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Drawing & PAINTING

Drawing classes

WICE is excited to offer a diverse selection of drawing and sketching classes suitable for all levels of skill. Students can expect instructors to rely on the beauty of Paris as inspiration for their course material, whether you find yourself in the classroom or out in plein-air.

If you've ever longed to try drawing for the first time or have almost filled your latest sketchbook, our talented instructors are ready to move you to the next step in your creative journey. 

See individual course descriptions for more information.

Painting classes

Paris, the City of Light, is an inspiring place, notably for painters of all persuasions. WICE is excited to offer painting courses that encourage hands-on instruction, engaging creative assignments and lively group discussions.

With or without prior experience, you will be led through small classes with individual attention. These courses are structured enough to provide all the basics of the craft, yet free enough to allow experimentation and discovery.

See individual course descriptions for more information.

Student Testimonial

"Jan's class is perfect for those new to drawing as well as people who have been drawing for a long time. This class provides an opportunity to build actual drawing skills which are learned and strengthened through very stimulating drawing/seeing exercises.   Jan is a very knowledgable teacher who provides a very supportive learning environment."- Judith Turano


Meet our Instructor

Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and has been a full-time resident of Paris since 1990. During her tenure at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, she received the coveted Professional Fellowship in Painting from the Virginia Museum. She has also received invitations as artist-in-residence at Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts and the Sante Fe Art Centre. Subsequently she completed her third residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and relocated to the celebrated artists' studio near Montparnasse known as La Ruche. Jan is an engaging teacher with many years of experience who exhibits internationally. 

Upcoming events

    • 11 Mar 2019
    • 25 Mar 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Artist’s private studio in the 15th Arrondissement
    • 5
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    “One also paints what lies between the apple and the plate. And believe me, it seems just as difficult to paint the 'in-between' as the thing itself” - Georges Braque.


    Speaking simply and directly, Georges Braque reveals an essential element of visual art: negative space. Based on Braque’s practice of sketching variations of a still-life on small sheets of gridded paper, then using those studies to create intriguingly colorful paintings, this class will explore the importance of the “in-between” in painting.


    Activities will include:

    • Making studies from Braque’s pencil sketches
    • Using Braque’s technique to create line drawings from a still-life subject
    • Studies of Braque’s color palette and choosing one’s own color harmony
    • Completion of a small color composition with water based paint on paper

    A 15€ supply fee is included in the cost of this course. All materials are provided.


    Open to all levels.

    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 professional website and teaching blog.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain

    • 15 Mar 2019
    • 29 Mar 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 7

    Geometric diagrams use the visual features of specific drawn objects to convey meaning. Cartography, the science or practice of drawing maps, has been a useful tool even before we had cities. What do these have to do with mark-making, painting, drawing and art at all? Media art practices can be defined as the decision or systems artists use to make their art. 

    In this workshop we will explore the history of algorithmic image making — from sacred (and ancient) Islamic math-based art to the introduction of the computer and evolution into contemporary practices. This will be followed by an investigation into what this means for such artists as: Sol LeWitt, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Stefanie Posavec.

    An introduction to media practice would not be complete without a medium. Through the use of a simple program we will explore a data visualization with the objective to gain a bit more understanding of media practices through algorithmic image making.

    Suitable for all with basic computer skills interested in exploring new modes for creative expression. Participants need to bring a laptop to class.

    About the instructor: Naomi Cook lives and works between Montreal and Paris. She studied Art and Philosophy at Concordia University, Montreal. Her technique stems from her interest in engravings, sound, and visual representations of data. Her work has been featured in several group exhibitions in Montreal and abroad. Her works were selected by Canadian Art as favorites of the 2015 edition of PAPIER Art Fair, Montreal. In 2016, she was in Paris at Récollets as part of the Résidences Croisées France-Québec.

    Image Credit:  Naomi Cook

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