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    • 06 Sep 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Château d’Auvers-sur-Oise, Rue de Léry BP 21 – 95430 Auvers-sur-Oise

    Sunday, September 06, 2015
    8:30 AM - ca. 4:00 PM

        
    What a better place than the charming village of Auvers sur Oise to spend a Sunday in September and walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh. 

    Now is the time, as many events in celebration of the 125th  anniversary of the death of Vincent Van Gogh will soon come to an end.  

    The Itinerary: 

    08:30 AM Meeting venue in the 15th district to be announced upon registration, to drive together to Auvers-sur-Oise

    Morning program -  

    A walking tour in the footsteps of Van Gogh through the Village to see the Auberge Ravoux called Van Gogh's residence, the Absinthe museum and more... 

    The next stop is the Castle of Auvers to view "Journey to the Time of the Impressionists” -- an interactive, multi-media show with touch screens displaying 500 works and much more. Here you will relive the 19th century Parisian world of the Impressionists from cabarets to Absinth parlors. Plus we will visit a special exhibition at the castle devoted to Van Gogh.

    A late, leisurely lunch or a snack - your choosing - at Le Menera, a reasonably-priced Moroccan restaurant. There we will have a chance to catch up with each other after the summer months. 
          

    Then there will still be time to visit  the Auvers-sur-Oise church, the cemetery where Van Gogh and his brother Theo are buried, and the famous wheat fields with the crows where it is said Van Gogh committed suicide.To end on a happy note and honor Van Gogh’s memory, we will end with a Van Gogh quiz with Van Gogh prizes!

    Then we will drive back together to Paris.

    Details:

     Expected Costs

    Castle of Auvers - € 14.25

     Auberge Ravoux (optional) - € 6

    Absinthe Museum (optional) - € 8,00

     Lunch at Le Menera: Each member pays their own way. 
          .

    Transportation

    (announced upon registration)

     

    About the instructor

    Originally from Chicago, Wendy Dubreuil studied languages (French and Arabic) at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and added on German later.  Passionate about the French language and culture, she lived on campus at the French House where she hosted weekly pause-cafés and met French-speaking students from all over the world. She later participated in the University of Illinois Year Abroad program, studying French language, literature and civilization.  She completed a Masters in International Studies from the School of International Service at American University. She has pursued a career internationally working for the United Nations.

    • 08 Sep 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 29 Sep 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Details will be sent 24 hrs before the start of class.
    • 8
    Tuesdays 8, 15, 22 & 29 September 2015
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Cost: €200

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

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

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Masters in Contemporary Photography. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate about photography, Juan Manual works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, reportage and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.
    • 21 Sep 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • 26 Oct 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 5

    Mondays, 21 &28 September, 5,12,19 & 26 October 2015
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Cost: €165

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

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

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

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

    Instructor:

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

    • 21 Sep 2015
    • 4:45 PM
    • 19 Oct 2015
    • 6:45 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 5

    Mondays,  21 & 28 September, 5, 12, 19 October 
    4:45 PM- 6:45 PM

    Cost: €205
    (includes weekly
    tastings)

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

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

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

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

    Instructor:

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

    • 22 Sep 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Dorothy's Gallery, 27 rue Keller, 75011, Paris
    WICE Open House 2015 - You'll Fit Right In
     

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    Come and be part of WICE Open House 2015! 
             
    This is your opportunity to:
    • Discover exciting courses WICE has to offer;
    • Connect with current WICE members;
    • Learn about the wider benefits of WICE membership;
    • Join the WICE community;
    • Register for courses starting from September 2015.
               
    Register in advance, and drop in on the day, for a chance to win a year's membership to WICE worth 50€.

    Sign up for a course at the event and get 50% off your WICE membership fee.
                         
    Remember that this is a free event and is open to all so be sure to let your family and friends know.
                         
    We look forward to seeing you there.
                

             
    • 24 Sep 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Details will be sent 24 hrs before the start of class.
    • 6
    Thursday, 24 September 2015
    Cost: €50

    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

    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 Visual Arts and holds a Masters in Contemporary Photography. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate in photography, Juan Manual works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, reportage and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.
    • 26 Sep 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75004 Paris
    • 10
    Saturday, 26 September 2015                                      9:30 AM to 3 PM
    Cost: 75
    Meredith Mullins

    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: Meagan Nye


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    • 26 Sep 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Atelier Atlantis, 94250 Gentilly
    • 5
    Saturday, 26 September 2015                                   
    10:30 am to 1:30 pm
                                                        
    Cost: €80

    Take a break from the digital world and 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:
    • 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 US 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 Rouge blog hosted by Lemonde.fr. 

    Image credit: Michael McCarthy
    • 28 Sep 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 12 Oct 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • Paris, 75004
    • 8

    Mondays, 28 September, and 5 & 12 October 2015  
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Cost: 135

    What does it take to make a memorable photograph? Many things... but this course will focus on two of the most important elements: interesting characters and the "set" or scene in which the story unfolds. 

    You will learn techniques and tips for photographing people in candid and formal situations. And you'll learn the power of line, form, contrast, and texture through a discussion of composition guidelines and study of architectural, cityscape and street photographers. You'll get hands-on practical experience in photographing people and designing/composing your "set" through in-class assignments and field expeditions that will seek out characters and incorporate interesting structures (buildings, monuments, windows and doors).

    Each class will include a friendly critique of the class assignments.

    Students can expect to:

    • review creative tools and technical controls, with a focus on composition, use of aperture and shutter speed and changing perspectives
    • 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: Lauren Gezurian-Amlani


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    • 28 Sep 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • 27 Jun 2016
    • 5:30 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 9
    Mondays from 28 September 2015 to 27 June 2016
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 

    No class during
    Christmas school holidays and official public holidays

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

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

    Instructors:  Christian Lebreton, Liliane Daniel, Sylvie Kerisit

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

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

    • 28 Sep 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • 27 Jun 2016
    • 7:30 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro: La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 10
    Mondays from 28 September 2015 to 27 June 2016
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

     
    No class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays

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

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

    Instructor: 
    Louise Denyer, a native English speaker, is a qualified English solicitor and an experienced teacher holding the Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (CTEFLA). For the past 10 years, she has been teaching Business, Legal and General English to various international audiences; she also coaches French and foreign actors in English and teaches theater in English to French children.

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

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

    • 29 Sep 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 13 Oct 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • Paris, 75004
    • 7

    Tuesdays, 29 September and 6, 13 October 2015
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Cost: 135 

    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 their subjects
    • have their technical questions answered directly
    • participate in a friendly critique session of their work

    Course Requirements

    • Suitable for all levels of photographers

    About the Instructor

    Meredith Mullins is 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: Bob Levy


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    • 29 Sep 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 24 Nov 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's studio, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15
    Tuesdays, 29 September, 6, 13 & 20 October, and 3, 10, 17 & 24 November 2015
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Cost: 300 
    Pro-rata option also available: 48 per session 

    Participants in this unique drawing course meet weekly in a private studio overlooking the Parc André Citroën. It is designed for:
    • beginners who would like to learn to draw, but find it hard to start
    • those with experience who wish to refresh their drawing skills
    • anyone wishing to enhance their perceptual skills
    • students who desire the structure and inspiration of weekly sessions
    • those who would benefit from the guidance of an experienced teacher
    • those who enjoy practicing in a group.
    When you draw you learn to see. The world unfolds before your eyes, one page and one mark at a time. "Practice, practice, practice and everything will come", these words by a famous yogi also apply to drawing. Participants in this class are guided through drawing exercises adaptable to their own level and interests. Techniques and skills practiced will be:
    • line drawings in pencil or pen from botanical subjects
    • rendering light and shadow in charcoal or ink wash
    • creating depth and volume with shading
    • composing a composition from a still life or photograph
    • creating texture with combined media
    Course requirements

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

    About the instructor

    Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing. Since her tenure at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Jan has specialized in continuing studio arts education for adults. For examples of her work you can visit her website.

    Image credit: Jan Olsson

    • 29 Sep 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 30 Jun 2016
    • 11:30 AM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro: La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 7
    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 29 September 2015 to 30 June 2016.
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

     
    No class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.

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

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

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

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


    • 29 Sep 2015
    • 11:30 AM
    • 30 Jun 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro: La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 6
    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 29 September 2015 to 30 June 2016.
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    No class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.

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

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

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

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


    • 29 Sep 2015
    • 1:30 PM
    • 28 Jun 2016
    • 3:00 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro: La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 9
    Tuesdays, 29 September 2015 to 28 June, 2016
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


    No class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.



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

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

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

    Important: Before signing up for a course please read the How to Enroll instructions and take the appropriate placement test found therein.
    • 29 Sep 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • 24 Nov 2015
    • 4:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 14
    Tuesdays, 29 September, 6, 13 & 20 October, and 3, 10, 17 & 24 November 2015
    2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Cost: 300 
    Pro-rata option is also available: 48 per session

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

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

    About the instructor

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

    Image credit: Jan Olsson

    • 30 Sep 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • 29 Jun 2016
    • 2:30 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 9
    Wednesdays from 30 September 2015 to 29 June 2016
    12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
     
    No class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.

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


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

    Instructors:  Ethel Chesnoy), Irene Falcon, Gladys Clamou, Francisca Valenzuela
         


    • 30 Sep 2015
    • 4:30 PM
    • 29 Jun 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 3
    Wednesdays from 30 September 2015 to 29 June 2016
    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

    No class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.


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

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

    Instructors:  Shirley Dixon, Stephanie Brackfield.

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

    • 01 Oct 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 26 Nov 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 14

    Thursdays, 1, 8, 15 & 22 October and 5, 12, 19 & 26 November 2015
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Cost: 300 
    Pro-rata option also available: 48 per session

    The image of the human face or 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
    • drawing visits to museums and parks
    • 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 skill levels. The cost of registration covers models' fees and sketching paper. Museum tickets are not included. A materials list and 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 as a full-time fine arts faculty member at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Jan has specialized in continuing studio arts education for adults. She has taught beginning to graduate-level figure drawing at the University level. Her paintings, prints and drawings focus on the figure. Visit Jan Olsson's website to see examples of her work.

    Image credit: Jan Olsson
    • 01 Oct 2015
    • 1:30 PM
    • 30 Jun 2016
    • 3:00 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro: La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 10
    Thursdays, 1 October 2015 to 30 June 2016
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    No class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.

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

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

    Instructors: Monika de Vigneral, Ulla Emonet, Dorothée Yvernes

    • 02 Oct 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Private residence, 75008 Paris; Metro: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau
    • 8

    © Meredith MullinsFriday, 2 October 2015

    65

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

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

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

    We found some strong relationships in our last wine and cheese course (some "marriages" and some "friendships"). The results were so revealing, we're repeating the class by popular demand.

    Tom, our instructor, will bring the same expertise and unusual eye, that make him so popular in our wine courses, to this match that was just meant to be.


    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.

    • 03 Oct 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Meet at 1:45 pm at metro station Palais Royal Musee du Louvre on line 1 and 7 - Exit Carrousel du Louvre, under The Inverted Pyramid

    Saturday, 3 October 2015
    Cost: €2

    What Paris could have looked like in the time of the Hunchback of Notre-Dame: the Paris of the Middle Ages.

    The visit will start underground next to the parking lot of the Louvre Museum where the Wall of Charles V (1338-1380) was rediscovered in the 198Os. After walking to the Tour St. Jacques, we will stroll along the right bank of the river Seine stopping by the typically medieval houses and gardens of the times.

    La rue des Jardins-Saint-Paul will give us a unique opportunity to see a quiet portion of the Philip Augustus Wall (the first medieval protection of the capital city), with part of the Tour Montgomery (named after the man who accidentally killed King Henri II during a tournament in 1552).
    Our last two stages will be dedicated to the infamous Bastille.

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

    Instructor: Emmanuel Putois, Agrégé de Lettres Modernes

    • 04 Oct 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Meeting details will be provided before the class, 75005
    • 7
    Sunday, 4 October 2015                                              10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
    Cost: 40 

    Get your cameras ready and join us on a visit to the Sunday Mouffetard music lovers, who step back in time to the charm of the French Village life. They sing and dance (and smile) to nostalgic French music, such as Piaf and Trenet.

    This village setting provides a perfect backdrop for a photo exploration of motion (working with varying shutter speeds to capture movement) and information portraiture (capturing the personalities of the characters who gather), as well as a place to just have fun in a truly French fashion.

    Students can expect to:
    • Get hands-on practice with your camera's technical controls (aperture and shutter speed)
    • Come away with valuable tips for photographing people in a street photography setting
    Course requirements
    • Suitable for beginners to advanced 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  
    • 05 Oct 2015
    • 10:30 AM
    • 09 Nov 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 5

    Mondays, 5,12,19 & 26 October,  2 & 9 November 2015
    10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Cost: 165

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

    Instructor:

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

    • 06 Oct 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 27 Oct 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • Location details will be sent 24 hrs before the start of class.
    • 1
    Tuesdays 6, 13, 20 & 27 October 2015
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Cost: €160

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

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

    Students can expect to:

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

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Masters in Contemporary Photography. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate about photography, Juan Manual works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, reportage and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.
    • 07 Oct 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 02 Dec 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 6

    Wednesdays, October 07 & 14, November 4, 18 & 25, December 2
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Cost: €165

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

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

    Instructor:

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

    • 09 Oct 2015
    • 1:30 PM
    • 20 Nov 2015
    • 4:30 PM
    • Location details will be sent out 24hrs prior to class
    • 8
    Fridays, 9, 16 & 23 October, and 6, 13 & 20 November
    1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Cost: 225  
    Pro-rata rates also available: 45 per session

    In a continuation of our popular series we explore the contemporary art scene in Paris through weekly afternoon excursions.

    Join us for one or all of our upcoming Art Collecting courses:

    October 9 - New "must-see" shows in the Marais art galleries

    October 16 - Affordable emerging art work (Marais or Belleville)

    October 23 - A private tour of the Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain at Grand Palais* 

    November 6 - Art Walk in Saint-Germain-des-Prés

    November 13 - A private tour of the international Paris Photo art fair at Grand Palais*

    November 20 - An afternoon at the venerable Drouot auction house

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

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

    About the instructor

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

    • 09 Oct 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Private residence, 75017 Paris; Métro: Malesherbes or Villiers
    • 9

    © Meredith MullinsFriday, October 2015

    60

    In the wine high-school yearbook, Chardonnay probably would have been voted most popular, most attractive and most likely to succeed. A combination of George Clooney and Julia Roberts in one. It’s an easy-to-love grape.

    In our past single-cépage tastings, we’ve seen the incredible range of different flavors and personalities that could be coaxed out of Chenin and Sauvignon Blanc. Now we turn to the beloved Chardonnay. We’ll taste examples from Italy, Australia, California, South Africa, the Languedoc, the Jura and of course from the Côte d’Or and Chablis. The heterogeneity will be stunning. We’ll talk about how much these differences have to do with the terroir and how much with the mindset of the given region or country.  Join us for an evening of butter, vanilla, nuts, and fresh fruit … all in our tasting tour of the world’s lovable chardonnays.


    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 Oct 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artist's studio, 75015 Paris
    • 15
    Saturday, 10 October, 2015
    Cost: 100 

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

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

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

    This course is designed for:
    • anyone who would enjoy having a new creative experience
    • working WICE members who would enjoy a relaxing and creative Saturday activity
    • accompanied children age 10 or over
    • artists of all kinds who want to learn and practice new techniques
    • those who enjoy sharing a creative activity with others.
    Course requirements

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

    About the instructor

    Jan Olsson has been working in her etching studio at La Ruche since 1990. While studying for her Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing, Jan also studied printmaking and has taught beginning to advanced printmaking courses at the college level. Visit her website to see examples of her monotype prints.
     
    Image credit: Jan Olsson
    • 13 Oct 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • meet at 10.45 AM at 62 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris . Metro: Sebastien Froissard (line 8) or Rambuteau (line 11).

    Tuesday, 13 October 2015

    Cost: €22

    Located in the Marais district,  the Hôtel de Guénégaud (1650s) is the only existing private mansion designed by architect François Mansard. This hôtel houses the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature.

    Every aspect of the animal world, including the themes of hunting myths and legends, its traditions and practices, and the development of firearms, is highlighted here via paintings of animals, stuffed animals from North Africa, the Americas and Asia, and a collection of weapons and crossbows.

    The museum provides a stunning setting for presenting a pedagogic approach to animal anatomy and the advocacy of respectful hunting practices, wildlife preservation and ecological awareness.

    Come and discover with our guide, Catherine, the many fascinating tales this beautiful museum has to tell.

    InstructorCatherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and Americana 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.


    • 13 Oct 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • 24 Nov 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 7

    Tuesdays, 13, 20 & 27 October, 10, 17, 24 November 2015
    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Cost: €165

    In a world bombarded by information and networking, we still crave the slow pace of fiction and the opportunity for quiet, contemplative reading. What is it about the language of fiction and biography that so intrigues us? And how do the novel and short story still manage to offer us the best perspective on the human condition?

    In a series of six sessions, lecturer Gretel Furner will examine the various voices of fiction, from science fiction to autobiography, to find out how one finds one’s own voice as a writer. Each of us has a unique voice and message to share, but how do you develop it? If the creative-writing process intrigues you, join us and find out. You might be surprised.

    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.

    • 15 Oct 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Meeting details will be provided before the class
    • 7
    Thursday, 15 October 2015
    Cost: 45

    The new Fondation Louis Vuitton, designed by Frank Gehry, rises like a sailing ship from the surrounding children's park and Bois de Boulogne. Its form and reflecting surfaces are a photographer's paradise. This photo expedition will focus on key elements to photographing a work of architectural genius. 

    We will first meet in a nearby café to learn about light, exposure, composition and the creative use of reflection. Then we will wander through the Jardin d'Acclimatation, photographing whatever strikes us in the play areas, and, finally, will study this fascinating building from all angles (inside and out). 

    The photographs we make on this expedition will be featured in an upcoming WICE article. You will also receive comments on your photographs from class participations and the instructor in the week following class.

    Students can expect to:
    • review composition guidelines and techniques for exposure and creative use of depth of field
    • get hands-on experience with practical assignments
    • receive feedback on their work
    Course requirements
    • Suitable for all levels of photographers and those wishing to develop their skills.
    • *Entry cost for the Foundation is not included in the course fee.
    Please note: The cost of entry to the foundation is not included in the course fee.

    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: Andrew Moran  
    • 15 Oct 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • 26 Nov 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 6

    Thursdays, 15,22 & 29 October, 12,19 & 26 November 
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Cost: € 165

    What do we lose and what do we gain by living internationally? In a series of six sessions, lecturer Gretel Furner picks up a popular course she has taught at WICE over these past years, exploring the ex-pat experience that she refuses to call ‘ex-pat’. What is this new global community and how does it make us different from people who stay and live locally? Do we see the world differently and speak about ourselves in a different way? Are we in fact a community in our own right? Using excerpts from literature and famous writers we will discuss what makes our lives different and the choices we face when we leave home and go global.

    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.

    • 16 Oct 2015
    • 9:30 AM
    • 04 Dec 2015
    • 11:00 AM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 8

    Fridays 16, 23 & 30 October, 6, 13, 20, 27 November, 4 December                                     
    9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Cost:  135

    Are you trying to work on your writing, but every time you sit down to do it, nothing happens? Are you distracted? Work? Kids? Facebook? It doesn’t have to be that way...

    Come to our weekly Write-In and join other committed writers who want to do what they do best: Write! 

    What is a Write-In? A Write-In is not just a place to go, but a place where structure and collective creative energy will help you achieve your writing goals.  Write-in is open to writers of all levels.

    Why? Because working regularly in a dedicated place free from distraction will improve your concentration, refresh your creative process and increase your productivity.

    Join our community of writers and build up your writing discipline.

    Host:

    Veronica Kugler is a WICE Board Director, who's currently finishing her first book and a collection of short stories.  

    • 17 Oct 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Atelier Atlantis, 94250 Gentilly
    • 6
    Saturday, October 17, 2015
    10:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Cost: €80

    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. 

    Photo image: Michael McCarthy
    • 22 Oct 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Location details will be sent 24 hrs before the start of class.
    • 5
    Thursday, 22 October 2015                                         10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Cost: €50

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

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

    Students can expect to:

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

    Course Requirements

    • Suitable for all levels of photographers
    About the instructor

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Masters in Contemporary Photography. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate about photography, Juan Manual works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, reportage and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.
    • 24 Oct 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Theatre le Ranelagh located at 5 rue de Vignes Paris 75016

    Cyrano de Bergerac - Theater Event

    Directed by Jean-Phillipe Daguerre

    Saturday, October 24, 2015
    8:00 PM at The Théâtre le Ranelagh

    44 Euros
    (Students under 26 years - 25 Euros)


    Theatre in Paris welcomes WICE members to a spectacular performance of Cyrano de Bergerac with English surtitles preceded by a VIP presentation and complimentary cocktail.

    The presentation will include a talk about the history of the theater (an 18th century historical monument), the plot and the actors while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine. 

    What are English surtitles? 

    A translation of a libretto or other text projected onto a screen above the stage during a performance.  Surtitles displayed above the stage were first introduced into Canadian opera houses in 1982 and now in France by Theatre in Paris.

    The Story

    Flamboyance and poetry, love and sword fighting...

    Step into the romantic world of Cyrano de Bergerac. Our swashbuckling hero, Cyrano, complete with his famously-prominent nose, fights against the odds and reveals himself to be just as effective with the sword as he is with his words. He falls madly in love with his cousin, Roxane, only to find out that she loves another. Christian, a headstrong young soldier, as handsome as Cyrano is ugly, as dim-witted as Cyrano is sharp, has also fallen in love with Roxane.

    The two rivals join forces, with Cyrano helping Christian - untutored in the language of love - to succeed in his attempt to seduce the beautiful Roxane. She is attracted to the handsome Christian who, using the power of Cyrano's words and letters, entices her completely. Travelling from Paris to the north of France, they embark upon many an adventure from the elegant townhouses of Paris to the battlefields of Arras.

    But one day, both Cyrano and Christian will have to make a terrible choice...

    Host:

    THEATRE IN PARIS was born from the observation that Paris is a world capital of theatre along with New York and London. However, most internationals and tourists ignore it because of the language barrier.  We decided to offer selected plays from the Paris theatre season with English surtitles, so that many more people can enjoy them.

    Learn more: http://www.theatreinparis.com/



     

     

    • 03 Nov 2015
    • 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Place Saint Michel
    • 7
    Tuesday, 3 November 2015                                           4:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    Cost: €65

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

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

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

    Course requirements

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

    About the instructor

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

    Image Credit: © Juan Manuel Abellán

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    • 04 Nov 2015
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • meet at 2.15 A.M. 2, passage Dantzig - 75015 PARIS. Métro Convention (10min walking distance) or bus 89 stop: Morillons Dantzig.

    Wednesday, 4 November 2015

    Cost: €23

    Nestling discreetly in the 15th "Passage Dantzig", LA RUCHE owes its existence to Alfred Boucher, a well-known sculptor and a generous philanthropist, who in 1902 set up this three-story circular structure thanks to recycled buildings from the 1900 World’s Fair. La Ruche was designed to help young artists by providing them with shared models and with a large exhibition space. Among the early residents were Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine and Brancusi. La Ruche still welcomes about 60 artists.

    During this private visit, you will have the privilege to discover not only the architecture of this building classified as an "historic monument" and the romantic garden of age old trees, but also the small studios which, over the years, have been used by famous painters, sculptors and writers. Finally you will have the chance to visit a private artist's studio devoted to printmaking.

    La Ruche is generously opening its doors to WICE members on this very special occasion. Do not miss this exterior and interior visit (which is not open to the general public) of La Ruche.

    Instructor: Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes has been involved for years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before getting back to Art History Studies. 

    • 05 Nov 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 19 Nov 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • Paris, 75004 details before the start of the class
    • 9

    Thursdays, 5, 12, & 19 November 2015
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Cost: 135 

    November offers an opportunity for great photo exhibitions and a chance to focus on your own personal photographic style, as well as the style of celebrated photographers. 

    This course will combine in-class discussion, creative assignments, study of legacy and contemporary photographers, and visits to local exhibits - all designed to help you discover more about your photographic tastes and your own personal artistic style.

    Students can expect to:

    • review creative tools and technical controls to explore different kinds of artistic expression
    • 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


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    • 07 Nov 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio 75015, Paris
    • 15
    Saturday, 7 November, 2015
    11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Cost: 100

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

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

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

    This course is designed for:
    • anyone who would enjoy having a new creative experience
    • working WICE members who would enjoy a relaxing and creative Saturday activity
    • accompanied children age 10 or over.
    • artists of all kinds who want to learn and practice new techniques
    • those who enjoy sharing a creative activity with others.
    Course requirements

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

    About the instructor

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

    Image credit: Jan Olsson
     
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    • 17 Nov 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Meet at 10:15 am at Metro station Louvre Rivoli on Line 1 -Top of the steps of exit Louvre Rivoli.

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015
    Cost: €25

    A walk through the atmospheric covered arcades of old Paris, and the elegant Palais Royal, with its delightful secluded garden. These graceful arched walkways are known in French as 'passages' and were a feature of many 19th century cities. On this circuit the guided tour explores architectural, social and literary history. We hear of the revolutionaries who debated ideas in the cafes of the Palais Royal, of Moliere and Offenbach at the theaters along our routes and of writer Emile Zola in whose novels these enclaves featured. Colorful characters lived here including Jean Cocteau and artist, writer and novelist Colette who wrote Gigi and Cheri (recently made into a film with Michelle Pfeiffer). These once bustling arcades, where the modern practice of urban shopping was born, became quiet backwaters with the advent of the department stores, but they have come to life again and are lined with old style bookstores, tea rooms, fashion, toy and curio shops.  

    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 walking guide in Paris. 

    • 20 Nov 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Private residence, 75008 Paris; Metro: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau
    • 1

    © Meredith MullinsFriday, 20 November 2015

    €65

    Piedmont and Tuscany are probably the two most beautiful dialects that Italian wines can speak, and on this night we will learn to “hear” and appreciate the differences.

    Increasingly easy-to-succeed-at blind tasting games will put into stark relief the similarities and contrasts between these powerful, elegant gastronomic personalities.

    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.

    • 01 Dec 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 15 Dec 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Location details will be sent 24 hrs before the start of class.
    • 8
    Tuesdays, 1, 8 & 15 December 2015
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Cost: €150

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

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

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a master in Contemporary Photography. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate about photography, Juan Manual works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, reportage and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.
    • 03 Dec 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • meet at 10.45PM at 17 Quai d'Anjou, 75004 Paris. Metro Sully Morland (line 7).

    Thursday, 3 December 2015

    Cost: €23

    Recently reopened, the Hôtel de Lauzun is located on the eastern edge of île Saint-Louis.  It has passed through a number of owners and now belongs to the city of Paris. The best-known owner was the flamboyant Duke of Lauzun, famous for being the secret husband of the “Grande Mademoiselle”, Louis XIV’s first cousin.

    This mansion is a splendid example of baroque architecture and one of the most beautiful mansions that retains its rich carved, painted, mirrored and gilded interiors from the time of Louis XIV. It was rented during the 19th century to famous writers such as Charles Baudelaire and Théophile Gautier, who formed their “Club des Hashischins” where they experimented with hashish.

    Do not miss this must-see exceptional mansion that has recently been reopened.

    Guide : provided by the Hotel de Lauzun.
    • 04 Dec 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Private residence, 75011 Paris; Métro: Bastille or Bréguet-Sabin
    • 5

    © Meredith MullinsFriday, December, 2015
    65

    It's time to surrender to the elegance of Burgundy wines and understand through all our senses why this region attracts true wine lovers.

    In this evening’s tasting, we’ll examine the wines from the northern part of the legendary Côte d’Or—the Côte de Nuits. This region is home to most of Burgundy’s great reds -- Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, and Nuits-St-Georges. Sometimes called velvet hammers, these wines are complex, graceful, powerful, and delicate … and not to be missed. They take care and attention in growing and they deserve care and attention in a dedicated tasting. Beware. They might become a lifelong obsession.


    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.
    • 08 Dec 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Meet at 10:15 am at metro station Vavin by the Cafe Rotonde

    Tuesday, 8 December 2015
    Cost: €25

    A wonderful walk on the streets of Montparnasse, St. Germain and the Luxembourg Gardens.

    We will start with the famous cafés of the 1920s and 30s and visit places where Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein lived.

    The neighborhood was also the center for artists such as Modigliani and Gauguin. The walk will finish at the location of Sylvia Beach's original Shakespeare and Co.

    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 walking guide in Paris. 

    • 12 Jan 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • 16 Feb 2016
    • 4:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio; 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15
    Tuesdays, 12, 19 & 26 January, and 2, 9 & 16 February 2016
    2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Cost: 240 
    Pro-rata option is also available: 48 per session

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

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

    About the instructor

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

    Image credit: Jan Olsson
    • 12 Jan 2016
    • 10:00 PM
    • 16 Feb 2016
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio; 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15
    Tuesdays, 12, 19 & 26 January, and 2, 9 & 16 February 2016
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Cost: 240 
    Pro-rata option also available: 48 per session 

    Members of this unique drawing course meet weekly in a private studio overlooking the Parc André Citroën. 

    It is designed for:
    • beginners who would like to learn to draw, but find it hard to start
    • those with experience who wish to refresh their drawing skills
    • anyone wishing to enhance their perceptual skills
    • students who desire the structure and inspiration of weekly sessions
    • those who would benefit from the guidance of an experienced teacher
    • those who enjoy practicing in a group.
    When you draw you learn to see. The world unfolds before you eyes, one page and one mark at a time. "Practice, practice, practice and everything will come", these words by a famous yogi also apply to drawing. Participants in this class are guided through drawing exercises adaptable to their own level and interests. Techniques and skills practiced will be:
    • line drawings in pencil or pen from botanical subjects
    • rendering light and shadow in charcoal or ink wash
    • creating depth and volume with shading
    • composing a composition from a still life or photograph
    • creating texture with combined media.
    Course requirements

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

    About the instructor

    Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing. Since her tenure at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Jan has specialized in continuing studio arts education for adults. For examples of her work you can visit her website.

    Image credit: Jan Olsson
    • 14 Jan 2016
    • 10:00 PM
    • 18 Feb 2016
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15

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

    The image of the human face or 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
    • drawing visits to museums and parks
    • 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 skill levels. The cost of registration covers models' fees and sketching paper. Museum tickets are not included. A materials list and 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 as a full-time fine arts faculty member at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Jan has specialized in continuing studio arts education for adults. She has taught beginning to graduate-level figure drawing at the University level. Her paintings, prints and drawings focus on the figure. Visit Jan Olsson's website to see examples of her work.

    Image credit: Jan Olsson
    • 16 Jan 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • meet at 8:45 AM 25 avenue des Champs Elysées 75008. Métro Franklin Roosevelt (line 1,9).

    Saturday, 16 January 2016

    Cost: €30

    Located on 25 avenue des Champs Elysees, the Hôtel de la Païva was the home of the Marquise de la Païva, a famous 19th-century courtesan. Built between 1856 and 1866 by the architect Pierre Manguin, this mansion is the sole remaining example of the magnificent palaces that once lined the Champs Élysées. It is a remarkable and rare example of the Second Empire‘s architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage listed monument. It was decorated by the greatest artists of the time in the style of the Renaissance. Hôtel de la Païva, with its large yellow onyx staircase, Moorish-style bathroom, sculptures, paintings, and a ceiling by Paul Baudry, is a unique place.

    The Hôtel de la Païva is exceptionally opening its doors to WICE members on Saturday, January 16th. An opportunity not to be missed. Join us as we explore this sumptuous mansion and step into the life of luxury enjoyed by the Marquise de la Païva.

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


    • 23 Jan 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris
    • 15
    Saturday, 23 January 2016                                         11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Cost: 100

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

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

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

    This course is designed for:
    • anyone who would enjoy having a new creative experience
    • working WICE members who would enjoy a relaxing and creative Saturday activity
    • accompanied children age 10 or over
    • artists of all kinds who want to learn and practice new techniques
    • those who enjoy sharing a creative activity with others.
    Course requirements

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

    About the instructor

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

    • 13 Feb 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artist's studio, Paris
    • 15
    Saturday, 13 February 2016
    Cost: 100

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

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

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

    This course is designed for:
    • anyone who would enjoy having a new creative experience
    • working WICE members who would enjoy a relaxing and creative Saturday activity
    • accompanied children age 10 or over
    • artists of all kinds who want to learn and practice new techniques
    • those who enjoy sharing a creative activity with others.
    Course requirements

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

    About the instructor

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

    Image credit: Jan Olsson

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

    Thursday, 18 February 2015 

    Cost: €22

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

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

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

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

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