and portrait sketchers, the Sacré Coeur Basilica and a stunning view over the city.  Meet at metro Abbesses (use the elevator to get to street level, the station is deep!).

    Please come prepared for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. 

    Instructor: Brad Newfield. Highly experienced walking guide in Paris. 

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    • 07 Jun 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Paris 17th arrondissement; exact location will be sent prior to the start of class.
    • 5

    Tuesday 7 June 2016

    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Cost: €55

    Tired of accumulating millions of pictures that get lost in hard drives or external discs ? Learn how to create a personal photo book, organizing your archives in a creative and interesting way.

    Creating a photo book is not only about making an album, it's also about telling a story. It means thinking about the layout, how to put the pictures together and how to harmonize them.  It's also about selecting the pictures; it's very important to tell a coherent story throughout.

    Other questions to consider include: how to print the images? Whether to make the book by your own hands or order it through the net?  And in the event you want to publish the book as an artist, how best to publish it?  Through an editor or self-publish?

    Family album or artist book, the photo book is an essential tool for preserving and showing our photographs.  This course is an easy introduction to the photo book world and the beauty of telling stories with images.

    Students can expect to:

    • learn the basics of photo book creation
    • learn about various publication options
    • work on developing their own photo book during class

    Course Requirements

    • Students are requested to bring a laptop to class.
    • Suitable for all levels of photographers

    About the instructor

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Masters in Contemporary Photography. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate in photography, Juan Manual works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, reportage and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.

    Image Credit: © Juan Manuel Abellán

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    • 12 Jun 2016
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • TBD near Memorial de la Shoah, 17 rue Geoffroy L'Asnier, 75004 Paris
    • 12

    Sunday, 12 June 2016
    3:00pm Memorial de la Shoah for a free guided tour (optional)
    5:00pm Café location TBD day of event

    “In exile, the café is the one place where life goes on.”

    Hermann Kesten wrote this about his exile to Sanary-sur-Mer, France in the 1930s.  Many German and Austrian writers fled here during the rise of Nazism. These included Bertold Brecht, Thomas Mann, Lion Feuchtwanger and Stefan Zweig, among others.  We will focus our Paris café talk on the lives and writings of a few of these intellectuals in exile in Sanary.

    We will also turn our attention to Marseille and an American man named Varian Fry. During a 13-month period from 1940 to 1941, Fry and a small group of volunteers arranged for the illegal, and sometimes very dramatic, escapes of artists and intellectuals to the United States. 

    The Memorial de la Shoah is a museum and memorial dedicated to helping visitors better understand the genocide of Jews during World War II. If you wish to visit the Holocaust memorial before the talk, there is a free guided tour in English for individuals from 3:00pm - 4:30pm.

    Photos courtesy of Memorial de la Shoah

    Visit coordinator: Wendy Dubreuil is a true Francophile, married to a French man.  She holds a BA in French and a MA in International Communication from the School of International Service, American University, Washington DC and has extensive international experience, including work with the U.N.

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    • 14 Jun 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Location details will be sent 24 hrs before the start of class.
    • 8
    Tuesday, 14 June 2016

    10 AM - 2 PM

    Cost: €55

    If you enjoy everyday life stories, ordinary people, and still life, this workshop is for you. We are surrounded by beauty at every instant, and you will learn how to capture these moments and transform them into poetic images.

    You will learn to be aware of your surroundings and keep a lookout for moments while walking on the street, through a market, or in a crowd during a day of national celebration. You will train your eye while learning about the photos of great masters, such as Robert Doisneau, Saul Leiter and Martin Parr.

    Students can expect to:

    • learn about composition in photography
    • develop observational skills to catch a moment in a photograph
    • get hands-on experience through practical assignments.

    Course Requirements

    • Suitable for all levels of photographers
    About the instructor

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Masters in Contemporary Photography. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate about photography, Juan Manual works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, reportage and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.

    Image Credit: © Juan Manuel Abellán

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    • 21 Jun 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Photography studio; exact location will be sent prior to the start of class.
    • 5

    Tuesday, 21 June 2016

    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Cost: €85

    A beautiful portrait can give us insight into the expression, personality, and mood of a subject. The focus is usually on the face but context and background can be included.

    This course offers participants a special opportunity to learn about studio portrait photography. Not only will you get practical advice on lighting using umbrellas, soft boxes and reflectors, you'll also learn how to direct a model and posing techniques. A review and suggestions for your images will follow.

    Students can expect to:

    • learn the keys to portrait photography
    • learn about studio lighting techniques
    • get hands-on experience with practical assignments
    • participate in a friendly critique of their work.

    Course Requirements

    • A camera that can be set in manual mode
    • Space is limited; sign up early to avoid disappointment

    About the instructor

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Masters in Contemporary Photography. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate in photography, Juan Manual works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, reportage and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.

    Image Credit: © Juan Manuel Abellán

    • 25 Jun 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75015 Paris; Metro: Porte de Versailles
    • 15

    Saturday, 25 June 2016

    11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

    Cost: €100 

    Come and join Jan in the beautiful historic site known as La Ruche for a Saturday full of fun and surprises. Learn the basics of printmaking through a simple and popular technique known as the 'monotype'.

    Making a monotype print involves no toxic materials or laborious technique. As its name suggests, a monotype is a one-of-a-kind print. Rather than carving or etching, a monotype is made by painting with ink on a smooth surface. Degas loved its ease and used it to create strong atmospheric light and bold textures. Contemporary artists are drawn to it for its immediacy. One can make a print in just a few minutes with almost no technical skill, and some of the monotype techniques do not require a press. One needn’t know how to draw or paint to make monotypes. Stamping, stenciling and collage can be used to create a myriad of beautiful effects. Click here to see a sampling of Jan Olsson’s student prints and to learn more about the medium.

    This class is perfect for:

    • Anyone who would enjoy having a new experience in creativity
    • Working WICE members who would enjoy relaxing and creating on a Saturday
    • Artists of all kinds who want to learn and practice new techniques
    • Former students of Jan’s printmaking workshops who would like to continue
    • Those who enjoy sharing a creative learning process within a small, convivial group
    Click here to see samples of Jan's student's work.

    Course requirements

    No skills and no previous knowledge of the medium is necessary. This workshop is open to all levels, artists and non-artists alike, and may be repeated by anyone wishing to continue exploring the process.

    Materials: All materials will be provided for this full-day course.

    About the instructor

    Jan Olsson has been working in her studio at La Ruche since 1990. While studying for her Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing, Jan also studied etching, lithography and silkscreen printing, and has since taught advanced printmaking courses at college level. Shortly after she purchased and installed an etching press at La Ruche, Jan began working with monotype prints, one of her favorite mediums. You may visit her professional website for examples of her work.

    Image credit: Jan Olsson


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    • 27 Jun 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 01 Jul 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • Left bank, Paris
    • 11
    Monday, 27 June - Friday, 1 July 2016
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Instructor: Nahid Rachlin


    Whether you're a beginner or an advanced writer, the challenge in this course will be to hone your skills for writing a novella and/or short story, from brainstorming to writing to editing.  This will be done through discussions of character, voice, point of view, structure and other craft elements.  We will comment on the pieces you hand in as well as on in-class writing exercises.

    We will study two published short stories, one by William Trevor and another by Alice Munro.  We will recall the great novellas like Breakfast at Tiffany's, the Old Man and the Sea, Of Mice and Men and The Third Man.  The aim is to get your story to the point that it is as good as it can be.

    Requirements: Submit a 10-20 page draft of your work by Friday, 31 May 2016. See the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of the Paris Writers' Workshop website for more details.

    This course is a part of Paris Writers' Workshop, a week-long program that includes a mandatory Registration Reception on Sunday, 26 June 2016.  For more information about the program, please visit www.pariswritersworkshop.org.
    Optional
    Agent Consultation: Your registration automatically entitles you to a one-on-one consultation with your workshop faculty member.  However, if you wish to have a one-on-one consultation with a literary agent, please register for that separately (PWU301 Literary Agent Consultation).  Agent consultations are 60 euros for PWW participants.

    Literary Dinner: If you would like to attend the literary dinner, please register for that separately as well (PWL012 Literary Dinner). Dinner rates for PWW participants and their guests are 50 euros per person.

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    • 27 Jun 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 01 Jul 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • Left bank, Paris
    • 10
    Monday, 27 June - Friday, 1 July 2016
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Instructor Michelle Huneven

    Michelle HunevenAt their best, memoirs, personal essays, and other forms of creative non-fiction are a compelling mix of keen observation, vivid expression, and clarity of thought.  In this workshop, we will develop our individual voices, address ways to research and report our subjects, and explore the use of literary techniques to create non-fiction that is lively, evocative, meaningful, and deeply true.  We will discuss dialogue, narration, sentences, structuring strategies, and other elements of craft as they arise in the work we’re reading.  

    Requirements: Submit a 10-20 page draft of your work by Friday, 31 May 2016.  See the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of the Paris Writers' Workshop website for more details.

    This course is a part of Paris Writers' Workshop, a week-long program that includes a mandatory Registration Reception on Sunday, 26 June 2016. For more information about the program, please visit www.pariswritersworkshop.org.
    Optional

    Agent Consultation: Your registration automatically entitles you to a one-on-one consultation with your workshop faculty member. However, if you wish to have a one-on-one consultation with a literary agent, please register for that separately (PWU301 Literary Agent Consultation). Agent consultations are 60 euros for PWW participants.

    Literary Dinner: If you would like to attend the literary dinner, please register for that separately as well (PWL012 Literary Dinner). Dinner rates for PWW participants and their guests are 50 euros per person.
    • 27 Jun 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 01 Jul 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • Left bank, Paris
    • 1
    Monday, 27 June - Friday, 1 July 2016
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Instructor: Ayana Mathis

    Ayana Mathis (c) Elena Seibert
    Writers are urged (relentlessly) to "find their voices"-- a frustrating bit of advice if ever there was one. Voice is among the most elusive of craft terms.  What is it exactly?  Of what does it consist?  How does one go about developing it?  Certainly voice includes style, but that is so unique and organic to each writer that it only further confuses the issue.  This workshop will dismantle voice into practical (and comprehensible) elements as they relate to longer fiction: narration (point of view), character development and theme.  We'll also discuss the ways in which voice is supported, or stymied, by structure.  To aid in our exploration the seminar will include short readings, as relevant, by Marilynne Robinson, Edward P. Jones and Marlon James among others.

    Requirements: Submit a 15-25 page draft of your work by Friday, 31 May 2016. See the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of the Paris Writers' Workshop website for more details.

    This course is a part of Paris Writers' Workshop, a week-long program that includes a mandatory Registration Reception on Sunday, 26 June 2016. For more information about the program, please visit www.pariswritersworkshop.org.
    Optional

    Agent Consultation: Your registration automatically entitles you to a one-on-one consultation with your workshop faculty member.  However, if you wish to have a one-on-one consultation with a literary agent, please register for that separately (PWU301 Literary Agent Consultation).  Agent consultations are 60 euros for PWW participants.

    Literary Dinner: If you would like to attend the literary dinner, please register for that separately as well (PWL012 Literary Dinner).  Dinner rates for PWW participants and their guests are 50 euros per person.

    Image: Ayana Mathis (c) Elena Seibert
    • 27 Jun 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 01 Jul 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • Left bank, Paris
    • 12
    Monday, 27 June - Friday, 1 July 2016
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm 
    Instructor: Marilyn Hacker

    This course will explore the possibilities of meter in English poetry, from iambic pentameter to quantitative meters (alcaics and sapphics, for example)  to syllabic forms.

    Requirements: Submit 5-10 poems, totaling no more than 10 pages, by Friday, 31 May 2016.  See the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of the Paris Writers' Workshop website for more details.

    This course is a part of Paris Writers' Workshop, a week-long program that includes a mandatory Registration Reception on Sunday, 26 June. For more information about the program, please visit www.pariswritersworkshop.org.
    Optional

    Agent Consultation: Your registration automatically entitles you to a one-on-one consultation with your workshop faculty member. However, if you wish to have a one-on-one consultation with a literary agent, please register for that separately (PWU301 Literary Agent Consultation).  Agent consultations are 60 euros for PWW participants.

    Literary Dinner: If you would like to attend the literary dinner, please register for that separately as well (PWL012 Literary Dinner).  Dinner rates for participants and their guests are 50 euros per person.
    • 30 Jun 2016
    • 01 Jul 2016
    • Left bank, Paris
    Thursday, 30 June and Friday, 1 July 2016
    Cost: 60

    In the traditional publishing world, an agent is essential to having your work read by editors and publishers.  Paris Writers' Workshop offers a unique opportunity to meet with an agent and present your work.  Take advantage of this consultation to find out what your manuscript needs to get noticed and what publishing opportunities might be available to you.

    You must pre-register: Your 15-minute consultation appointment time will be provided upon your arrival on 26 June 2016.  Consultation times vary by participant but will occur sometime Thursday, 30 June or Friday, 1 July 2016.

    Manuscript Submission: Instructions for manuscript submission will be provided after registration confirmation.

    Requirements: Due to a limited number of consultation meeting times, we
    are only accepting registrations from those who have already registered for a PWW workshop.  If spaces are available, we will open the registration to the public in June for a fee of €100.

    Cancellation Policy: For cancellations made before 27 May 2016 your fee will be refunded in full.  No refunds will apply to cancellations made after this date.

    Photo: © Alastair Arthur

    • 01 Jul 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Left Bank, Paris
    Friday, 1 July 2016  
    7:30pm - 10:00pm
    Cost: €50

    The closing dinner on the last evening has become a feature of the Paris Writers' Workshop - a chance to relax with new friends, talk further with the faculty and presenters, and unwind after the pressures of the week.

    Join us for this great opportunity to socialize with new and published authors.

    The dinner will be held at a traditional French brasserie, to be announced shortly.

    Bon Appétit!

    All WICE Members and Paris Writers' Workshop participants are welcome to attend.

    Photo: Dana Voss

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