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Evening & Weekend Courses and events

WICE understands busy schedules. That's why we have expanded our selection of evening and weekend courses to suit your needs. Discover French wine, learn tricks behind stunning night photography or attend an evening gallery exhibit. Enjoy your Paris experience on your time. 

Upcoming events

    • 24 Sep 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 104 Rue de vaugirard. 75006, Paris
    Register

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 06 Oct 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 6
    Register

    A thriving market exists for features, including content for websites and blogs. This class begins by defining the important distinction between the feature article and "hard news", and explores how to find viable ideas for articles. We will then cover several aspects of feature-writing, focusing on the vital lead paragraph (hooks, angles, and grabbing  the reader's attention), structure, and narrative techniques that can enrich the article. Finally we examine a range of research resources and ways to market the feature.

    About the Instructor: Alecia McKenzie is an award-winning writer and journalist based in Paris. She holds an MSc from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and worked at The Wall Street Journal/Europe.  She is the founder and editor of the arts-news site SWAN. Alongside writing books, she has written articles for a news agency and international magazines.


    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Location TBC
    • 15
    Register

    You like wines and would like to talk about them with the right words. You want to learn how to look at wine, taste it, recognize its bouquet and grape varieties. Learn the terminology of the world of wine in a special tasting of four wines that helps you understand the language of wine while learning about key varietals and regions so you can express yourself and truly enjoy what’s in your glass. 

    About the Instructor: Tanisha Townsend is an American wine professional that came to Paris for the love of wine. A professor, consultant, tour hostess, Tanisha organizes events from the classroom to the dining room. Her goal is to educate and entertain, while promoting the history and joys of fermented beverages to the masses. She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

    Photo Credit: Girl Meets Glass

    • 12 Oct 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • La Ruche, 2 Passage de Dantzig, 75015 Paris (nearest metro: Convention, line 12 or Porte de Vanves, line 13)
    • 6
    Register

    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.

    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 this intriguing technique
    • Those who enjoy sharing a creative learning process within a small, convivial group.

    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. Students will bring a snack lunch and cover-up.

    About the 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.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain
    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Location TBC
    • 15
    Register

    In 6 wines, understand how to decrypt the wines of France, how to read labels, what an “appellation” is. A guide to beginning to identify what you like in French wine and how to go forward to buy wines that you’ll enjoy. A planche of cheese and charcuterie is included.

    About the Instructor: Tanisha Townsend is an American wine professional that came to Paris for the love of wine. A professor, consultant, tour hostess, Tanisha organizes events from the classroom to the dining room. Her goal is to educate and entertain, while promoting the history and joys of fermented beverages to the masses. She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

    Photo Credit: Girl Meets Glass

    • 09 Nov 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • La Ruche, 2 Passage de Dantzig, 75015 Paris (nearest metro: Convention, line 12 or Porte de Vanves, line 13)
    • 6
    Register

    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.

    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 this intriguing technique
    • Those who enjoy sharing a creative learning process within a small, convivial group.

    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. Students will bring a snack lunch and cover-up.

    About the 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.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain
    • 16 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Meeting details TBC
    • 12
    Register

    ** All tastings are included in the price of the tour. **

    Discover the Marché d'Aligre, one of Paris's most vibrant and authentic outdoor markets with your expert guide, Allison Zinder, a former chef and educator who has lived in France for 25 years.  She will share how to shop like a local, ideas to inspire your seasonal cooking, and tips on how to interact with market vendors. 

    The Marché d'Aligre, located near the Bastille in the 12th arrondisement, is actually three unique markets:  the Outdoor Marche d'Aligre, full of vibrant seasonal produce; the Covered Marché Beauvau, an architectural beauty that consists of three halls filled with a variety of food stalls, cheese shops, butchers shops and more; and, at the center of the quaint plaza is the Outdoor Antiques & Flea Market.

    Taste and learn on this in-depth tour, which includes a visit to a local bakery specializing in traditional French breads, a charcuterie tasting in the Marché Beauvau, and a cheese tasting of 5 to 6 seasonal cheeses.  You will wrap up your time together with a celebratory glass of wine.

    Learn to market shop like a Parisian!  Don't miss this delicious Saturday Marché d'Aligre tour with Allison, your Expert Guide. 

    About the Instructor: A former chef, Allison Zinder works at the intersection of French gastronomy and culture. She offers market tours, entertaining historic walks, and dynamic food and wine lectures through her company, Paris on the Edge. Allison also guides study-abroad students in their discovery of French food, wine, and culture. And for the past 6 years, she has been a Professor of Food & Beverage at a hotel and restaurant management school in Paris.

    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Location TBC
    • 10
    Register

    Learn what makes France so special as we demystify the grand cru systems of France, We will taste through a variety of Grand Crus to build up and refine your wine knowledge. With an innovative and refreshing approach and in just 2 hours, you'll receive tips on where to find good value and you will taste five Grand Crus. A planche of cheese and charcuterie is included.

    About the Instructor: Tanisha Townsend is an American wine professional that came to Paris for the love of wine. A professor, consultant, tour hostess, Tanisha organizes events from the classroom to the dining room. Her goal is to educate and entertain, while promoting the history and joys of fermented beverages to the masses. She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

    Photo Credit: Girl Meets Glass

    • 04 Dec 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Instructors Private Residence (nearest metro: Emile Zola)
    • 12
    Register

    Everything you wanted to know about champagne, but were too afraid to ask. At the end of this masterclass, you will have the tools to understand what type of champagne you prefer and why, and which factors affect quality and price. You will be given tips for storage, service and food pairing, and an overview of the history and geography of Champagne. You will try 4 very different champagnes. A generous buffet of nibbles, cheeses and charcuterie will be provided so don't eat before you come!

    About the Instructor: Cynthia Coutu is a Canadian who has been living in France for 28 years. She is a professional wine educator, judge and guide specialised in champagne . She is also the founder of Delectabulles, a champagne networking club for women.  She only uses champagnes made by women and takes people to estates where women play an important role. It is her way of supporting women in a male-dominated industry. She is certified by the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (level 3) and was voted Best Wine Tasting in Paris by Expatriates Magazine.

    Photo Credit: Studio Aoustin

    • 10 Dec 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Galeries Lafayette, 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
    • 6
    Register

    Paris truly sparkles during the holidays. The store windows, glittering lights, and diverse quartier decorations are a photographic feast.

    
In this night workshop, we’ll visit the best spots (Grand Boulevard department stores, Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde) and learn the tricks of exposing for night lights, shooting through windows, light painting, and just generally capturing the joy of the season. You might even get the image you need for your personalized holiday card. For sure, we’ll end the evening with a cup of chocolate or vin chaud.
    Starting point: Galeries Lafayette

    Students can expect to:
    • become more familiar with their camera;
    • learn about exposure, composition, low-light shooting techniques;
    • have their technical questions answered directly.
    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, Photographer’s Forum, 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 and Director of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

    Photo Credit: Pamela Spurdon (winner of the 2018 WICE Holiday Sparkle Photo Competition)

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