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    • 02 Jan 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 27 Mar 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 4
    Mondays
    13:00PM - 2:30PM
    2-Jan to 27-Mar 2017
    13 sessions

    No classes during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays

    This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have an advanced or strong intermediate level of English. Our group leaders, native English speakers, will provide interesting topics, guide participants' discussions and correct their mistakes. The group speaks only English for 90 minutes.

    Before enrolling, please complete the English Placement Test.

    Ce Groupe de Conversation guidée en Anglais est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent anglais presque couramment. Nos animatrices de langue maternelle anglaise, proposent des sujets intéressants, guident les discussions et corrigent les fautes des participants. Le groupe parle seulement anglais pendant 1,5 heure.

    Avant de vous inscrire, merci de compléter le test de niveau en anglais.

    Instructors: Lance Miller and Carl Coleman


    • 02 Jan 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 27 Mar 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 5
    Mondays
    4:00PM - 5:30PM
    2-Jan to 27-Mar 2017
    13 sessions

    Classes continue throughout the period on official public holidays.

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

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

    Facilitator(s):  Christian Lebreton, Melanie Razzetto, Guy Aranias, Nathalie Escande.

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

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

    Special Discount: contact WICE Office or Languages

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

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

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

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

    Instructor: 

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

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

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

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 03 Jan 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 31 Jan 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • WICE Office
    • 0

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    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    3-Jan to 31-Jan-2017
    (9 sessions)
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period during  school holidays but not official public holidays.
    Based on understanding French in practical, everyday situations, the goal of this course is to give you the basics of communication and help you in any activity where French is needed. It will also help you acquire the basics of grammar and the principal rules of pronunciation. Classes are small and will be held mostly in French, to ensure fast and lasting progress.
    Before enrolling, please complete the French Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.
    Instructor:  Muriel Lunetta has an MA in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) from the Sorbonne. She has more than 20 years foreign language teaching experience.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

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

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but no class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.
    An elementary knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary will be necessary to participate fully in this course.  The course will prepare you to understand spoken French in social situations.  It will help you with pronunciation, oral and written comprehension, French language structure and help you learn vocabulary.  Using French interactively in the classroom, you will practice common expressions for everyday life. Classes are small and will be held in French only, to ensure fast and lasting progress.

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

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

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 03 Jan 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • 31 Jan 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 2
    Tuesdays 8:30am -  10am
    Fridays 11am - 12:30pm
    3
    -Jan to 31-Jan 2017
    (9 sessions)

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but no class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.
    An elementary knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary will be necessary to participate fully in this course.  The course will prepare you to understand spoken French in social situations.  It will help you with pronunciation, oral and written comprehension, French language structure and help you learn vocabulary.  Using French interactively in the classroom, you will practice common expressions for everyday life. Classes are small and will be held in French only, to ensure fast and lasting progress.

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

    Instructor: Audrey Charmont has a Master in Marketing and Communications as well as a DAEFLE (French as a Foreign Language). For the past ten years, she has built up a combined business and French teaching experience in France and abroad.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

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

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

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

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

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

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 04 Jan 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 29 Mar 2017
    • 2:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 7
    Wednesdays
    1PM - 2:30PM
    4-Jan to 29-Mar 2017
    13 sessions

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

    This Spanish Guided Discussion Group is open to people who speak Spanish almost fluently.  Our group leaders, native speakers from Spain or Latin America present interesting topics, guide participants' discussions and correct their mistakes. The group speaks only Spanish for 90 minutes.

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

    Ce Groupe de Conversation guidée en Espagnol est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent espagnol presque couramment.  Nos animateurs, natifs d'Espagne ou d’Amérique Latine, proposent des sujets intéressants, guident les discussions et corrigent les fautes des participants.  Le groupe parle seulement espagnol pendant 1,5 heure.

    Facilitator(s):  Ethel Chesnoy

    Special Discount: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Year-long registration - 10% off
    • 04 Jan 2017
    • 2:30 PM
    • 29 Mar 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 0

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    Wednesdays
    14:30PM - 4:00PM
    4-Jan to 29-Mar 2017
    9 sessions

    No classes during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays

    This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have an advanced or strong intermediate level of English. Our group leaders, native English speakers, will provide interesting topics, guide participants' discussions and correct their mistakes. The group speaks only English for 90 minutes.

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

    Ce Groupe de Conversation guidée en Anglais est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent anglais presque couramment. Nos animatrices de langue maternelle anglaise, proposent des sujets intéressants, guident les discussions et corrigent les fautes des participants. Le groupe parle seulement anglais pendant 1,5 heure.

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

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


    • 05 Jan 2017
    • 1:30 PM
    • 30 Mar 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 5
    Thursdays
    13:30PM - 3:00PM
    5-Jan to 30-Mar 2017
    13 sessions

    Classes continue throughout the period except for official public holidays.

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


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

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

    Special Discount: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Year-long registration - 10% off
    • 09 Jan 2017
    • 10:30 AM
    • 27 Feb 2017
    • 12:30 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 0

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    Monday, 9, 16, 23, 30 January and 20, 27 February 2017

    10:30am - 12:30pm

    Cost:  €165 (six-part series)


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


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


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



    About the instructor: Alecia McKenzie is an award-winning short-story writer, novelist and journalist. Her first book Satellite City and her novel Sweetheart have both won Commonwealth literary prizes, and she was shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.  She has lived in the Caribbean, Asia and Europe, and is now based in Paris, where her latest book was recently published in French with the title Trésor.  It has so far received excellent reviews in various media across France.


    • 11 Jan 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 01 Feb 2017
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 9

    Wednesdays: 11, 18, 25 January and 1 February 2017 (4 sessions)

    10:00am - 12:30pm

    Cost:  €168

    Pro-rata option also available: €50 per session


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

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

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

    • anyone wishing to enhance their perceptual skills;

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

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

    • those who enjoy practicing in a group.


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


    These include:

    • line drawings in pencil or pen from botanical subjects;

    • rendering light and shadow in charcoal;

    • creating depth and volume with pen and ink wash;

    • composing a composition from a still life or photograph;

    • creating texture with combined media;

    • drawing with colored pencils and chalk pastels;

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


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


    Course Requirements

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



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

    Image credit: Mavis Nigroni

    • 18 Jan 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 0

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    Wednesday, 18 January 2017                                                                  6:30pm - 7:30pm                                                                                        Cost: 20 €

    Donald Trump will assume the role of chief executive of the United States on Friday, January 20, 2017. Wonder what is in store? 

    WICE is pleased to present a talk by prize-winning journalist, Serge Schmemann, on what President-Elect Trump's "America First" might mean for the world. 

    Guest Speaker:  Serge Schmemann is currently a member of the editorial board of The New York Times focusing on international issues.  Mr. Schmemann joined the Times in December 1980, and worked for many years as a correspondent and bureau chief in Johannesburg, Moscow, Bonn, Jerusalem and the United Nations. He was the deputy foreign editor of the New York Times from 1999 to 2001.

    Mr. Schmemann was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for coverage of the reunification of Germany, and an Emmy in 2003 for his work on a television documentary about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is a graduate of Harvard College and holds a Master's degree from Columbia University, as well as an honorary doctorate from Middlebury College.


    • 19 Jan 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 11

    Thursday, 19th January 2017

    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Cost: €100


    Starting with an aperitif of champagne, this evening will pair a three course gourmet dinner with five Grands Crus wines from the Bordeaux and Burgundy regions.


    Hosted in a private residence, this evening promises to be an enjoyable and informative soiree that  will allow you to discover The French art of “savoir vivre”.



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


    • 21 Jan 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Convention
    • 15

    Saturday, 21 January 2017

    11:00am – 4:00pm

    Cost: €120


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


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


    This class is perfect for:

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

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

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

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

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


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


    Course requirements

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


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



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


    Image credit: Ann Radimin


    • 24 Jan 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Private Atelier, Paris 14eme, nearest metro Raspail.
    • 8

    Tuesday, 24th January 2017

    11:00am - 1:00pm

    Cost: €45 (inc refreshments)


    Join us for a special visit to fashion designer Anna Ruohonen’s atelier. Anna is a Finnish designer based in Paris. She represents a unique and fresh way of thinking in the contemporary fashion world. During the visit Anna will talk to us about her fashion concept, introduce her collections, tell us what are some of the contemporary trends in the fashion industry at the moment and give us a tour of her atelier. We can see how the whole process from design to manufacturing to selling can be done under the same roof.


    Her label, Anna Ruohonen Paris, operates in a similar way to traditional Parisian fashion houses; the designer herself designs and makes patterns, while her in-house team does the rest, including samples and production.

    What makes Anna's approach unique is that except for her small casual ready to wear collection everything is made-to-measure. Her production concept is based on semi-couture on demand, therefore there is no surplus of unsold garments.  Exercising her fashion philosophy since 1999 here in Paris, Anna has succeeded in making her collections sustainable and ecological.


    The cornerstones of Anna's fashion concept are timeless fashion, sustainable and simple design, beauty, high- quality fabrics, skilled craftsmanship and local production.


    Anna's design house La Petite Maison de Couture, designed by architect Pekka Littow, was selected as Paris' best clothing and accessory store in 2014 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce. It has succeeded in supporting Anna's business values by enabling everything from design to manufacturing to selling being made possible under the same roof. The building is located in the 14th arrondissement and it represents contemporary urban architecture at its best. It is worth a visit in itself!


    • 25 Jan 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence rue du Faubourge Poissonnière, 75011 Paris: metro Bonne Nouvelle
    • 2

    Wednesday, 25 January 2017

    9:30am - 12:30pm

    Cost: €55


    How about adding some spice to January’s class with an Indian lamb curry?  Not French, but much appreciated by them. To go with the hearty braised meat, we will have basmati rice, of course.  


    Chef Randall will show us how to make crispy, irresistible onion bhajis, a kind of chickpea flour beignet.


    For dessert, we will learn how to make a Tarte aux Pommes a la minute.  If you have made the butter pastry ahead of time, it really is assembled quite quickly.  


    We will make a citrus cream sauce to go with our dessert.


    Techniques include cutting lamb shoulder into pieces, cooking with complex spice mixes, braising, cooking rice, making beignets, making butter tarte pastry, and making a dessert sauce.




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

    • 25 Jan 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 18

    Wednesday, 25 January 2017

    6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Cost: Free event


    When John Christie built a small opera house in 1934 for his wife at his country estate south of London, no one could have imagined that Glyndebourne would become famous for its annual opera festival-cum black tie picnic on the lawn, which  attracts 150,000 visitors per year.  Do you dream of attending?  Well, tickets are almost impossible to come by, to say nothing of the organization on the ground: arrangements for picnics, accommodation & travelling to and from Glyndebourne.  Ask our speaker, who founded Mitmuse which tailors excursions to this amazing place as well as to other English opera festivals.  The dream is there, but often peppered with nightmares, which Mitmuse must manage without its clients – some of them real “pieces of work” - being aware.  Come hear about the pleasures and pitfalls she faces for the sake of culture!



    About the instructor: Franziska Castell, a longtime pro at organizing cultural events, held the position of General Manager first at Kunstfest Weimar under the Artistic Direction of Nike Wagner (Richard Wagner’s great granddaughter) & then at Das Lied International Song Competition,under the amazing Thomas Quasthoff. In 2014 she  co-founded Mitmuse and currently lives in Paris.


    • 27 Jan 2017
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • meet at 2.15pm at a location to be announced.
    • 8

    Friday, 27 January 2017

    2.30pm-5:00pm

    Cost: €32


    We’re heading to the storied cobblestone streets of the Marais for this next visit in our popular perfume tour series. Renowned for its hip fashion boutiques, art galleries, and museums, this district also boasts unique addresses for discovering the exciting world of confidential or “niche” perfume houses, from extraordinary personal scents to home fragrances so luxurious and innovative that they double as objects of art.


    Come join us on this exclusive stroll and experience the Marais through its magical, private universe of high perfume art. Accompanied by your guide, Theresa de Belder, you’ll be personally greeted in the boutiques, learn the stories and concepts behind the houses, and discover some of the most artistic and distinctive fragrances in the world.


    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.

    Deadline for registration: 20 January

    • 31 Jan 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle

    Tuesday, 31 January 2017

    5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Free event


    Coutesy of RAYE

    Apéro (v): to meet at WICE with fellow members, volunteers and friends.


    Join us on the last Tuesday of the month as we get together to meet, greet and have fun.


    Held at the WICE office, this is your opportunity to catch up with fellow WICE members, volunteers and friends over an apéro. It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, either as a member or volunteer.


    Join us in January to meet some of the instructors for the Visual Arts and Cultural Studies courses and the program directors who put these courses together. Learn more about the courses and their content.


    Not a member?  Come along and find out about the great courses on offer at WICE.


    Interested in joining?  Become a member of WICE.


    Want to contribute to the work of WICE? Become a volunteer.


    • 02 Feb 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 0

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    Thursday, 2 February 2017

    10:00am - 2:00pm

    Cost: €85


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


    This course offers participants a special opportunity to learn about studio portrait photography. Not only will you get practical advice on lighting using umbrellas, soft boxes and reflectors, you'll also learn how to direct a model and posing techniques. A friendly review and suggestions for your images will follow.


    Students can expect to:


    • learn the keys to portrait photography;

    • learn about studio lighting techniques;

    • get hands-on experience with practical assignments;

    • participate in a friendly critique of their work.


    Course Requirements


    A camera that can be set in manual mode.



    Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Contemporary Photography. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate in photography, Juan Manuel works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, reportage and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.
    • 02 Feb 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 28 Feb 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • WICE Office
    • 3
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    2-Feb to 28-Feb-2017
    (8 sessions)
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but no class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.
    Based on understanding French in practical, everyday situations, the goal of this course is to give you the basics of communication and help you in any activity where French is needed. It will also help you acquire the basics of grammar and the principal rules of pronunciation. Classes are small and will be held mostly in French, to ensure fast and lasting progress.
    Before enrolling, please complete the French Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.
    Instructor:  Muriel Lunetta has an MA in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) from the Sorbonne. She has more than 20 years foreign language teaching experience.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • 02 Feb 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • 28 Feb 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 5
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    2-Feb to 28-Feb 2017
    (8 sessions)
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but no class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.
    An elementary knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary will be necessary to participate fully in this course.  The course will prepare you to understand spoken French in social situations.  It will help you with pronunciation, oral and written comprehension, French language structure and help you learn vocabulary.  Using French interactively in the classroom, you will practice common expressions for everyday life. Classes are small and will be held in French only, to ensure fast and lasting progress.

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

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

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 02 Feb 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • 28 Feb 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 5
    Tuesdays 8:30 am to 10:00 am
    Fridays 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
    3-Feb to 28-Feb 2017
    (8 sessions)

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but no class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.
    An elementary knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary will be necessary to participate fully in this course.  The course will prepare you to understand spoken French in social situations.  It will help you with pronunciation, oral and written comprehension, French language structure and help you learn vocabulary.  Using French interactively in the classroom, you will practice common expressions for everyday life. Classes are small and will be held in French only, to ensure fast and lasting progress.

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

    Instructor: Audrey Charmont has a Master in Marketing and Communications as well as a DAEFLE (French as a Foreign Language). For the past ten years, she has built up a combined business and French teaching experience in France and abroad.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 02 Feb 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 7

    Thursday, 2nd February 2017

    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Cost: €70


    Why do they go so well together? Is cheese better with red or white wine? These questions and many more will all be answered during an evening of wine and cheese pairing.


    You will be sampling eight French cheeses from the 1200 available in France along with four white and red wines from the Bordeaux and Burgundy regions and discovering what goes best with what.



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


    • 06 Feb 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 27 Feb 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 8
    Mondays
    6-Feb to 27-Feb 2017
    (4 sessions)
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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

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

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

    Instructor: 

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

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

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

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 07 Feb 2017
    • 1:30 PM
    • 28 Feb 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Tuesdays
    7-Feb to 28-Feb 2017
    (4 sessions)
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

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

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

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 11 Feb 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Convention
    • 15

    Saturday, 11 February 2017

    11:00am – 4:00pm

    Cost: €120


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


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


    This class is perfect for:

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

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

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

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

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


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


    Course requirements

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


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



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


    Image credit: Ann Radimin


    • 17 Feb 2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Private tasting room, 75005 Paris: Metro Jussieu & Cardinal Lemoine
    • 12

    Friday, 17th February 2017
    8:00pm - 10:30pm

    Cost €65 per person


    Graves is a wine district in France's Bordeaux region, characterized by the gravel soils (graves) after which it is named. Unique among Bordeaux's sub-regions, Graves is respected as much for its red wines as for its whites.


    It is the only district producing Grand Cru wines of both colors, most notably the Premier Grand Cru chateaux Haut-Brion (dry red and dry white) and d'Yquem (sweet white).


    Join our instructor Thierry Givone  for an evening of tasting that will take you through the best the region has to offer.



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


    • 21 Feb 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 28 Feb 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Instructor’s Studio, Ile St Louis
    • 8

    Tuesdays, 21 and 28 February 2017

    10:00am - 1:00pm

    Cost: €96 (two-part series)


    It is always rewarding to capture the perfect moment in a perfectly composed and exposed photograph. However, these days, you also have access to the creative world of post-production, adding to the artistic mastery of your final photograph.


    Who hasn’t wanted to remove that tree growing out of your child’s head or an ugly wall socket in an otherwise perfect photo, or even those ubiquitous Paris white vans that seem to appear unexpectedly in your pictures? You can remove these and many other unwanted objects or even move and add objects to your photographs.

    Join us for this introduction to Photoshop, with a focus on the magic of the Clone, Eraser, and Contrast tools, conversion to black and white, sizing options, and a range of artistic filters and coloring tools.  There will be in-class hands-on exercises as well as home assignments. We will end the class with a friendly critique of images.


    Students can expect to:

    • Become familiar with the basic tools of Photoshop Elements

    • Move their work in new creative directions

    • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work


    Course Requirements:

    • Suitable for all levels of photographers



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

    • 21 Feb 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Private Atelier, Paris 4eme, nearest metros St Paul, Hotel de Ville, or Pont Marie.
    • 11

    Tuesday, 21 February 2017

    7:30pm - 9:00pm

    Cost: €90


    Emmanuel Frossard is opening his atelier to allow WICE members the opportunity to discover the world of perfume.


    Attendees will be given an insight into the history of perfume in France; the originators, the renowned creators, and what makes a perfume unique.


    Participants will create their own perfume from a collection of 17 exceptional base fragrances: spray some Oud with Rose, or Iris with a touch of Wild Herbs. You will be able to mix them into a blending bottle to create a unique perfume that fits your taste, mood and personality.


    Attendees will create their own perfume and leave with a 50ml bottle, included in the fee.


    In the 1930s, the Muse, Candora, was an opera singer who also had a workshop in Paris where she created cosmetics and perfumes for luxury brands. One of the atelier’s founders – Beatrice – used to visit this place when she was a child, fascinated by this wonderland of beauty products and magical elixirs.


    • 22 Feb 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence rue du Faubourge Poissonnière, 75009 Paris: metro Bonne Nouvelle
    • 10

    Wednesday, 22 February 2017

    9:30am - 12:30pm

    Cost: €55

    Enliven your winter with everyone’s favorite comfort food, SOUP! 

    This class features new recipes and new tricks, beyond the classic winter favorites, so you can broaden your menu and surprise your guests.

    Our menu includes four naturally-thickened pureed soups, plus a hearty French vegetable soup.

    There is something to please everyone, from children to gourmets.  

    Veloute au Potiron au Curry - This updated version of the traditional French favorite - pumpkin soup - features curry spices and coconut milk. 

    Roasted Ratatouille Soup - Summertime flavors from the south of France make their appearance in winter. We'll roast vegetables to concentrate their flavor.

    Veloute de Tomate a l’Orange - Doesn't this sound divine! This is a smooth, velvety take on tomato soup with a touch of brightness from fresh oranges.

    Soupe aux Avocats - Rich and full of body, with a hint of sunny Mexico, this soup is made with avocados and almonds.

    Soupe aux Legumes en Pistou - Experience the French version of a hearty vegetable minestrone. This recipe brings together a flavorful broth, cheese, beans, vegetables, and white wine - of course!

    Techniques highlighted in this class include:  roasting vegetables for increased flavor, pureeing with a hand mixer, making chicken and vegetable broths.

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

    • 23 Feb 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    • at 10:45AM 3, rue de Lobau, 75004 Paris: Metro Hôtel de Ville (line 1).
    • 14

    Thursday, 23 February 2017

    11:00am – 12.15pm

    Cost: €22


    The current imposing Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) in the fourth district has been the location of the municipality of Paris since 1357 and regularly welcomes distinguished foreign visitors to its prestigious reception rooms.


    Come and discover its sumptuous reception rooms, lavishly decorated to extol the glory of Paris. Decorations by artists such as Ingres and Delacroix in the 19th century made this the capital’s most beautiful palace.  In the early 20th century, celebrated painters and sculptors turned the Hôtel de Ville into a temple of contemporary art. The Salle des Fêtes evokes the magnificence of the city‘s festivities, with paintings depicting an invitation to the ball, music, flowers and perfume. The other famous rooms pay homage to agriculture, science, literature and the arts. You will also discover the main staircase and the ceremonial room decorated by the famous Symbolist painter Puvis de Chavannes.



    About the instructor: The instructor will be provided by the Hôtel de Ville
    • 28 Feb 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle

    Tuesday, 28 February 2017

    5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Free event


    Coutesy of RAYE

    Apéro (v): to meet at WICE with fellow members, volunteers and friends.


    Join us on the last Tuesday of the month as we get together to meet, greet and have fun.


    Held at the WICE office, this is your opportunity to catch up with fellow WICE members, volunteers and friends over an apéro.


    It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, either as a member or volunteer.


    Not a member?  Come along and find out about the great courses on offer at WICE.


    Interested in joining?  Become a member of WICE.


    Want to contribute to the work of WICE? Become a volunteer.


    • 02 Mar 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • WICE Office
    • 6
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    2-Mar to 30-Mar-2017
    (9 sessions)
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but no class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.
    Based on understanding French in practical, everyday situations, the goal of this course is to give you the basics of communication and help you in any activity where French is needed. It will also help you acquire the basics of grammar and the principal rules of pronunciation. Classes are small and will be held mostly in French, to ensure fast and lasting progress.
    Before enrolling, please complete the French Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.
    Instructor:  Muriel Lunetta has an MA in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) from the Sorbonne. She has more than 20 years foreign language teaching experience.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 02 Mar 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • 30 Mar 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 6
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    2-Mar to 30-Mar 2017
    (9 sessions)
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but no class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.
    An elementary knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary will be necessary to participate fully in this course.  The course will prepare you to understand spoken French in social situations.  It will help you with pronunciation, oral and written comprehension, French language structure and help you learn vocabulary.  Using French interactively in the classroom, you will practice common expressions for everyday life. Classes are small and will be held in French only, to ensure fast and lasting progress.

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

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

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 02 Mar 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • 30 Mar 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 7
    Tuesdays 8:30am -  10am
    Fridays 11am - 12:30pm
    3
    -Mar to 31-Mar 1917
    (8 sessions)

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but no class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.
    An elementary knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary will be necessary to participate fully in this course.  The course will prepare you to understand spoken French in social situations.  It will help you with pronunciation, oral and written comprehension, French language structure and help you learn vocabulary.  Using French interactively in the classroom, you will practice common expressions for everyday life. Classes are small and will be held in French only, to ensure fast and lasting progress.

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

    Instructor: Audrey Charmont has a Master in Marketing and Communications as well as a DAEFLE (French as a Foreign Language). For the past ten years, she has built up a combined business and French teaching experience in France and abroad.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 03 Mar 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 12

    Friday, 3rd March 2017

    18:30pm - 20:30pm

    Cost: €90 (Optional Dinner afterwards - €35 20:30pm - 22:30pm)


    An interactive introduction to distilled spirit beverages and how to taste them.


    Jonathan Goble, spirits aficionado and former beverages analyst, will guide you through the different aspects of spirit tasting.


    You will be offered six different spirits including Gin, Vodka, Whisky, Brandy and a couple of surprise guests.


    The tasting will be followed by an optional dinner.


    • 06 Mar 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 27 Mar 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 9
    Mondays
    6-Mar to 27-Mar 2017
    (4 sessions)
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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

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

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

    Instructor: 

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

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

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

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 07 Mar 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 28 Mar 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Instructor’s Studio, Ile St Louis
    • 10

    Tuesdays, 7, 14, 21 and 28 March 2017

    10:00am - 1:00pm

    Cost: € 204 (four-part series)


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


    This course is for all photographers who would like to take their work to the next level by learning new techniques, discovering new ways to see the world through a lens, learning from the work of legacy and contemporary photographers, and focusing on themes which deepen the creative process.


    You will review creative tools such as composition, lighting, perspective, motion, contrast, selective focus, and post-production techniques through in-class exercises and assignments. We will discuss the work of past and present photographers, and how working in a series is both challenging and liberating.


    You will choose a theme to work on throughout the course, so that your final project will be a collection of images interwoven in style and subject.  Class review will help with the final selection of your images and the refinement of your work. The class will be encouraged to submit their work for an exhibit in the WICE gallery, the creation of a catalog/book or an article for publication.


    Students can expect to:

    • Become more familiar with their camera and its creative and technical options

    • Learn about exposure, composition, and how to engage subjects

    • Learn from the work of other photographers

    • Move their work in new creative directions

    • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work


    Course Requirements:

    • Suitable for all levels of photographers



    About the Instructor: Meredith Mullins is a popular photo instructor and fine-art photography mentor, an internationally exhibited photographer, and a winner of international photography competitions, including the Grand Concours Photo sur Paris, PX3 Competition, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, and Worldwide Gala Photo Awards. She is the author of the award-winning book In a Paris Moment, a leader of photo adventure tours, and the Co-Founder of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.
    • 07 Mar 2017
    • 1:30 PM
    • 28 Mar 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 9
    Tuesdays
    7-Mar to 28-Mar 2017
    (4 sessions)
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

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

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

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 08 Mar 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence rue du Faubourge Poissonnière, 75009 Paris: metro Bonne Nouvelle
    • 12

    Wednesday, 08 March 2017

    9:30am - 12:30pm

    Cost: €55

    A warm, long cooked meaty stew is the perfect dish to serve on a cold, damp Sunday in the spring. You'll want to add this French classic to your repertoire. 

    Did you know that the breast of veal, though it may be an inexpensive cut of meat, is packed with loads of flavor?

    You'll learn how to shop for and cut a breast of veal. Then you'll master how to saute it and pair it with rich mushrooms to create a gorgeous brown stew, or un ragoût

    For dessert, you won't want miss our Chef's twist on 'Gateau au Grand Marnier'.

    Impress your guests and learn how to make your own wonderfully simple orange liqueur  - called "le Quarante-Quarte".

    A classic Genoise cake is imbibed with the orange liqueur and finally topped with a chocolate glaze.

    If you've taken any of our classes, you know our Chef loves chocolate! 

    You won't be disappointed to get yet another wonderfully versatile chocolate sauce to tuck away in your recipe box. 

    Techniques in this class include: cutting and sautéing veal breast, making home-made orange liqueur, making a Genoise cake, and chocolate glaze.

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

    • 08 Mar 2017
    • 10:30 AM
    • 22 Mar 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 20

    Wednesdays, 8, 15, and 22 March 2017

    10:30am - 12:00pm

    Cost: €65 (three-part series)


    His life spanned three quarters of the 19th century.  His music – very modern for its time - heavily influenced composers such as Wagner, Richard Strauss, Rimsky Korsakoff and Liszt. Yet how much of Berlioz’s huge output is actually familiar to us?


    In April 2017, American conductor John Nelson will direct a star-studded live recording of Berlioz’s opera Les Troyens (The Trojans) in Strasbourg.  WICE members are invited through personal connection to attend the final rehearsal of this event, combined with a specially organized tour of the city. (See below for event details).


    WICE is exceptionally fortunate that acclaimed American pianist Jeff Cohen, John Nelson’s assistant for this undertaking, has agreed to teach a three-session course at WICE during which we will learn

    • Why Berlioz is an important – even ground-breaking – French composer

    • Which of  his works can be considered chefs d’oeuvre and why

    • What are some of the key innovations and characteristics of his music

    • Which musical excerpts will illustrate these


    A special focus of this course will naturally be Les Troyens, in anticipation of the Strasbourg performance.  We will learn what prompted Berlioz to transpose Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid to this musical medium, acquaint ourselves with the cast of characters, and listen to some of the arias and choruses that make it such a passionate work, so as better to enjoy and appreciate this monumental opera.



    About the instructor: Jeff Cohen is a pianist, an accompanist, a composer, a music conservatory professor and even a TV producer.  A partial list of world renowned artists with whom he has collaborated includes such stars as Roberto Alagna, Cecilia Bartoli, Felicity Lott, Georg Solti, Peter Brook, -- even film star Fanny Ardant. He now gives classes in French melody and art songs at the Conservatoire National in Paris when he is not concertizing at venues all over the world.


    • 09 Mar 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 30 Mar 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 6

    Thursdays, 9, 16, 23 and 30 March 2017

    10:00am - 2:00pm

    Cost: € 240 (four-part series)


    Intrigued by the variety of modes and settings on your camera? Move away from the simple choice of shooting in automatic mode by mastering when and how to use the camera’s manual settings.


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


    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about the manual mode settings on their camera

    • Learn about ISO, aperture, shutter speeds, and how to tackle challenging light situations

    • Get hands-on experience with practical assignments

    • Participate in a friendly critique of their work.


    Suitable for beginner and intermediate photographers; advanced

    levels also are welcome.  Participants should bring a camera with manual ISO, shutter speed, and aperture settings.



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


    • 09 Mar 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • 30 Mar 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • meeting location will be communicated 24hrs prior to each class
    • 6

    Thursdays, 9, 16, 23 and 30 March 2017

    4:30pm - 7:00pm

    Cost: €160 (four-part series); pro-rata option €45


    Are you wondering about the secretive rules governing the contemporary art world? Are you shy about entering galleries? Would you like to understand how to evaluate and value art? Are you interested in developing and explaining your taste in art?


    Our goal with this course is to help you understand and appreciate contemporary art. We’ll start with a free crash course in contemporary art to meet other members of the group and discuss the basics. Then, we’ll visit the two most important Parisian gallery neighborhoods, the Marais and Saint-Germain-des-Prés.


    We’ll finish with two art fairs, one which specializes in drawing and the other which features some of the best international galleries under the glass ceiling of Grand Palais. For our loyal repeat students, you know our visits are never the same twice, and we’re looking forward to seeing you again!


    Date and place: TBD

    Contemporary art crash course ~ Free presentation


    March 9, 4:30 - 7pm

    Art up-close Marais

    Meeting point: Café Le Wood, 1 place de Thorigny, 75003


    March 16, 4:30 - 7pm

    Art up-close Saint-Germain-des-Prés

    Meeting point: Café des Beaux-Arts, 7 quai Malaquais, 75006


    March 23, 4:30 - 7pm

    Art up-close at Drawing now (fair entrance ticket 16 euros not included)

    Meeting point: at the info point after the entrance, inside Carreau du Temple


    March 30, 4:30 - 7pm

    Art up-close at Art Paris (fair entrance ticket 25 euros not included)

    Meeting point: at the info point after the entrance, inside Grand Palais


    Sign up now ~ Spots limited (8 students max)!



    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. She created her own company helping private as well as corporate clients understand and buy contemporary art.


    • 11 Mar 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • meet at 9:45am at La Sorbonne, 47 rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris: Metro Cluny-la Sorbonne (line 10)
    • 18

    Saturday, 11 March 2017

    10:00am – 11.30 am

    Cost: €22


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


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



    About the instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to art history studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.
    • 15 Mar 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • 22 Mar 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Convention
    • 4

    Wednesdays, 15 and 22 March 2017

    2:00pm - 4:30pm

    Cost: €120


    Curious about the art of making an original print? Looking for an opportunity to be creative while sharing the fun with a small group? Enjoy two afternoons in an historic Paris art colony with Jan Olsson in her private studio. Jan will introduce you to the art of printmaking and lead you through the process of making one-of-a-kind prints. No prior experience is required, just bring your curiosity and eagerness to learn. All materials are furnished.


    Link to the La Ruche website: http://laruche-artistes.fr/

    Link for more information: https://artatelierparis.com/degas-exhibition-moma/



    About the instructor: Jan Olsson’s studio is located on the ground floor, in the round building called the Rotonde. The entrance to the studio is found inside the building behind the stairs. The door is marked with a small yellow dot.
    • 17 Mar 2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Private tasting room, 75005 Paris: Metro Jussieu & Cardinal Lemoine
    • 11

    Friday, 17th March 2017

    8:00pm - 10:30pm

    Cost: €70


    Jura is a small wine region in eastern France which produces some traditional and highly idiosyncratic wine styles. It is close to, but quite distinct from the Swiss. Sandwiched between Burgundy in the west and Switzerland in the east, the region is characterized by a landscape of wooded hillsides and the twisting topography of the Jura Mountains.


    The area is home to dry whites, sweet vins de paille, reds made from the poulsard grape as well as sparkling cremant de Jura.


    Our instructor, Thierry Givone, will take you on a tasting tour with a selection of wines and grape varieties from this unique region.



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


    • 22 Mar 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence rue du Faubourge Poissonnière, 75009 Paris: metro Bonne Nouvelle
    • 10

    Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    9:30am - 12:30pm

    **Cost: 85 euros**

    Apero of Foie Gras Mousseline, Chutney, Sauternes Jelly 

    Tournedos of Marinated Sauteed Filet Mignon

    Sauce Béarnaise & Artichoke Bottoms

    Mousse au Chocolate with Chocolate Crumble

    (glass of champagne and wine included)

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Join us for this special tasting demonstration and Master Class with Chef Randall. He's created a menu that will prepare you for making an important dinner.

    Impress your guests right at the start with an easily-made mousseline of foie gras, topped with a chutney.

    To decorate the mousseline, you'll learn how to make a gorgeous clear jelly using dessert wine (Sauternes). You'll find many other ways to use this wine-jelly recipe. 

    Tender, marinated and sautéed beef tenderloin (filet mignon) is our main course. You'll learn how to trim the filet and sautée it to perfection. 

    The ever-popular 'Tournedos Henri IV' beef filets are topped with the irresistible combination of artichoke bottoms filled with a suave Sauce Béarnaise.

    Not sure how to make Sauce Béarnaise? Then you need to watch Chef Randall walk us through the basics. 

    What could end such a feast better than a delicious classic Mousse au Chocolat with a sprinkle of chocolate crumble on top?

    Techniques will include working with mi-cuit foie gras, making a wine jelly, working with beef tenderloin, making Sauce Bearnaise, how to make a traditional chocolate mousse, and crumble variations.

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

    • 25 Mar 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 5

    Saturday, 25 March 2017

    10:00am - 2:00pm

    Cost: €60


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


    All places have a secret to discover.  You will learn to capture the magic of the moment while walking on both busy and quiet streets, through crowded places, markets and gardens.


    We are surrounded by beauty every moment of our day. You will learn how to capture these moments and transform them into poetic images and how to see reality from a different point of view.


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


    No need to travel far… there’s a story to tell just around the corner!


    Suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced photographers. All types of cameras welcome.



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


    • 28 Mar 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle

    Tuesday, 28 March 2017

    5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Free event


    Coutesy of RAYE

    Apéro (v): to meet at WICE with fellow members, volunteers and friends.


    Join us on the last Tuesday of the month as we get together to meet, greet and have fun.


    Held at the WICE office, this is your opportunity to catch up with fellow WICE members, volunteers and friends over an apéro.


    It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, either as a member or volunteer.


    Not a member?  Come along and find out about the great courses on offer at WICE.


    Interested in joining?  Become a member of WICE.


    Want to contribute to the work of WICE? Become a volunteer.


    • 29 Mar 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 20

    Wednesday, 29 March 2017

    6:30 - 7:45pm

    Cost: Free event


    During most of the 20th century, Detroit was one of the wealthiest and most innovative boom towns in the United States - a thriving metropolis that in the post-war decades embodied America’s economic and military might.  Since the city’s peak in the 1970s, entire communities have undergone a process of desertification and abandonment; its population has shrunk by more than fifty percent, leaving forty square miles of empty land.


    The abandoned, desolate spaces that have come to define Detroit demonstrate how territories are continually changing, transformed by natural causes or by human activity. Those who remain in inner-Detroit are the leftovers of the exodus, living amid the shells of industry; of entertainment, near an abandoned drive-in; yet continuing to decorate  -- even dream!   


    The tension between nature’s gradual takeover and city’s stubborn refusal to surrender is a paroxysm evident throughout the city as Detroit struggles to reinvent itself, and hopefully even find space for its original inhabitants – the beavers.  Our speaker will demonstrate through his photographs the fate of Detroit as an example of his interest in the cyclical transformations of our environment which occur all over the globe.    



    About the instructor: NYU graduate Julien Chatelin has been a documentary photographer since 1992, working for major international magazines -- Paris Match, Marie Claire, Geo, National geographic, Der Spiegel, and Time among others.  In 2008 he published Israel Borderline, a 160 page monograph, depicting the complexity of Israeli society.  He also produced Egyptorama: A journey through Egypt's semi-desert lands, shot in large format, which received the 2013 Camera Clara award.


    • 03 Apr 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 26 Jun 2017
    • 2:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Mondays
    13:00PM - 2:30PM
    3-Apr to 26-Jun 2017
    9 sessions

    No classes during official public holidays

    This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have an advanced or strong intermediate level of English. Our group leaders, native English speakers, will provide interesting topics, guide participants' discussions and correct their mistakes. The group speaks only English for 90 minutes.

    Before enrolling, please complete the English Placement Test.

    Ce Groupe de Conversation guidée en Anglais est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent anglais presque couramment. Nos animatrices de langue maternelle anglaise, proposent des sujets intéressants, guident les discussions et corrigent les fautes des participants. Le groupe parle seulement anglais pendant 1,5 heure.

    Avant de vous inscrire, merci de compléter le test de niveau en anglais.

    Instructors: Lance Miller and Carl Coleman


    • 03 Apr 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 26 Jun 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Mondays
    4:00PM - 5:30PM
    3-Apr to 26-Jun 2017
    9 sessions

    Classes continue throughout the period on official public holidays.

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

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

    Facilitator(s):  Christian Lebreton, Melanie Razzetto, Guy Aranas,  Nathalie Escande.

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

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

    Special Discount: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Year-long registration - 10% off
    • 03 Apr 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 24 Apr 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Mondays
    2-Apr to 24-Apr 2017
         - No session 17-Apr, Easter Monday
    (3 sessions)
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but no class on official public holidays.

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

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

    Instructor: 

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

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

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

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 04 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 28 Apr 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    4-Apr to 27-Apr-2017
    (8 sessions)
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but no class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.
    Based on understanding French in practical, everyday situations, the goal of this course is to give you the basics of communication and help you in any activity where French is needed. It will also help you acquire the basics of grammar and the principal rules of pronunciation. Classes are small and will be held mostly in French, to ensure fast and lasting progress.
    Before enrolling, please complete the French Placement Test and email this, along with a brief summary of your level of French, to Languages.
    Instructor:  Muriel Lunetta has an MA in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) from the Sorbonne. She has more than 20 years foreign language teaching experience.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 04 Apr 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • 27 Apr 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 9
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    4-Apr to 27-Apr 2017
    (8 sessions)
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but no class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.
    An elementary knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary will be necessary to participate fully in this course.  The course will prepare you to understand spoken French in social situations.  It will help you with pronunciation, oral and written comprehension, French language structure and help you learn vocabulary.  Using French interactively in the classroom, you will practice common expressions for everyday life. Classes are small and will be held in French only, to ensure fast and lasting progress.

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

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

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 04 Apr 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • 27 Apr 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Tuesdays 8:30 am to 10:00 am
    Fridays 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
    4-Apr to 27-Apr 2017
    (8 sessions)

     
    Classes continue throughout the period but no class during Christmas school holidays and official public holidays.
    An elementary knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary will be necessary to participate fully in this course.  The course will prepare you to understand spoken French in social situations.  It will help you with pronunciation, oral and written comprehension, French language structure and help you learn vocabulary.  Using French interactively in the classroom, you will practice common expressions for everyday life. Classes are small and will be held in French only, to ensure fast and lasting progress.

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

    Instructor: Audrey Charmont has a Master in Marketing and Communications as well as a DAEFLE (French as a Foreign Language). For the past ten years, she has built up a combined business and French teaching experience in France and abroad.

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 04 Apr 2017
    • 1:30 PM
    • 25 Apr 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 10
    Tuesdays
    4-Apr to 25-Apr 2017
    (4 sessions)
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

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

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

    Special Discounts: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Any 3 consecutive months - 10% off
    • Year-long registration - 20% off
    • 04 Apr 2017
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • meet at 2:15pm at 1 rue Sully, 75001 Paris: Metro Sully Morland (line 7) or Bastille (line 1, 5 or 8)
    • 18

    Tuesday, 4 April 2017

    2.30pm – 4.00pm

    Cost : €22


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


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


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



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


    • 04 Apr 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 23 May 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8

    Tuesdays, 4 and 11 April and 2, 9, 16 and 23 May 2017

    4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Cost: €175 (six-part series)


    Many of us share the fantasy of taking the summer off to write a novel, renting some upstairs room in the South of France, notebook in hand. Well, here’s your chance to get ready for that life-changing adventure.  A six-part series working in a small group on the basics of novel-writing, looking into what you need to know about plot, character, point of view, self-discipline and much more.  Join us for a journey through the basic skills needed, from idea to publication.



    About the 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.



    • 05 Apr 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 28 Jun 2017
    • 2:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 8
    Wednesdays
    1PM - 2:30PM
    5-Apr to 28-Jun 2017
    13 sessions

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

    This Spanish Guided Discussion Group is open to people who speak Spanish almost fluently.  Our group leaders, native speakers from Spain or Latin America present interesting topics, guide participants' discussions and correct their mistakes. The group speaks only Spanish for 90 minutes.

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

    Ce Groupe de Conversation guidée en Espagnol est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent espagnol presque couramment.  Nos animateurs, natifs d'Espagne ou d’Amérique Latine, proposent des sujets intéressants, guident les discussions et corrigent les fautes des participants.  Le groupe parle seulement espagnol pendant 1,5 heure.

    Facilitator(s):  Ethel Chesnoy

    Special Discount: contact WICE Office or Languages

    • Year-long registration - 10% off
    • 05 Apr 2017
    • 2:30 PM
    • 28 Jun 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 3
    Wednesdays
    2:30PM - 4:00PM
    5-Apr to 28-Jun 2017
    13 sessions

    No classes during official public holidays

    This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have an advanced or strong intermediate level of English. Our group leaders, native English speakers, will provide interesting topics, guide participants' discussions and correct their mistakes. The group speaks only English for 90 minutes.

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

    Ce Groupe de Conversation guidée en Anglais est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent anglais presque couramment. Nos animatrices de langue maternelle anglaise, proposent des sujets intéressants, guident les discussions et corrigent les fautes des participants. Le groupe parle seulement anglais pendant 1,5 heure.

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

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


    • 06 Apr 2017
    • 1:30 PM
    • 29 Jun 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 7
    Thursdays
    1:30PM - 3:00PM
    6-Apr to 29-Jun 2017
    12 sessions

    Classes continue throughout the period except for official public holidays.

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


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

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

    • 19 Apr 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence rue du Faubourge Poissonnière, 75009 Paris: metro Bonne Nouvelle
    • 12

    Wednesday, 19 April 2017

    9:30am - 12:30pm

    Cost: €55

    This class will unlock the secrets you need to make your own fabulous savory tart luncheon dishes, plus a buttery yeast dough dessert called Tarte Tropezienne. 

    You will learn how to save time and take advantage of store-bought pastry dough. Find out which one is the best to buy.

    Chef Randall will share with us one of several great luncheon dishes, including his signature creamy blue cheese, onion and walnut fougasse recipe.

    Another savory luncheon dish we will learn all about is an 18th century crust-less quiche called a 'ramekin'.  

    Chef Randall will share with us a variety of possible tart fillings as well. 

    Our dessert will feature home made yeast dough used to make the popular Tarte Tropezienne with a cream and fig filling. 

    Techniques will include making your own yeast dough and using ready-made pastry dough, and various tart fillings.

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

    • 20 Apr 2017
    • 8:00 PM
    • 21 Apr 2017
    • 12:00 AM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 6

    Thursday, 20 April 2017

    8:00pm - 12:00am

    Cost: €60


    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 help you master low light and night photography. It also will teach you techniques of light painting, where a rich depth of color is created with reflections on water, enhanced by a black background.

    You will learn how to capture the magic of the night, how to work under low light conditions, how to capture twilight moments and how to have fun with light painting!  


    Technical information will be presented just before dark, and the class will then use the new techniques. Reviews and suggestions finish the course.


    Course requirements

    • Participants should bring a camera that can manually set ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, and they should know how to set manual mode.  

    • Participants are encouraged to bring a tripod and any kind of pocket light (LED, etc) to use during light-painting exercises.


    Course suitable for intermediate and advanced levels. Beginners are also welcome if they already have a knowledge of exposure in manual mode.



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


    • 21 Apr 2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Private tasting room, 75005 Paris: Metro Jussieu & Cardinal Lemoine
    • 12

    Friday, 21st April 2017

    8:00pm - 10:30pm

    Cost: €70


    The soils, climates and topography of the South West are as wide-ranging as its wines. The presence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea mean that much of the region has a maritime climate, but there are inland areas which make use of the drier, hotter summers.


    The region's wine portfolio, includes sweet wines from Jurancon, tannic, full-blooded reds from Cahors and Madiran, sparkling wines from Gaillac, and dry whites produced from a wide range of different grape varieties.


    Meanwhile the region’s rivers, such as the Garonne, Dordogne, Lot and Tarn bring alluvial soils types (clay, sand, gravel) to much of the area, while the foothills of the Pyrenees and the plateaux below offer a variety of stone types and altitudes.


    Our instructor, Thierry Givone, will take you on a tasting tour from sweet to dry with a selection of wines and grapes from this unique region.



    About the instructor:  Thierry Givone was born and raised in Burgundy, with two uncles working for a prestigious winemaker in Beaune. After graduating from the Wine and Spirit Education and the Wine University of Bordeaux, he created Wine Tasting in Paris to share his passion for wine. He is a jury member for wine competitions and provides tastings for visitors from all over the world. We are fortunate that he is opening his private tasting room especially for WICE members.
    • 22 Apr 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Convention
    • 4

    Saturday, 22 April 2017

    11:00am - 4:00pm

    Cost: €120


    No need to leave town in order to escape into a world of creativity surrounded by a beautiful garden. Jan Olsson invites you to the intimate space of her private studio at La Ruche, one of Paris’s hidden secrets, an historic artist’s colony founded in 1902. Here she will show you how monotype prints are made and lead you through the process of making your own one-of-a-kind prints. No experience is required. This workshop can be enjoyed multiple times by beginners as well as those with some art background. All materials are furnished. Bring a bag lunch.


    Link to the La Ruche website: http://laruche-artistes.fr/


    Link for more information: https://artatelierparis.com/degas-exhibition-moma/



    About the instructor: Jan Olsson’s studio is located on the ground floor, in the round building called the Rotonde. The entrance to the studio is found inside the building behind the stairs. The door is marked with a small yellow dot.

    • 25 Apr 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • 09 May 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 5

    Tuesdays, 25 April, 2 and 9 May 2017

    2:00pm - 4:30pm

    Cost: €126 (three-part series); pro-rata option also €50


    Newcomers to painting as well as experienced painters are welcome to participate in this class. Each student will receive individualized instruction that matches their level of experience.


    Beginners will learn to mix color and practice basic skills in painting. Those with more experience will be given assignments that challenge them and improve their technical skills while enhancing their mastery of color and composition.


    Techniques in water-based acrylic painting including the use of mediums, glazes, washes and impasto will be offered. Students also will be introduced to a variety of approaches to the craft of painting including wet on wet, underpainting, mixed media, and painting with a painting knife.


    This class meets for three 3-week sessions throughout the spring. Each session will feature a different subject or approach to painting inspired by samples on view in Paris museums or traveling exhibitions. For example, this spring a show entitled Jardins will show at the Grand Palais. It suggests a perfect theme for springtime painting in Paris.


    Acrylic paints and mediums are supplied. Students will receive a supply list and addresses for selected Paris art supply stores at the first class meeting.



    About the instructor: Jan Olsson’s studio is located on the ground floor, in the round building called the Rotonde. The entrance to the studio is found inside the building behind the stairs. The door is marked with a small yellow dot.
    • 26 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 10 May 2017
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 6

    Wednesdays 26 April, 3 and 10 May 2017

    10:00am - 12:30pm

    Cost: €126 (three-part series); pro-rata option €50


    Drawing has the power to enrich anyone’s life. Adult learners come to a drawing class for many reasons: some have been drawing since childhood, others have longed to try drawing but have either doubted their ability or have not yet found the right opportunity.

    This class offers an opportunity for everyone interested in drawing to enjoy expert, individualized instruction within a small group setting.

    Three 3-week long sessions meet throughout the spring in various locations: indoors in the instructor’s studio, in museums or cafés, outdoors along the Seine, in parks and in other inspiring locations throughout Paris.

    Techniques in pencil, charcoal, ink, pastels, and watercolor are taught along with drawing skills that include light and shade, depth, perspective and proportion. Go to Jan OLSSON’s teaching blog to see examples of her students’ drawings along with photos of her classes.


    Specialty papers and drawing ink are provided. A supply list and addresses of Paris art supply stores will be provided at the first class meeting.



    About the instructor: Jan Olsson’s studio is located on the ground floor, in the round building called the Rotonde. The entrance to the studio is found inside the building behind the stairs. The door is marked with a small yellow dot.
    • 27 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 5

    Thursday, 27th April 2017

    10:00am - 2:00pm

    Cost: €85


    This workshop is aimed at those who are interested in learning about all of the possibilities that studio photography offers.


    You will discover different studio flash lighting techniques to make beautiful portraits, still lifes or anything else that you have in mind!


    A model will be provided for you to shoot during the session, advice on directing the model and posing techniques will be given. We will also practice how to shoot objects and food and how to compose a creative still life.


    You will be shown the effect of umbrellas, soft boxes and how to use reflectors. Students also will learn how to use both hard and soft lighting to change the effect of a portrait.


    The teaching is presented in an easy-to-understand and entertaining way within a small group.


    Students can expect to:

    •  Learn about studio lighting techniques

    •  Learn how to work in a photography studio

    •  Learn how to direct a model

    •  Learn how to photograph objects in the studio

    •  Critique their own work


    Course Requirements:

    • A camera that can be set in manual mode

    • Suitable for those who already have mastered manual mode

    • Intermediate or advanced level



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