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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.
    • 7

    Mondays from 16:00 to 17:30, from April  to 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.
    • 8
    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.
    • 6
    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.
    • 9
    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
    • 12:30 PM
    • 24 Jun 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 1
    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.
    • 6

    Wednesdays, from April to June 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.
    • 2
    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.
    • 10
    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.


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

    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

    • 09 Mar 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 30 Mar 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75004 Paris
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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.
    • 1
    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.


    • 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.
    • 2
    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
    • 15 Apr 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • WICE - 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 5

    Wednesdays 1, 8, 15 April 2015credit: Jeanette Dardel
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    The purpose of this workshop is to help computer users who do not have a technical background, to have a better understanding of their computer and to better maintain their Windows desktop or laptop.  The sessions will be a blend of presentations, demonstrations, hands-on sessions and question and answer sessions.

    Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop to the sessions.  Where possible, session content will be adjusted to meet the needs of participants.

    Part I - Computer "Dust Bunnies" - How to remove unnecessary programs, unwanted temporary files, cookies, saved passwords, bookmarks, old emails, and how to organize what's left.

    Part II - Malicious Programs - How to remove malicious files and programs, viruses, spyware, adware, etc. and other nasty stuff that sneaks into your computer, and protect yourself from further infestation.

    Part III - Potpourri - How to manage your internet connection and WiFi, manage your passwords, backing up your precious files and photographs, and how to give and receive computer help "over the wires".

    About the instructor: Paul Lewis is a retired British engineer who has enjoyed helping people from a wide range of cultures with varied educational backgrounds come to grips with technology, over a period of several decades. This includes working as an educator and technical trainer in Europe, the US and a few African countries. He says he's starting to get the hang of it now.  

    Photo credit: Jeanette Dardel


    • 01 Apr 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 20 May 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 14

    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
    • 28 May 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 12

    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

    French Film Musicals: 

    Why are there so few? 

    Part III Film Series 
    Thursday, 2 April 2015
    2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    Seminar by Vincent Fournols

    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 4,000 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 two-part series: Paris When it Flickers and this new third seminar. 

    For the past 20 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
    • 5

    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

    • 03 Apr 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office - 10 rue Tiphaine - 75015 Paris
    • 9
    Friday, April 3
    2pm- 4pm

    "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Brief resume:

    In one of the most memorable novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewered version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now 31, Never Let Me Go hauntingly dramatizes her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School, and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.


    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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    • 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
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    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
    • 4
    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
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    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
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    Registration is closed

    Passionate Love and “La Folie” at the Musée d’Orsay

    Sunday, 12 April 2015 at 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Here in the stunning restaurant/salon de thé on the “premier étage” of 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.

    Host: 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.
    • 8

    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
    • 6

    Wednesday, 15 April 2015
    6:30 PM - 7:30PM

    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 Qui 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
    • 6

    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
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    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
    • 8

    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
    • 8

    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
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    Wednesday, 6 May 2015
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Paula Lucas has been called “an international angel.” As a young mother of three sons trapped in Dubai with a brutally abusive husband, she miraculously escaped his 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
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    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
    • 8

    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
    • 10

    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
    • 10

    When Alzheimer's Strikes: A Way to Help

    Wednesday, 27 May 2015
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    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
    • 9
    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.
    • 4

    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
    • 7

    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
    • 9
    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.
    • 10 Jun 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • meet at 1:00pm. Meeting point details to be announced after registration.
    Wednesday, 10 June 2014 

    Only half an hour from Paris by RER, the Toile de Jouy Museum, located in the Yvelines department, in Jouy- en-Josas, is dedicated to the activity of the Jouy factory and textile printing. In 1760, Christophe Philippe Oberkampf, engraver and colourist, established a factory for printed cottons that became the most important in Europe. There are two kinds of Jouy designs: polychrome floral designs and monochrome scenes with figures. These fabrics were mainly used for furnishing and decoration.

    The permanent exhibition allows a walk on two floors to discover the collections of Jouy fabrics as canvases and Indian characters. There are also printing equipment and old drawings that served as models. 

    Discover with us this exceptional collection of printed toiles that were famous in the 18th and in the 19th century.

    Guide : provided by the museum

    • 13 Jun 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • 10:15 am Sévres Babylone Metro 10 & 12: Top of the steps of the exit #3 bd Raspail
    • 12

    The Unknown, Exotic, & Esoteric 7th Arrondissement


    When one traverses through the 7th arrondissement, it is hard to miss the Tour Eiffel, the Champ de Mars, Ecole Militaire, Invalides and Napoleon’s magnificent grave. However, we will disdain these highly trafficked highlights of the 7th arrondissement, for a path less traveled. From an exotic pagoda full of drama to a secluded vicarage garden, we will stop to experience the extravaganzas of Jules Lavirotte’s Art Nouveau buildings.  We'll proceed to a sacred pilgrimage site and will end deciphering an unfairly ignored Masonic monument and its well kept esoteric secrets.

    A 15/20 minute break will be included in this walk.

          
    Please come prepared for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. 

    Instructor: Emmanuel Putois, Agrégé de Lettres Modernes

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

    Saturday, 27 June 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: Raelene Glenn

    • 28 Jun 2015
    • 2:30 PM
    • inside Café Maure, 39, Rue Geoffroy-Saint Hilaire 75005

    Café Maure de la Mosquée 
    Sweets & The Secrets of Eastern Beauty

    Sunday, 28 June 2015 at 2:30 pm.

    This is our chance to meet with each other before the summer as we sip mint tea and eat Oriental sweets. It is also the perfect opportunity to learn more about Islamic traditions as well as Oriental beauty secrets and rituals, and even where to find the best hammam in Paris. Each participant will receive their name written in Arabic.

    Meeting venue: Inside Café Maure, 39, Rue Geoffroy-Saint Hilaire 75005 at 2 :30 p.m. Members will need to purchase their own snacks.

    The deadline for signing up is one week before the event.

    Host: 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.


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