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    • 23 Sep 2014
    • 10:00 AM
    • 14 Oct 2014
    • 1:00 PM
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    Tuesdays (4 sessions) 
    September 23, 30
    October 7, 14

    What better way to enjoy the rentrée than to become a photographic explorer . . . and remind ourselves why we love Paris.

    This course will take us from the known to the unknown, from lively quartiers to far-flung corners, from traditional Paris to the 21st century—all with camera in hand. There are unique subjects to discover and secrets to unearth in every part of Paris.

    We’ll start each class in a café of our chosen quartier to discuss the photo tips of the day (exposure, composition, how to connect with our subjects). Then, we’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 technical questions answered on the spot.

    We’ll end each class at lunch (yes, at a café again!) reviewing the images from the previous week’s expedition to learn from our successes and challenges. Join us as we discover the REAL Paris via our own personal artistic perspective.

    Instructor: Meredith Mullins is an internationally exhibited fine art photographer and winner of international photography competitions (including the Grand Concours Photo sur Paris, PX3 Competition, and Worldwide Gala Photo Awards). Her work is in museum collections and galleries in France and the U.S.

    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: Vicky Palmer (Exploring in Montmartre)
    • 29 Sep 2014
    • 10:00 AM
    • 13 Oct 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • Artist's studio, 75004 Paris; Métro: Pont Marie, Hôtel de Ville
    • 4
    © Bob Levy
    September 29,
    October 6, 13
    (3 sessions)
    10:00 am to 1:00 pm

    How do you select a photographic subject … one that means something to you and tells an interesting story? 

    How do you connect with that subject so that your image shares something personal and artistic?

    This course will explore three genres of photography, and the tools and techniques needed to make strong, memorable images.

    We'll focus on photographing people (candid and formal portraits), capturing the beauty of landscape or cityscape, and exposing the raw energy and stories of the Paris streets (street photography). 

    You'll come away with practical technical tools and a new-found appreciation for the different ways to approach the art of photography.

    Instructor: Meredith Mullins is an internationally exhibited fine art photographer and winner of international photography competitions (including the Grand Concours Photo sur Paris, PX3 Competition, and Worldwide Gala Photo Awards). Her work is shown in museums and galleries in France and the U.S.

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

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

    Guided Discussion in French

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

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

    Instructors:  Christian Lebreton

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

    • 30 Sep 2014
    • 11:30 AM
    • 25 Jun 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 3
    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 30 September 2014 to 25 June 2015. No classes during school holidays and all official French vacations

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

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

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

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

    Please note that French 2 and 2b are classes of the same level.
    • 30 Sep 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • 23 Jun 2015
    • 2:30 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 7
    Tuesdays, September 30 2014 to June 25 2015; no class during French school vacations and official public holidays.

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

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

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

    Important: Before signing up for a course please read the How to Enroll instructions and take the appropriate placement test found therein.
    • 30 Sep 2014
    • 7:00 PM
    • 23 Jun 2015
    • 8:30 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 7

    Tuesdays, from  30 September 2014 to 23 June 2015. No class during French school vacations and official public holidays.

    Guided Discussion in English

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

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

    Instructors:  To be determined

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

    • 01 Oct 2014
    • 10:30 AM
    • 26 Nov 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75015, Paris; Metro: Balard
    • 5
    WICE, C. PingOctober 1, 8, 15 
    &
    November 5, 12, 19, 26
    (seven weekly sessions held on Wednesdays)

    Time: 10:30-13:00 
    Cost: 250 EUR for all sessions
    Students can register for individual sessions at a rate of 45 Euro per session.

    The Carnet de Voyage is like a travel blog on paper. Artists use them to record their daily adventures, inner thoughts and creative meanderings.

    Over the course of 7 sessions, participants will create their own 'carnet de voyage'. Notes, sketches, glued ticket stubs and photos all alert the keeper of a sketchbook to each daily adventure as an endless source of inspiration.
    • No particular skills are required.
    • Instructions will include the elements of design and suggest ways of combining writing, photography and drawing.
    • This class alternates group excursions in and around Paris with indoor studio sessions.
    • Enjoy the thought provoking assignments and inspired sharing with others.
    Join in on the fun of this creative adventure and the satisfaction of creating a very personal work of art.

    Additional information 
    Information regarding appropriate supplies and a supply list will be provided at the first class meeting.

    Pro-rata rates are available for this course. Students can register for individual sessions at a rate of 45 Euro per session.

    About the instructor 
    Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and is an engaging teacher with many years of teaching experience. She is also a highly skilled practicing artist who exhibits internationally. For more information on Jan and to view her work visit her website.

    Image credit C. Ping
    • 01 Oct 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • 24 Jun 2015
    • 2:30 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 6
    Wednesdays from 1 October 2014 to 24 June 2015. No class during school vacations and all official French holidays.

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


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

    Instructors:  Ethel Chesnoy (from Argentina); Zonia Mas (from Peru); Maria Mercedes Suquet (from Peru)

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

    • 01 Oct 2014
    • 4:30 PM
    • 24 Jun 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 2

    Wednesdays, from  1 October 2014 to 24 June 2015. No class during French school vacations and official public holidays.

    Guided Discussion in English

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

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

    Instructors:  Shirley Dixon, Bernard Scholl.

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

    • 01 Oct 2014
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 75015, Paris
    • 4
    Wednesday 1 October 
    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Introducing...



    Movie Night is a social event and a chance to get together with other WICE members to watch some great movies.

    Seats are limited so please register to reserve a place.

    Hot popcorn will be served, but otherwise please bring your own refreshment of choice.
     
    This month's film will be Into The Wild, based on the true story of Christopher McCandless and his pursuit of a life of freedom.







    (Top image by djnorway via freeimages.com. Film image courtesy of Wikipedia.)

    • 02 Oct 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • 25 Jun 2015
    • 2:30 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro: La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 3
    Held every Thursday from 1:00 to 2:30 pm

    No class during French school vacations and official public holidays.

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

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

    Instructor: Monika de Vigneral, Ulla Emonet, Dorothée Yvernes

    • 02 Oct 2014
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • WICE office - 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris
    • 12

    Thursday, 2nd October 

    Feminism & The Maternal  in Contemporary Art

    by Maggie Cardelus

    This survey seminar looks at how women artists since the 60s have grappled with the problems and joys of motherhood in their work.  We will take a look at a range of artists including Mary Kelly’s Post-Partum Document, Mierle Laderman Ukeles’s Maintenance Art projects, Renée Cox’s Yo’ Mama portraits, Sally Mann's Immediate Family project, and many more.  Through careful analysis of their different approaches to art-making we will unpack the many layered conflicts and tensions that arise when ambitious women artists find themselves faced with the challenge of raising children. This seminar encourages lively participation and discussion.

    Instructor:  Maggie Cardelus is an internationally exhibited multi-media artist whose photo-based works challenge our conventional understanding of photography and stretch its boundaries into drawing, sculpture, installation, and video.  Her work is internationally exhibited and collected.  At the Accademia di Belle Arti di Santagiulia in Italy, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in studio art and in the theory of photography.  She earned her undergraduate degree in studio art and art history from Wellesely College, and her graduate degrees in architecture and fine arts from Columbia University and Hunter College in NYC.

    You can learn more about her work by visiting her website at:  www.maggiecardelus.com.

    • 02 Oct 2014
    • 4:30 PM
    • 22 Jan 2015
    • 6:30 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 1
    Thursdays October 2, 9; November 6, 20; December 4, 18;  January 8, 22 

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

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

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

    • 03 Oct 2014
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • WICE Office - 10 rue Tiphaine - 75015 Paris
    • 11
    Friday
    October 3rd
    12:30 pm- 2:30 pm

    "The Yellow Birds"
    by Kevin Powers

    A brief summary:

    A novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, "The Yellow Birds" is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive.

    "The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.

    In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined.

    With profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home, "The Yellow Birds" is a groundbreaking novel that is destined to become a classic.

    About the author:

    Kevin Powers was born and raised in Richmond, VA. In 2004 and 2005 he served with the U.S. Army in Mosul and Tal Afar, Iraq. He studied English at Virginia Commonwealth University after his honorable discharge and received an M.F.A. in Poetry from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012.

    Join WICE Bilingual Book Group to discuss this intriguing novel that is sure to spark discussion on the many ways to interpret this story.
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    • 03 Oct 2014
    • 1:30 PM
    • 24 Oct 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • Various locations, exact details communicated 24 hours prior to scheduled class
    • 6
    Carolyn Smith, WICEOctober 3, 10, & 24 
    (three-part series held on Fridays) 
     
    Time: 13:30-16:00
    Cost: 120 EUR

    To be a smart contemporary art collector, you need to start by training your eye to recognize the difference between works created for decoration, and works that are truly art. Or as one collector remarked, "True art gives you a question, whereas decoration presupposes the answer." 

    In each session of this three-part series we'll:
    • Intersperse works we know you'll enjoy with those that'll push your boundaries, and at the same time discover the new frontiers of art.
    • Visit the most talked about gallery exhibits of the Fall.
    • Attend the International Contemporary Art Fair FIAC* at Grand Palais.
    • Visit the atelier of an artist.
    Additional information
    If you're a novice, you'll come away from these interactive sessions with a good sense of how art collecting works. If you're already actively collecting you'll come away with ideas for artists to watch, and collect, right now.

    *Entrance fee to the FIAC is not covered in price. 

    About the instructor
    Caroline Etter. Art consultant, historian of art, friend to collectors and artists both, Caroline has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 15 years. After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and at Bibliothèque nationale de France.

    Since then she’s been a curator, a journalist and a gallery manager working with private and corporate clients

    Photo credit City Art Insider
    • 03 Oct 2014
    • 2:30 PM
    • 14 Nov 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 75015, Paris
    • 9
    Watercolor, WICEOctober 3, 10, 31
    & 
    November 7, 14 
    (five-part weekly series held on Fridays) 

    Time: 14:30-17:00 
    Cost: 175 EUR

    Watercolor painting owes its great popularity to the beauty of the colors and the wonderful effects that can be produced with the right technique.

    In this five-part weekly series, students learn:
    • Color mixing
    • Brush techniques
    • Principles of composition
    Weather permitting; the class will work outdoors taking advantage of the local parks and gardens. Alternatively we will work in the classroom painting still life compositions.

    Additional information 
    Watercolor is a medium that can be used in small space with relatively simple and inexpensive tools and materials.

    About the instructor 
    Leendert van der Pool, a prize-winning artist, was born in the Netherlands and spent 15 years in the Dutch merchant marine. Much of his early work reflects the influences of his years at sea, both in subject and in mood. He has exhibited his work widely in museums and galleries in Europe and the United States, and his drawings have been included in numerous books as well as several museum collections. For more information visit his website.

    Photo credit Leendert van der Pool
    • 03 Oct 2014
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Private residence, 75006 Paris; Métro: Vavin or RER B Port Royal
    • 1
    Photo by Meredith MullinsFriday, 3 October 

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

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

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

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

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

    Instructor: Thomas Boothe's extensive knowledge and passion for wine make him a popular, one-of-a-kind instructor. His innovative teaching style have been fueled through work and study in a variety of wine-related fields.
    • 06 Oct 2014
    • 7:30 PM
    • 17 Nov 2014
    • 9:30 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 5
    Mondays October 6, 13;  November 3, 10, 17

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

    Part I

    • Ascertaining what your story is, its elevator pitch, and its essence (building bricks to a query letter.)

    • Culling what's dragging down the pace and spotting structural issues (a peek into the mechanics of editing - using the STAF approach "Scenes that are Fundamental.")

    • Today's options for publishing: traditional / self-publishing (indie publishing) / hybrid or 'third way' with small presses where you might pay them for publishing & distributing you; further development of proposal or query elements.

    • Querying publishing professionals: the query letter, a synopsis, a proposal for non-fiction - when to send queries.

    • Workshopping your query letters, how to understand feedback and use critiques in a positive way.

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

    • 07 Oct 2014
    • 10:00 AM
    • 25 Nov 2014
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75015, Paris; Metro: Balard
    • 3
    WICE, Jan OlssonOctober 7, 14
    November 4, 18, 25
    (weekly sessions held on Tuesdays)

    Time: 10:00-12:30 
    Cost: 190 EUR for all sessions
    Students can register for individual sessions at a rate of 45 Euro per session.

    Participants of this drawing course meet weekly in Jan Olsson's private studio overlooking the Parc Andre Citroen. It is designed for:
    • Beginners and those who wish to refresh their skills.
    • Anyone desiring the structure of weekly sessions.
    • Those who would benefit from the inspiration and guidance of an experienced teacher.
    • Students that enjoy practicing in a group.
    During these 5 sessions the world unfolds before your eyes, one page and one mark at a time. You will learn to draw and improve your skills naturally. Come enjoy the process of learning to see.

    Additional information
    "Practice, Practice, Practice and everything will come." These wise words from the yogi Sri Krisha Patthabhi Jois apply as well to the apprenticeship of drawing as they do to yoga practice. Just as one's goals in yoga are to set aside time to practice at one's own level without comparison to others, so goes the process of learning to draw.

    Pro-rata rates are available for this course. Students can register for individual sessions at a rate of 45 Euro per session.

    About the instructor
    Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and is an engaging teacher with many years of teaching experience. She is also a highly skilled practicing artist who exhibits internationally. For more information on Jan and to view her work visit her website.

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

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

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

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

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


    • 07 Oct 2014
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • 10:15 am Meeting point to be advised.

    American Cemetery and Memorial on Mont Valérien in Suresnes



    Many of us have visited the sites near Verdun related to the horrific battles of WWI that transpired in the area.  But a few have been just 5 miles west of Paris to visit peaceful site of the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial on Mont Valérien. 


    Beautiful and moving, the cemetery’s chapel is the focal point for paying homage to over 1500 American servicemen and women who died in the Paris area during WWI.  The American superintendent will be happy to answer our questions and tell us about the most interesting features and stories.


    There is a panoramic view over Paris from the plateau across the street, and French memorials to their WWII fallen heroes around the hillside, too. 


    To reach the site via public transport, take a train from Gare St. Lazare to the Suresnes-Mont Valérien station (a 15- to 20-minute trip) and then walk ten minutes to the front gate.  The site is also served by bus from some Paris neighborhoods, such as Auteuil. 


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

    Instructor: Anna Eklund-Cheong

    • 07 Oct 2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • 14 Oct 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75015, Paris; Metro: Balard
    • 7
    WICE, Jan OlssonTuesday, 7 October 
    &
    Tuesday, 14 October

    Time: 14:00-17:00 
    Cost: 90 EUR for all sessions
    Students can register for individual sessions at a rate of 50 Euro per session.

    Are you curious about how colors interact and how artists use them? This is the course for you. 

    Whether you're an artist or amateur you'll receive a brief summary of color theory and an invitation to discover how colors interact with one another during this two-part series. 
    • No prior experience or drawing skills are required.
    • This course is hands-on and all materials will be provided.
    Additional information 
    Enjoy exercises in color mixing and composing simple color harmonies.

    Pro-rata rates are available for this course. Students can register for individual sessions at a rate of 45 Euro per session.

    Students interested in this topic can also register for "Introduction to Printmaking".

    About the instructor 
    Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and is an engaging teacher with many years of teaching experience. She is also a highly skilled practicing artist who exhibits internationally. For more information on Jan and to view her work visit her website.

    Image credit Jan Olsson
    • 08 Oct 2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Oct 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 75015, Paris
    • 3
    Wednesdays (4 sessions)Film at WICE
    Oct 8, 15, 22, 29
    9am - 12pm


    This course takes you through the process of making your own short film. It introduces the aesthetics and theory of  film-making and applies them to the practicality of writing, shooting and editing.

    The theory of film-making is reviewed with film history, with specific examples of movies, aesthetics and technology.

    All steps of the film production process are covered, including: How to find an idea, Screenwriting,  Pre-production, Mood-board, Story-board, Shooting, Editing and Sound.

    The only equipment necessary is a portable device capable of capturing video, such as a camera, camcorder or mobile phone.

    By the end of the course you will be creating your own short films.

    Classes are designed and targeted for beginners. Everyone can begin their first steps into film production.

    Instructor: Nica Junker is an accomplished film maker, photographer and lecturer in photography and film with International publications and expositions.

    She studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, HFF Konrad Wolf, University College Dublin, Leipzig University and the Sorbonne.
    See her work at 
    www.nicajunker.de


    Images: Screen Copy of Film by Nica Junker, Little Miss Perfect
    • 08 Oct 2014
    • 9:15 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Métro Line 8: Ledru-Rollin
    • 6

    Wednesday, 8 October 
    9:15 am - 11:30 am

    Located in the 12th arrondisement behind the Bastille, the Marché d’Aligre is situated between rue Faubourg Saint Antoine and rue de Charenton. Historically, the market area supported the 18th century food needs of what was then a suburb of Paris. 

    There are in fact two markets, one nested inside the other.  We will visit both.  

    One is the open market along rue d'Aligre and the second is the covered Marché Beauvau, whose building was originally constructed in 1779 and then rebuilt in 1843.  The two markets are open everyday, except Mondays. 

    In addition to fruit and vegetable stands, you can regularly find antique dealers set up on the square in the style of a flea market.

    These markets offer a range of goods from different cultures such as North African spices to trendy food items. They have a reputation for being reasonably priced.  

    Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your shopping bag.  We will taste 2 cheeses at the market, and perhaps another goodie or two along our way. 

    This Market Walk will take place "rain or shine". Our exact meeting location is emailed to registrants two days before the walk. 

    If you wish to join us, we usually find a place to have lunch after the market walk. The cost of lunch is not included in the cost of the walk.  

    Our Guide: Françoise Meunier, who has been with WICE for over 10 years, trained in the hotel and cooking school in Toulouse.  In 1997, she opened one of the first small private cooking schools in Paris.  Her knowledge of Paris, French food and food markets will enrich your experience of living in Paris and France.

    photo: paris-envie.com


    • 09 Oct 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • meet at 9:45pm at 17 Boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris. Metro: Porte d'Orléans (line 4) or RER B Cité Universitaire
    Thursday, October 9

    The Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, bounded to the south by the Boulevard Périphérique and to the north by the Parc Montsouris was founded just after World War I. Its founders, driven by a humanist ideal, sought to create “a school of human relations to promote peace” with a view to fostering harmony between different nations by furthering friendship between its residents.

    Every year this foundation accommodates 12,000 students, researchers and artists from more than 140 countries in its 40 houses. So far 35 countries and many wealthy art patrons have participated in this worthy project by constructing buildings.

    La Cité Universitaire is a typical exhibition of 20th century architecture, with its 40 houses and one of the largest landscaped gardens in Paris.

    Please join us on a guided tour and visit 3 exceptional buildings: the Swiss Foundation built by the visionary architect Le Corbusier (the first building created in la Cité), the Deutsch Foundation building and the American Foundation.

    Instructor: Guide to be provided by the Cité Universitaire.
    • 11 Oct 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Artist's studio, 75004 Paris; Métro: Pont Marie, Hôtel de Ville
    • 7
    SaturdayOctober 11th

    Have no fear! It's time to make all those buttons on your camera work to your advantage. And time to focus on the real fun of digital photography . . . capturing those memorable moments.

    This one-day workshop will provide the tools you need to make sure you and your camera are on friendly terms. You'll learn creative guidelines and technical controls in the comfort of Meredith's Ile St Louis atelier. Then you'll get hands-on practice with creative assignments as we wander the Ile St Louis and Ile de la Cité.

    We'll take a break for lunch at a local bistro and end the day by looking at your images (accompanied by friendly class critique).

    We welcome everyone to this workshop: working folks, teenagers, and families.

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

    Instructor: Meredith Mullins is an internationally exhibited fine art photographer and winner of international photography competitions (including the Grand Concours Photo sur Paris, PX3 Competition, and Worldwide Gala Photo Awards). Her work is shown in museums and galleries in France and the U.S.

    She is the author of the award-winning book “In a Paris Moment” and the Director and Co-founder of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

    Photo Credit: Henrietta Richer
    • 14 Oct 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Atelier Atlantis, Gentilly
    • 6

    Tuesday, October 14th

    Pinhole Photography

    Discover the origins and the magic of traditional photography! Working with a simple metal coffee can and light sensitive photo paper, we'll go in just a few hours through the entire process from making a "camera", making first exposures and then final positive prints. Pinhole photography is a magical process that allows us to see the world around us in a completely new way.

    This is a great class for all levels of photographers. Students will only need to bring a metal coffee canister to class (the round Illy brand coffee cans are the best) and we'll supply the rest! We'll quickly transform the all-metal canisters into cameras and then we'll be off into the world with our magical camera to capture stunning and surprising visions!



    We'll take a number of pictures, creating the original "negative" and then we'll transform at least one of these into a finished positive photograph by the end of the class. A remarkably simple and yet powerful photographic process that students will be able to continue on their own after the class!

    Instructor: Michael McCarthy has won numerous prizes for his photography and has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the U.S. and in Europe for more than twenty years. Currently represented by the Galerie Duboys in the Marais, his exhibition, Human Form, was selected Best Gallery Exhibition in 2012 by Marc Lenot on his Lunettes Rouges blog hosted by Lemonde.fr.

    Photo Credit: Michael McCarthy
    • 14 Oct 2014
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • 10:15 am metro Cité, line 4

    Tuesday, October 14th

    The Jewish History of Paris

    A walk through the historic heart of Paris, with its rich history and many hidden stories.

    The tour will discuss the medieval history of the Jews, France as a mecca during the Revolution and the 19th century, the Dreyfus Affair, the Holocaust, and the rebuilding of the Jewish community.

    This walk will take us from the heart of the first Jewish community of the Ile de la Cité to the modern day of fashionable Rue des Rosiers.

    We will look at the facade of Notre Dame for its Jewish symbolism, then go to the Monument of the French Martyrs of the Deportation. We will head to the Marais, to the Shoah Memorial and to the Hotel Beauvais, an example of Jewish property stolen by the Vichy government. We will see the Art Nouveau rue Pavée synagogue, then walk down Rue des Rosiers to the synagogues, shops, and boutiques. We will wind up on rue des Archives at the only medieval cloisters left in Paris.

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

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

    • 15 Oct 2014
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office

    Exposed almost from toddler-hood to the concepts of digital technologies, our children are totally imprinted by the time they reach their teens, but for parents of these digital natives the real risks of the internet are not always so transparent. This WICE Lite lecture will shed light on both real and unexpected risks while at the same time mythbusting the lesser dangers of the web, Our speaker, Elizabeth Milovidov, will also offer practical advice to parents wishing to understand better the safety of the technologies their digital natives use daily.


    Elizabeth Milovidov, as well as being a  parent, is also a lawyer, a scholar and a specialist in Internet Safety and child protection.
    • 16 Oct 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • meet at 08.45 AM at 10 Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris. Metro Maubert Mutualité line 10.
    • 23

    Thursday, October 16th

    The Sainte-Geneviève Library overlooks the Pantheon. It is both a public and university library which houses the 6th century collection from the Abbey Ste Genevieve. It has evolved into an encyclopedic library for scholars, students, and the general public, containing the largest and richest collection of books about all aspects of theology, the arts and science.

    Henri Labrouste, one of the most original architects to use iron-frame construction in the mid 1850s, built this magnificent iron-structure building allowing exceptional lightness and natural illumination. On the façade of the library, Labrouste inscribed in stone, the names of 810 great thinkers expressing the chain of human thought from Moses to the 19th century.

    The entrance hall holds a number of busts of authors and scientists whose books are found in the library. We will see archeological artifacts and antique books. The reading room is breathtaking with its 19th deco, the bright light gleaming trough the unusual pillars and arches.

    Many students from the neighboring lycees, study here for their preparatory exams for entrance to the Grandes Ecoles.

    Our private tour was especially timed to take place prior to the students’ arrival.


    • 16 Oct 2014
    • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Métro Line 12: Vaugirard
    • 13

    Wednesday, 16 October 
    4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Spices to Warm the Spirit and Cool the Body

    A Cooking Demonstration and Taste Workshop

    at Le Cordon Bleu's Paris Cooking School 

    by Michele Redmond, MS, RDN

    Join us for this informative spice-filled demo and tasting that will be held at Le Cordon Bleu's Paris Cooking School.

    Michele Redmond - graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, culinary instructor and university lecturer - will explore several spices to warm your palate and invigorate your winter cooking.

    At this taste workshop, you will try a variety of spices known for warming sensations and determine your taste sensory thresholds.

    Michele will demonstrate different techniques for cooking with these spices and prepare some foods to showcase them.

    We'll discuss their potential health benefits with a focus on "cooling down" the body's inflammatory reactions.  Inflammation is associated with exercise injuries, eating habits, diabetes, obesity, cardiac disease, Alzheimer's, and gastrointestinal problems.

    We will sample spice mixes such as vadouvan ("French curry") and chili powder, and individual spices including cinnamon (3 varieties), fresh and powdered turmeric, and a variety of peppers to name a few.

    We will also sample some of Michele's cooking and you'll take home with you new ideas and recipes to add a hint of heat and savory flavors to your appetizers, sauces and savory dishes. 

    This event will take place in the 1st Floor Cooking Demonstration Room at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, located at:

     8 rue Léon Delhomme, 75015 Paris

    If you have any questions, please email Mary O'Leary, WICE Cooking Director at:  cooking@wice-paris.org  

    Our Instructor: Chef Michele Redmond directs The Taste Workshop which teaches how taste, food appreciation and cooking improves health and enjoyment of life.  She is also a nutritionist who teaches nutrition science, taste science, sustainable foods, cooking and gastronomy at Arizona State University.  Michele has worked as a caterer, research chef and food company consultant, and managed cardiac and diabetes programs, but promotes food as the best medicine.  She is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris and Hautes Etudes du Goût.

    photos provided by: The Taste Workshop, Michele Redmond

    Join us for this informative and tasty spice workshop that will be held at Le Cordon Bleu's Paris Cooking School.

    Michele Redmond - graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, culinary instructor and university lecturer - will explore several spices to warm your palate and invigorate your winter cooking.

    At this taste workshop, you will try a variety of spices known for warming sensations and determine your taste sensory thresholds.

    Michele will demonstrate different techniques for cooking with these spices and prepare some foods to showcase them. We'll discuss their potential health benefits with a focus on "cooling down" the body's inflammatory reactions. Inflammation is associated with exercise injuries, eating habits, diabetes, obesity, cardiac disease, Alzheimer's, gastrointestinal problems and certain cancers.

    We will sample spice mixes such as vadouvan (“French curry”) and chili powder and individual spices including cinnamon (3 different varieties), fresh and powdered turmeric, and a variety of peppers to name a few.

    We will also sample some of Michele's cooking and you’ll take home with you new ideas and recipes to add a hint of heat and savory flavors to your appetizers, sauces and savory dishes.
    • 17 Oct 2014
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Private residence, 75011 Paris; Métro: Bastille or Bréguet-Sabin
    • 8
    Photo by Meredith MullinsFriday, 17 October

    Join us as we take an in-depth look at one of our instructor's favorite Burgundy producers: Pierre Morey and his daughter Anne.

    Based in Meursault, Domaine Pierre Morey produces fantastic wines in an intense but "signature free" style that lets the terroir do the talking. 

    Pierre's wines have often been used individually as the "last and best" examples in our tastings. This time, it's nothing but him (and her). A real treat.


    Instructor: Thomas Boothe's, extensive knowledge and passion for wine and his innovative teaching style have been fueled through work and study in a variety of wine-related fields.
    • 18 Oct 2014
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75015, Paris, Metro: Convention
    • 6
    WICE, L. PedersenSaturday, 18 October
    (one-day session)

    Time: 11:00-17:00
    Cost: 120 EUR

    Enjoy learning the basics of printmaking through a simple yet expressive technique called the 'monotype'.
    • All materials will be provided for this full-day course
    • No skills or prior experience is necessary; just a willingness to experiment.
    The printmaking studio is located at La Ruche, a picturesque artists' colony founded in 1902. Surrounded by a beautiful garden, it is a lovely spot to spend a creative Saturday. Children aged 10+ accompanied by a parent are welcome.

    Additional information
    Employed by Degas, Gauguin, and many contemporary artists, printing a monotype involves no toxic materials or laborious technique. It employs methods you can use at home without an etching press or elaborate tools.

    About the instructor
    Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and is an engaging teacher with many years of teaching experience. She is also a highly skilled practicing artist who exhibits internationally. For more information on Jan and to view her work visit her website.

    Image credit L. Pedersen
    • 22 Oct 2014
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • WICE office - 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris
    • 11

    Wednesday, 22 October 

    THE PLACE OF IMPRESSIONISM 
    IN ART HISTORY

    Seminar by Rosemary Flannery

    This 1.5 hour seminar will discuss the place of Impressionism in art history, including topics such as the artistic trends which preceded it, concurrent art movements and the pioneering artists. We will also look at key contemporary figures, such as color analyst Chevreul, and visionary art dealers and patrons, who empowered the controversial new style.

    Instructor: Rosemary Flannery is a graduate of Columbia University and has lived and worked in France as artist, writer and tour guide since 1989. She has lectured on art history and on architecture at many venues, including Road Scholar, National Arts Club NYC, Athenaeum Library of Philadelphia, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, and the Cranmer Institute, Dallas. Her private tours of Paris focus on art, architecture, fashion and gastronomy.

    She is the author of Angels of Paris: An Architectural Tour through the History of Paris, published in 2012 by The Little Bookroom NYC and distributed by Random House; it will be released as Anges de Paris by Editions Exergue in November 2014.  


    • 23 Oct 2014
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • WICE office - 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris
    • 11

    Thursday, October 23rd 

    The Exchanges and Influences 

    Between French and American 

    Diplomats, Intellectuals and Militaries

    Seminar by Kris Jouanne

    Franklin and Jefferson were master diplomats, but what was their real role in the French Revolution and the role of the French in the American Revolution?  This class will look at the exchanges between French and American diplomats, intellectuals and militaries, and how they rubbed off (or not) on each other.  We will also take a step further back in time and refresh our memories on the great French explorers, Marquette and Joliet.  


    Instructor:  Kristine Hoyt Jouanne grew up in Iowa where she did her PhD at the University of Iowa in French literature.  Her dissertation was entitled “Food and Eating in Emile Zola’s Rougon-Macquart Series.”   She has been living in France for several years working as an English language professor and language coach for professionals, and also as a translator.  Her schools include: Sciences-po, Ensad (les Arts-Déco) and Skema Business School.  Her most recent publication was an essay on Irish author Fitz-James O’Brien and the Dred Scott decision published in the anthology, Seeing the Unseen (The Onslaught Press).



      

    • 30 Oct 2014
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • WICE office - 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris
    • 12

    Thursday, 30th October 

    Photo-Based  Contemporary Art

    by Maggie Cardelus


    This seminar looks at how contemporary artists such as Alfredo Jaar, Rachel Harrison, Oliver Herring, Sophie Calle, and many more have been less interested in the photographic image than in photographs as objects, objects so integral to our lives that we hardly even notice them.  Artworks that depend on photography but that do not align themselves with the discipline of photography are generally called photo-based works, and the artists making them tend to keep a critical distance from technique in favor of a view of photography as a medium enmeshed in powerful historical, social, and cultural contexts. Photo-based artists also tend to handle photographs as a malleable substance freed from their formal conventions and traditional modes of receptivity, so they will assume any number of hybrid forms, testing photography's limits against film, video, sculpture, drawing, performance and more. The course will begin with some examples of how people have interpreted/used the photographic object since its invention. This seminar encourages lively participation and discussion.

    Instructor: Maggie Cardelus is an internationally exhibited multi-media artist whose photo-based works challenge our conventional understanding of photography and stretch its boundaries into drawing, sculpture, installation, and video. Her work is internationally exhibited and collected. At the Accademia di Belle Arti di Santagiulia in Italy, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in studio art and in the theory of photography. She earned her undergraduate degree in studio art and art history from Wellesely College, and her graduate degrees in architecture and fine arts from Columbia University and Hunter College both in New York City.

    • 31 Oct 2014
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Private residence, 75017 Paris; Métro: Wagram
    • 7
    default wine photoFriday, 31 October 

    Many of us share a common quest – to find truth and beauty in the world... as well as great everyday (affordable!) wines. 

    Search no more. Four of the most respected cavistes in Paris will recommend what they consider their best everyday red and white wines. It's a multi-dimensional competition: between the cavistes, the wines, and between participants trying to guess the provenance of what we will be tasting (in the always fun blind tasting tradition).

    An exhilarating way to discover some of the great wine values in the city.

    And, since it's Halloween, we'll have a magic show by our host, stellar magician Marc McGuire, and a mask contest (winner takes home the best one of the Everyday Wines).

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


    • 04 Nov 2014
    • 10:00 AM
    • 25 Nov 2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • Four different locations in Paris
    • 3
    4, 11, 18, 25 November (Tuesdays)

    Are you stuck on "Automatic Mode?" What are all those other camera "modes"? How does ISO relate to shutter speed? What can you do with difficult light situations?

    Get off your "A" and learn to Master Manual Mode.

    This course explores in depth the Manual Mode factors of ISO, shutter speed and aperture then analyzes the interaction among them and when to use Manual Mode. Each class starts with an explanation of each element and continues with practical work in difficult lighting conditions. A review and suggestions follow.

    Course Requirements: Participants need to bring a camera that can manually set ISO, shutter speed and aperture.

    Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in advertising and completed his training as a photographer in Barcelona at the Institute of Design and Image (IDEP) where he worked with Luca Pagliari.

    In London Juan Manuel worked in Advertising agencies (Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Ericksson and Grey Worldwide) and in Paris where he became the assistant of photographers such as Laure Vasconi, Xavier Lucchesi and Ariadna Bufi, among others. He also worked for Daylight Photo Studio.

    He then collaborated with Tendance Floue and the agency Magnum Photos. Juan Manuel currently lives and works in Paris as a freelance photographer.


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    • 04 Nov 2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • 25 Nov 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75015, Paris; Metro: Balard
    • 6
    4, 18, & 25 November
    (weekly sessions held on Tuesdays) and 10 November (Monday)

    Time: 14:00-17:00 
    Cost: 160 EUR for all sessions
    Students can register for individual sessions at a rate of 50 Euro per session.

    What could be better than an afternoon of painting in the private, spacious studio of a working artist and long-time resident of Paris who is also an inspiring teacher?

    Both beginners and practiced painters are welcome to this class. 
    • Painting in the studio, you'll learn as artists have always learned - by studying works of other painters and by close observation of nature and your immediate surroundings.
    • Acrylic paints are provided but experienced painters are welcome to paint in other mediums if they prefer.
    Additional information 
    Assignments will send you to study from the city's wealth of museum collections and traveling exhibitions outside of class.

    Pro-rata rates are available for this course. Students can register for individual sessions at a rate of 50 Euro per session.

    About the instructor 
    Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and is an engaging teacher with many years of teaching experience. She is also a highly skilled practicing artist who exhibits internationally. For more information on Jan and to view her work visit her website.

    Photo credit F. Mir
    • 04 Nov 2014
    • 4:30 PM
    • 02 Dec 2014
    • 7:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 75015
    • 10
    Copperplate, WICENovember 4, 18, 25 
    December 2 
    (four-part weekly series held on Tuesdays)

    Time: 16:30-19:00 
    Cost: 125 EUR

    Copperplate, the elegant, ornate script of the 18th century writing masters, has become one of the most popular forms of calligraphy for students and professionals alike. 

    In this four-part, weekly introductory course suitable for beginners, students will learn:
    • How to use the flexible, pointed pen to create the basic forms of this alphabet
    • To progress from simple strokes to minuscules (lower-case letters) and then flourished capitals that characterize this script.
    Additional information
    Copperplate is typically chosen as the calligraphy for weddings and other special events and can be used for place cards, envelopes and menus as well as for writing poetry and prose.

    Materials for this class can be picked up inexpensively at local art supply or stationary stores.

    About the instructor 
    Eleanor Winters has been an active participant in the international calligraphy movement for more than three decades. A commercial and fine-art calligrapher, she is the author of five calligraphy books which have become standard instructional material. She teaches and exhibits internationally and is currently an instructor for the Society of Scribes in New York. Her current artwork can be viewed here.

    Photo credit Eleanor Winters
    • 05 Nov 2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 26 Nov 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 75015, Paris
    • 8
    Wednesdays (4 sessions)
    5, 12, 19, 26 November
    9am - 12pm


    One of the key skills in filmmaking is that of editing; turning your raw video footage into a finished product that captures your original aims and vision.

    This course will take you through the process of editing a short film, from beginning to end. You will use readily available software such as iMovie to plan, draft and polish the film, including sound and music.

    You'll learn various editing techniques by looking at how they are used in the movie industry and how different editing styles significantly effect the mode and tempo of the film. You'll learn how to apply those techniques to your own films, and how to use software to achieve the results you want.

    Instructor: Nica Junker is an accomplished film maker, photographer and lecturer in photography and film with International publications and expositions.

    She studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, HFF Konrad Wolf, University College Dublin, Leipzig University and the Sorbonne.
    See her work at 
    www.nicajunker.de


    (Image courtesy of ba1969 via freeimages.com)
    • 05 Nov 2014
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 75015, Paris
    • 10
    Wednesday, 5th November 
    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Introducing...



    Movie Night is a social event and a chance to get together with other WICE members to watch some great movies.

    Seats are limited so please register to reserve a place.

    Hot popcorn will be served, but otherwise please bring your own refreshment of choice.
     
    This month's film will be The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.







    (Top image by djnorway via freeimages.com. Film image courtesy of Wikipedia.)

    • 06 Nov 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    • meet us at 09:45 A.M. 2, passage Dantzig - 75015 PARIS. Métro Convention (10min walking distance) or bus 89 stop: Morillons Dantzig.
    • 12

    Thursday, 6th November

    la ruche

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

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

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

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

    • 06 Nov 2014
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • WICE office - 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris
    • 12

    Thursday, November 6th

    When Art Betrays Heart: Contemporary Artists Confronting Family 
    in their Work

    by Maggie Cardelus

    Most artists, at some point in their lives betray the conflicts, traumas, histories, characters, love, fears, secrecy and more within their families.  Some artists have dealt with problematic relationships with their parents or siblings, while others have perhaps focused their entire oeuvre on one, cherished partner. This seminar will take a closer look at some of the most interesting works of sculpture, painting, installation work, performance, and photography on family and on the artists who made them, getting a rare insight into some of the deep emotional forces that have driven these artists to confront the intimate subject of family in order to examine, purge, heal, elaborate, understand, or simply draw attention to our universal and fraught connections to others.  The course will review dozens of works made by dozens of artists among which Louise Bourgeois, Sally Mann, Janine Antoni, Joanna Spence, Larry Sultan, Allan Kaprow, Richard Billingham, Marina Abramovic, and more. This seminar encourages lively participation and discussion.

    Instructor: Maggie Cardelus is an internationally exhibited multi-media artist whose photo-based works challenge our conventional understanding of photography and stretch its boundaries into drawing, sculpture, installation, and video. Her work is internationally exhibited and collected. At the Accademia di Belle Arti di Santagiulia in Italy, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in studio art and in the theory of photography. She earned her undergraduate degree in studio art and art history from Wellesely College, and her graduate degrees in architecture and fine arts from Columbia University and Hunter College in New York City.  

    To learn more about Maggie and her work, we invite you to visit her website: www.maggiecardelus.com.

    • 07 Nov 2014
    • 1:30 PM
    • 21 Nov 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • Various locations, exact details communicated 24 hours prior to scheduled class
    • 8
    Carolyn Smith, WICENovember 7, 14 & 21
    (three-part series held on Fridays)

    Time: 13:30-16:00
    Cost: 120 EUR

    We've explored affordable collecting before. This time we turn our attention to the valuation of reproductions. How can you tell a collectible reproduction from just another art poster? What makes a photograph worthy of collection in the time of Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook?

    We'll explore these questions as we:
    • Visit galleries specializing in art prints.
    • Take a tour of a historic Parisian art printer.
    • See the best international photography at Paris Photo at the Grand Palais.
    By the end of this series you will be confident in your ability to assess and purchase reproductions for your collection that will hold or increase their value. 

    Additional information
    As always in our courses we make ourselves available upon request to support your collecting objectives for the duration of the series.

    About the instructor
    Caroline Etter. Art consultant, historian of art, friend to collectors and artists both, Caroline has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 15 years. After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and at Bibliothèque nationale de France.

    Since then she’s been a curator, a journalist and a gallery manager working with private and corporate clients.

    Photo credit City Art Insider
    • 10 Nov 2014
    • 10:30 AM
    • 15 Dec 2014
    • 12:30 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 6
    Mondays November 10, 17; December 1, 8, 15 

    Course Description: For writers of all levels. In this workshop, we’ll begin by discussing flash fiction pieces of 1,000 words or less from a variety of books and contemporary literary magazines.

    Our discussions and discoveries will serve as departure points for our own explorations on the page. Through brief, focused exercises, we’ll work on generating ideas and developing them into flash fiction pieces, keeping narrative techniques, point of view, and imagery in mind. You’ll be able to sharpen your skills, begin new work and refine work-in-progress. We’ll work on generating three pieces (drafts or finished pieces of writing) over the class periods. In a supportive environment, benefit from interaction and exchanges with participants and constructive feedback on your writing.

    Instructor: Heather Hartley is Paris Editor for Tin House and author of Knock Knock (Carnegie Mellon University Press); her second poetry collection will also be published by CMU. Her poems, essays, and interviews have appeared in or on PBS News Hour, The Rumpus, The Guardian, The White Review and elsewhere. She has curated Shakespeare & Company Bookshop's reading series, and has taught creative writing at the American University of Paris. Her monthly column Aperitif on the Tin House website is about literary Paris.

    • 10 Nov 2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • 15 Dec 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
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    Registration is closed
    Mondays November 10, 17, 24; Dec 1, 8, 15 

    Course Description: 

    This 6-week writing workshop allows participants to hone their writing skills through the creation of vignettes: short scenes that focus on a moment, a character, an encounter, an experience, a mood or a place.

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

    Though the emphasis of this workshop will be on non-fiction vignettes of up to 1000 words, participants will learn the importance of scene work that will then enhance their writing of longer works of fiction, non-fiction and memoir as well as unique travel blogs.

    Participants will complete one vignette per week, most of which will be discussed during the workshop.

     

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


    • 12 Nov 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private Residence, 75009 Paris; Métro: Bonne Nouvelle
    • 5

    Wednesday, 12 November
    9:30am-12:30pm

    For the upcoming holidays, how about mastering an elegant roti de boeuf aux herbes de Provence en croûte (roast beef with herbs de Provence wrapped in pastry).  We'll help take the mystery out of how to prepare this dish, which can be made to feed a crowd.

    You'll learn how to make a pâte brisée, the savory pie dough wrapped around the roast, which is also a basic dough used in so many classic French recipes, such as quiche.

    We will learn how to make our own Herbes de Provence using fresh thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf. 

    Our menu will be rounded out with fresh seasonal vegetables likes carrots, parsnips and potatoes, fresh from the market. Plus you will learn about the different varieties of potatoes that you are likely to see at your local market in the fall.  

    When we make the lovely, but easy dessert, of poires en terrine à la cassonade (pears baked in a clay terrine, sprinkled with beautiful sucre cassonade / raw sugar) - we will also talk about some of the different varieties of pears available in France.  

    And you'll see why you should always have a store bought pâte brisée in your refrig to quickly wrap and bake fall fruits, like apples and pears for another variation. 

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

    Photo Credit - toques2cuisine

    • 13 Nov 2014
    • 10:00 AM
    • 20 Nov 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, 75015, Paris; Metro: Balard
    • 6
    WICE, S. DelaunayThursday, 13 November 
    10:00-12:00
    &
    Thursday, 20 November 
    10:00-13:00

    Cost: 80 EUR

    This unique class combines a visit to the Sonia Delaunay exhibition at the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris with a follow-up studio class. 
    • Enjoy a group visit led by an artist to a rare showing of the extra-ordinary and often overlooked contributions made by Sonia Delaunay in both design and color.
    • The museum visit will be complemented the following week by a discussion and related exercises that will deepen your understanding of Sonia Delaunay's work as an artist and designer.
    Additional information 
    All studio materials will be provided. Price does not include entrance fee to the exhibition.

    About the instructor 
    Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and is an engaging teacher with many years of teaching experience. She is also a highly skilled practicing artist who exhibits internationally. For more information on Jan and to view her work visit her website.

    Image credit Sonia Delaunay's Russia East
    • 14 Nov 2014
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Private residence, 75006 Paris; Métro: Vavin or RER B Port Royal
    • 6
    Photo by Meredith MullinsFriday, 14 November 

    Without a doubt, Meursault is the most immediately seductive of white burgundies. On this evening, we'll put the microscope on the region and study how the various vintages, producers, and micro-terroirs modify the characters of these rich, nutty gourmandises.

    Instructor: Thomas Boothe's, extensive knowledge and passion for wine and his innovative teaching style have been fueled through work and study in a variety of wine-related fields.
    • 18 Nov 2014
    • 2:30 PM
    • 02 Dec 2014
    • 4:30 PM
    • WICE
    • 8

    18, 25 Nov & 2 Dec
    (three-part weekly series held on Tuesdays)

    Time: 2:30 pm - 4:30pm
    Cost: 100 EUR

    Adobe Lightroom is one of the most efficient and powerful tools available for getting the most from your digital images. The latest version, Lightroom 5, gives you everything you need to transform your images.





    This course will take you through the use of Lightroom for three specific genres of photography. Each class will focus on one genre, taking you through an example workflow from start to finish.You will learn the capabilities of Lightroom in relation to real examples, and immediately apply them to you own images during the class. The genres will be Portraiture, Landscape, and Street Photography, and will include techniques such as spot corrections, film-style effects, and black & white conversions.

    Both beginners and those who wish to refresh their skills are welcome to join this class. You will need to bring a laptop with Lightroom 5 installed, and at least one digital high-resolution photo to work on for each session.

    Additional Information:
    Lightroom 5 is available as a 30-day free trial.

    Instructor:
    Alastair Arthur is a portrait photographer and author of The Photographer's Guide to Paris. His photography of Paris has been featured on the cover of Fuji X magazine, and you can find him online at www.alastairarthur.com.

    Image Credit: © Alastair Arthur


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    • 19 Nov 2014
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • WICE office - 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris
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    Wednesday, November 19th

    Evening Seminar

    Hemingway & the French Literary Tradition

    Seminar by Kris Jouanne

    Today Hemingway and his style are so well-known that he is almost a caricature of himself, yet when he was developing his style in 1920s Paris, it was new, innovative and daring. In this seminar we'll see how that spirit fits in with the French tradition of innovation, looking particularly at the French poets (Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Mallármé) who came before, as well as his contemporaries (Apollinaire, Gide, Desnos, Ponge).

    Instructor: Kristine Hoyt Jouanne grew up in Iowa where she did her PhD at the University of Iowa in French literature.  Her dissertation was entitled “Food and Eating in Emile Zola’s Rougon-Macquart Series.”   She has been living in France for several years working as an English language professor and language coach for professionals, and also as a translator.  Her schools include: Sciences-po, Ensad (les Arts-Déco) and Skema Business School.  Her most recent publication was an essay on Irish author Fitz-James O’Brien and the Dred Scott decision published in the anthology, Seeing the Unseen (The Onslaught Press).





     

    • 20 Nov 2014
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • WICE office - 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris
    • 10

    Thursday, 20 November 

    Paris When It Flickers 

    Part I

    Seminar by Vincent Fournois

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

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

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

    • 20 Nov 2014
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • meet at 2.45PM at 17 Quai d'Anjou, 75004 Paris. Metro Sully Morland (line 7).
    • 14

    Thursday, 20th November

    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 was recently reopened.

    Guide : provided by the Hotel de Lauzun.

    • 21 Nov 2014
    • 2:30 PM
    • 12 Dec 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 75015, Paris
    • 10
    Perspective Drawing, WICENovember 21, 28 
    &
    December 5, 12
    (four-part weekly series held on Fridays) 

    Time: 14:30-17:00 
    Cost: 140 EUR

    Understanding perspective and learning to use it is a basic requirement of figurative (realistic) drawing and painting. 

    In this four-part weekly course, beginners will learn to create depth and dimension in order to represent three-dimensional objects on the flat surface of paper or canvas. Skills will be developed through:
    • Traditional exercises emphasizing one-point and two-point perspective
    • Learning how to see and render a vanishing point
    Additional information
    Although this class will work with pencils and sketchpad, the techniques we will study are applicable to painting and other media.

    Materials required for this class can be purchased inexpensively at local art supply shops.

    About the instructor
    Leendert van der Pool, a prize-winning artist, was born in the Netherlands and spent 15 years in the Dutch merchant marine. Much of his early work reflects the influences of his years at sea, both in subject and in mood. He has exhibited his work widely in museums and galleries in Europe and the United States, and his drawings have been included in numerous books as well as several museum collections. For more information visit his website.

    Photo credit Leendert van der Pool
    • 28 Nov 2014
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Private residence, 75011 Paris; Métro: Bastille or Bréguet-Sabin
    • 6
    Photo by Meredith MullinsFriday, 28 November

    The Piedmont region in Northwestern Italy is among the greatest wine areas in the world.

    It's the home of massive, but ultra-elegant Nebbiolo-based wines (Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara), hearty and rustic Barberas, pretty, but sometimes serious Dolcettos, plus a range of tasty whites. A few French regions can claim to be as good, but none better.

    Come join us and discover these rare-in-Paris treasures.

    Instructor: Thomas Boothe's, extensive knowledge and passion for wine and his innovative teaching style have been fueled through work and study in a variety of wine-related fields.
    • 03 Dec 2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 17 Dec 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 75015, Paris
    • 7
    Wednesdays (3 classroom sessions plus 1 outdoor shoot)
    3, 10, 17 December

    9am - 12pm

    (date and time for outdoor filming to be arranged at the first classroom session)





    This course is specifically about the art of Documentary Filmmaking, based on an ongoing practical exercise to create your own short documentary. There will be classroom session for planning, scripting and editing, with a separate filming session to be scheduled over the same period. The end result will be a short documentary film of about 5 minutes.

    With the continual rise of blogs and podcasts, as well as services such as YouTube, news and information is being increasingly shared through short film clips online. You'll learn about the different styles of documentary film making and how to apply the same principles to your own documentaries about whichever subject you choose.

    Instructor: Nica Junker is an accomplished film maker, photographer and lecturer in photography and film with International publications and expositions.

    She studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, HFF Konrad Wolf, University College Dublin, Leipzig University and the Sorbonne.
    See her work at 
    www.nicajunker.de


    (Image courtesy of emsago via freeimages.com)
    • 03 Dec 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • meet at 09.45 AM at 1 Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris. Metro Place Monge (line 7) or Cardinal Lemoine (line 10).
    • 15

    Wednesday, December 3rd

    Located in the 5th district, the Museum Curie was established in 1934.

    It is located in the laboratory where Marie Curie performed her research on radioactivity with her husband (who died in 1906) from 1914 until her death in 1934 . It is not far from the “shed” where the Curie couple discovered natural radium in 1898.  It is also here that her daughter and son-in-law Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie, discovered artificial radioactivity, for which they received the 1935 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

    In addition to seeing Mme Curie's laboratory, our guide will help us explore the exhibition on radioactivity and its applications in medicine, as well as a comprehensive appreciation of the life and times of this unique family of physicists and their huge contribution to modern science.

    The guide provided by the museum will reveal the life and times of a family of unusual physicists and their huge contribution to science.


    • 03 Dec 2014
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 75015, Paris
    • 10
    Wednesday, 3rd December 
    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Introducing...



    Movie Night is a social event and a chance to get together with other WICE members to watch some great movies.

    Seats are limited so please register to reserve a place.

    Hot popcorn will be served, but otherwise please bring your own refreshment of choice.
     
    This month's film will be 127 Hours, directed by Danny Boyle. Watch the movie and ask yourself, could you do it?!








    (Top image by djnorway via freeimages.com. Film image courtesy of Wikipedia.)

    • 04 Dec 2014
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • the WICE office - 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris
    • 10

    Thursday, 4 December 

    Paris When It Flickers 

    Part II

    Seminar by Vincent Fournois

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

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

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

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

    • 09 Dec 2014
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • WICE office - 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris
    • 12

    Tuesday, December 9th

    Edgar Allan Poe: 

    France’s New and Improved Version

    Seminar by Kris Jouanne


    America’s Edgar Allan Poe had an enormous effect on French writers and artists of the mid-nineteenth century and beyond.  Baudelaire was the first to translate Poe into French, but he also took liberties to make improvements where he felt necessary. Mallarmé tried his hand at translating “The Raven” and both Manet and Gustave Doré illustrated the poem.  Poe’s precursor to Sherlock Holmes, C. Auguste Dupin, and his Watsonian sidekick “Gundefined”, solve murders and thefts in Paris and inspire future (French) psychoanalysts and grad students everywhere.  We’ll see how these French and American thinkers act, interact, and react to create a never ending spiral of cross-influence and “synergy.”

    Instructor:  Kristine Hoyt Jouanne grew up in Iowa where she did her PhD at the University of Iowa in French literature.  Her dissertation was entitled “Food and Eating in Emile Zola’s Rougon-Macquart Series.”   She has been living in France for several years working as an English language professor and language coach for professionals, and also as a translator.  Her schools include: Sciences-po, Ensad (les Arts-Déco) and Skema Business School.  Her most recent publication was an essay on Irish author Fitz-James O’Brien and the Dred Scott decision published in the anthology, Seeing the Unseen (The Onslaught Press).

    • 09 Dec 2014
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Place Saint-Michel
    • 6
    9 December (Tuesday)

    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. 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 need to bring a camera that can set manually, 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 completed his training as a photographer in Barcelona at the Institute of Design and Image where he worked with Luca Pagliari.

    In London Juan Manuel worked in Advertising agencies (Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Ericksson and Grey Worldwide) and in Paris where he became the assistant of photographers such as Laure Vasconi, Xavier Lucchesi and Ariadna Bufi, among others. He also worked for Daylight Photo Studio.

    He then collaborated with Tendance Floue and agency Magnum Photos. Juan Manuel currently lives and works in Paris as a freelance photographer.


    Image Credit
    : © Juan Manuel Abellán

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    • 10 Dec 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private Residence, 75009 Paris; Métro: Bonne Nouvelle
    • 9

    Wednesday, 10 December 
    9:30am-12:30pm

    Ready for something hands-on?  Join us for this popular holiday class where we make homemade chocolate truffles together.  

    We'll try different variations such as white chocolate truffles with green pistachios and pistachio paste (pâte à pistache). 

    Of course we will make the classic dark chocolate truffles with something extra like nuts, whisky, or other surprises.  

    Plus !! We will make two small holiday goodies - mini-sized Madeleines and gluten-free mini shredded coconut snowballs.  

    The best part of this class - you take home a variety box of the treats we make.  

    Be sure to sign up before this class is sold out! 


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

    Photo Credit - Mary O'Leary  

    • 10 Dec 2014
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • WICE office - 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris
    • 8

    Wednesday, 10th December 

    CHOCOLATE:  A DISCOVERY OF THE HISTORY, CREATION AND DELIGHTS OF CHOCOLATE
    With a Tasting

    Seminar by Rosemary Flannery

    This 2-hour seminar and tasting is an exploration of the fascinating history of chocolate, from the times of the Mayans to the 16th century courts of Europe.  Learn about the process of creation from ‘bean to bar’ while we enjoy tastings from France’s top chocolatiers and discover the nuances of flavors produced from the plantations of South America and Africa. 

    Instructor: Rosemary Flannery is a graduate of Columbia University and has lived and worked in France as artist, writer and tour guide since 1989.  She has lectured on art history and on architecture at many venues including, Road Scholar, National Arts Club NYC, Athenaeum Library of Philadelphia, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, and the Cranmer Institute in Dallas.  Her private tours of Paris focus on art, architecture, fashion and gastronomy.

    She is the author of Angels of Paris: An Architectural Tour through the History of Paris, published in 2012 by The Little Bookroom NYC and distributed by Random House; it will be released as Anges de Paris by Editions Exergue in November 2014.  


     


    • 11 Dec 2014
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • meet at 2.15PM at 62 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris. Metro Sebastien Froissard (line 8) or Rambuteau (line 11).
    • 20

    Thursday, 11th December

    Located in the Marais district, the Museum (Hunting and Nature) is housed in the magnificent Hôtel de Guénégaud (1650s), the only existing private mansion designed by architect François Mansard. Since 2002, it is also housed in the Hôtel de Mongelas (1703).

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

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

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

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

     

    • 11 Dec 2014
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • WICE office - 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris
    • 12

    Thursday, 11th December 

    T I M E 
    In Contemporary Art

    by Maggie Cardelus

    A survey of contemporary artworks for which TIME is the theoretical focus.  We will see the myriad ways that artists have struggled to describe, resist, transform, and elaborate our various concepts and experiences of time.  We will see how artists have questioned our conventional understanding of media-related time (filmic time, photographic time, painterly time) and proposed new, alternative understandings. The course will look at many artworks by many artists including Hiroshi Sugimoto, Alfredo Jaar, Martin Creed, Christian Marclay, Tehching Hsieh, Marina Abramovic and many more.  This seminar encourages lively participation and discussion. 

    Instructor: Maggie Cardelus is an internationally exhibited multi-media artist whose photo-based works challenge our conventional understanding of photography and stretch its boundaries into drawing, sculpture, installation, and video. Her work is internationally exhibited and collected. At the Accademia di Belle Arti di Santagiulia in Italy, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in studio art and in the theory of photography. She earned her undergraduate degree in studio art and art history from Wellesely College, and her graduate degrees in architecture and fine arts from Columbia University and Hunter College in New York City.

    To learn more about Maggie and her work, we welcome you to visit her website at www.maggiecardelus.com.

     

     

     

    • 16 Dec 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Different locations in Paris
    • 8

    16 December (Tuesday)

    If you love everyday life stories, ordinary people and still lifes, than this workshop is for you!

    You will learn to to capture the magic of the moment while walking on the street, through a market or in a crowd during a national celebration day.

    We are surrounded by beauty every single moment of
    our days, and here you will learn how to capture these moments and transform them into poetic images.

    Robert Doisneau, Saul Leiter and Martin Parr are some great examples!

    Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in advertising and completed his training as a photographer in Barcelona at the Institute of Design and Image, where he worked with Luca Pagliari.

    In London Juan Manuel worked in Advertising agencies (Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Ericksson and Grey Worldwide), and in Paris where he became the assistant of photographers such as Laure Vasconi, Xavier Lucchesi and Ariadna Bufi, among others. He also worked for Daylight Photo Studio.

    He then collaborated with Tendance Floue and agency Magnum Photos. Juan Manuel currently lives and works in Paris as a freelance photographer.

    Image Credit: © Juan Manuel Abellán



    • 16 Dec 2014
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • WICE office - 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris
    • 12

    Tuesday, 16th December

    Saint Sulpice and Notre Dame 

    Cathedrals Intertwining with Literature, 

    Culture and The Occult

    by Kris Jouanne

    Every tourist knows Notre Dame, and now thanks to Dan Brown, they also know Saint Sulpice, but how much do we know about the novelists they have inspired?  How much does Disney’s version of the Hunchback really resemble Victor Hugo’s?  Did Dan Brown know about J.K. Huysmans’ novel set in Saint Sulpice? Huysmans was also interested in “alternative religious practices.”  Finally, we will take a look at a dark niche of the church, at the painting Delacroix left behind of Jacob wrestling with the angel - a popular subject amongst painters - and at the book written by the journalist and former hostage, Jean-Paul Kauffmann.

    Instructor:  Kristine Hoyt Jouanne grew up in Iowa where she did her PhD at the University of Iowa in French literature.  Her dissertation was entitled “Food and Eating in Emile Zola’s Rougon-Macquart Series.”   She has been living in France for several years working as an English language professor and language coach for professionals, and also as a translator.  Her schools include: Sciences-po, Ensad (les Arts-Déco) and Skema Business School.  Her most recent publication was an essay on Irish author Fitz-James O’Brien and the Dred Scott decision published in the anthology, Seeing the Unseen (The Onslaught Press).

    Saint Sulpice and Notre Dame: Cathedrals intertwining with literature, culture and the occult.

    Saint Sulpice and Notre Dame: Cathedrals intertwining with literature, culture and the occult.

    • 18 Dec 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • meet at 9:45am at a private residence in Paris. Further details after registration.
    • 7
    Thursday, 18th December.

    What inspired Gabrielle Chanel’s olfactory creations?

    Who are the noses behind the great CHANEL perfumes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Part II:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 13 Jan 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 29 Jan 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Four different locations in Paris
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    13, 20, 27 January (Tuesdays) and 29 January (Thursday) 

    Are you stuck on "Automatic Mode?" What are all those other camera "modes"? How does ISO relate to shutter speed? What can you do with difficult light situations?

    Get off your "A" and learn to Master Manual Mode.

    This course explores in depth the Manual Mode factors of ISO, shutter speed and aperture then analyzes the interaction among them and when to use Manual Mode. Each class starts with an explanation of each element and continues with practical work in difficult lighting conditions. A review and suggestions follow.

    Course Requirements: Participants need to bring a camera that can manually set ISO, shutter speed and aperture.

    Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in advertising and completed his training as a photographer in Barcelona at the Institute of Design and Image (IDEP) where he worked with Luca Pagliari.

    In London Juan Manuel worked in Advertising agencies (Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Ericksson and Grey Worldwide) and in Paris where he became the assistant of photographers such as Laure Vasconi, Xavier Lucchesi and Ariadna Bufi, among others. He also worked for Daylight Photo Studio.

    He then collaborated with Tendance Floue and the agency Magnum Photos. Juan Manuel currently lives and works in Paris as a freelance photographer.


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    • 13 Jan 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • meet at 10.15AM at 4 Rue de la Montagne Sainte Geneviève, 75005 Paris. Metro Maubert Mutualité (line 10).
    Tuesday, January 13th


    Located in the 5th district of Paris and housed within the actual police department, the Musée was established in 1909.  The 1900 Universal Exhibition provided the museum with an extensive collection of artifacts on the history of Paris Police.
    Louis XIV created the post of Police Lieutenant in the 17th century and the museum’s collection ranges from the early 17th century to the end of WWII.
    Enjoy a display of old police uniforms, crime fighting weapons along with evidence from famous criminal and historical events. 
    Our guide Catherine will explain some of the more somber chapters in the city’s history with photos and recreations of executions, poisonings and massacres.

    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.

    • 14 Jan 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private Residence, 75009 Paris; Métro: Bonne Nouvelle
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    Wednesday, 14 January 
    9:30am-12:30pm

    In this class we will discover creative ways to use pâte à pain - bread dough in French.  One of the simple classics is la Pissaladière, a specialty of the Nice region and found throughout Provence.

    We will use raw bread dough bought at a local boulangerie for its base.  

    La Pissaladière is composed of long, slow-cooked onions, tomatoes, anchovies, and black olives - les petites olives noires de Nice. 

    When talking bread dough, you have to understand flour. So we will learn about the different varieties of flour available to you at your grocery store, and what it means when you see such labels as: farine de blé type 65, farine de blé intégral type 150, or farine T80.

    Another fun and easy variation with pâte à pain is Fougasse, a savory bread made with olives, onions, and herbs de Provence.  It's lovely to serve as a starter or cut it into small bites and serve with your apéritif, before you sit down to dinner. 

    This class offers something for everyone interested in learning more about bread dough in France!

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

    Photo Credit - Mary O'Leary.  The above Pissaladière was made by my French mother-in-law, Suzy. 

    • 21 Jan 2015
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • meet at 02.15 PM. Meeting point to be announced.
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    Wednesday, 21 January 

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

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

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

    Enjoy with our guide Catherine, the visit of this exquisite private country residence where we can hear about the important political decisions made by Napoleon, including the Civil Code and the Legion of Honour.

    • 29 Jan 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • meet at 10:15 AM at 5 rue des Capucines - 75001, Paris. Métro: Opéra (line3, 8) or Madeleine (line 8, 12).
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    Thursday, January 29
     
    From its cosmetics chains and famous "grands magasins" to its more mysterious, private world of niche perfumery, Paris offers a wealth of opportunities to find extraordinary fragrances.

    But among such riches, how do you choose? How do you go about finding that elusive signature scent or creating a fragrance wardrobe to suit different moods, tastes, seasons, and occasions?

    To guide you in your search, this workshop invites you to explore fragrance in an intimate setting. We will share thoughts about scent, identify our personal fragrance profiles and learn how to choose, wear, and preserve perfume. We will also sample and discuss a selection of fragrances, revisiting classic perfume "monuments" and discovering the world of niche perfume houses, which privilege artistry over marketing, the original over the mainstream.

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


    • 05 Feb 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • meet at 10.15AM at 293 Avenue Daumesnil 75012 Paris. Metro line 8.
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    Thursday, Febuary 5

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


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

    • 10 Feb 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Paris (precise location announced shortly before course)
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    Tuesday, 10 February 
    10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

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

    Using natural light, this course offers the participant special understanding of professional portraiture.

    Course Requirements: Participants need to bring a camera that can be set manually using ISO, shutter speed and aperture and/or be able to set a manual mode. A lens of approximately 50mm full frame is highly recommended.

    Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in advertising and completed his training as a photographer in Barcelona at the Institute of Design and Image where he worked with Luca Pagliari.

    In London Juan Manuel worked in Advertising agencies (Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Ericksson and Grey Worldwide) and in Paris where he became the assistant of photographers such as Laure Vasconi, Xavier Lucchesi and Ariadna Bufi, among others. He also worked for Daylight Photo Studio.

    He then collaborated with Tendance Floue and agency Magnum Photos. Juan Manuel currently lives and works in Paris as a freelance photographer.


    Image Credit
    : © Juan Manuel Abellán

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    • 11 Feb 2015
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • meet at 2.15PM at Ministère de Bercy, 139, rue de Bercy, 75012, Paris; Metro: Bercy or Gare de Lyon. Date to be confirmed (the event will take place on the 2nd week of Febuary.
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    Date to be confirmed (2nd week of Febuary)

    In 1981, President Mitterrand decided to transfer the former Ministry of Finance, then located in the Louvre Museum, to Bercy in the 12th district. In 1989, the buildings of the Bercy village were built in a modern style which contrasted with the original 19th century buildings and with architectural elements inspired by the medieval period. This original architecture highlights the financial institution while relying on symbols inherited from our history.

    Come and visit this financial institution to discover its beautiful architecture as well as works by famous contemporary artists. You will visit the Colbert building, the Ministry’s Hotel and see famous works such as paintings (Matta, Alechinsky...), sculptures (César, Bourdelle...) and tapestries (Soulages...).

    Instructor: Provided by the Ministry of Bercy

    Deadline for registration:

    • 12 Feb 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Paris
    • 6
    Thursday, 12 February 
    10 A.M. to  2 P.M.

    Need a professional comment on your work? Do you have a lot of images but you can't find the link between them?

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

    The feedback of the photographer and the whole group guarantees precious advice and gives the attendants an external point of view about one's personal work.

    Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in advertising and completed his training as a photographer in Barcelona at the Institute of Design and Image where he worked with Luca Pagliari.

    In London Juan Manuel worked in Advertising agencies (Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Ericksson and Grey Worldwide) and in Paris where he became the assistant of photographers such as Laure Vasconi, Xavier Lucchesi and Ariadna Bufi, among others. He also worked for Daylight Photo Studio.

    He then collaborated with Tendance Floue and agency Magnum Photos. Juan Manuel currently lives and works in Paris as a freelance photographer.


    Image Credit
    : © Juan Manuel Abellán

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