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    • 29 Sep 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 22 Jun 2015
    • 5:30 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 2

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

    Guided Discussion in French

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

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

    Instructors:  Christian Lebreton, Liliane Daniel, Sylvie Kerisit

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

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

    • 29 Sep 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • 22 Jun 2015
    • 7:30 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro: La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 5
    Mondays 29 September 2014 to 22 June 2015.  No class during school holidays and all official French vacations.

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

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


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

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

    • 30 Sep 2014
    • 11:30 AM
    • 25 Jun 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 2
    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 30 September 2014 to 25 June 2015. No classes during school holidays and all official French vacations

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

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

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

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

    Please note that French 2 and 2b are classes of the same level.
    • 30 Sep 2014
    • 1:30 PM
    • 23 Jun 2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 5
    Tuesdays, September 30 2014 to June 25 2015; no class during French school vacations and official public holidays.

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

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

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

    Important: Before signing up for a course please read the How to Enroll instructions and take the appropriate placement test found therein.
    • 01 Oct 2014
    • 12:30 PM
    • 24 Jun 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 1
    Wednesdays from 1 October 2014 to 24 June 2015. No class during school vacations and all official French holidays.

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


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

    Instructors:  Ethel Chesnoy), Irene Falcon, Gladys Clamou, Francisca Valenzuela
     
    Important: Before signing up for a course please read the How to Enroll instructions and take the appropriate placement test found therein.

    • 01 Oct 2014
    • 4:30 PM
    • 24 Jun 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 3

    Wednesdays, from April to June 2015. No class during French school vacations and official public holidays.

    Guided Discussion in English

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

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

    Instructors:  Shirley Dixon, Stephanie Brackfield.

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

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

    No class during French school vacations and official public holidays.

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

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

    Instructors: Monika de Vigneral, Ulla Emonet, Dorothée Yvernes

    • 07 Oct 2014
    • 10:00 AM
    • 19 Jun 2015
    • 11:30 AM
    • Wice 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; ground floor. Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 1
    From 7 October 2014 to 19 June 2015, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:30. No classes during French school vacations and all official public holidays.

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

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

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

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


    • 31 Mar 2015
    • 4:30 PM
    • 16 Jun 2015
    • 6:30 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 2
    Tuesdays March 31; April 7, 14; May 19, 26; June 2, 9, 16
     

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

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

    Part I is not a prerequisite for the course and new writers are welcome! 

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

    • 02 Apr 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 28 May 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Thursdays: 2, 9 & 16 April; and 7, 21 & 28 May 2015
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
    Cost: € 240
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    New for Spring!

    The image of the human face or human body is a subject of universal appeal. Children take to it naturally, but for adults it can seem a daunting task. With instruction, time and practice, participants in this class will learn step-by-step how to approach this challenging and rewarding subject.

    Exercises will include:
    • Studies of master drawings
    • Visits to museums
    • Copies of anatomical illustrations
    • Basic drawing exercises to sharpen perception
    • Sessions with a live model
    This course would be a good choice for those who:
    • Have longed to be able to draw a portrait or figure.
    • Want the structure and stimulation of a group experience.
    • Would like to sharpen their observation skills.
    • Enjoy figure drawing and wish to practice with guidance from an instructor.
    Course requirements

    This class is open to all levels. The cost of registration covers models' fees. Museum tickets are not included. Students will be responsible for their own materials. A list with instructions, including addresses for Paris art supply stores will be provided at the first class meeting.

    About the instructor

    Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing. Since her tenure at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Jan has specialized in continuing studio arts education for adults. Her paintings, prints and drawings focus on the figure. She has taught beginning to graduate-level figure drawing at the university level. Visit Jan Olsson's website to see examples of her work.

    Photo credit: Jan Olsson

    • 05 May 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 26 May 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 8

    New dates added!!

    Tuesdays: 5, 12, 19 & 26 May 2015

    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
    Cost: € 160
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    FleurCourse description

    Back by popular demand! 

    We are pleased to announce an extended drawing course. Students can look forward to continuing their artistic journey with the added benefit of small class sizes, individual attention, and support from the instructor and the group.

    The focus of this course is on learning to see, engaging one's senses in the present moment to enjoy the process of drawing as it unfolds. 

    Participants are guided through a nonjudgemental form of practice that is adaptable to their own level and easy to follow at home if desired.

    This class is designed for:

    • Beginners who want to learn to draw but find it hard to start.
    • Anyone with experience who wants to refresh their drawing skills.
    • Students who desire the structure and inspiration of weekly sessions. 
    • Those who would benefit from the guidance of an experienced teacher.
    • Those who enjoy practicing in a group.
    Course requirements

    This class is suitable for all levels. Sketch paper and drawing ink are provided. Instructions for choosing art supplies, including addresses of Paris art supply stores and a suggested list of additional materials will be offered at the first class meeting.

    About the instructor

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

    Photo credit: Tahehee Verney-Carron

    • 05 May 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 02 Jun 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • To be determined
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Tuesdays, 5, 12, 19, 26 May and 2 June
    Five-part series
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Cost: € 200

    Course Description

    There are unique subjects to discover and secrets to unearth in every part of Paris. Explore the known to the unknown, from lively quartiers to tranquil corners, from traditional Paris to the 21st century. Join us as we discover the real Paris via our own personal artistic perspective.

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

    Students can expect to:

    • Become familiar with their camera
    • Learn about exposure, composition, and how to engage your subjects
    • Have your technical questions answered directly
    • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work

    Course Requirements

    • Suitable for all levels of photographers

    About the Instructor

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

    Photo Credit: Margot Hanley, 2014 Exploring Paris Through the Lens at La Défense


    • 26 May 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • meet at 10:15 am In front of Hotel Crillon. Metro 1, 8, and 12: Concorde
    • 3

    Tuesday, 26 May 2015

    Come and join us as we learn about some of the first Americans in Paris. They were none other than a mix of founding fathers and revolutionaries: Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, John Paul Jones and more.  During the early years of America's birth, these men would call Paris home.  

    The tour begins at the Place de la Concorde where Benjamin Franklin signed the Treaty of Alliance in 1778 making France the first to recognize the U.S. We will then walk through the Tuileries Garden and cross the Seine to the statue of Jefferson near one of his favorite buildings, the Palace of the Legion of Honor. We continue along the Left Bank and will hear stories of Voltaire, Lafayette, Jefferson's favorite artists, and the aristocratic salons. We will view the French Institute, the Mint, a house turned into a Masonic Lodge, and one of Jefferson's favorite bookshops.


    The tour winds up at the city's oldest café, which was frequented by Franklin and the Enlightenment philosophers. 

    A 15-20 minute break with the guide is included midway through the walk.               

    Please wear comfortable shoes. 

    Instructor:
    Brad Newfield, highly experienced historian and guide for over 20 years.

    • 27 May 2015
    • 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • To Be Announced
    • 12
    Smartphone Photography Workshop III

    Wednesday, 27 May 2015
    2:30 PM - 5:30PM

    Workshop by Nancy Jochimek 

    This workshop is a series of four and each are designed to teach members how to use their Smart Phones to create magical photos and share them with family, friends or clients.  The workshops are designed for all levels, even experienced iphoneographers who are looking for new opportunities to photograph with a fun group of people and challenge their skills.  

    Each workshop will start with a photo session at a different location in Paris, that you will learn about a week before the scheduled workshop by email.  The instructor will email you a week before class with a few Apps to explore and photography styles to discover.  You will be able to put to use these Apps and styles during each workshop and the instructor will give you a creative challenge before starting to photograph.  For the second half of the workshop we will meet at a nearby cafe where we will review everyone's photos and discuss various editing options while we enjoy coffee and a snack.  We will also discuss how you can share your photos across various social media platforms, especially Instagram.

    NOTE:  While this is a four-part series, you can register for any workshop separately.  

    Drinks at the cafe are not included in the cost of the workshop.

    Please bring either your smartphone or tablet to each seminar.  Both Apple and Android devices are welcome.

    Instructors

    Nancy Jochimek  is a online communications consultant who managed her own business before moving to France.  She has overseen diverse communications projects including: branding, social media, web communications and PR events. She is a strong supporter of online communications, especially mobile communications, and their ability to create new opportunities by breaking down old world boundaries.  She is also a photography enthusiast. You are welcome to explore her photos on Instagram at Shurks.  Nancy is also WICE's new Director of Cultural Studies.  


    • 27 May 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • WICE Office
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    When Alzheimer's Strikes: A Way to Help

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

    Stories of how people with Alzheimer’s can regain capacities for exchange and communication through the impact of art and other creative therapies are the subject of an inspiring film and book by Berna Huebner, a longtime member of the WICE Board. Berna was spurred to carry out this project by her mother’s personal journey through this debilitating illness. She will share with us excerpts from her film, I Remember Better When I Paint, narrated by Olivia de Havilland, along with her own story of making it and showing it world-wide.

    Instructor:  Berna Huebner is the founder of the Hilgos Foundation, which supports and encourages the ongoing process of artistic creation in people with dementia, including Alzheimer’s. She co-directed the film,  I Remember Better When I Paint, that shows how the creative arts can help Alzheimer’s patients re-engage in life.  Berna is now director of the Center for the Study of International Communications in Paris, and has served on the Boston University School of Medicine Alzheimer’s board,

    • 28 May 2015
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Métro Line 12: Vaugirard
    • 16
    **Thursday** 28th May 2015
    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 

    Flavorful Fats that Give Back

    A Culinary Nutrition Event and Cooking Demonstration

    at Le Cordon Bleu’s Paris Cooking School

    by Michele Redmond, MS, RDN

    WICE is pleased to collaborate again with Chef Michele Redmond - who conducted last fall's very popular "Spice Workshop" - as she explores "Flavorful Fats that Give Back."  










    Join us for this informative demonstration and tasting where you will sample some of Michele's cooking (crispy chicken with a fast French pan saucesmoky salmon rillette, shrimp fritters, crispy anchovies, fish with coconut & lime, almond/orange olive oil cake, lemon olive oil sorbet are some of the possible dishes) and you'll TAKE HOME with you new ideas and RECIPES.






















    These questions and more will be answered in our workshop.

    Which cooking techniques use fats for the best flavors, textures and health benefits?
    Which fats give back more in terms of health benefits?
      -Coconut oil – miracle or mystery?
      -Omega-3 fats in cooking and health benefits
      -Saturated fats:  fearless flavor?

    Some of our Activities and Tastings include
    Observe culinary techniques for using cooking fats.

    - Learn which fats have better health benefits in cooking.

    - Learn how to taste cooking oils and compare several.

    - Taste several prepared foods that demonstrate fat differences.

    - Leave with new recipes that explore flavorful fats. 

    These Culinary Topics will be covered:
    - Smoke points
    - Refined vs unrefined cooking oils
    - No-stick saute tricks
    - Substitutions
    - Butter:  Clarified vs. Ghee & water content
    - Shelf-life of fats

    This event will take place in the Demonstration Room at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, which is located at:

     8 rue Léon Delhomme, 75015 Paris

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

    Our Instructor:  Michele Redmond is a French-trained Chef and Registered Dietitian who is focused on food enjoyment and eating well, without diets or guilt.  She is an Arizona State University Lecturer and Culinary Instructor specializing in nutrition, taste science, healthy cuisine and gastronomy.  

    photos provided by: The Taste Workshop, Michele Redmond

    • 29 May 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Private residence
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    Friday, 29 May

    © Meredith MullinsRosewater, pineapple, cloves, honeysuckle, bacon-fat, lychee, coconut, orange-blossom, citronella, allspice, peach, honeycomb… and many more flavors await those who attend this session dedicated to a region of spicy, powerful, and sometimes exotic white wines.

    Alsace's Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc— when made well, these are some of the easiest to like wines in the world. Join us and see why.

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

    Photo © Meredith Mullins


    • 30 May 2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 31 May 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.
    • 2

    Saturday May 30 & Sunday May 31
    (9:00 - 12:00/ 1:00 - 4:00)

    Course Description: Hour by hour and over two intense days, students will be introduced to the basic techniques of novel and short-story writing, first looking closely at short examples by famous authors renowned for that particular technique, discussing how they do it and why it’s so amazing, and then trying their own hand at something similar - Zadie Smith for dialogue, Hemingway for stark realism, Virginia Woolfe for internal monologue, Donna Tartt for novelistic craftsmanship etc. etc.
    By the end of two days you will leave a more enlightened and appreciative reader and hopefully too, an inspired fledgling writer aware of the challenges ahead.

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

    • 30 May 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 13

    Saturday, 30 May 2015
    11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Cost: € 120
    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

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

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

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

    This course is designed for:
    • Anyone who would enjoy having a new creative experience.
    • Working WICE members who would enjoy a relaxing and creative Saturday activity.
    • Artists of all kinds who want to learn and practice new techniques.
    • Former students of Jan Olsson's printmaking workshops who would like to continue to build their skills.
    • Those who enjoy sharing a creative activity with others.
    Course requirements:
    • No prior experience is necessary. This class is open to all levels and may be repeated. Materials are provided. Students will need to bring a cover-up and picnic lunch.
    About the instructor

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

    Photo credit: Sue Zebrowski


    • 02 Jun 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 23 Jun 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 13

    Tuesdays: 2, 9, 16 & 23 June 2015

    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
    Cost: € 160
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    Back by popular demand! 

    We are pleased to announce an extended drawing course. Students can look forward to continuing their artistic journey with the added benefit of small class sizes, individual attention, and support from the instructor and the group.

    The focus of this course is on learning to see, engaging one's senses in the present moment to enjoy the process of drawing as it unfolds. 

    Participants are guided through a nonjudgemental form of practice that is adaptable to their own level and easy to follow at home if desired.

    This class is designed for:

    • Beginners who want to learn to draw but find it hard to start.
    • Anyone with experience who wants to refresh their drawing skills.
    • Students who desire the structure and inspiration of weekly sessions. 
    • Those who would benefit from the guidance of an experienced teacher.
    • Those who enjoy practicing in a group.
    Course requirements

    This class is suitable for all levels. Sketch paper and drawing ink are provided. Instructions for choosing art supplies, including addresses of Paris art supply stores and a suggested list of additional materials will be offered at the first class meeting.

    About the instructor

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

    Photo credit: Jan Olsson

    • 02 Jun 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 23 Jun 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • at an atelier near the François Mitterrand Library
    • 6

    Tuesdays, 2, 9, 16 and 23 June 2015
    Four-part series
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Cost: € 210

    Course Description

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

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

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about fine art photography
    • Gain the necessary tools to develop their work
    • Critique their own work

    Course Requirements

    • Suitable for all levels of photographers

    About the Instructor

    Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in advertising and completed his training as a photographer in Barcelona at the Institute of Design and Image (IDEP) where he worked with Italian photographer Luca Pagliari. Juan Manuel has worked in advertising agencies in London, such as Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Ericksson, and Grey Worldwide. He then moved to Paris, where he became the assistant to photographers such as Laure Vasconi, Xavier Lucchesi, and Ariadna Bufi. He has collaborated with Tendance Floue, and has worked for Daylight Photo Studio and the agency Magnum Photos. Juan Manuel currently lives and works in Paris as a freelance photographer.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán


    • 03 Jun 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 24 Jun 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15

    Wednesdays: 3, 10, 17 & 24 June 2015
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
    Cost: € 160
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    This class invites you to enjoy painting with a small group in the convivial atmosphere of Jan Olsson's private studio. Painting is a craft. It need not be intimidating but it does require patience and practice to master techniques as you learn to express yourself.

    Students can expect to:
    • Develop knowledge and skill in both watercolor and acrylic painting.
    • Benefit from the instruction of a practicing artist and experienced teacher.
    • Receive challenging assignments and constructive criticism.
    • Share their learning experience with a small, supportive group.
    This course is designed for:
    • Anyone who would like to try painting but finds it hard to begin.
    • Students who wish to improve their knowledge of color and composition.
    • Those who seek time for creativity and the structure of weekly classes.
    • Anyone who paints on their own but would like exposure to new challenges and supportive criticism of their work.
    Course requirements

    This class is suitable for all levels. Acrylic paints, mediums and gesso are supplied. Instructions for choosing art supplies, including addresses of Paris art supply stores and a suggested list of additional materials, will be offered at the first class meeting.

    About the instructor

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

    Photo credit: Jan Olsson

    • 03 Jun 2015
    • 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • To Be Announced
    • 11
    Smartphone Photography Workshop IV

    Wednesday, 3 June 2015
    2:30 PM - 5:30PM

    Workshop by Nancy Jochimek 

    This workshop is a series of four and each are designed to teach members how to use their Smart Phones to create magical photos and share them with family, friends or clients.  The workshops are designed for all levels, even experienced iphoneographers who are looking for new opportunities to photograph with a fun group of people and challenge their skills.  

    Each workshop will start with a photo session at a different location in Paris, that you will learn about a week before the scheduled workshop by email.  The instructor will email you a week before class with a few Apps to explore and photography styles to discover.  You will be able to put to use these Apps and styles during each workshop and the instructor will give you a creative challenge before starting to photograph.  For the second half of the workshop we will meet at a nearby cafe where we will review everyone's photos and discuss various editing options while we enjoy coffee and a snack.  We will also discuss how you can share your photos across various social media platforms, especially Instagram.

    NOTE:  While this is a four-part series, you can register for any workshop separately.  

    Drinks at the cafe are not included in the cost of the workshop.

    Please bring either your smartphone or tablet to each seminar.  Both Apple and Android devices are welcome.

    Instructor

    Nancy Jochimek  is a online communications consultant who managed her own business before moving to France.  She has overseen diverse communications projects including: branding, social media, web communications and PR events. She is a strong supporter of online communications, especially mobile communications, and their ability to create new opportunities by breaking down old world boundaries.  She is also a photography enthusiast. You are welcome to explore her photos on Instagram at Shurks.  Nancy is also WICE's new Director of Cultural Studies.  


    • 04 Jun 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 25 Jun 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 15

    Thursdays: 4, 11, 18 & 25 June 2015
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
    Cost: € 160
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    New for Spring!

    The image of the human face or human body is a subject of universal appeal. Children take to it naturally, but for adults it can seem a daunting task. With instruction, time and practice, participants in this class will learn step-by-step how to approach this challenging and rewarding subject.

    Exercises will include:
    • Studies of master drawings
    • Visits to museums
    • Copies of anatomical illustrations
    • Basic drawing exercises to sharpen perception
    • Sessions with a live model
    This course would be a good choice for those who:
    • Have longed to be able to draw a portrait or figure.
    • Want the structure and stimulation of a group experience.
    • Would like to sharpen their observation skills.
    • Enjoy figure drawing and wish to practice with guidance from an instructor.
    Course requirements

    This class is open to all levels. The cost of registration covers models' fees. Museum tickets are not included. Students will be responsible for their own materials. A list with instructions, including addresses for Paris art supply stores will be provided at the first class meeting.

    About the instructor

    Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing. Since her tenure at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Jan has specialized in continuing studio arts education for adults. Her paintings, prints and drawings focus on the figure. She has taught beginning to graduate-level figure drawing at the university level. Visit Jan Olsson's website to see examples of her work.

    Photo credit: Jan Olsson

    • 04 Jun 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • meet at 1:15pm at RER Station Invalides (line C). Further details after registration. The fee does not include the RER ticket.
    Thursday, 4 June 2015

    2:00 - 4:00 PM

    copyright : Ville de Versailles

    Since the reign of Louis XIV, called “the most fragrant king in the world” for his love affair with scent, Versailles has been home to some of the most important developments in perfume history. Celebrating this significant historical link, the oldest and most secret corner of Versailles, the quartier Saint-Louis, offers a fragrant world of charming shopping streets and the recently opened "Cour des Senteurs" (Court of Scents) just steps away from the famed château.

    This guided stroll invites you on a multi-sensory journey through this unique olfactory trail. We’ll discover luxurious, one-of-a-kind fragrance boutiques; learn perfume history in the court’s interactive, jewel-box museum; and encounter perfume’s natural origins with a fragrant promenade in the court’s beautiful scented garden.

    Come join us and be transported back in time by the power of scent.

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


    • 04 Jun 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • 25 Jun 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 14

    Thursdays: 4, 11, 18 & 25 June 2015
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
    Cost: € 160
    Pro-rata option also available: € 48 per session

    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

    Join in the fun as you embark with fellow traveler's on this creative adventure, recording your impressions of Paris as seen through an artist's eye. Inspired by poetry readings, artist' books and group visits to interesting spots around town, your travel journal will become your very own personal work of art.

    You'll be surprised how easy it is to document your travels around Paris with notes, sketches and photographs and you will continue enjoying this process outside of class, watching and recording each new day as it unfolds.

    Students can expect to:

    • Receive instruction in drawing elements and design principles.
    • Learn new techniques in stamping, stencling and collage.
    • Enhance their observation skills and perceptual acuity.
    • Explore ways to combine photography, drawing and writing.
    • Discover their own creativity and discover the joy of sharing it with others in a supportive group environment.
    This course is designed for:
    • Anyone who is new to Paris and would like to discover the city with others.
    • Long-term residents of Paris who would like to revive, deepen and personalize their experience with the city.
    • Writers, photographers or artists interested in creating a travel journal while visiting Paris.
    • Those who would enjoy and benefit from creative assignments and inspiration from a practicing artist and instructor.
    Course requirements
    • This class is open to all levels. Please note that museum tickets are not included in the course fee. Instructions for choosing art supplies, including addresses of Paris art supply stores and a suggested list of materials, will be provided at the first class meeting.
    About the instructor

    Prior to obtaining her Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing, Jan Olsson worked as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator. She also taught graphic design courses to college-level students. Jan has created several artists' books. Some are included in the collections of the Smith College Library, the Rare Book Collections at the University of Arizona and the Bibliothéque Nationale in Paris.

    Photo credit: Jan Olsson

    • 05 Jun 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office - 10 rue Tiphaine - 75015 Paris
    • 11
    Friday, 5th June 2015
    2:00 pm- 4:00 pm

    "The Old Man and the Sea"
    by Ernest Hemingway

    A resume of this great novel:

    Set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana, Hemingway's magnificent fable is the story of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. It was The Old Man and the Sea that won for Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here, in a perfectly crafted story, is a unique and timeless vision of the beauty and grief of man's challenge to the elements in which he lives. Not a single word is superfluous in this widely admired masterpiece, which once and for all established his place as one of the giants of modern literature.

    Join WICE Bilingual Book Group to discuss this intriguing novel that is sure to spark discussion on the many ways to interpret this story.

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    • 05 Jun 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Private residence
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    Friday, 5 June 

    When any kind of festivities approach, the bubbles are never far. "I am tasting the stars," said Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon, one of the true pioneers in the making of champagne. And we taste the stars too.

    What is behind the pleasure we feel? Is there more than the thrill of the chill and the bubbles on our palate? Let's go deep into this region, beyond the big brands and explore.

    Champagne lives a lot on its reputation, but to find the really good ones (and the good values) actually takes a lot of work. On this special early summer evening, the work will have been done for you. Join us and celebrate with glass after glass of the sparkling wine that gave this part of France its good name.

    Instructor: Thomas Boothe's extensive knowledge and passion for wine and his innovative teaching style have been fueled through work and study in a variety of wine-related fields.
    • 10 Jun 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • meet at 1:00pm. Meeting point details to be announced after registration.
    Wednesday, 10 June 2014 

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

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

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

    Guide : provided by the museum

    • 13 Jun 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • 10:15 am Sévres Babylone Metro 10 & 12: Top of the steps of the exit #3 bd Raspail
    • 6

    The Unknown, Exotic, & Esoteric 7th Arrondissement


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

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

          
    Please come prepared for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. 

    Instructor: Emmanuel Putois, Agrégé de Lettres Modernes

    • 27 Jun 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artist's Studio, Paris, 75015; Metro: Balard
    • 14

    Saturday, 27 June 2015
    11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Cost: € 120
    Open to WICE Members

    Course description

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

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

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

    This course is designed for:
    • Anyone who would enjoy having a new creative experience.
    • Working WICE members who would enjoy a relaxing and creative Saturday activity.
    • Artists of all kinds who want to learn and practice new techniques.
    • Former students of Jan Olsson's printmaking workshops who would like to continue to build their skills.
    • Those who enjoy sharing a creative activity with others.
    Course requirements:
    • No prior experience is necessary. This class is open to all levels and may be repeated. Materials are provided. Students will need to bring a cover-up and picnic lunch.
    About the instructor

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

    Photo credit: Raelene Glenn

    • 28 Jun 2015
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • inside Café Maure, 39, Rue Geoffroy-Saint Hilaire 75005

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

    Sunday, 28 June 2015 at 2:30 pm.

    Join us for an exotic cultural experience that will take you away to one of Paris's most tranquil spots -  Café Maure de la Mosquée 

    This particular Paris Cafe Talk will be extra special.  Our guest host Sondes will guide a tour in English of the Mosque, including its Hammam.  We will learn about its unique architecture, history and traditions.   The tour will conclude at the famous Cafe Maure - within the Mosque grounds - where we can enjoy fresh mint tea and oriental sweets. Sandos will lead a discussion about Oriental traditions, rituals, and even beauty secrets.  Wendy will then talk about her recent trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi -- from camel farms, sleeping in the desert to even drinking coffee with golden powder in a palace-like hotel. 

    The afternoon will be a great chance to meet with each other before the Summer rolls in and to build bridges with other cultures.  Each participant will go home with their name written in Arabic. 

    Details

    Entrance Fee:  3,00 Euros

    Cafe Fee:  In line with Arab hospitality, the tea house welcomes us with a 20% discount and they have put together for us - for those who would like to order - a 9,00 Euros special tea time snack which includes tea and pastries.

    Please Note: Members will need to pay their own entrance fee and purchase their own snacks. 

    Meeting Venue: The main entrance of the Mosque, 2 bis Rue des Quatrefagesat Paris 75005 at 2:30 p.m. 

    The deadline for signing up is June 14th, 2015.

    Co-Hosts

    American born, Wendy Dubreuil, holds an MA in International Studies from the American University in Washington, D.C. and has lived and worked in North Africa and the Middle East. She has recently visited the United Arab Emirates -- a land of tradition and modernity. 

    Sondes Bouabid was born in Tunisia and holds a Masters Degree in English Linguistics from the University of Paris VII. She is currently a post-graduate research student. 


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