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    • 01 Sep 2016
    • 2:30 PM
    • 30 Jun 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • a location to be advised

    Free Event (Participants purchase their own tickets at the cinema)


    Are you interested in independent films? Are you interested in learning more idiomatic expressions in spoken French or English? Come join us at an “art et essai” movie house in the 15th district in Paris to watch specially selected movies in English. These movies have French subtitles, so what better way to work on your French or your English?  After the movie, you can also stay on for discussions by the film director or other cinéphiles, or meet informally at a café.


    Please register to receive emails about upcoming cinema outings!


    Host: Originally from Chicago, Wendy Dubreuil majored in French language studies on campus at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and abroad and completed a Masters in International Studies at American University. She has gathered a wealth of knowledge about Paris arts and culture over the years. Wendy established Paris Cafe Talk for WICE as a platform to freely share her personal stories and knowledge of Paris.
    • 05 Sep 2016
    • 10:30 AM
    • 10 Oct 2016
    • 12:30 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 5

    Monday, 5, 12, 19, 26 September and  3, 10 October 2016

    10:30am - 12:30pm

    Cost:  €165 (six-part series)


    Short stories can be just about anything, but how do you make yours stand out? This course helps aspiring and experienced writers shape and refine their fiction according to their own unique vision, with emphasis on character and form.


    Over six sessions, we will explore the principles of story writing in class exercises, discuss participants' work, and analyze some of the masters of the genre.


    The class is open to writers of all levels. Advanced guidance will be available for experienced writers.



    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.


    • 08 Sep 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Reims: full details provided prior to start date
    • 4

    Thursday, 8th September 2016

    08:00am - 08:00pm

    Cost: €185 based on minimum of seven attendees

    (smaller numbers can be accommodated, 4 minimum, but at a higher cost)


    Have you ever considered a visit to the Champagne region but were concerned about the drive? Now there’s no need to worry.


    Enjoy a full day of visiting the Champagne region of Reims with tasting visits to two Champagne houses, The Reims Cathedral, and a Champagne tasting lunch, all without the worry of having to drive.


    Hélène will arrange a central collection point and be your guide and chauffeur for the day.



    Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of the Bordeaux area. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French “savoir-vivre.” She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
    • 16 Sep 2016
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Private tasting room, 75005 Paris: Metro Jussieu & Cardinal Lemoine
    • 4

    Friday, 16th September 2016

    8:00pm - 10:30pm

    Cost €65 per person


    The French Wine region of Burgundy may be small in size but its influence is huge in the world of wine. It can strike fear into the heart of even a seasoned wine pro, but fear not, the region need only be as complex as you want it to be. Yes, it is home to some of the most expensive wines in the known universe but there are tasty affordable wines too.


    Join Thierry for an evening of tasting the terroirs of Burgundy.


    Only two grape varieties will be sampled but there are lots of difference between whites from Chablis and Meursault, and reds from Cotes de Beaune and Cotes de Nuits.



    Instructor:  Thierry Givone was born and raised in Burgundy, with two uncles working for a prestigious winemaker in Beaune. After graduating from the Wine and Spirit Education and the Wine University of Bordeaux, he created Wine Tasting in Paris to share his passion for wine. He is a jury member for wine competitions and provides tastings for visitors from all over the world. We are fortunate that he is opening his private tasting room especially for WICE members.


    • 19 Sep 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • 24 Oct 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 0

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    Monday, 19, 26 September and 3, 10, 17, 24 October 2016

    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Cost:  €165 (six-part series)


    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.



    • 19 Sep 2016
    • 4:15 PM
    • 24 Oct 2016
    • 6:15 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8

    Monday, 19, 26 September and 3, 10, 17, 24 October

    4:15pm - 6:15pm

    Cost:  €165 (six-part series)


    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.


    Weekly writing exercises will consist of creating scenes, descriptions, anecdotes and stories based on the various settings, tastings and experiences that you’ll have on your own from week to week. These will be shared and discussed during the workshop at the WICE office. Once or twice during the course of the workshop the group will meet outside of WICE for an encounter and/or tasting so as to examine together in situ the various ways in which to write about people, place and experience. (Participants will pay for any tastings, estimated at about 12€ per person.)


    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.




    • 20 Sep 2016
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Dorothy's Gallery, 27 rue Keller, 75011 Paris





    Come and be part of WICE Open House 2016! 
             
    This is your opportunity to:
    • Discover exciting courses WICE has to offer;
    • Connect with current WICE members;
    • Learn about the wider benefits of WICE membership;
    • Join the WICE community;
    • Register for courses starting from September 2016.
               
    Register in advance, and drop in on the day, for a chance to win a 'money can't buy' spot on an exclusive cooking demonstration at the new Le Cordon Bleu cookery school on the banks of  the Seine.

    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.
             
    • 27 Sep 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • 18 Oct 2016
    • 4:30 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 11

    Tuesdays: 27 September, 4, 11, 18 October 2016 (4 sessions)

    2:00pm - 4:30pm

    Cost: €168

    Pro-rata option also available: €50 per session


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


    Exercises will include:

    • observing and painting color from nature;

    • mixing pigments to achieve harmonious color compositions;

    • rendering light and shade, adding color with transparent glazes;

    • studies from paintings on display in Paris galleries and museums;

    • exploring paint and color as a form of self-expression.


    This course is designed for those who:

    • enjoy color and want to learn more about how it works;

    • appreciate paintings and want to understand color and composition;

    • seek a creative experience in a supportive group atmosphere;

    • wish to enhance their visual perception.


    Click here to see samples of Jan's student's work.


    Course requirements

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



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

    Image credit: Jan Olsson

    • 28 Sep 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 19 Oct 2016
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 15

    Wednesdays: 28 September, 5, 12, 19 October 2016 (4 sessions)

    10:00am - 12:30pm

    Cost:  €168

    Pro-rata option also available: €50 per session


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

    • beginners who would like to learn to draw, but find it hard to start;

    • those with experience who wish to refresh their drawing skills;

    • anyone wishing to enhance their perceptual skills;

    • students who desire the structure and inspiration of weekly sessions;

    • those who would benefit from the guidance of an experienced teacher;

    • those who enjoy practicing in a group.


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


    These include:

    • line drawings in pencil or pen from botanical subjects;

    • rendering light and shadow in charcoal;

    • creating depth and volume with pen and ink wash;

    • composing a composition from a still life or photograph;

    • creating texture with combined media;

    • drawing with colored pencils and chalk pastels;

    • figure drawing and portraiture from a live model (pending class enrollment).


    Click here to see samples of Jan's student's work.


    Course Requirements

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



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

    Image credit: Mavis Nigroni

    • 01 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 13

    Saturdays, 1 October (lecture) 10:00am - 11:30am and 8 October (guided tour) 10:00am - 1:00pm

    Cost: €60


    When Paris fell to the Nazis in June 1940, a handful of brave men and women refused to accept defeat and volunteered to become soldiers in a new, secret war. Running undercover networks across the city, the agents of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) fanned the flames of resistance and fought to liberate the capital from tyranny. This course will explore the stories of fascinating women such as ‘spy princess’ Noor Inayat Khan, Vera Leigh and Odette Sansom, and the fates of SOE’s other agents sent to “set Europe ablaze”. A lecture will be followed by a guided tour of the locations featured.


    Instructor: Nigel Perrin is a PhD student with the University of Kent, researching Paris during the Occupation. He is the author of Spirit of Resistance, a biography of an SOE agent in France, and is a regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement and other publications.
    • 03 Oct 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • 26 Jun 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 38

    Mondays, 3 October 2016 - 26 June 2017

    4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Cost: to be confirmed

    Monthly and trimester options available


    No classes 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 French Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to languages@wice-paris.org.



    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.


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



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


    • 03 Oct 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • 31 Oct 2016
    • 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Mondays
    3-Oct to 31-Oct 2016
    (5 sessions)
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but no class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.

    This class is for WICE Members 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 membres de WICE qui ont des connaissances élémentaires en grammaire et en vocabulaire et à celles qui souhaitent réactiver leurs capacités de communication en anglais. Il vous permet de renforcer vos connaissances orales et écrites en anglais, tout en traitant de sujets variés avec le professeur pour améliorer votre grammaire et enrichir votre vocabulaire.

    Instructor: 

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

    Important:
     Before registering 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.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 03 Oct 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • 12 Dec 2016
    • 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Mondays
    4:30PM - 6:00PM
    3-Oct to 12-Dec 2016
    11 sessions

    Classes continue throughout the period but 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 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.

    Facilitator(s):  Christian Lebreton and others to be announced

    Important: Before signing up for a course please read 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.

    Special Discount: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Year-long registration - 10% off
    • 04 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • meet at: Take RER to Poissy. Meet in front of the Poissy RER station (Exit: Gare Sud) in the Square Georges Pompidou.
    • 11

    Tuesday, 4 October 2016

    10:00am - 1:00 pm

    Cost: €27.50, which includes the entrance fee of €7.50.


    Situated in the western suburbs of Paris and along the Seine river banks, Poissy is a charming city especially known throughout the world for one of Le Corbusier’s masterpieces: the Villa Savoye, built in 1931.


    During this tour, we will visit Poissy and see impressive remains of the biggest monastery that was once ruled by Dominican monks. We will learn of the historic past linking Poissy with royalty and monasteries, then we will walk to Villa Savoye, the weekend home of the Savoye family, built between 1928 and 1931 and called “Bright Hours”. This villa, listed as an historic monument during the lifetime of Le Corbusier, is representative of the basis of modern architecture, and was very quickly an icon of the Modernist Architecture in the world and a pilgrimage place for a lot of architects.


    Please come prepared for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.



    Guide: Thomas Emery, Guide-conférencier
    • 04 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 18 Oct 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • To be announced prior to each session
    • 9

    Tuesdays, 4, 11, 18 October

    10:00am – 1:00pm

    Cost:  €135


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


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


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


    Students can expect to:

    • become more familiar with their camera;

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

    • have their technical questions answered directly;

    • participate in a friendly critique session of their work.


    Course Requirements


    Suitable for all levels of photographers



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


    Photo Credit: Bob Levy (WICE Photography)
    • 04 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 27 Oct 2016
    • 11:30 AM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    4-Oct to 27-Oct 2016
    (8 sessions)
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but 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.
    Before enrolling, please complete the French Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.
    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.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 04 Oct 2016
    • 11:30 AM
    • 27 Oct 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    4-Oct to 27-Oct 2016
    (8 sessions)
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but 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.

    Before enrolling, please complete the French Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.

    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.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 04 Oct 2016
    • 1:30 PM
    • 25 Oct 2016
    • 3:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Tuesdays
    4-Oct to 25-Oct 2016
    (4 sessions)
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but 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.

    Before enrolling, please complete the French Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.

    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.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 05 Oct 2016
    • 12:30 PM
    • 12 Dec 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Wednesdays
    12:30PM - 2:00PM
    3-Oct to 12-Dec 2016
    11 sessions

    Classes continue throughout the period but 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 present interesting topics, guide participants' discussions and correct their mistakes. The group speaks only Spanish for 90 minutes.

    Before enrolling, please send an email with a brief summary of your background in Spanish, to Languages.

    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.

    Facilitator(s):  Ethel Chesnoy

    Special Discount: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Year-long registration - 10% off
    • 05 Oct 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • 16 Nov 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 7

    Wednesday, 5, 12 and 19 October and 9, 16 November 2016

    4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Cost: €165 (five-part series)


    A guide to writing the crucial first pages of your novel or story. Ever thought of writing a short story? Here’s the chance to develop your writing skills and get your first seven pages down on paper. Working in a small group, a stimulating and convivial experience. Ready for the challenge? Bring your idea or work in progress and let’s go!



    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.



    • 05 Oct 2016
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 14

    Wednesday, 5 October 2016

    6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Cost: Free


    Ubiquitous trash, orphaned boots, mattresses, strollers and  blankets marooned in mud were some of the things Audrey O’Reilly encountered a year ago on her first trip to the Grande Sythe refugee camp near Calais where she had decided to help as a volunteer. For periods ranging from a few days to one week, she continues to assist, doing menial tasks such as cooking and cleaning, still often overwhelmed by the magnitude of what is needed. Assailed by multiple emotions, such as that of being “only a voluntourist” as compared to people who devote their lives to such projects, she will share with us not only the day to day experience, but also how profoundly she has been changed by her involvement, if only by realizing that any action, however small, is valuable.



    Audrey O’Reilly is an Irish transplant to Paris where she continues to exercise her double profession as writer and film maker, but also finds time to draw, paint and create original jewelry.


    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 27 Oct 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 7

    Thursdays, 6, 13, 20 and 27 October

    10:00am - 2:00pm

    Cost: €200


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


    This course explores in-depth the manual mode factors of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. You'll analyze the interaction among them and learn when to apply the manual mode settings. Each class starts with an explanation of each element and continues with practical work in difficult lighting conditions. A review and suggestions of your images will follow.


    Students can expect to:

    • learn about the manual mode settings on their camera;

    • learn about ISO, shutter speeds, and how to tackle challenging light situations;

    • get hands-on experience with practical assignments;

    • participate in a friendly critique of their work.


    Course requirements


    Suitable for beginner and intermediate photographers; advanced level also welcome.  Participants are to bring a camera that can manually set the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.



    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 Manuel 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.
    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 12:30 PM
    • 15 Dec 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Thursdays
    13:30PM - 3:00PM
    6-Oct to 15-Dec 2016
    11 sessions

    Classes continue throughout the period but 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.


    Before enrolling, please send an email with a brief summary of your background in German, to Languages.

    Facilitator(s):  Monika de Vigneral, Ulla Emonet, Dorothée Yvernes, Nadine von Lukowicz

    Special Discount: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Year-long registration - 10% off
    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 12:30 PM
    • 29 Jun 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 38

    Thursdays, 6 October 2016 - 29 June 2017

    12:30pm - 2:00pm

    Cost: to be confirmed

    Monthly and trimester options available


    No classes 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.


    Before enrolling, please send an email with a brief summary of your background in German, to languages@wice-paris.org.



    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.


    Avant de vous inscrire, veuillez envoyer un email indiquant votre niveau d'allemand, à languages@wice-paris.org.



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


    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 5

    Thursday, 6th October 2016

    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Cost: €70


    An evening of “horizontal” tasting of a 2010 vintage.

    You will be tasting five different wines from varying regions, from this amazing year accompanied by a typical French main dish followed by dessert.



    Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of the Bordeaux area. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French “savoir-vivre.” She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
    • 07 Oct 2016
    • 1:30 PM
    • 18 Nov 2016
    • 4:30 PM
    • meeting location will be communicated 24hrs prior to each class
    • 6

    Fridays (with one exception, see below), 7, 14 and 21 October, and 4, 10 and 18 November (6 sessions)

    1:30pm - 4:30pm

    Cost: €225 (Pro-rata option €45 per session)


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


    7 Oct Gallery walk in the biggest art district, the Marais.


    14 Oct Gallery walk, discovering young galleries in dynamic Belleville.


    21 Oct A private tour of the major event for contemporary art, FIAC art fair, at Grand Palais (entrance extra, TBD)*.


    4 Nov Art and design in eternal Saint-Germain-des-Prés.


    10 Nov A private tour of the international photo fair, Paris

    Photo, at Grand Palais (entrance extra, TBD). NB: For once, it’s on a Thursday!*.


    18 Nov An afternoon at the unique Drouot house, temple for auction sales.


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



    Instructor: Caroline Etter is an Art Consultant, historian of art, and a friend to collectors and artists, who has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 15 years. After graduating from the Sorbonne with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts, she has worked at the Villa Medicis in Rome and at Bibliotheque nationale de France in Paris. She is also a curator, journalist and gallery manager working with private and corporate clients.
    • 07 Oct 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 14

    Friday, 7 October, 2016

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Free to WICE members


    "Us", by David Nicholls

    David Nicholls brings the wit and intelligence that graced his enormously popular New York Times bestseller, One Day, to a compellingly human, deftly funny new novel about what holds marriages and families together—and what happens, and what we learn about ourselves, when everything threatens to fall apart

    Group leader:  The group discussion will be led by Dijana Vrban

    • 12 Oct 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    • meet at 1.45pm at La Sorbonne, 47, rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris. Metro: Cluny-la Sorbonne (Line 10).
    • 20

    Wednesday, 12 October 2016

    2.00pm-3.15pm

    Cost: €22


    Located in the Latin Quarter, la Sorbonne University is the most famous university in France, specializing in Social Sciences. The seat of the University of Paris until the Revolution, and politically influential, it was founded in 1257 by Robert de Sorbon and Saint-Louis (Charles IX) and rebuilt twice from 1600 to 1650 upon the wishes of the Cardinal Richelieu and then again during the 19th century.


    Join us to discover this magnificent palace by visiting the entrance hall, the main staircase, the courtyard, the large amphitheatre, the wide reception rooms with their splendid paintings and the chapel (built at the request of Richelieu) where the grave of Richelieu is located.  This visit will give you an insight into the history and architecture of this remarkable institution.


    Guide provided by la Sorbonne.


    • 14 Oct 2016
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Private tasting room, 75005 Paris: Metro Jussieu & Cardinal Lemoine
    • 8

    Friday, 14th October 2016

    8:00pm - 10:30pm

    Cost: €65


    What is Languedoc Roussillon famous for?


    • Caving & Camping

    • Beautiful French-Roman villages

    • The Pyrenees

    • Epic driving roads & tunnels


    And, of course, great wine. For wine enthusiasts on a budget, Languedoc-Roussillon is becoming known as a great value wine region. So what do you need to know about The Languedoc (“LONG-eh-DOCK”) to get great wine?


    Join Thierry for an evening of the best of Languedoc, the rising terroir of The South of France, with tastings of Pic saint Loup, Faugere, Corbieres and many more.


    Instructor:  Thierry Givone was born and raised in Burgundy, with two uncles working for a prestigious winemaker in Beaune. After graduating from the Wine and Spirit Education and the Wine University of Bordeaux, he created Wine Tasting in Paris to share his passion for wine. He is a jury member for wine competitions and provides tastings for visitors from all over the world. We are fortunate that he is opening his private tasting room especially for WICE members.
    • 15 Oct 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • To be announced prior to the workshop
    • 10

    Saturday, 15 October

    9:30am - 3:00pm

    Cost: €90


    It's time to make all those buttons on your camera work to your advantage, and to focus on the real fun of photography: capturing memorable moments. What better subject to practice on than people?


    This one-day workshop will provide you with the tools you need to make sure you are familiar with your camera and will offer easy guidelines for making powerful photographs of people—strangers as well as people you know. The power of the human element is an undeniable force, so we'll focus on how to capture personalities and how to prepare for the "decisive moment" as people do the things they do that make us all so touchingly human.


    You'll learn creative guidelines and technical controls in the comfort of the instructor’s Île St Louis atelier and you'll get hands-on practice with creative assignments as you wander the Île St Louis and Île de la Cité in search of local characters..

    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 and intermediate levels of photographers and those wishing to review their skills.



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


    Photo credit: Paula Tortolo (WICE Photography)
    • 15 Oct 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Convention
    • 15

    Saturday, 15 October 2016

    11:00am – 4:00pm

    Cost: €120


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


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


    This class is perfect for:

    • anyone who would enjoy having a new experience in creativity;

    • working WICE members who would enjoy relaxing and creating on a Saturday;

    • artists of all kinds who want to learn and practice new techniques;

    • former students of Jan’s printmaking workshops who would like to continue;

    • those who enjoy sharing a creative learning process within a small, convivial group.


    Click here to see samples of Jan's student's work.


    Course requirements

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


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



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


    Image credit: Ann Radimin


    • 18 Oct 2016
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • meet at: Corner of Place de la Republique and rue Faubourg du Temple by the Habitat store. Metro stop: Republique, Lines 3, 5, 8 and 9.
    • 13

    Tuesday, 18 October 2016

    10:30am - 1:30pm

    Cost: €25


    Come with us as we explore and learn the history of the recently pedestrianized Republic Square; symbol of the French nation and center of commemoration and protest. We will walk along the Canal St. Martin with its picturesque locks and bridges to the Hotel du Nord immortalized in the Marcel Carné's film. Then, we will discover the 17th-century courtyard of the St. Louis Hospital similar to the Place des Vosges. From the trendy rue St. Marthe, we will climb to the romantic Buttes Chaumont Park.


    Please come prepared for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.



    Guide: Brad Newfield, highly experienced walking guide in Paris.


    • 19 Oct 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence rue du Faubourge Poissonnière, 75011 Paris: metro Bonne Nouvelle
    • 7

    Wednesday, 19 October 2016

    9:30am - 12:30pm

    Cost: €55


    We’ll launch our fall classes with a classic Burgundian dish, Oeufs en Meurette. This favorite seduces your taste buds with earthy flavors.


    Eggs are poached in red wine, then the wine is combined with veal stock to reduce for the sauce. The egg is cradled in a butter-toasted nest of pain-de-mie - but that’s not all! The rich garnish includes bacon lardons, tiny onions, and button mushrooms.


    Plus there is a ‘secret’ ingredient in the sauce. A worthy lunch or brunch dish to please everyone.


    Poaching continues with pears, just coming into season, for Poires Belle Helene. Another classic, the pears are poached whole in white wine syrup to serve with ice cream and chocolate sauce.


    Techniques include poaching eggs and fruit, reducing a sauce, cooking a garnish, making chocolate sauce.










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

    • 19 Oct 2016
    • 2:30 PM
    • 14 Dec 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Wednesdays
    14:30PM - 4:00PM
    19-Oct to 15-Dec 2016
    9 sessions

    No classes 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 English Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.

    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 compléter le test de niveau en anglais et de l'envoyer par email, en indiquant votre niveau de francais, à Languages..

    Instructors: Shamina Chowdhury, Dijana Vrban, Carl Coleman, Barbara Levy


    • 03 Nov 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 24 Nov 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 7

    Thursdays 3, 10, 17 and 24 November

    10:00am - 1:00pm

    Cost: €165


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


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


    Students can expect to:

    • learn about fine art photography;

    • gain the necessary tools to develop their work;

    • critique their own work.


    Course requirements


    Suitable for advanced photographers.  Participants are to bring a camera that can manually set ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.



    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 Manuel 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 Nov 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 29 Nov 2016
    • 11:30 AM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    3-Nov to 29-Nov 2016
    (8 sessions)
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but 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.
    Before enrolling, please complete the French Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.
    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.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 03 Nov 2016
    • 11:30 AM
    • 29 Nov 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    3-Nov to 29-Nov 2016
    (8 sessions)
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but 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.

    Before enrolling, please complete the French Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.

    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.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 05 Nov 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 8

    Saturday, 5 November

    10:00am - 2:00pm

    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



    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 Manuel 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 Nov 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    • meet at 10:45am at 9 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 75008 Paris. Métro: Champs Elysées Clémenceau (line 1,13).
    • 18

    Monday, 7 November 2016

    11:00am – 12:15pm

    Cost: €22


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


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


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



    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.

    • 07 Nov 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • 28 Nov 2016
    • 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Mondays
    7-Nov to 28-Nov 2016
    (4 sessions)
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but no class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.

    This class is for WICE Members 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 membres de WICE qui ont des connaissances élémentaires en grammaire et en vocabulaire et à celles qui souhaitent réactiver leurs capacités de communication en anglais. Il vous permet de renforcer vos connaissances orales et écrites en anglais, tout en traitant de sujets variés avec le professeur pour améliorer votre grammaire et enrichir votre vocabulaire.

    Instructor: 

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

    Important:
     Before registering 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.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 08 Nov 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • meet at: Corner of Place de la Republique and rue Faubourg du Temple by the Habitat store. Metro stop: Republique, Lines 3, 5, 8 and 9.
    • 13

    Tuesday, 8 November 2016

    Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

    Cost: €25


    In the early 1960’s, the suburb’s cities closest to Paris were very unhealthy, unsafe and overpopulated. In 1965, a new town planning-program called Ville Nouvelle was applied to Cergy-Pontoise and a new agglomeration was created.


    Come and join us as we learn how a small village of 600 changed into a city filled with projects by many famous artists and architects. We will visit the “Axe Majeur” of Cergy; and learn about the most ambitious art project designed by Dani Kavaran and Ricardo Bofill. After, we will stop in front of the iconic steps known as the “sculpted promenade”. On the Place des Colonnes, we will admire the Post Modernist facades of apartment buildings designed by Ricardo Bofill; a true homage to Greek architecture. We will stop on the Esplanade of Paris and conclude the tour next to the Oise River banks to enjoy the last steps of this city promenade: an amphitheater and the Red Bridge of Cergy, the spine of the “Axe Majeur” and a modern reinterpretation of the “taikobashi”, the traditional Japanese bridge.


    Please come prepared for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.



    Guide: Thomas Emery, Guide-conférencier


    • 08 Nov 2016
    • 1:30 PM
    • 29 Nov 2016
    • 3:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Tuesdays
    8-Nov to 29-Nov 2016
    (4 sessions)
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but 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.

    Before enrolling, please complete the French Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.

    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.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 08 Nov 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • 29 Nov 2016
    • 4:30 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 15

    Tuesdays: 8, 15, 22, 29 November (4 sessions)

    2:00pm - 4:30pm

    Cost: €168

    Pro-rata option also available: €50 per session


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


    Exercises will include:

    • observing and painting color from nature;

    • mixing pigments to achieve harmonious color compositions;

    • rendering light and shade, adding color with transparent glazes;

    • studies from paintings on display in Paris galleries and museums;

    • exploring paint and color as a form of self-expression.


    This course is designed for those who:

    • enjoy color and want to learn more about how it works;

    • appreciate paintings and want to understand color and composition;

    • seek a creative experience in a supportive group atmosphere;

    • wish to enhance their visual perception.


    Click here to see samples of Jan's student's work.


    Course requirements

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



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

    Image credit: Jan Olsson

    • 08 Nov 2016
    • 3:30 PM
    • 13 Dec 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 14

    Tuesdays,  8, 15, 22, 29 November; 6, 13 December

    3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Cost: €120


    In the words of the instructor, Colette Juilliard,

    “With “French cinema in its European context, 1920-1950”, I’d like to introduce you to a moment in our turbulent and sometimes shameful history in the interwar years. We’ll browse through the different genres which developed within this period and see how all of them were deeply impacted by war: the French felt exhilarated after the Versailles Treaty signed in 1919, while the Germans were making violent and vengeful movies.


    Thus two aesthetics –one “noir”, one happy--ran parallel for 20 years, French cinema (and politics, mind you!) never looking over the border to realize what the neighbors were up to.


    At this time the French were discovering “la joie de vivre,” jazz, nature, and vacations. Monet, Matisse and Renoir were still painting dreamy landscapes and portraits, and French movies bathed in this utopia of peace, at all costs. Until the day when French cinema had to go underground to escape German censorship.


    All in all, the course is an invitation to cruise the French cinema from the 20’s to the 50’s, with some stops in German, British and Italian movies if time allows.

    Hope you’ll enjoy the journey!”


    Instructor: Art Historian Colette (Coco) Juilliard has a Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate School and an "agrégation" from the French University. The author of several books on the subject of Orientalism in French art and literature, she also taught cinema at Skidmore College in Paris.
    • 08 Nov 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 8

    Thursday, 8th November 2016

    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Cost: €70


    Have you ever wondered whether you can pair a wine with chocolate? Well wonder no longer, come and learn about this unusual and fascinating combination and discover the connoisseur’s secrets.


    You will be given the opportunity to taste four different types of chocolate accompanied by the appropriate wine. A chocolate-based dish will also be served during the evening.



    Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of the Bordeaux area. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French “savoir-vivre.” She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
    • 09 Nov 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 30 Nov 2016
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 15

    Wednesdays: 9, 16, 23, 29 November 2016 (4 sessions)

    10:00am - 12:30pm

    Cost:  €168

    Pro-rata option also available: €50 per session


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

    • beginners who would like to learn to draw, but find it hard to start;

    • those with experience who wish to refresh their drawing skills;

    • anyone wishing to enhance their perceptual skills;

    • students who desire the structure and inspiration of weekly sessions;

    • those who would benefit from the guidance of an experienced teacher;

    • those who enjoy practicing in a group.


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


    These include:

    • line drawings in pencil or pen from botanical subjects;

    • rendering light and shadow in charcoal;

    • creating depth and volume with pen and ink wash;

    • composing a composition from a still life or photograph;

    • creating texture with combined media;

    • drawing with colored pencils and chalk pastels;

    • figure drawing and portraiture from a live model (pending class enrollment).


    Click here to see samples of Jan's student's work.


    Course Requirements

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



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

    Image credit: Mavis Nigroni

    • 12 Nov 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • meet at 10:45 AM at 17 Quai d'Ajou, 75004 Paris. Métro: Sully Morland (line 7).
    • 18

    Saturday, 12 November 2016

    11:00am-12:00pm

    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.



    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 experience as a guide, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.


    • 16 Nov 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence rue du Faubourge Poissonnière, 75011 Paris: metro Bonne Nouvelle
    • 8

    Wednesday, 16 November 2016

    9:30am - 12:30pm

    Cost: €55


    Today’s class focuses on a different way to prepare chicken breasts.


    They will be split, flattened, and filled with a bit of country ham and herbed cheese before they are grilled.


    We will learn how to make a brown butter-based sauce (beurre noisette) with tomatoes. We’ll serve the chicken with fried cakes of cooked rice.


    For dessert, we will master Chef Randall’s decadent chocolate walnut tarte. A rich nut filling is baked in a special tarte pastry, then glazed with chocolate.


    Techniques include preparing chicken breasts and filling them, stovetop grilling, making beurre noisette, making pastry, making a nut filling, making chocolate glaze.



    Instructor: Chef Randall Price will share with us his passion for French cuisine, drawing on his 25 years of experience cooking  France for heads of state and working as Chef-Instructor at the professional Paris cooking school, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne.  His entertaining style, easy-to-follow demonstrations and focus on classic techniques will inspire you to reproduce dishes at home.
    • 16 Nov 2016
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 14

    Wednesday, 16 November 2016

    6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Cost: Free


    How many of us read heart rending stories of poverty-stricken families in developing countries and think:  “Oh, I wish I could do something for these people?” Some of us send money, but Barbara Cox, for twenty years an avid visitor to India, has gone much further than that, spending six weeks for the last three years volunteering in South Goa on the west coast of India – part of the time helping at a refuge for destitute street children and the rest in nearby slum villages assisting at two community centers focused on empowering women.  In this talk we will hear about the actual work she does as well as about the conditions for women in particular, their struggles with dire poverty, and about her encounters with Indian teachers and volunteers at other NGO’s providing services in that community.



    Barbara Cox, a psychotherapist and grief counselor, started out as a nurse in her native New Zealand, then worked in Australia, London and Paris before

    landing in the U.S. where she did her psychology studies. She now lives between France and upstate New York,but always sets time aside for her mission in Goa.
    • 18 Nov 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 30

    Friday, 18 November 2016

    WICE discounted ticket price TBD


    Save the date!  The French love going to the theater.  Why not go there too with THEATER IN PARIS ?  On Friday, 18 November, Theater in Paris will offer WICE members a special opportunity to experience French theater made accessible with their English surtitling system.  The discounted ticket price will include a talk about the history of the venue, the plot and the actors plus 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.

    • 18 Nov 2016
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Private tasting room, 75005 Paris: Metro Jussieu & Cardinal Lemoine
    • 11

    Friday, 18th November 2016
    8:00pm - 10:30pm

    Cost: €65


    Beaujolais is the name of a little area in France just south of Burgundy. It’s one of the few wine regions of France that doesn’t pretend to be fancy. In fact, much of the Gamay wine Beaujolais produces is sold and drunk before the harvest year is over.


    What’s confusing to new drinkers of Beaujolais is the disconnect between how Beaujolais is described and how it actually tastes.


    So with the help of our instructor Thierry Givone you will discover why Beaujolais doesn’t have to be “nouveau” and whilst you will be tasting a 2016 wine you will also discover some of the older vintages from this little known region of France.



    Instructor:  Thierry Givone was born and raised in Burgundy, with two uncles working for a prestigious winemaker in Beaune. After graduating from the Wine and Spirit Education and the Wine University of Bordeaux, he created Wine Tasting in Paris to share his passion for wine. He is a jury member for wine competitions and provides tastings for visitors from all over the world. We are fortunate that he is opening his private tasting room especially for WICE members.


    • 19 Nov 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 8

    Saturday, 19 November

    10:00pm - 2:00pm

    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


    Suitable for all levels of photographers.  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



    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 in photography, Juan Manuel 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.
    • 19 Nov 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Convention
    • 15

    Saturday, 19 November 2016

    11:00am – 4:00pm

    Cost: €120


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


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


    This class is perfect for:

    • anyone who would enjoy having a new experience in creativity;

    • working WICE members who would enjoy relaxing and creating on a Saturday;

    • artists of all kinds who want to learn and practice new techniques;

    • former students of Jan’s printmaking workshops who would like to continue;

    • those who enjoy sharing a creative learning process within a small, convivial group.


    Click here to see samples of Jan's student's work.


    Course requirements

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


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



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


    Image credit: Ann Radimin


    • 25 Nov 2016
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 9

    Friday, 25 November 2016

    2:30pm – 4:00pm

    Cost: €20


    Palaces and private mansions are part of the cultural heritage of Paris. Many of them have survived throughout the Ages despite the major transformations which occurred in the capital. It has been said that 450 private mansions still exist in Paris. Some mansions have been turned into museums, others are private properties, or in French Cultural Institutions or Foreign Embassies.


    We will present the historical background of these mansions built between courtyard and garden, their architectural style and internal decoration according to the period when they were built. We will illustrate our presentation with different examples reflecting their particularities.


    If you are considering registering for this talk, please also see VN071 The prestigious premises of Hôtel France Ameriques and VN121 Hôtel de Lauzun: a “must-see” mansion.



    Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and was involved for many years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before returning to the study of Art History. She has several years experience as a guide, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.
    • 28 Nov 2016
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • meet at: Metro Notre Dame de Lorette in front of the church.
    • 14

    Monday, 28 November 2016

    10:30am - 1:30pm

    Cost: €25


    This walk is one for jazz lovers! Come and join us as we visit the haunts of the Jazz musicians of the 1920s and 30s in the area of Pigalle and the Moulin Rouge. We will hear of Josephine Baker, the clown Chocolat, and circus which inspired the artists Lautrec and Picasso. Accompany us as we discover the cabarets where Edith Piaf was discovered and where the Paris jazz craze was born.


    Please come prepared for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.



    Guide: Brad Newfield, highly experienced walking guide in Paris.


    • 01 Dec 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 08 Dec 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 8

    Thursdays, 1 and 8 December

    10:00am- 2:00pm

    Cost: €100


    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


    • Suitable for beginner and intermediate photographers; advanced level also welcome.  Participants are to bring a camera that can manually set the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.



    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 Manuel 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.
    • 01 Dec 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 15 Dec 2016
    • 11:30 AM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    1-Dec to 15-Dec 2016
    (8 sessions)
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but 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.
    Before enrolling, please complete the French Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.
    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.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 01 Dec 2016
    • 11:30 AM
    • 15 Dec 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    1-Dec to 15-Dec 2016
    (5 sessions)
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but 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.

    Before enrolling, please complete the French Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.

    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.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 01 Dec 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 9

    Thursday, 1st December 2016

    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Cost: €80


    Always paired foie gras with sweet white wines in the past?


    Now discover how well foie gras pairs with champagne.


    Come along and discover how well these two gourmet products are paired.


    You will be tasting four different champagnes and three different varieties of Foie gras.



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


    • 02 Dec 2016
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 9

    Friday, 2 December 2016

    2:30pm – 4:00pm

    Cost: €20


    In the late 19th century, Paris’ reputation for its ‘decadent’ lifestyle incarnated by some cocottes or courtesans, dancers and actresses was not usurped. The writings and paintings alluding to these unconventional behaviors, although shocking for some, attracted many readers and fascinated a certain public. To many foreign travelers, Paris was the incarnation of a new Babylon.


    We will illustrate our presentation by telling the story of some famous courtesans, with a special mention of their representation in painting and literature.



    Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and was involved for many years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before returning to the study of Art History. She has several years experience as a guide, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.


    • 05 Dec 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • 12 Dec 2016
    • 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Mondays
    5-Dec to 12-Dec 2016
    (2 sessions)
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but no class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.

    This class is for WICE Members 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 membres de WICE qui ont des connaissances élémentaires en grammaire et en vocabulaire et à celles qui souhaitent réactiver leurs capacités de communication en anglais. Il vous permet de renforcer vos connaissances orales et écrites en anglais, tout en traitant de sujets variés avec le professeur pour améliorer votre grammaire et enrichir votre vocabulaire.

    Instructor: 

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

    Important:
     Before registering 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.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 06 Dec 2016
    • 1:30 PM
    • 13 Dec 2016
    • 3:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Tuesdays
    6-Dec to 13-Dec 2016
    (2 sessions)
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but 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.

    Before enrolling, please complete the French Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.

    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.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 07 Dec 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence rue du Faubourge Poissonnière, 75011 Paris: metro Bonne Nouvelle
    • 8

    Wednesday, 7 December 2016

    9:30am - 12:30pm

    Cost: €55


    If you want something festive for holiday dinners, try this flavorful wine-poached salmon stuffed with chorizo.


    Poaching in wine, and using a flavourful stuffing, adds taste and elegance to the fish. A roasted red bell pepper sauce is the perfect foil.


    For many years Chef Randall’s Boule de Neige, ‘chocolate snowball,’ has been a centerpiece on his holiday dessert table.


    He will show us how to make this dense but creamy, chocolate mousse-type pudding which is baked in a water bath, cooled, then covered with stars of whipped cream.

    Techniques include working with salmon, poaching salmon, make an emulsified sauce with roasted peppers, cooking in a water bath, and piping whipped cream.



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

    • 09 Dec 2016
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 8

    Friday, 9 December                                 

    4:00pm to 8:00pm

    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.



    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 Manuel 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.
    • 16 Dec 2016
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Private tasting room, 75005 Paris: Metro Jussieu & Cardinal Lemoine
    • 12

    Friday, 16th December 2016

    8:00pm - 10:30pm

    Cost: €65


    Champagne, like all wines, is an experience for all of the senses – colour, aroma, texture, flavour and in this case sound too.


    Learning to recognise and define the distinctions in Champagne – making associations, finding the right word – is what makes tasting Champagne especially fascinating.


    Our brain has to distinguish between nuances of white, yellow and pink; fruity, spicy and floral aromas; subtle, delicate and powerful aromas – all those different qualities that make Champagne wine so irresistible, up to and including its magical bubbles.


    With 1er Cru, Blanc de Blanc, Millesime, there are so many good champagnes produced by small producers and families that you don’t have to go for the “big brands”.



    Instructor:  Thierry Givone was born and raised in Burgundy, with two uncles working for a prestigious winemaker in Beaune. After graduating from the Wine and Spirit Education and the Wine University of Bordeaux, he created Wine Tasting in Paris to share his passion for wine. He is a jury member for wine competitions and provides tastings for visitors from all over the world. We are fortunate that he is opening his private tasting room especially for WICE members.


    • 02 Jan 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • 27 Mar 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Mondays
    4:30PM - 6:00PM
    2-Jan to 27-Mar 2017
    13 sessions

    Classes continue throughout the period on 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 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.

    Facilitator(s):  Christian Lebreton and others to be announced

    Important: Before signing up for a course please read 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.

    Special Discount: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Year-long registration - 10% off
    • 02 Jan 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 30 Jan 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Mondays
    2-Jan to 30-Jan 2017
    (5 sessions)
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but no class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.

    This class is for WICE Members 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 membres de WICE qui ont des connaissances élémentaires en grammaire et en vocabulaire et à celles qui souhaitent réactiver leurs capacités de communication en anglais. Il vous permet de renforcer vos connaissances orales et écrites en anglais, tout en traitant de sujets variés avec le professeur pour améliorer votre grammaire et enrichir votre vocabulaire.

    Instructor: 

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

    Important:
     Before registering 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.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 03 Jan 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 31 Jan 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    3-Jan to 31-Jan-2017
    (9 sessions)
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period during  school holidays but not 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.
    Before enrolling, please complete the French Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.
    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.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • 03 Jan 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • 31 Jan 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    3-Jan to 31-Jan 2017
    (9 sessions)
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but 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.

    Before enrolling, please complete the French Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.

    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.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 03 Jan 2017
    • 1:30 PM
    • 31 Jan 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Tuesdays
    3-Jan to 31-Jan 2017
    (5 sessions)
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period, even during school vacations but no class during 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.

    Before enrolling, please complete the French Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.

    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.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 04 Jan 2017
    • 12:30 PM
    • 29 Mar 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Wednesdays
    12:30PM - 2:00PM
    3-Oct to 12-Dec 2016
    13 sessions

    Classes continue throughout the period but 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 present interesting topics, guide participants' discussions and correct their mistakes. The group speaks only Spanish for 90 minutes.

    Before enrolling, please send an email with a brief summary of your background in Spanish, to Languages.

    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.

    Facilitator(s):  Ethel Chesnoy

    Special Discount: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Year-long registration - 10% off
    • 04 Jan 2017
    • 2:30 PM
    • 29 Mar 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Wednesdays
    14:30PM - 4:00PM
    4-Jan to 29-Mar 2017
    9 sessions

    No classes 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 English Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.

    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 compléter le test de niveau en anglais et de l'envoyer par email, en indiquant votre niveau de francais, à Languages..

    Instructors: Shamina Chowdhury, Dijana Vrban, Carl Coleman, Barbara Levy


    • 05 Jan 2017
    • 1:30 PM
    • 30 Mar 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Thursdays
    13:30PM - 3:00PM
    6-Oct to 15-Dec 2016
    13 sessions

    Classes continue throughout the period except for 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.


    Before enrolling, please send an email with a brief summary of your background in German, to Languages.

    Facilitator(s):  Monika de Vigneral. Other facilitators could be added.

    Special Discount: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Year-long registration - 10% off
    • 06 Jan 2017
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 10

    Friday, 6 January 2017

    2:30pm – 4:00pm

    Cost: €20


    Born Marie-Joseph Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, Josephine had an exceptional destiny. First, married to Alexandre de Beauharnais, who was beheaded during the French Revolution, the mother of two children, she survived the Terror. Then, mistress to several leading politicians, she met young Bonaparte who fell in love with her and married her. Empress of the French, she helped her ambitious husband‘s bid for power and political transformation with dedication.


    The Bonaparte’s family attitude towards Josephine, her life at Malmaison and Bois Préau, her children will all be evoked, as well as her taste for beauty and luxury.



    Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and was involved for many years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before returning to the study of Art History. She has several years experience as a guide, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.