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    • 29 Sep 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 22 Jun 2015
    • 5:30 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 5

    Mondays from 16:00 to 17:30, from 29 September 2014 to 22 June 2015. No class during French school vacations and official public holidays.

    Guided Discussion in French

    This French Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a 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

    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.

    • 29 Sep 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • 22 Jun 2015
    • 7:30 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro: La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 2
    Mondays 29 September 2014 to 22 June 2015.  No class during school holidays and all official French vacations.

    This class is for the 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. 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 an experienced teacher holding both the Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (CTEFLA) and a degree of English Solicitor. For the past ten 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 theatre 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.

    • 30 Sep 2014
    • 11:30 AM
    • 25 Jun 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 1
    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 30 September 2014 to 25 June 2015. No classes during school holidays and all official French vacations

    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 twenty 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.

    Please note that French 2 and 2b are classes of the same level.
    • 30 Sep 2014
    • 1:30 PM
    • 23 Jun 2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 8
    Tuesdays, September 30 2014 to June 25 2015; no class during French school vacations and official public holidays.

    This intermediate 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 twenty 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 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • 24 Jun 2015
    • 2:30 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 2
    Wednesdays from 1 October 2014 to 24 June 2015. No class during school vacations and all official French 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), Irene Falcon, Gladys Clamou, Francisca Valenzuela
     
    Important: Before signing up for a course please read the How to Enroll instructions and take the appropriate placement test found therein.

    • 01 Oct 2014
    • 4:30 PM
    • 24 Jun 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Wednesdays, from January to March 2015. No class during French school vacations and official public holidays.

    Guided Discussion in English

    This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a 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 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 et d'envoyer un e-mail à languages@wice-paris.org indiquant votre niveau d'anglais.

    Instructors:  Shirley Dixon, Stephanie Brackfield.

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

    • 02 Oct 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • 25 Jun 2015
    • 2:30 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro: La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    Held every Thursday from 1:00 to 2:30 pm

    No class during French school vacations and official public holidays.

    This German Guided discussion Group is open to people with an 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. 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

    • 07 Oct 2014
    • 10:00 AM
    • 19 Jun 2015
    • 11:30 AM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 3
    From 7 October 2014 to 19 June 2015, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:30. No classes during French school vacations and all official public holidays.

    The goal of this course is to give you the basics of communication in French that will help you in all your activities where French is needed, based on understanding French in practical, everyday situations. 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 twenty 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.


    • 05 Jan 2015
    • 7:30 PM
    • 02 Feb 2015
    • 9:30 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 8
    Mondays January 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb 2

    Course Description: 
    Offering a toolbox of skills for writers to polish their work to a publishable standard, this course comprises nuts and bolts editing of your work, querying industry professionals, walking through indie publishing, and promoting/marketing your book.

    Part II:

    • Building your platform: using social media, attending conferences, gaining readers and a fan base and getting noticed by people in the publishing industry; revisit your query letters.

    • The guts of publishing: metadata and why it's important, how to self-publish, the steps to publication.

    • Promoting and marketing your book (whether you self-pub or have a traditional publishing deal, the author does a lot of the grunt work of promo these days) e.g. book events, book trailer, book club reading guides, blog tours.

    • E-books, audio versions, serialization, iBooks (e-book enhanced with widgets) and further streams to publish/ promote the same work (creating a marketing funnel for your work.)

    • Genre-specific marketing: literary needs word of mouth/ awards, genre fiction works well with a trilogy or series, non-fiction expert books -- can you promote via conferences, do Ted talks (or equivalents of), can you create a wider experience (eg. Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project) where readers share how they've put a non-fiction book into practice, etc.

    Instructor: Lizzie Harwood Lizzie created a boutique editing and publishing services business at http://www.editordeluxe.com and has two books launching this year: Betty and Alabama: Collected Stories and Xamnesia, a novel. She’s been a part of the Paris writing community since 2001 and has a master’s degree in English Literature and Film Studies (1st class honors).

    • 03 Feb 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 31 Mar 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 13

    Tuesdays: 3 & 10 February; and 3, 10, 24 & 31 March 2015
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
    Cost: € 240
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    The focus of this course is on learning to see, engaging one's senses in the present moment to enjoy the process of drawing as it unfolds.

    Participants are guided through a nonjudgemental form of practice that is adaptable to their own level and easy to follow at home if desired. 

    This class is designed for:

    • Beginners who want to learn to draw but find it hard to start.
    • Anyone with experience who wants to refresh their drawing 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.

    Course requirements
    • This class is suitable for all levels. Sketch paper and drawing ink are provided. Instructions for choosing art supplies, including addresses of Paris art supply stores and a suggested list of additional materials will be offered at the first class meeting.
    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 website to view drawings, prints and paintings.

    Photo credit: Jan Olsson

    • 04 Feb 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 25 Mar 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 13

    Wednesdays: 4 & 11 February; and 4, 11, 18 & 25 March 2015
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
    Cost: € 240
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    This class invites you to enjoy painting with a small group in the convivial atmosphere of Jan Olsson's private studio. 

    Painting is a craft. It need not be intimidating but it does require patience and practice to master technique as you learn to express yourself. 

    Students can expect to:

    • Develop knowledge and skill in both watercolor and acrylic painting.
    • Benefit from the instruction of a practicing artist and experienced teacher.
    • Receive challenging assignments and constructive criticism.
    • Share their learning experience with a small, supportive group.
    This course is designed for:
    • Anyone who would like to try painting but finds it hard to begin.
    • Students who wish to improve their knowledge of color and composition.
    • Those who seek time for creativity and the structure of weekly classes.
    • Anyone who paints on their own but would like exposure to new challenges and supportive criticism of their work.
    Course requirements

    This class is suitable for all levels. Acrylic paints, mediums and gesso are supplied. Instructions for choosing art supplies, including addresses of Paris art supply stores and a suggested list of additional materials, 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 paintings.

    Photo credit: Michelle Bouley

    • 05 Feb 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 26 Mar 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 10

    Thursdays: 5 & 12 February; and 5, 12, 19 & 26 March 2015
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
    Cost: € 240
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    New for Spring! 

    The image of the human face or human body is a subject of universal appeal. Children take to it naturally, but for adults it can seem a daunting task. With instruction, time and practice, participants in this class will learn step-by-step how to approach this challenging and rewarding subject.

    Exercises will include:

    • Studies of master drawings
    • Visits to museums
    • Copies of anatomical illustrations
    • Basic drawing exercises to sharpen perception
    • Sessions with a live model
    This course would be a good choice for those who:
    • Have longed to be able to draw a portrait or figure.
    • Want the structure and stimulation of a group experience.
    • Would like to sharpen their observation skills.
    • Enjoy figure drawing and wish to practice with guidance from an instructor.
    Course requirements

    This class is open to all levels. The cost of registration covers models' fees. Museum tickets are not included. Students will be responsible for their own materials. A list with instructions, including addresses for 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 at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Jan has specialized in continuing studio arts education for adults. Her paintings, prints and drawings focus on the figure. She has taught beginning to graduate-level figure drawing at the university level. Visit Jan Olsson's website to see examples of her work.
     
    Photo credit: Debra Caldwell

    • 05 Feb 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • meet at 10.15AM at 293 Avenue Daumesnil 75012 Paris. Metro line 8.
    • 28

    Thursday, Febuary 5

    The Palais de la Porte Dorée, located on the edge of the Bois de Vincennes, was built for the World Colonial Fair of 1931. This art deco “gem” is classified as an historic monument.
    The collection is devoted to the history and culture of immigration to France, from the 19th century to the present. You will learn about where immigrants came from and why they chose France. The museum presents first hand stories of the hardships people experienced, as well as the items they deemed “precious” to bring with them to their “new life”.
    Do not miss this permanent exhibition that looks at why immigrants chose France, the problems they faced upon arrival, and the way sport, work, language, religion and culture can ease integration.
    Our guide Catherine will explain the role played by immigrants in economical development, social evolution, and the cultural activities of the country over 200 years of immigration.


    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.

    Deadline for registration: February 1

    • 05 Feb 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • 26 Mar 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15

    Thursdays: 5 & 12 February and 5, 12, 19 & 26 March 2015
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
    Cost: € 240
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    Join in the fun as you embark with fellow travellers on this creative adventure, recording your impressions of Paris as seen through an artist's eye. Inspired by poetry readings, artist' books and group visits to interesting spots around town, your travel journal will become your very own personal work of art.

    You'll be surprised how easy it is to document your travels around Paris with notes, sketches and photographs and you will continue enjoying this process outside of class, watching and recording each new day as it unfolds.

    Students can expect to:

    • Receive instruction in drawing elements and design principles.
    • Learn new techniques in stamping, stencling and collage.
    • Enhance their observation skills and perceptual acuity.
    • Explore ways to combine photography, drawing and writing.
    • Discover their own creativity and discover the joy of sharing it with others in a supportive group environment.
    This course is designed for:
    • Anyone who is new to Paris and would like to discover the city with others.
    • Long-term residents of Paris who would like to revive, deepen and personalize their experience with the city.
    • Writers, photographers or artists interested in creating a travel journal while visiting Paris.
    • Those who would enjoy and benefit from creative assignments and inspiration from a practicing artist and instructor.
    Course requirements
    • This class is open to all levels. Please note that museum tickets are not included in the course fee. Instructions for choosing art supplies, including addresses of Paris art supply stores and a suggested list of materials, will be provided at the first class meeting.
    About the instructor

    Prior to obtaining her Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing, Jan Olsson worked as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator. She also taught graphic design courses to college-level students. Jan has created several artists' books. Some are included in the collections of the Smith College Library, the Rare Book Collections at the University of Arizona and the Bibliothéque Nationale in Paris.

    Photo credit: Jan Olsson

    • 06 Feb 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 11
    Friday
    February 6, 2015
    2pm- 4pm

    We will discuss the book entitled "Someone" by Alice McDermott


    Alice Mcdermott has won the coveted American Book Award and the National Book award for Fiction.

    Brief resume of "Someone":
    Someone begins on the stoop of a Brooklyn apartment building where Marie is waiting for her father to come home from work. It is the 1920s and in her Irish-American enclave the stories of her neighbours unfold before her short-sighted eyes. There is war-blinded Billy Corrigan and foolish, ill-fated Pegeen - and her parents' legendary Syrian-Irish marriage - the terrifying Big Lucy, and the ever-present Sisters of Charity from the convent down the road. As the years pass Marie's own history plays out against the backdrop of a changing world. Her older brother Gabe leaves for the seminary to study for the priesthood, his faith destined to be tested to breaking point. Marie experiences first love - and first heartbreak - marriage and motherhood, and discovers how time can reveal us all to be fools and dreamers, blinded in one way or another by hope, loss or the exigencies of life and love. One life in all its devastating pains and unexpected joys; its bursts of brilliant clarity and moments of profound confusion.Fragments of a curious childhood, of adolescent sexual awakenings, of motherhood and, finally, old age are pieced together in this resonant story of an unremarkable, unforgettable woman.

    Join WICE Bilingual Book Group to discuss this intriguing novel that is sure to spark discussion on the many ways to interpret this story.
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    • 06 Feb 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Private residence
    • 6
    Friday, 6 February 

    France, Spain, and Italy are alive with cultural differences and often find themselves victim to the game of careless stereotyping. But, when it comes to wine, we need to be more serious . . . and thoughtful.

    Barolo, Rioja, and the great wines of the Rhône can share chocolate, tobacco, leather, and forest floor flavors . . . but placed side by side, real and consistent differences emerge.

    This tasting is based on an exercise that Tom, our instructor, used successfully to help professionals recognize the difference between the great earthy red wines of the world in blind tastings. The added bonus: excellent wines, hand selected from the competing countries. These will be our guest stars at this tasting.

    Instructor: Thomas Boothe's extensive knowledge and passion for wine and his innovative teaching style have been fueled through work and study in a variety of wine-related fields.
    • 10 Feb 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Paris (precise location announced shortly before course)
    • 1

    Tuesday, 10 February 2015
    One-day workshop
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Cost: € 55

    Course Description 

    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 may be included.

    This course offers participants a special understanding of professional portraiture by analyzing the great figures of the contemporary scene. You’ll get practical advice on applying lighting techniques. A review and suggestions for your images will follow.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn the keys to portraiture photography
    • Learn about lighting techniques
    • 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 ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, and/or are able to set a manual mode
    • A lens of approximately 50mm full frame is highly recommended
    • Suitable for all levels of photographers

    About the Instructor

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in advertising and completed his training as a photographer in Barcelona at the Institute of Design and Image (IDEP) where he worked with Italian photographer Luca Pagliari. Juan Manuel has worked in advertising agencies in London, such as Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Ericksson, and Grey Worldwide. He then moved to Paris, where he became the assistant to photographers such as Laure Vasconi, Xavier Lucchesi, and Ariadna Bufi. He has collaborated with Tendance Floue, and has worked for Daylight Photo Studio and the agency Magnum Photos. Juan Manuel currently lives and works in Paris as a freelance photographer.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán

    • 11 Feb 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private Residence, 75009 Paris; Métro: Bonne Nouvelle
    • 6

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015
    9:30am-12:30pm

    It's still the right time for warm hearty dishes to ward off the cold chill of winter. What better than the one-dish wonders of France - Les Gratins

    We will explore variations of savory and sweet.  

    Always highlighting what is in season, our first dish is a gratin of silky leeks baked with Beaufort cheese, a lovely raw cow's milk cheese from the Gruyere family.

    Next, the ultimate classic - Gratin Dauphinois - sliced potatoes, cream, and cheese (or no cheese - there's always a debate).  

    You will also learn the importance of selecting the correct baking dish to achieve the best results.

    On the sweet side, we will learn how to make a gratin of seasonal fruits with a luxurious sabayon made from egg yolks, sugar and wine. 

    You won't want to miss this class and add to your repertoire of warm French classics, perfect for those last cold evenings of winter. 

    Instructor: Françoise Meunier, who has been with WICE for over 10 years, trained in the hotel and cooking school in Toulouse.  In 1997, she opened one of the first small private cooking schools in Paris.  Her practical approach and easy-to-follow demonstrations will teach you how to reproduce delicious French and ethnic dishes at home.

    Photo Credits - pretarecevoir, confidentielles

    • 11 Feb 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 11

    Wednesday, February 11

    Too many of us are fearfully ignorant of the significant  contributions made by African Americans over the decades, and since 1970, an annual Black History Month has been celebrated in the U.S in order to bring those achievements into our awareness.

    This talk will focus on African-American contributions in the 20th century, steering away from the clichés of athletic prowess and musical entertainment and delving into lesser-known milestones of achievement with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), as well as the institutional backbone that supported civil rights progress. 

    Instructor: Ellen Kountz has had a business career in different financial institutions, working most recently at the Paris Bourse. She now teaches economics and finance-related classes at business schools in Paris and Grenoble.  Ellen participates actively in cultural and heritage activities within the African diaspora in Paris. Since 2012, she has presented Black History Month as a labor of love and has been met with widespread interest from all audiences.  

     


    • 12 Feb 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Paris
    • 5

    Thursday, 12 February 2015
    One-day workshop
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Cost: € 55

    Course Description

    Are you looking for professional feedback on your work? Having an external point of view about your personal work can result in helpful advice on your artistic improvement.

    This workshop is aimed at those who want to organize their personal photographic work into a professional portfolio. Participants are invited to bring their photographic work to organize into unified stories and build a good portfolio that is ready to submit for photo awards or galleries.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn to make connections between your photographic work
    • Receive feedback and advice from a professional photographer
    • Participate in a friendly critique of their work

    Course Requirements

    • Suitable for all levels of photographers

    About the Instructor

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in advertising and completed his training as a photographer in Barcelona at the Institute of Design and Image (IDEP) where he worked with Luca Pagliari. Juan Manuel has worked in advertising agencies in London, such as Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Ericksson, and Grey Worldwide. He then moved to Paris, where he became the assistant to photographers such as Laure Vasconi, Xavier Lucchesi, and Ariadna Bufi. He has collaborated with Tendance Floue, and has worked for Daylight Photo Studio and the agency Magnum Photos. Juan Manuel currently lives and works in Paris as a freelance photographer.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán

    • 15 Feb 2015
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • A residence in the 15th district. Details will be provided on registration.
    • 4

    Sunday, 15 February 2015
    2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Cost: € 25
    Open to WICE Members

    Workshop description

    Make-overs from a professional Make-up artist on a Sunday afternoon in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. 

    These personalized make-overs will be a preview for additional workshops where you can explore and learn even more about make-up: 

    About the instructor

    Joleen Emory is a professional Franco-American make-up artist based in Paris. After graduating from the Institut Technique du Maquillage she began work on the hit comedie musicale 'Mozart L'Opera Rock'. In addition to her experience with the stage, she has also worked in French television and fashion. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of make-up and French beauty through her workshops at WICE.

    Photo credit: Joleen Emory


    Make-overs from a professional Make-up artist on a Sunday afternoon in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. These personalized make-overs will be a preview for additional workshops where you can explore and learn even more about make-up. This session will be a preview to further exciting workshop: My 'Make-up’: Introduction to Beauty Basics Workshop I' to be held 23 Feb 2015. Then her 3-week series workshop on my 'Make-up: Mastering the Look of the Femme Fatale' will be held on, 11, 18 and 25 March 

    • 23 Feb 2015
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 5

    Monday, 23 February 2015
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Cost: € 30
    Open to WICE Members

    Class description

    This class is a thorough introduction to French make-up essentials and modern beauty basics from A-Z.

    Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed or confused by the number of make-up options and brands available in today's beauty stores? If so, this class is designed to give you a confidence boost for the next time you visit a beauty department like Sephora, Galeries Lafayette or your neighborhood Pharmacie.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about different make-up products, their uses and applications.
    • Gain insider industry knowledge from a professional to help select specific products for their unique needs.
    • Receive a detailed explanation on how to choose the correct day cream, foundation and right shade of lipstick for their skin tone.
    • Enjoy a hands-on demonstration of the products discussed throughout the class.
    • Leave with a beauty "cheatsheet" that names products and brands suitable to their specific needs, as well as shopping information.

    This class is designed for:

    • Anyone interested in make-up techniques for the modern French woman. Whether you're looking to try out new products or gain confidence knowing that you've selected the correct ones, our skilled instructor is ready to share her knowledge and answer any questions you may have.
    About the instructor

    Joleen Emory is a professional Franco-American make-up artist based in Paris. After graduating from the Institut Technique du Maquillage she began work on the hit comedie musicale 'Mozart L'Opera Rock'. In addition to her experience with the stage, she has also worked in French television and fashion. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of make-up and French beauty through her workshops at WICE.

    Photo credit: Joleen Emory
    • 02 Mar 2015
    • 31 Mar 2015
    • WICE office - 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris
    • 12
    The New Culture of Creative Expression

    Smart devices as artistic tools

    Dates to be Announced

    Seminars by Nancy Jochimek & Alastair Arthur

    This new 4-part seminar series, which you can pick and choose the number of seminars you would like to attend, is designed to familiarize members to the creative aspects of Smart Devices -- the new tools of creative communication.  Each seminar will include a 60 to 90 minute guided photography session at a different location around Paris followed by a discussion on the different ways you can edit your photos and develop your own artistic expression both through images and writing.  From seminar to seminar we will dive deeper into the endless array of applications offered by smart devices and how to leverage their benefits. 

    ***

    While many people around the world are extremely versed in using smart devices, there are many more that are overwhelmed by it or even feel they are harmful and therefore, simply choose to distance themselves from exploring their benefits. The objective of this seminar is to break down those barriers and demonstrate how simple, fun and beneficial smart devices can be for everyone. 

    We have designed 4 seminars each of which will start with a different technical introduction on how to use your smart devices and the many applications they offer, then we will move onto the practical use of smart devices as cameras and delve into creative expression.  For the third part of each seminar, we will demonstrate the different ways you can edit your images on your devices and then turn them into tools of creative communication.  Regardless whether you just want to share photos of your day to day life with family far away or expand your horizons and create interesting images or discover artists from around the world, this seminar will help you achieve these goals.

    The dates and locations for each seminar will be announced online at the end of January.  We intend to start in March when the weather is a bit warmer.  Each seminar will welcome lively discussions and an exchange of ideas, especially controversial topics concerning the use of smart devices.  

    Please bring either your smartphone or tablet to each seminar.  Both Apple and Android devices are welcome.

    Instructors:  Nancy Jochimek and Alastair Arthur

    Nancy Jochimek  is a communications specialist who communication  managed her own business before moving to France.  She has overseen diverse communications projects including: branding, social media, web communications and PR events. She is a strong supporter of online communication and its ability to create new opportunities by breaking down old world boundaries.  She is also a photography enthusiast.  You are welcome to explore her photos on Instagram at Shurks.  Nancy is also WICE's new Director of Cultural Studies.  

    Alastair Arthur is a professional portrait photographer and author of The Photographer's Guide to Paris. His photography of Paris has been featured on the cover of Fuji X magazine.  Alastair has taught various photography courses at WICE as part of the Visual Arts department.  We welcome you to discover his photography online at www.alastairarthur.com.


    • 04 Mar 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • 10:15 am. Meeting point: Palais Royal at the glass, beaded, and colorful metro entrance named Kiosque des Noctambules. Metro Lines 7 & 1, Palais Royal metro.

    Wednesday, 4 March 2015

    French Revolution on the Right Bank

    Come and join us as we learn about the French Revolution by tracing history through our footsteps.  

    While charming and idyllic today, it all began at the Palais Royal, a hotbed of revolution, where radicals would gather and from here, the storming of the Bastille would begin.  We will proceed along to rue St.Honoré, following the route to the guillotine, to Place Vendome, and the Place de la Concorde, the last stop on the route and where the guillotine stood.

    We will hear the gripping stories of Marie Antoinette, Lafayette, Charlotte Corday, Marat, Equality Philip and Madame Tussaud. We will see the sites of the radical Jacobin Club, the ill-fated Tuileries Palace, learn of the Reign of Terror, and hear of Robespierre's arrest.

    We will be outdoors rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. 

    A 15-20 minute break with the guide will be provided.    

    Instructor: Brad Newfield, highly experienced historian and guide for over 20 years.

    • 05 Mar 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 26 Mar 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Various locations in Paris
    • 8

    Thursdays, 5, 12, 19, and 26 March
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Cost: € 200

    Course Description

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

    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 ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.
    • Suitable for advanced levels of photographers

    About the Instructor:

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in advertising and completed his training as a photographer in Barcelona at the Institute of Design and Image (IDEP) where he worked with Luca Pagliari. Juan Manuel has worked in advertising agencies in London, such as Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Ericksson, and Grey Worldwide. He then moved to Paris, where he became the assistant to photographers such as Laure Vasconi, Xavier Lucchesi, and Ariadna Bufi. He has collaborated with Tendance Floue, and has worked for Daylight Photo Studio and the agency Magnum Photos. Juan Manuel currently lives and works in Paris as a freelance photographer.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán

    • 06 Mar 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office - 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 12
    Friday
    March 6th, 2015
    2pm- 4pm


    "The American"
    by Henry James

    Join us in discussing this American classic


    Brief resume:
    The American is built around a moral dilemma that dramatises this clash of cultures. Wealthy, open-hearted Christopher Newman (the New Man in the Old World) visits Paris and falls in love with impoverished French aristocrat, Claire de Cintre. However, her snobbish family bully her into breaking off the engagement. When Newman discovers that his former fiancée's family are hiding a dark secret, corrupt Old World morals suggest he should use it to take his revenge; but his simpler American sense tells him that this would be wrong. What should he do? The fine touch with which James explores the complexities of this scenario markes an extraordinary advance over his first novel, Roderick Hudson; and The American looks forward to the mature classics of James' middle period, books like Daisy Miller and Portrait of a Lady--all novels that explore the classic Jamesian theme of Americans in Europe.

    Join WICE Bilingual Book Group to discuss this intriguing novel that is sure to spark discussion on the many ways to interpret this story.
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    • 06 Mar 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Private residence
    • 5
    Friday, 6 March 

    © Meredith MullinsOn this winter evening, we will warm ourselves with smells and tastes of Italy, as we continue our in-depth tour of Italian wine treasures.

    If you've been to one of our popular Italian tastings, you know that Italian reds are red in a different way than the wines we're getting to know from France. And . . . they are as incredible.

    If you haven't yet been to an Italian tasting, you're in for a treat. The Sangiovese-based wines of Tuscany (Chianti, Brunello and more!) have something in common with their delicious Piedmont neighbors, but are a whole lovely universe unto themselves to be discovered.

    Instructor: Thomas Boothe's extensive knowledge and passion for wine and his innovative teaching style have been fueled through work and study in a variety of wine-related fields.

    Photo © Meredith Mullins


    • 07 Mar 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75004 Paris
    • 7

    Saturday, 7 March
    One-day workshop
    9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
    Cost: € 75

    Course Description 

    It's time to make all those buttons on your camera work to your advantage, and to focus on the real fun of digital photography: capturing memorable moments.

    This one-day workshop will provide you with the tools you need to make sure you are familiar with your camera. You'll learn creative guidelines and technical controls in the comfort of the instructor’s Île St Louis atelier. You'll get hands-on practice with creative assignments as you wander the Île St Louis and Île de la Cité. You’ll take a break for lunch at a local bistro and end the day by reviewing images from each photographer.

    Please note: The lunch price is not included in the course fee.

    Students can expect to:

    • Become familiar with their camera
    • Learn about creative guidelines and technical controls
    • Review the camera’s potential as an artistic tool
    • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work

    Course Requirements

    • Suitable for beginner levels of photographers and those wishing to review their skills

    About the Instructor

    Meredith Mullins is an internationally exhibited photographer and 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: Elizabeth Rand (Member of the WICE Photography Community)


    • 09 Mar 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 30 Mar 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75004 Paris
    • 5

    Mondays, 9, 16, 23, and 30 March
    Four-part series
    10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Cost: € 180

    Course Description 

    The artistic choices we make tell us about who we are, what we love, and how we might "speak" to the world with visual images.

    This course is for all photographers who would like to take their work to the next level by learning new techniques, discovering new ways to see, and working with one theme, which deepens the creative process. You will review creative tools such as composition, lighting, perspective, motion, contrast, selective focus, and post-production techniques through in-class exercises and assignments. We will discuss the work of past and present photographers and their themes, and how working in a series is both challenging and liberating. 

    You will choose a theme to work on throughout the course, so that your final project will be a collection of images interwoven in style and subject. Class review will enable the refinement of your work and selection of final images. The class will be encouraged to submit the work for an upcoming exhibit in the WICE gallery. 

    Please Note: An optional workshop, "Preparing Your Photographs for Exhibition," will be offered to assist students in preparing work for exhibition.

    Students can expect to:

    • Review creative tools and technical controls
    • Get hands-on experience with practical assignments
    • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work

    Course Requirements

    • Suitable for all levels of photographers and those wishing to develop their skills 

    About the Instructor

    Meredith Mullins is an internationally exhibited photographer and 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 

    • 09 Mar 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • 13 Apr 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    Mondays March 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13 

    Course Description: 

    This 6-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 1000 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. New writers welcome!

     

    Instructor: Gary Lee Kraut is the editor of the online travel and culture magazine France Revisited, www.FranceRevisited.com. 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.


    • 11 Mar 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private Residence, 75009 Paris; Métro: Bonne Nouvelle
    • 11

    Wednesday, 11 March
    9:30am-12:30pm

    Let’s explore the warm, hearty flavors of our neighbors to the south.  

    Osso Buco is a Milanese specialty of cross-cut veal shanks braised with wine, meat broth and vegetables.  

    This less expensive cut yields its tenderness through a long, slow braise.  

    As a bonus, you will learn how to make fresh homemade pasta

    This dish also goes well with risotto or polenta.  

    Whether you've  already made Tiramisu or if it is new to you, our chef Françoise will no doubt provide us with the classic version.



    But also ideas for variations of this irresistible dessert - think red fruits, just in time for spring.   




     


    Instructor: Françoise Meunier, who has been with WICE for over 10 years, trained in the hotel and cooking school in Toulouse.  In 1997, she opened one of the first small private cooking schools in Paris.  Her practical approach and easy-to-follow demonstrations will teach you how to reproduce delicious French and ethnic dishes at home.

    Photo Credits - Wikipedia, Clemintine Cuisine

    • 11 Mar 2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • 25 Mar 2015
    • 4:30 PM
    • WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 5

    Wednesdays: 11, 18 & 25 March 2015
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Cost: € 90
    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    Join us for a three-part series where you will learn how to apply different aspects of the classic make-up 'look', the femme fatale. 

    Considered to be one of the most iconic make-up 'looks' worn by famous French actresses and models, it strikes a perfect balance between looking classy, sophisticated and bombshell gorgeous. 

    This is a hands-on course where participants will apply make-up to themselves. Students will follow along with their instructor as she 'coaches' the class through each make-up application step.

    Students can expect to learn how to:
    • Obtain a perfect complexion and create a look of natural flawlessness.
    • Sculpt, enhance and define certain areas of the face to help achieve the 'look'.
    • Scale back the 'look' to create more discreet, flattering version appropriate for daytime.
    • Create the evening version of the femme fatale with a primary focus on eyeliner and lipsticks.
    • Combine all skills learned to create different versions of the same 'look'.
    Course requirements
    • An interest in make-up.
    • Students will be able to bring their own brushes and products, as well as sample products in class.
    About the instructor

    Joleen Emory is a professional Franco-American make-up artist based in Paris. After graduating from the Institut Technique du Maquillage she began work on the hit comedie musicale 'Mozart L'Opera Rock'. In addition to her experience with the stage, she has also worked in French television and fashion. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of make-up and French beauty through her workshops at WICE.

    Photo credit: Joleen Emory
    • 12 Mar 2015
    • 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
    • meet at 1:00 PM Manufacture des Gobelins, 42 Avenue des Gobelins - 75013 Paris. Métro: Les Gobelins (line 7).

    Thursday, 12 March 2015

    La Manufacture des Gobelins was founded as a dye works in the mid-15th century by Jean Gobelin. In 1662, Louis XIV purchased the Gobelins factory and founded a royal tapestry and furniture works that produced some of the most famous tapestries to date, including those in Versailles. After 1697, the factory specialized solely in the art of tapestry making and continues to do so today. 

    Come and discover this beautiful and historical compound of workshops and residences where you will see modern tapissiers weaving in their workshops. You will learn the techniques of tapestry making and revel in the beauty of the tapestries that adorn many of the great palaces of the world.

    Instructor: Guide to be provided by la Manufacture des Gobelins

    Deadline for registration: 4th March

    • 12 Mar 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 12

    Thursday, March 12

    Ten years ago Claire Mathijsen decided to do something about the paucity of educational and skills-building opportunities for rural youth in Kenya! She and a long-time Kenyan friend, through their non-profit association Rafiki Ya Maisha, actually funded and managed the building of a small college which provides vocational training in sewing, tailoring, hairdressing and computer studies. Masonry and carpentry training are planned, as is a brand new Polytechnic school. So far, for the past 3 years, more than 100 students have received trade certificates. Claire will tell us about her experience on the ground of masterminding this ambitious project in a country known more for its animals than for its inhabitants!

    Instructor: Claire Mathijsen is a clinical psychologist and the mother of 3 children, all now volunteers in Rafiki Ya Maisha. During her three years in Kenya, she lived in Eldoret at Moi Girls’ High School where she taught swimming to women and coached the volleyball team, leading the girls to a silver medal in the 1982 nationals. A friendship with Kenyan Elizabeth Tunoi blossomed, leading to the village empowerment movement in 2007 and the Polytechnic project for the youth.

    • 13 Mar 2015
    • 1:30 PM
    • 27 Mar 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • Various locations throughout Paris
    • 15

    Fridays: 13, 20 & 27 March 2015
    1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    Cost: € 120

    Pro-rata option also available: € 45 per session

    Open to WICE Members & Guest

    Course description

    Our popular Art Collecting series returns with a look at where to buy art in Paris. From galleries to auctions to art fairs, we'll continue our discussion of art collecting basics while discovering what's new for spring.

    Students can expect to:
    • Explore the galleries and emerging art scene of Belleville (13 March)
    • Attend an auction at the prestigious Drouot Auction House (20 March)
    • Pay a visit to the upcoming contemporary drawing exhibition, DrawingNow* (27 March)
    *Note: There is an additional entrance cost for DrawingNow that is not included in the course price.

    Course requirements

    • This class is designed for all levels of art collectors from novice to experienced.
    • An appreciation for fine art.
    • An eye for detail and a willingness to familiarize yourself with techniques taught that will help you recognize value.

    About the instructor

    Caroline Etter is an Art Consultant, historian of art, and a friend to collectors and artists both that has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 15 years. After graduating from the Sarbonne 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

    • 14 Mar 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 14

    Saturday, 14 March 2015
    11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
     
    Cost: € 120
    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    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 instructor's 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 skill, 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.
    • Artists of all kinds who want to learn and practice new techniques.
    • Former students of Jan Olsson's printmaking workshops who would like to continue to build their skills.
    • Those who enjoy sharing a creative activity with others.
    Course requirements:
    • No prior experience is necessary. This class is open to all levels and may be repeated. Materials are 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.

    Photo credit: Alexi Kaas

    • 18 Mar 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • meet at 10:15 am at 60, rue des Francs_Bourgeois, 75004 Paris. Metro: Rambuteau (line 11)
    Wednesday, 18 March 2015

    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 Mar 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • WICE office - 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris
    • 12

    Wednesday 6:30 PM on March 18th

    Paris When It Flickers 

    Part I

    Seminar by Vincent Fournois

    This two part seminar will unravel the role Paris has played in cinema from the dawn of the motion picture industry till today. This first seminar, of the two-part series, will begin with a review of the role Paris played in politics and the arts at the time Cinema was born. We will then analyze the overwhelming role The City of Lights has had in the settings of French films and why, illustrated with movie clips. After discussing diverse international productions, we will wrap up the seminar with some facts and figures on the unique place of cinema in the cultural life of the city.  

    Instructor:  Vincent Fournols is a Parisian born and raised movie buff. Since childhood, he has seen, registered and analyzed about 4000 different films.  For the past couple of years, he has lectured several times at the SKEMA business school on changing the perspective of looking at movies.

    For the past twenty years, he has worked in Corporate Banking IT. He travels extensively, which affords him the opportunity to catch up on local films.

    • 20 Mar 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Private residence
    • 4
    Friday, 20 March 

    © Meredith MullinsThe name Bordeaux can evoke magic—legendary châteaux, infinite vineyards, and some of the finest wines in the world. The region is vast. But just as vast is the range in quality in the wines—from premier crus so sought after that we can no longer afford them to mediocre wine that rides on the reputation of the Bordeaux name alone. We need a guide who can help us sort through the fact and fiction.

    Join us this evening as we taste a range of wines (and keep tasting!) to learn more about the true meaning of Bordeaux: St. Emilion, noble rot, petit verdot, Graves, cru bourgeois, two kinds of cabernet, claret, fifth growth … these complicated factors will begin to make sense as we meet a great cast of characters from this highly esteemed region.

    Instructor: Thomas Boothe's extensive knowledge and passion for wine make him a popular, one-of-a-kind instructor. His innovative teaching style has been fueled through work and study in a variety of wine-related fields.

    Photo © Meredith Mullins


    • 21 Mar 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75004 Paris
    • 9
    Saturday, 21 March 2015
    One-day workshop
    9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    Cost: € 75
    Course Description

    To continue the series of Fearless Photography, a follow-up Saturday workshop is being offered for photographers who would like to continue to build their technical and creative skills. This one-day workshop will provide you with a review of the basics of the camera controls via fun practical scenarios and will add the important elements of metering, exposure, white balance, editing, cropping, and composition.

    You'll get hands-on practice with creative assignments as we take to the streets of the Île St Louis. You'll have time to talk with class participants about the challenges of photography as we take a break at a local bistro for lunch. You'll gain valuable insight about your own work and your fellow photographers' as we discuss images from each participant.

    Please Note: The lunch price is not included in the course fee.

    Students can expect to:
    • Become familiar with exposure, metering, and other technical controls available on your camera
    • Learn about composition, cropping, editing
    • Review the camera’s potential as an artistic tool
    • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work
    Course Requirements
    • Suitable for beginner levels of photographers and those wishing to review their skills
    • Fearless Photography: Introductory Workshop is recommended as a prerequisite, but is not required

    About the Instructor

    Meredith Mullins is an internationally exhibited photographer and 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: Henrietta Richer, Member of the WICE Photography Community

    • 25 Mar 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 10:15 am Main garden gate near RER "Luxembourg" metro stop.
    • 9
    Wednesday, 25 March 2015

    Parc Luxembourg as Never Seen Before

    The second largest public garden in Paris, the Jardin du Luxembourg, populated with more than 106 statues, has many stories to tell.  We will reveal the history of one of the greatest French queens, dearly missing her native hometown, and an attempt to recreate a slice of it.  We will hear of famous French writers and poets, such as Victor Hugo and Verlaine, and mythological legends, such as Acis and Polyphème.
    Come and join us as we travers through one of Paris' most magnificent parks, still haunted by the spirits of its illustrious walkers.

                    
    Please come prepared for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. 

    Instructor: Lucia Melloul, Guide conférencièr national 08.75.038P

    • 25 Mar 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • the WICE office - 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris
    • 12

    Wednesday 6:30 PM on March 25th

    Paris When It Flickers 

    Part II

    Seminar by Vincent Fournois

    The second seminar of this two-part series, will focus on Paris in American films.               Have you ever wondered about the American film industry's fascination with the French capital?  Is it Paris's beauty or something subtle that attracts American filmmakers?

    We will explore these questions and many more as we begin this seminar discussing the relationship between American artists during the early years of the film industry and then move onto an analysis of the various ways the “City of Lights” has been portrayed in Hollywood and in Indie films.  Together we will discover what inspires this intimate and timeless relationship. 

    Instructor:  Vincent Fournols is a Parisian born and raised movie buff. Since childhood, he has seen, registered and analyzed about 4000 different films.  For the past couple of years, he has lectured several times at the SKEMA business school on changing the perspective of looking at movies.

    For the past twenty years, he has worked in Corporate Banking IT. He travels extensively, which affords him the opportunity to catch up on local films.

    • 31 Mar 2015
    • 4:30 PM
    • 16 Jun 2015
    • 6:30 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 6
    Tuesdays March 31; April 7, 14; May 19, 26; June 2, 9, 16
     

    Course Description: We all wish we could take a summer off in Tuscany and write a novel. But it doesn't work that way. There's a lot of thought and planning that goes into it, and then there's the constant editing, switching things around and wild moments of giving up.

    This series of eight sessions with 'Book Doctor' Gretel Furner will help you anticipate the complexities of novel-writing and help you build and explore the story you want to tell, find your cast of characters and try out various styles and techniques best suited to your story.

    Part I is not a prerequisite for the course and new writers are welcome! 

    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.

    • 01 Apr 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 20 May 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15

    Wednesdays: 1, 8 & 15 April, and 6, 13 & 20 May 2015
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
    Cost: € 240
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    This class invites you to enjoy painting with a small group in the convivial atmosphere of Jan Olsson's private studio. Painting is a craft. It need not be intimidating but it does require patience and practice to master techniques as you learn to express yourself.

    Students can expect to:
    • Develop knowledge and skill in both watercolor and acrylic painting.
    • Benefit from the instruction of a practicing artist and experienced teacher.
    • Receive challenging assignments and constructive criticism.
    • Share their learning experience with a small, supportive group.
    This course is designed for:
    • Anyone who would like to try painting but finds it hard to begin.
    • Students who wish to improve their knowledge of color and composition.
    • Those who seek time for creativity and the structure of weekly classes.
    • Anyone who paints on their own but would like exposure to new challenges and supportive criticism of their work.
    Course requirements

    This class is suitable for all levels. Acrylic paints, mediums and gesso are supplied. Instructions for choosing art supplies, including addresses of Paris art supply stores and a suggested list of additional materials, 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 paintings.

    Photo credit: Jan Olsson

    • 02 Apr 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • meet at 9:45am at a private residence in Paris. Further details after registration.
    • 9
    Thursday, 2 April 2015

    What inspired Gabrielle Chanel’s olfactory creations?

    Who are the noses behind the great CHANEL perfumes?

    What sparked the olfactory revolution that is CHANEL N° 5?

    Why is N° 5 so mysterious, so timeless, so iconic?

    Join us to explore these and other eternal questions through an in-depth portrait of CHANEL as one of the greatest and most innovative perfume houses in history. In an intimate setting, we will discover Gabrielle Chanel’s unique artistic vision, sample both classic and exclusive CHANEL fragrances, and visit that most enigmatic and famous of all CHANEL creations, N° 5.

    Instructor: Theresa de Belder is an experienced teacher and workshop leader in the fashion and business worlds with a particular passion for perfume. She enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of the art of scent gleaned through years of fervent research and study.


    • 02 Apr 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 28 May 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15

    Thursdays: 2, 9 & 16 April; and 7, 21 & 28 May 2015
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
    Cost: € 240
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    New for Spring!

    The image of the human face or human body is a subject of universal appeal. Children take to it naturally, but for adults it can seem a daunting task. With instruction, time and practice, participants in this class will learn step-by-step how to approach this challenging and rewarding subject.

    Exercises will include:
    • Studies of master drawings
    • Visits to museums
    • Copies of anatomical illustrations
    • Basic drawing exercises to sharpen perception
    • Sessions with a live model
    This course would be a good choice for those who:
    • Have longed to be able to draw a portrait or figure.
    • Want the structure and stimulation of a group experience.
    • Would like to sharpen their observation skills.
    • Enjoy figure drawing and wish to practice with guidance from an instructor.
    Course requirements

    This class is open to all levels. The cost of registration covers models' fees. Museum tickets are not included. Students will be responsible for their own materials. A list with instructions, including addresses for 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 at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Jan has specialized in continuing studio arts education for adults. Her paintings, prints and drawings focus on the figure. She has taught beginning to graduate-level figure drawing at the university level. Visit Jan Olsson's website to see examples of her work.

    Photo credit: Jan Olsson

    • 02 Apr 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • 28 May 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15

    Thursdays: 2, 9 & 16 April, and 7, 21 & 28 May 2015
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
    Cost: € 240
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    Join in the fun as you embark with fellow traveler's on this creative adventure, recording your impressions of Paris as seen through an artist's eye. Inspired by poetry readings, artist' books and group visits to interesting spots around town, your travel journal will become your very own personal work of art.

    You'll be surprised how easy it is to document your travels around Paris with notes, sketches and photographs and you will continue enjoying this process outside of class, watching and recording each new day as it unfolds.

    Students can expect to:

    • Receive instruction in drawing elements and design principles.
    • Learn new techniques in stamping, stencling and collage.
    • Enhance their observation skills and perceptual acuity.
    • Explore ways to combine photography, drawing and writing.
    • Discover their own creativity and discover the joy of sharing it with others in a supportive group environment.
    This course is designed for:
    • Anyone who is new to Paris and would like to discover the city with others.
    • Long-term residents of Paris who would like to revive, deepen and personalize their experience with the city.
    • Writers, photographers or artists interested in creating a travel journal while visiting Paris.
    • Those who would enjoy and benefit from creative assignments and inspiration from a practicing artist and instructor.
    Course requirements
    • This class is open to all levels. Please note that museum tickets are not included in the course fee. Instructions for choosing art supplies, including addresses of Paris art supply stores and a suggested list of materials, will be provided at the first class meeting.
    About the instructor

    Prior to obtaining her Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing, Jan Olsson worked as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator. She also taught graphic design courses to college-level students. Jan has created several artists' books. Some are included in the collections of the Smith College Library, the Rare Book Collections at the University of Arizona and the Bibliothéque Nationale in Paris.

    Photo credit: Jan Olsson

    • 02 Apr 2015
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • WICE office - 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris
    • 12

    Thursday, APril 2 at 2:30 PM

    French Film Musicals: 

    Why are there so few: 

    Part III Film Series 

    Seminar by Vincent Fournois


    France has been intimately linked with Cinema since its inception. With a long and deep tradition of music and a vivid song culture, how come France has produced only a few musical films?  This seminar will explore the essence of this question and review how French directors have tried to mix film and music.   The seminar will mainly focus on the work of the outstanding and brilliant French director, Jacques Demy (1931-1990), who unlike his contemporaries, did create highly acclaimed musicals: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, the Young Girls of Rochefort...  We will conclude with an assessment of Demy's impact on today's society - one in which music is still playing an important part.

    Instructor:  Vincent Fournols is a Parisian born and raised movie buff. Since childhood, he has seen, registered and analyzed about 4000 different films.  For the past couple of years, he has lectured several times at the SKEMA business school on changing the perspective of looking at movies.  Mr. Fournois joined WICE's team of instructors last Spring and given his success, we invited him back to teach his 2 Part Series: Paris When it Flickers and this new third seminar. 

    For the past twenty years, he has worked in Corporate Banking IT. He travels extensively, which affords him the opportunity to catch up on local films.

    • 03 Apr 2015
    • 1:30 PM
    • 10 Apr 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • Various locations throughout Paris
    • 7

    Fridays: 3 & 10 April 2015
    1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    Cost: € 80
    Open to WICE Members & Guest

    Course description

    Spring is a time for reawakening. It is also an excellent opportunity to visit new galleries and exhibition spaces that have recently opened in Paris. Come join us for this two-part series as we keep on top of the latest venues and artists displaying their work this season.

    Students can expect to:
    • Learn in-depth, industry knowledge from an expert Art Consultant.
    • Have privileged access to insider advice and stories straight from the world of professional art collecting.
    • Enjoy a diverse collection of art and artists that have made a name for themselves in Paris and worldwide.

    Course requirements

    • This class is designed for all levels of art collectors from novice to experienced.
    • An appreciation for fine art.
    • An eye for detail and a willingness to familiarize yourself with techniques taught that will help you recognize value.

    About the instructor

    Caroline Etter is an Art Consultant, historian of art, and a friend to collectors and artists both that has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 15 years. After graduating from the Sarbonne 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

    • 07 Apr 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 26 May 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15

    Tuesdays: 7 & 14 April; and 5, 12, 19 & 26 May 2015
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
    Cost: € 240
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    The focus of this course is on learning to see, engaging one's senses in the present moment to enjoy the process of drawing as it unfolds. 

    Participants are guided through a nonjudgmental form of practice that is adaptable to their own level and easy to follow at home if desired. 

    This class is designed for:

    • Beginners who want to learn to draw but find it hard to start.
    • Anyone with experience who wants to refresh their drawing 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.

    Course requirements
    • This class is suitable for all levels. Sketch paper and drawing ink are provided. Instructions for choosing art supplies, including addresses of Paris art supply stores and a suggested list of additional materials will be offered at the first class meeting.
    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 website to view Jan's drawings, prints and paintings.

    Photo credit: Jan Olsson

    • 09 Apr 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Atelier Atlantis, 94250 Gentilly
    • 5

    Thursday, 9 April 2015
    One-day workshop
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Cost: € 80

    Course Description

    Discover the origins and the intrigue of traditional photography. Pinhole photography is a magical process that allows us to see the world around us in a completely new way.

    Working with a metal coffee can and light sensitive photo paper, you’ll explore the entire process from making a camera, to making the first exposures, and finally creating the positive prints. You'll take a number of pictures, creating the original "negative", and then transform at least one of these into a finished positive photograph. A remarkably simple and yet powerful photographic process that students will be able to continue on their own after the class!

    Students can expect to:

    • Transform a metal canister into a ready-to-use camera
    • Learn the process of taking a photograph: from camera to negative to print
    • Get hands-on experience through practical assignments

    Course Requirements

    • Participants are asked to bring a round metal coffee or tea canister. The Illy brand coffee cans (found at Monoprix) or Franprix brand tea cans work the best.
    • Suitable for all levels of photographers 

    About the Instructor

    Michael McCarthy has won numerous prizes for his photography and has been exhibited in galleries and museums for over 20 years, in the U.S. and in Europe. He is currently represented by the Galerie Duboys in le Marais. His exhibition, Human Form, was selected Best Gallery Exhibition in 2012 by Marc Lenot on his Lunettes Rouges blog hosted by Lemonde.fr. A new book of his photographs is scheduled for publication in early 2015 by Editions CDP (Paris).

    Photo Credit: Michael McCarthy


    • 10 Apr 2015
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • meet at 2:15pm at 15 avenue Montaigne 75008 - Ligne 9, station Alma-Marceau - Ligne 1, Franklin Roosevelt
    • 15
    Friday, 10 April

    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
    • 10 Apr 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Private residence
    • 11
    Friday, 10 April 

    © Meredith MullinsJoin us as we lose ourselves in the Loire Valley … a sensory journey that will take us from Sancerre to Muscadet, with visits to great producers of sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc, cabernet franc and more.

    Instructor: Thomas Boothe's extensive knowledge and passion for wine and his innovative teaching style have been fueled through work and study in a variety of wine-related fields.

    Photo © Meredith Mullins


    • 11 Apr 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15

    Saturday, 11 April 2015
    11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Cost: € 120
    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    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 instructor's 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 skill, 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.
    • Artists of all kinds who want to learn and practice new techniques.
    • Former students of Jan Olsson's printmaking workshops who would like to continue to build their skills.
    • Those who enjoy sharing a creative activity with others.
    Course requirements:
    • No prior experience is necessary. This class is open to all levels and may be repeated. Materials are 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.

    Photo credit: Soo Hyang Choi

    • 12 Apr 2015
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Inside the restaurant/salon de thé on the first floor of the Musée d’Orsay

    Passionate love and “la folie” at the Musée d’Orsay

    Sunday, 12 April 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Here in the stunning restaurant/salon de thé on the “premier étage” at the Musée d’Orsay , we will have a chance to just sit back and chat. Wendy will also recount a few stories about her favorite artists: the passionate love story of Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin, Van Gogh “fou de peinture”… Then Wendy will take you to see their masterpieces as you follow their traces at the Musée d’Orsay. She also has a surprise reserved for you, her favorite room at the Musée d’Orsay, which is too often missed with great views of Paris! Bring your cameras!

    Meeting venue: Inside the restaurant/salon de thé on the first floor of the Musée d’Orsay

    Open to WICE members; free for holders of the Carte Blanche or alternatively a Musée d'Orsay ticket could be purchased online in advance. Members will need to purchase their own drinks.

    Social Gathering Coordinator: Wendy Dubreuil holds a BA in French with a Masters in International Studies from the American University in Washington, D.C. and is a true Francophile married to a French man.




    • 14 Apr 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Montmartre
    • 8

    Tuesday, 14 April 2015
    One-day workshop
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Cost: € 60

    Course Description 

    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 may be included.

    This course offers participants a special understanding of professional portraiture by analyzing the great figures of the contemporary scene. You’ll get practical advice on applying lighting techniques. A review and suggestions for your images will follow.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn the keys to portraiture photography
    • Learn about lighting techniques
    • 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 ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, and/or are able to set a manual mode
    • A lens of approximately 50mm full frame is highly recommended
    • Suitable for all levels of photographers

    About the Instructor

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in advertising and completed his training as a photographer in Barcelona at the Institute of Design and Image (IDEP) where he worked with Italian photographer Luca Pagliari. Juan Manuel has worked in advertising agencies in London, such as Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Ericksson, and Grey Worldwide. He then moved to Paris, where he became the assistant to photographers such as Laure Vasconi, Xavier Lucchesi, and Ariadna Bufi. He has collaborated with Tendance Floue, and has worked for Daylight Photo Studio and the agency Magnum Photos. Juan Manuel currently lives and works in Paris as a freelance photographer.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán


    • 15 Apr 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Meeting location is emailed to registrants.
    • 11

    Wednesday, 15 April 2015
    9:30am-12:30pm

    Paris's second Chinatown is located in the working class area called Belleville, a once independent village that was annexed by the City of Paris in 1860.

    Today, Belleville covers four arrondissements: 10th, 11th, 19th and 20th, and is located on and around a hilltop that is only second to Montmarte as the highest spot in Paris. 

    In the 1900s, waves of immigrants arrived in Belleville from Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.  

    Since the 1980s, a significant Chinese community has established itself within this multi-cultural neighborhood. Many Chinese associations, restaurants and stores can be found there where you can buy hand-painted porcelain, paper lanterns, green tea, and a variety of spices and food items only found in Chinese grocers. 

    Join us on this walk through a culturally rich part of Paris. Be sure to bring your shopping bag or backup so you can take back with you some of the goodies we will discover.

    At the end of our Market Walks, our guide Françoise usually proposes a spot for lunch. Join us, if you can.

    Instructor: Françoise Meunier, who has been with WICE for over 10 years, trained in the hotel and cooking school in Toulouse.  In 1997, she opened one of the first small private cooking schools in Paris. Her practical approach and easy-to-follow demonstrations will teach you how to reproduce delicious French and ethnic dishes at home.

    Photo Credit - myfrenchlife, chinaology

    • 15 Apr 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 12

    Wednesday, April 15

    A hamburger food truck in Paris, the land of the Chateaubriand steak?? Who’d have thunk it!  But that’s just what California born Kristin Frederick introduced in 2011 along with her husband, Fred! In this talk, Kristin will take us through the highways and byways of setting up her business in France  – finding financing, getting administrative permission, selecting locations, managing personnel, attracting customers – all hefty challenges. But with three Camion Que Fume food trucks now serving several hundred hamburgers daily, a restaurant soon to open, and a Camion Qui Fume cookbook published, Kristin and Fred have certainly scored big time!

    Instructor: As the child of two parents who worked in the restaurant industry, Kristin started her own similar career at 15, serving hot dogs in a shopping mall. Combining restaurant work with university studies and later jobs in marketing and advertising, Kristin, ever passionate about food, eventually made a  big leap to the famous Ferrandi culinary school in Paris and thence to an internship at a Michelin starred restaurant before embarking as an entrepreneur in a completely unexpected and typically American direction.

     

    • 16 Apr 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Saint-Michel
    • 8

    Thursday, 16 April 2015
    One-day workshop
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Cost: € 60

    Course Description

    Most of the time people buy cameras with either too many or not enough capabilities instead of choosing one that fits their needs.

    This workshop is aimed at photographers who are looking to change or upgrade their current equipment. You will learn about the differences between cameras,
     lenses, flashes, tripods, etc. to choose your gear proficiently. You will gain the necessary tools to choose photography gear that’s more adapted to you and your practice.
     

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about photography equipment
    • Understand the differences between gear capabilities
    • Identify their gear needs based on their own photography use 

    Course Requirements

    • Suitable for all levels of photographers

    About the Instructor

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in advertising and completed his training as a photographer in Barcelona at the Institute of Design and Image (IDEP) where he worked with Italian photographer Luca Pagliari. Juan Manuel has worked in advertising agencies in London, such as Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Ericksson, and Grey Worldwide. He then moved to Paris, where he became the assistant to photographers such as Laure Vasconi, Xavier Lucchesi, and Ariadna Bufi. He has collaborated with Tendance Floue, and has worked for Daylight Photo Studio and the agency Magnum Photos. Juan Manuel currently lives and works in Paris as a freelance photographer.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán


    • 16 Apr 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • 10:15 am Church of St. Sulpice: 2 Rue Palatine, 75006. Metro line 4: St. Sulpice station
    • 12

    Thursday, 16 April 2015

    The Da Vinci Code & Saint-Germain-des-Prés

    Dan Brown's bestselling novel is the occasion for re-visiting interesting aspects of Paris history. We will visit the Church of Saint-Sulpice, an important setting and the site of the famous Rose Line popularized by Dan Brown's book and famous for its gnomon. We will see the Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and discuss its role in the theme of the search for the Holy Grail. We then head towards the Ecole des Beaux Arts, which has artistic references to ideas in the book. We will cross the Pont des Arts to the Louvre and finish at the inverted pyramid which for Brown reveals the secret of the Holy Grail.

    A 15-20 minute break will be included during this walk.                 
    Please come prepared for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. 

    Instructor: Brad Newfield, highly experienced historian and guide for over 20 years.

    • 05 May 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 02 Jun 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • To be determined
    • 10

    Tuesdays, 5, 12, 19, 26 May and 2 June
    Five-part series
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Cost: € 200

    Course Description

    There are unique subjects to discover and secrets to unearth in every part of Paris. Explore 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 about your successes and challenges.

    Students can expect to:

    • Become familiar with their camera
    • Learn about exposure, composition, and how to engage your subjects
    • Have your 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 an internationally exhibited photographer and 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: Margot Hanley, 2014 Exploring Paris Through the Lens at La Défense


    • 06 May 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private Residence, 75009 Paris; Métro: Bonne Nouvelle
    • 12

    Wednesday, 6 May 2015
    9:30am-12:30pm

    Pâte à choux is a traditional French pastry dough that is quick and easy to bring together.  

    The dough is made with ingredients you typically have on hand: flour, butter, eggs, milk and/or water.  

    At first, the dough is baked at a high temperature to create steam so the dough will rise. 

    Then the oven is reduced to achieve a golden finish.

    You can pipe or drop the dough in many shapes and sizes, forming cream puffs and éclairs.  You can also add cheese, herbs and garlic to create a savory version - known as gougères, which are perfect for aperitif.  

    Your baked pâte à choux treats freeze well.

    So you can have these sweet and savory goodies ready made to serve up in no time at all.  

    Plus, you'll learn how to make Parisian gnocchi. Perfect with a salad for a summer family meal.

    Instructor  Françoise Meunier, who has been with WICE for over 10 years, trained in the hotel and cooking school in Toulouse.  In 1997, she opened one of the first small private cooking schools in Paris.  Her practical approach and easy-to-follow demonstrations will teach you how to reproduce delicious French and ethnic dishes at home.

    Photo Credit - donnetarecette, seriouseat

    • 06 May 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • meet at 10:15am at 2, avenue Carnot, 78600 Maisons-Laffitte. Meeting point details after registration.
    Wednesday, 6 May 2015

    Only half an hour from Paris by RER, the Château de Maisons-Laffitte is located on the edge of Saint Germain forest in the Yvelines department.  Designed by François Mansart in the 17th century, the château, once a royal residence used after hunting, offers a beautiful example of French Baroque architecture. The symmetry, majesty and harmonious form of the castle make it one of the landmarks of French treasures. It is said to have inspired both Vaux le Vicomte and Versailles.

    Maisons-Laffitte is also known for its horse racing track, the Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse, hence the name of the city known as "la cité du cheval”.

    We will discover the grand apartments with the beautiful Grande Galerie, the king’s bedroom, the mirror cabinet and the grand staircase.

    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.



    • 06 May 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 14

    Wednesday May 6

    Paula Lucas has been called “an international angel.”  As the young mother of three sons trapped in a Moslem country with a brutally abusive Arab husband, she miraculously escaped his murderous clutches against all odds, promising that if she made it back to the U.S., she would militate for the safety of others like her. The result was the founding in 2000 of the American Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center, and more recently of the Sexual Assault Support and Help for Americans Abroad program. as well as the publishing of a book, Harvesting Stones, in which she relates her harrowing escape.  In this talk Paula will present her book as well as the story of how she has helped several hundred overseas American women flee abuse and return to safety.

     

    Instructor: Paula Lucas has achieved international recognition from an array of celebrities and political figures, as well as a number of awards for her work in the field of abuse.  She and her dedicated staff work out of Portland, Oregon, but Paula travels regularly throughout the U.S. and abroad – to wherever she can find a way to get support for and spread the word about her mission on behalf of abused women.

    • 07 May 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Atelier Atlantis, 94250 Gentilly
    • 6

    Thursday, 7 May 2015
    One-day workshop
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Cost: € 80

    Course Description

    Are you tired of all photographs starting to look the same? Discover one of the earliest photographic printing processes where every print is unique.

    This workshop will provide you with a number of different approaches to using the cyanotype process. You will start with “photograms” and creating shadow pictures of various objects. Next you'll move to printing cyanotypes from digital camera images. Finally, you'll experiment with using different "toners" to change the blue color of the cyanotypes.

    By the end of the workshop, students will have learned all the fundamentals of the technique: the photochemistry, the recipes, where to buy the various chemicals, and other necessary equipment so they can continue doing their own experiments after the end of the class.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn the fundamentals of cyanotype photography
    • Transform digital images to print out a digital negative to create cyanotype prints

    Course Requirements

    • Participants are asked to bring small, flat objects such as cut flowers
    • No previous photography darkroom experience necessary
    • Suitable for all levels of photographers

    About the Instructor

    Michael McCarthy has won numerous prizes for his photography and has been exhibited in galleries and museums for over 20 years, in the U.S. and in Europe. He is currently represented by the Galerie Duboys in le Marais. His exhibition, Human Form, was selected Best Gallery Exhibition in 2012 by Marc Lenot on his Lunettes Rouges blog hosted by Lemonde.fr. A new book of his photographs is scheduled for publication in early 2015 by Editions CDP (Paris).

    Photo Credit: Michael McCarthy

    • 11 May 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75004 Paris
    • 9

    Monday, 11 May 2015
    One-day workshop
    10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Cost: € 45

    Course Description

    One of the great rewards of photography is being able to share your work with others. This workshop will focus on how to prepare your images for exhibition, in a gallery or in a more familiar setting. 

    You will learn the preparation of digital files for printing using Photoshop, iPhoto, or Lightroom; choices for size and format; the selection of the printing medium (types of papers, surfaces, and other materials to print on such as wood, aluminum, and canvas); matting; and framing. You will also discuss things to keep in mind when approaching a gallery or a collector with your work.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn how to prepare digital files for printing
    • Learn the process of preparing for an exhibition: from digital file to print to framing
    • Come away with the knowledge that your photographs are an art form to be respected

    Course Requirements

    • Suitable for all levels of photographers

    About the Instructor

    Meredith Mullins is an internationally exhibited photographer and 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


    • 16 May 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • 10:15 am Danube Metro 7bis: Top of the steps of the exit Danube
    • 12
    Saturday, 16 May

    Exploring the Parc des Buttes Chaumont and surrounding areas

    This walk is the first of a series of discoveries of the less obvious, hidden beauties Paris has to offer to the curious explorer. We will focus on an area many people have heard of, but rarely venture to: the eastern arrondissements, towards the Parc des Buttes Chaumont neighborhood.  

    We begin with the Quartier de la Mouzaia, where we will find charming cobblestone alleys, lined with tiny, well-kept cottages, suffused with the fragrance of roses, wisteria and honeysuckle in the warmer months. Each of these villas has a particular atmosphere, and we will explore their intriguing names as well as their history.

    We will visit the Parc des Buttes Chaumont with its history dating back to the Roman period and nearby explore the highest point in Paris and hear of Chappe's Telegraph.

    The visit ends in a surprisingly green and peaceful place, hardly conspicuous from the surrounding streets, where we will view a hidden gem: a church, and its beautifully carved staircase and rich orthodox icons.

    Due to the nature of the hilly landscape, this walk entails a more strenuous walk than usual. Please come prepared with comfortable shoes.

    A 15-20 minute break will be included during this walk.


    Instructor: Emmanuel Putois, Agrégé de Lettres Modernes

    • 18 May 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • an atelier near the François Mitterrand Library
    • 6

    Monday, 18 May 2015
    One-day workshop
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Cost: € 75

    Course Description

    Are you looking for professional feedback on your work? Having an external point of view about your personal work can result in helpful advice on your artistic improvement.

    This workshop is aimed at those who want to organize their personal photographic work into a professional portfolio. Participants are invited to bring their photographic work to organize into unified stories and build a good portfolio that is ready to submit for photo awards or galleries.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn to make connections between your photographic work
    • Receive feedback and advice from a professional photographer
    • Participate in a friendly critique of their work

    Course Requirements

    • Suitable for all levels of photographers

    About the Instructor

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in advertising and completed his training as a photographer in Barcelona at the Institute of Design and Image (IDEP) where he worked with Luca Pagliari. Juan Manuel has worked in advertising agencies in London, such as Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Ericksson, and Grey Worldwide. He then moved to Paris, where he became the assistant to photographers such as Laure Vasconi, Xavier Lucchesi, and Ariadna Bufi. He has collaborated with Tendance Floue, and has worked for Daylight Photo Studio and the agency Magnum Photos. Juan Manuel currently lives and works in Paris as a freelance photographer.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán


    • 21 May 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Pyramides
    • 7

    Thursday, 21 May 2015
    One-day workshop
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Cost: € 60

    Course Description

    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 completed his training as a photographer in Barcelona at the Institute of Design and Image (IDEP) where he worked with Italian photographer Luca Pagliari. Juan Manuel has worked in advertising agencies in London, such as Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Ericksson, and Grey Worldwide. He then moved to Paris, where he became the assistant to photographers such as Laure Vasconi, Xavier Lucchesi, and Ariadna Bufi. He has collaborated with Tendance Floue, and has worked for Daylight Photo Studio and the agency Magnum Photos. Juan Manuel currently lives and works in Paris as a freelance photographer.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán


    • 21 May 2015
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • meet at 2:15pm at 1, rue Sully, 75001 Paris. Metro: Sully Morland (line 7) or Bastille (line 1, 5 or 8).
    Thursday, 21 May 2015

    The library owes its name to its location amidst the Paris Arsenal founded by Louis XII and François I in the 16th century. Rebuilt in the 17th century for Sully, it was enlarged in the 18th century for the Duke of Maine. Antoine René d’Argenson, Marquis de Paulmy had assembled a magnificent collection, particularly rich in medieval manuscripts and prints and bequeathed it to the library. In 1786 he also acquired the collection of the duc de la Vallière, but then sold the entire library to the comte d'Artois, brother of King Louis XVI.

    The actual Arsenal Library is part of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

    We will discover the splendid Cabinet La Meilleraye, once the Grand Master of the Arsenal, and the charming music room, together with the reading rooms of the library.

    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.



    • 26 May 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • meet at 10:15 am In front of Hotel Crillon. Metro 1, 8, and 12: Concorde
    • 12

    Tuesday, 26 May 2015

    Come and join us as we learn about some of the first Americans in Paris. They were none other than a mix of founding fathers and revolutionaries: Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, John Paul Jones and more.  During the early years of America's birth, these men would call Paris home.  

    The tour begins at the Place de la Concorde where Benjamin Franklin signed the Treaty of Alliance in 1778 making France the first to recognize the U.S. We will then walk through the Tuileries Garden and cross the Seine to the statue of Jefferson near one of his favorite buildings, the Palace of the Legion of Honor. We continue along the Left Bank and will hear stories of Voltaire, Lafayette, Jefferson's favorite artists, and the aristocratic salons. We will view the French Institute, the Mint, a house turned into a Masonic Lodge, and one of Jefferson's favorite bookshops.


    The tour winds up at the city's oldest café, which was frequented by Franklin and the Enlightenment philosophers. 

    A 15-20 minute break with the guide is included midway through the walk.               

    Please wear comfortable shoes. 

    Instructor:
    Brad Newfield, highly experienced historian and guide for over 20 years.

    • 27 May 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 11

    Wednesday, May 27

    Stories of how people with Alzheimer’s can regain capacities for exchange and communication through the impact of art and other creative therapies are the subject of an inspiring film and book by Berna Huebner, a longtime member of the WICE Board. Berna was spurred to carry out this project by her mother’s personal journey through this debilitating illness.  She will share with us excerpts from her film, I Remember Better When I Paint, narrated by Olivia de Havilland, along with her own story of making it and showing it world-wide.

    Instructor:  Berna Huebner is the founder of the Hilgos Foundation, which supports and encourages the ongoing process of artistic creation in people with dementia, including Alzheimer’s. She co-directed the film,  I Remember Better When I Paint, that shows how the creative arts can help Alzheimer’s patients re-engage in life.  Berna is now director of the Center for the Study of International Communications in Paris, and has served on the Boston University School of Medicine Alzheimer’s board,

    • 29 May 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Private residence
    • 11
    Friday, 29 May

    © Meredith MullinsRosewater, pineapple, cloves, honeysuckle, bacon-fat, lychee, coconut, orange-blossom, citronella, allspice, peach, honeycomb… and many more flavors await those who attend this session dedicated to a region of spicy, powerful, and sometimes exotic white wines.

    Alsace's Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc— when made well, these are some of the easiest to like wines in the world. Join us and see why.

    Instructor: Thomas Boothe's extensive knowledge and passion for wine and his innovative teaching style have been fueled through work and study in a variety of wine-related fields.

    Photo © Meredith Mullins


    • 30 May 2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 31 May 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 8

    Saturday May 30 & Sunday May 31
    (9:00 - 12:00/ 1:00 - 4:00)

    Course Description: Hour by hour and over two intense days, students will be introduced to the basic techniques of novel and short-story writing, first looking closely at short examples by famous authors renowned for that particular technique, discussing how they do it and why it’s so amazing, and then trying their own hand at something similar - Zadie Smith for dialogue, Hemingway for stark realism, Virginia Woolfe for internal monologue, Donna Tartt for novelistic craftsmanship etc. etc.
    By the end of two days you will leave a more enlightened and appreciative reader and hopefully too, an inspired fledgling writer aware of the challenges ahead.

    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.

    • 30 May 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15

    Saturday, 30 May 2015
    11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Cost: € 120
    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    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 instructor's 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 skill, 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.
    • Artists of all kinds who want to learn and practice new techniques.
    • Former students of Jan Olsson's printmaking workshops who would like to continue to build their skills.
    • Those who enjoy sharing a creative activity with others.
    Course requirements:
    • No prior experience is necessary. This class is open to all levels and may be repeated. Materials are 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.

    Photo credit: Sue Zebrowski


    • 02 Jun 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 23 Jun 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15

    Tuesdays: 2, 9, 16 & 23 June 2015
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
    Cost: € 160
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    The focus of this course is on learning to see, engaging one's senses in the present moment to enjoy the process of drawing as it unfolds. 

    Participants are guided through a nonjudgemental form of practice that is adaptable to their own level and easy to follow at home if desired.

    This class is designed for:

    • Beginners who want to learn to draw but find it hard to start.
    • Anyone with experience who wants to refresh their drawing 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.
    Course requirements

    This class is suitable for all levels. Sketch paper and drawing ink are provided. Instructions for choosing art supplies, including addresses of Paris art supply stores and a suggested list of additional materials will be offered at the first class meeting.

    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 website for drawings, prints and paintings.

    Photo credit: Jan Olsson

    • 02 Jun 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 23 Jun 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • at an atelier near the François Mitterrand Library
    • 8

    Tuesdays, 2, 9, 16 and 23 June 2015
    Four-part series
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Cost: € 210

    Course Description

    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

    • Suitable for all levels of photographers

    About the Instructor

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in advertising and completed his training as a photographer in Barcelona at the Institute of Design and Image (IDEP) where he worked with Italian photographer Luca Pagliari. Juan Manuel has worked in advertising agencies in London, such as Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Ericksson, and Grey Worldwide. He then moved to Paris, where he became the assistant to photographers such as Laure Vasconi, Xavier Lucchesi, and Ariadna Bufi. He has collaborated with Tendance Floue, and has worked for Daylight Photo Studio and the agency Magnum Photos. Juan Manuel currently lives and works in Paris as a freelance photographer.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán


    • 03 Jun 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 24 Jun 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15

    Wednesdays: 3, 10, 17 & 24 June 2015
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
    Cost: € 160
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    This class invites you to enjoy painting with a small group in the convivial atmosphere of Jan Olsson's private studio. Painting is a craft. It need not be intimidating but it does require patience and practice to master techniques as you learn to express yourself.

    Students can expect to:
    • Develop knowledge and skill in both watercolor and acrylic painting.
    • Benefit from the instruction of a practicing artist and experienced teacher.
    • Receive challenging assignments and constructive criticism.
    • Share their learning experience with a small, supportive group.
    This course is designed for:
    • Anyone who would like to try painting but finds it hard to begin.
    • Students who wish to improve their knowledge of color and composition.
    • Those who seek time for creativity and the structure of weekly classes.
    • Anyone who paints on their own but would like exposure to new challenges and supportive criticism of their work.
    Course requirements

    This class is suitable for all levels. Acrylic paints, mediums and gesso are supplied. Instructions for choosing art supplies, including addresses of Paris art supply stores and a suggested list of additional materials, 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 paintings.

    Photo credit: Jan Olsson

    • 04 Jun 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 25 Jun 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15

    Thursdays: 4, 11, 18 & 25 June 2015
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
    Cost: € 160
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    New for Spring!

    The image of the human face or human body is a subject of universal appeal. Children take to it naturally, but for adults it can seem a daunting task. With instruction, time and practice, participants in this class will learn step-by-step how to approach this challenging and rewarding subject.

    Exercises will include:
    • Studies of master drawings
    • Visits to museums
    • Copies of anatomical illustrations
    • Basic drawing exercises to sharpen perception
    • Sessions with a live model
    This course would be a good choice for those who:
    • Have longed to be able to draw a portrait or figure.
    • Want the structure and stimulation of a group experience.
    • Would like to sharpen their observation skills.
    • Enjoy figure drawing and wish to practice with guidance from an instructor.
    Course requirements

    This class is open to all levels. The cost of registration covers models' fees. Museum tickets are not included. Students will be responsible for their own materials. A list with instructions, including addresses for 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 at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Jan has specialized in continuing studio arts education for adults. Her paintings, prints and drawings focus on the figure. She has taught beginning to graduate-level figure drawing at the university level. Visit Jan Olsson's website to see examples of her work.

    Photo credit: Jan Olsson

    • 04 Jun 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • meet at 1:15pm at RER Station Invalides (line C). Further details after registration. The fee does not include the RER ticket.
    Thursday, 4 June 2015

    2:00 - 4:00 PM

    copyright : Ville de Versailles

    Since the reign of Louis XIV, called “the most fragrant king in the world” for his love affair with scent, Versailles has been home to some of the most important developments in perfume history. Celebrating this significant historical link, the oldest and most secret corner of Versailles, the quartier Saint-Louis, offers a fragrant world of charming shopping streets and the recently opened "Cour des Senteurs" (Court of Scents) just steps away from the famed château.

    This guided stroll invites you on a multi-sensory journey through this unique olfactory trail. We’ll discover luxurious, one-of-a-kind fragrance boutiques; learn perfume history in the court’s interactive, jewel-box museum; and encounter perfume’s natural origins with a fragrant promenade in the court’s beautiful scented garden.

    Come join us and be transported back in time by the power of scent.

    Instructor: Theresa de Belder is an experienced teacher and workshop leader in the fashion and business worlds with a particular passion for perfume. She enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of the art of scent gleaned through years of fervent research and study.


    • 04 Jun 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • 25 Jun 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15

    Thursdays: 4, 11, 18 & 25 June 2015
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
    Cost: € 160
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    Join in the fun as you embark with fellow traveler's on this creative adventure, recording your impressions of Paris as seen through an artist's eye. Inspired by poetry readings, artist' books and group visits to interesting spots around town, your travel journal will become your very own personal work of art.

    You'll be surprised how easy it is to document your travels around Paris with notes, sketches and photographs and you will continue enjoying this process outside of class, watching and recording each new day as it unfolds.

    Students can expect to:

    • Receive instruction in drawing elements and design principles.
    • Learn new techniques in stamping, stencling and collage.
    • Enhance their observation skills and perceptual acuity.
    • Explore ways to combine photography, drawing and writing.
    • Discover their own creativity and discover the joy of sharing it with others in a supportive group environment.
    This course is designed for:
    • Anyone who is new to Paris and would like to discover the city with others.
    • Long-term residents of Paris who would like to revive, deepen and personalize their experience with the city.
    • Writers, photographers or artists interested in creating a travel journal while visiting Paris.
    • Those who would enjoy and benefit from creative assignments and inspiration from a practicing artist and instructor.
    Course requirements
    • This class is open to all levels. Please note that museum tickets are not included in the course fee. Instructions for choosing art supplies, including addresses of Paris art supply stores and a suggested list of materials, will be provided at the first class meeting.
    About the instructor

    Prior to obtaining her Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing, Jan Olsson worked as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator. She also taught graphic design courses to college-level students. Jan has created several artists' books. Some are included in the collections of the Smith College Library, the Rare Book Collections at the University of Arizona and the Bibliothéque Nationale in Paris.

    Photo credit: Jan Olsson

    • 05 Jun 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Private residence
    • 12
    Friday, 5 June 

    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.

    What is behind the pleasure we feel? Is there more than the thrill of the chill and the bubbles on our palate? Let's go deep into this region, beyond the big brands and explore.

    Champagne lives a lot on its reputation, but to find the really good ones (and the good values) actually takes a lot of work. On this special early summer evening, the work will have been done for you. Join us and celebrate with glass after glass of the sparkling wine that gave this part of France its good name.

    Instructor: Thomas Boothe's extensive knowledge and passion for wine and his innovative teaching style have been fueled through work and study in a variety of wine-related fields.