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Photography & visual arts

About this Department

Paris inspires creativity. Easels, sketchbooks and cameras abound, and museums and galleries are full of art treasures as living proof. The WICE Photography & Visual Arts department embraces this creative spirit and offers a range of classes, from short workshops to in-depth courses. Whether exploring the hidden corners of the city with your camera, sketching in a Paris café, or printmaking in an historic La Ruche studio, you’ll receive the personal attention and the creative inspiration that you need to really see (and feel!) Paris. Let our experienced and talented instructors provide the practical techniques and creative inspiration to make the events, characters, and emotions of daily life in Paris something extraordinary and memorable.

UPCOMING EVENTS

    • 21 Sep 2022
    • 14 Dec 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote Online (Zoom)
    • 1
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    COURSE DESCRIPTION

    For this advanced French course, you will watch a film at home (available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Canal Plus, Orange, YouTube and other platforms) before a lively and engaging discussion in class. Each week a new film provides a basis for an immersive lesson with authentic spoken language and cultural reference points. Watching films is entertaining and enjoyable which breaks psychological barriers that can arise in traditional language learning. If you love movies, there’s no more enjoyable way to increase vocabulary, improve conversational skills, and deepen your understanding of French culture. You can expect to view a wide range of films from the classic to the contemporary in many different genres. Here are the films tentatively scheduled for the fall trimester:

    1. La mariée était en noir (1968). Drame, policier. Un film de François Truffaut avec Jeanne Moreau, Michel Bouquet, Jean-Claude Brialy.

    2. Les Chatouilles (2018). Drame. Un film d’Andréa Bescond & Éric Métayer avec Andréa Bescond, Karin Viard, Clovis Cornillac.

    3. A la Folie….. Pas du tout. Thriller, Romance. Audrey Toutou, Samuel Le Bihan, Isabelle Carré.

    4. Varda par Agnès (2019). Un document-film d’Agnès Varda avec Agnès Varda.

    5. La Belle et la Bête (1946). Drame, fantastique, romance. Un film de Jean Cocteau avec Jean Marais, Josette Day, Marcel André.

    6. Le Huitième jour (1996). Comédie dramatique. Un film de Jaco Van Dorsale avec Daniel Auteuil, Pascal Duquenne, Miou-Miou.

    7. L’Assassin habite au 21 (1942). Policier, Thriller. Un film de Henri-Georges Clouzot avec Pierre Freynay, Suzy Delair, Noël Roquevert.

    8. Le Quai des Brumes (1938). Crime, drame, romance. Un film de Marcel Carné, avec Jean Gabin, Michel Simon, Michèle Morgan.

    9. 120 Battements par minute (2017). Drame. Un film de Robin Campillo avec Nahuel Perez, Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel.

    10. Le cercle rouge (1970). Policier. Un film de Jean-Pierre Melville avec Alain Delon, Bourvil.

    11. Boîte noire (2021). Thriller, drame. Un film de Yann Gozlan avec Pierre Nine, Lou de Laâge, André Dussolier.

    12. Les promesses (2022). Drame. Un film de Thomas Kruithof avec Isabelle Huppert, Reda Kateb, Naidra Ayadi.

    NOTE: This class will be held remotely. A Zoom link will be provided for students the day before the course begins. Be sure to check your email for it.

    ABOUT THE INStRUCTOR

    Valérie Brosbrann grew up in Paris and moved to the US in 1981. She lived in the US for 38 years in New York City, Washington, D.C and Boston. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. She has been teaching French since 1986. She taught adults with the US State Department, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Afterwards, she taught at private high schools in Manhattan. She has taught all levels of French including Advanced and AP classes. She returned to Paris for retirement in 2018 and has been volunteering with WICE for four years.

Past events

29 Oct 2022 SO291 iPhone Photography
23 Sep 2022 BS233 Languages: American Film Classics (Remote)
28 Jun 2022 SL281 CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY: Guided Tour of a Photography Exhibition
22 Jun 2022 SU221 CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY: Light and Exposure, Introduction to Manual Mode Exploring Paris
31 May 2022 SU311 CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY: Portrait in Natural Light
23 May 2022 SA251 Illustrated Map of Your Creativity
22 Apr 2022 BA084 Languages: American Film Classics
16 Apr 2022 SA161 CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY: Exploring Paris, Art of Storytelling
06 Apr 2022 SA061 CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY: Exploring Paris, Light & Exposure
25 Feb 2022 BF253 Languages: American Film Classics (Remote)
22 Feb 2022 SF221 Jewelry-Making: Wire Wrapping - POSTPONED
15 Feb 2022 SF151 Jewelry-Making: Y Moi? - POSTPONED
08 Feb 2022 SF081 Jewelry-Making: Mix & Match - A Jewelry Wardrobe in A Single Necklace POSTPONED
05 Feb 2022 SF051 Creative photography - Street Photography and Storytelling
01 Feb 2022 SF011 Jewelry-Artistry: Beading POSTPONED TO MARCH, 2022
25 Nov 2021 SN18X Creative Photography: Bring Your Ideas To Life
08 Nov 2021 SS27X Creative Photography Workout (Online): Session 3 The Power of Color (When, Why, and How)
18 Oct 2021 SS27X Creative Photography Workout (Online): Session 2 Intimate Landscapes
07 Oct 2021 SN18X: Creative Photography: Light & Exposure
30 Sep 2021 SS16X: A Sightwalk in Paris: Night Photography and Light Painting
27 Sep 2021 SS27X Creative Photography Workout (Online): Session 1: People Stories
23 Sep 2021 SS23X: Street Photography and Storytelling
14 Sep 2021 SS07X Nia Dance Class (Online) *CHANGE OF DATE*
11 Sep 2021 Forum des Associations de Paris 15e
13 May 2021 SY131: Creative Photography: Light & Exposure
12 Apr 2021 SA121: Creative Photography Workout (Online)
20 Mar 2021 SM201: Street Photography and Storytelling
04 Feb 2021 SF041: Creative Photography: Light and Exposure (3 sessions)
18 Jan 2021 SJ182 Meet the Great Photographers (Online Lecture Series)
11 Jan 2021 SJ112:Creative Photography Workout (Remote)
08 Oct 2020 SO081 Creative Photgraphy: Light and Exposure (3 sessions)
26 Sep 2020 SS261 Street Photography and Storytelling
21 Sep 2020 SS212 Creative Photography Workout (Remote)
17 Sep 2020 ES171 WICE Virtual Open House 2020
05 Mar 2020 SM051 The Secrets of Portraiture Photography: Natural and Available Light
02 Mar 2020 SM021 Creative Photography: Focusing on Genre, Style, and Theme (4 sessions)
29 Feb 2020 SF291 Street Photography: Telling Stories from the City
06 Feb 2020 SF061 Portfolio Review and Printing Process
03 Feb 2020 SF031 Winter Portfolio Review/Independent Study Course (2 sessions)
13 Jan 2020 SJ131 Light and Exposure: Get on Manual Mode! (3 sessions)
18 Dec 2019 SN061 The Secrets of Portraiture in Photography: Natural Light (New Date)
10 Dec 2019 SD102 Photo Exploration: Holiday Sparkle and Night Photo Adventures
02 Dec 2019 SD021 Creative Photography: Breaking the Rules (3 sessions)
04 Nov 2019 SN041 Creative Photography: Finding Your Visual Voice (4 sessions)
04 Oct 2019 SO041 Light and Exposure: Photographing Paris in Manual Mode (3 sessions)
26 Sep 2019 SS262 Fearless Photography: A Workshop Focused on Photographing People
17 Sep 2019 SS171 Exploring Paris Through the Lens (3 sessions)
06 Jul 2019 SU281 Street Photography: Telling Stories from the City (New Date)
27 May 2019 SY271 Exploring Paris through the Lens (Part 2) (3 sessions)
22 May 2019 SY221 Workshop: Promoting Your Photographs (Exhibitions, Competitions, Stock Photography, and Instagram)
06 May 2019 SY061 Exploring Paris through the Lens (Part 1) (3 sessions)
11 Mar 2019 SM111 Creative Photography: Exploring New Directions
04 Feb 2019 SF041 The Secrets of Portrait Photography (In natural light)
18 Jan 2019 SJ181 Photography: Mastering Manual Mode (light and exposure)
04 Dec 2018 SD041 Photo Exploration: Holiday Sparkle and Night Photo Adventures
10 Nov 2018 SN101 Street Photography: Stories from the City
05 Nov 2018 SN051 Creative Photography: Finding Photographic Inspiration
07 May 2018 SY071 Photography: Exploring Paris Through the Lens
19 Apr 2018 SA191 Photography: Night Walks in Paris
16 Apr 2018 SA161 The Mysteries of Portrait in Photography
31 Mar 2018 SM101 Street Photography: Telling Stories from the City (New Date)
29 Mar 2018 SM291 The Art of Social Media: Expanding your Presence through Photography and Writing
05 Mar 2018 SM051 Creative Photography: Focusing on Personal Style and Theme
20 Jan 2018 SJ201 Street Photography: Telling stories
11 Jan 2018 SJ111 Light and Exposure: Mastering Manual Mode
09 Dec 2017 SD091 The Secrets of Color and Black and White Photography
08 Dec 2017 SD081 The Art of Portrait in Studio
05 Dec 2017 SD051 Photo Exploration: Holiday Sparkle
01 Dec 2017 SD011 Portfolio Review: Find Your Artistic Style
25 Nov 2017 SN251 Portrait Photography Using Natural Light
11 Nov 2017 SN111 Street Photography: Telling stories (cancelled)
07 Nov 2017 SN071 Creative Photography: Inspired by the Masters
26 Sep 2017 SS261 Exploring Paris Through the Lens
17 Jun 2017 SU171 Make Your Own Creative Photobook
15 Jun 2017 SU151 Light and Exposure: Mastering Manual Mode
10 Jun 2017 SU031 The Secrets of Color and Black and White Photography
23 May 2017 SY232 Exploring Paris Through the Lens
04 May 2017 SY041 Building a Personal Project: Finding Your Artistic Path
27 Apr 2017 SA271 Creative Studio Photography (CANCELLED)
20 Apr 2017 SA201 Paris by Night: A Festival of Magic and Colors (CANCELLED)
19 Apr 2017 EA191: WICE Art Gallery Vernissage
25 Mar 2017 SM251 Street Photography: Telling stories
07 Mar 2017 SM071 Creative Photography: Exploring New Directions
21 Feb 2017 SF211 Photoshop Primer: Getting Creative with Post Production Tools
02 Feb 2017 SJ211 The Art of Studio Photography
16 Dec 2016 AD161 Lost in Frenchlation - upcoming films
01 Dec 2016 AD011 Lost in Frenchlation - upcoming films
01 Dec 2016 SD011 Light and Exposure: Mastering Manual Mode
29 Nov 2016 SN291 Creative Photography: Breaking the Rules
05 Nov 2016 SN051 Street Photography: Telling Stories
03 Nov 2016 SN031 Advanced Photography: Interpreted Reality, Building a Personal Project
15 Oct 2016 SO151 Fearless Photography: An Intro to Photographing People
06 Oct 2016 SO061 Light and Exposure: Mastering Manual Mode
04 Oct 2016 SO041 Exploring Paris Through the Lens
21 Jun 2016 SU211 The Art of Studio Portrait Photography
14 Jun 2016 SU141 Street Photography: Telling stories
07 Jun 2016 SU071 Creating Your Own Photo Book: A Primer
02 Jun 2016 SU021 Advanced Photography: Mastering Manual Mode
20 May 2016 EY201 WICE Member Art Gallery: Opening Night
12 May 2016 SY121 Creativity via Self-Portrait Photography
09 May 2016 SY091 Exploring Paris Through the Lens: Flâneur Heaven
03 May 2016 SY031 Advanced Photography: Interpreted Reality, Building a Personal Project
07 Apr 2016 SA071 Color or Black & White Photography?
22 Mar 2016 SM221 Exploring Paris Through the Lens: Welcoming Spring
08 Mar 2016 SM082 Creative Studio Photography
07 Mar 2016 SM071 Creating a Photo Story for Publication or Exhibition
19 Jan 2016 SJ191 Portrait Photography Using Natural Light
13 Nov 2015 SN131 - WICE Member Art Gallery - Opening Night
05 Nov 2015 SN051: The Art of Photography: A Study of Style
03 Nov 2015 SN031 Photographing Paris by Night
24 Oct 2015 AO241 - Cyrano de Bergerac - VIP Theater Event
22 Oct 2015 SO221 Street Photography: Telling stories
15 Oct 2015 SO151 Photo Expedition: Fondation Louis Vuitton/Jardin d'Acclimatation
06 Oct 2015 SO061 Advanced Photography: Interpreted Reality, Building a Personal Project
04 Oct 2015 SO041 Photo Expedition: Sunday Morning on the Rue Mouffetard
29 Sep 2015 SS293 Exploring Paris Through the Lens
28 Sep 2015 SS281 Creative Photography: All the World's a Stage
26 Sep 2015 SS262 Discovering Pinhole Photography
26 Sep 2015 SS261 Fearless Photography: Intro Workshop
25 Sep 2015 SS251 - WICE Member Art Gallery - Opening Night
24 Sep 2015 SS241 Portrait Photography Using Natural Light
21 Sep 2015 SS211 Photography: Mastering Manual Mode
08 Jun 2015 SU081: Exploring Paris Through the Lens–Versailles Expedition (NEW)
03 Jun 2015 SJ031---- Smartphone Photography Workshop IV
02 Jun 2015 SU021 Building a Personal Photographic Project
27 May 2015 SM271---- Smartphone Photography Workshop III
21 May 2015 SY211 Street Photography: Capturing the Magic of the Moment
20 May 2015 SM201---- Smartphone Photography Workshop II
13 May 2015 SM131 Smartphone Photography Workshop I
11 May 2015 SY111 Preparing Your Photographs for Exhibition
05 May 2015 SY051 Exploring Paris Through the Lens
28 Apr 2015 SY282 - WICE Member Art Gallery - Opening Night
16 Apr 2015 SA161 Photography Insights: Choosing the Right Gear
09 Apr 2015 SA091 Pinhole Photography
21 Mar 2015 SM211 Fearless Photography: Part II
13 Mar 2015 SM133 - WICE Member Art Gallery - Opening Night
09 Mar 2015 SM091 Creative Photography: Focusing on a Theme (FULL; Call Office for Waitlist)
07 Mar 2015 SM071 Introductory Workshop: Fearless Photography
10 Feb 2015 SF101 Portrait Photography using Natural Light
13 Jan 2015 SJ131 Advanced Photography: Mastering Manual Mode
09 Dec 2014 SD091 Advanced Night Photography & Light Painting
04 Dec 2014 AD041 --- Paris When It Flickers: Part II
03 Dec 2014 SD032 - Movie Night: Easy Rider
20 Nov 2014 AN201 --- Paris When It Flickers: Part I
18 Nov 2014 SN181 Image Processing using Lightroom software
12 Nov 2014 SN052 - Movie Night: The Fighter
04 Nov 2014 SN041 Advanced Photography: Mastering Manual Mode
11 Oct 2014 SO111 Fearless Photography (Intro Workshop)
01 Oct 2014 SO011 - Movie Night: Into the Wild
29 Sep 2014 SS291 Visual Storytelling: Photographing People, Places, and Things
24 Sep 2014 SS241 Photography Portfolio review
23 Sep 2014 SS231 Exploring Paris Through the Lens (4 sessions): FULL, call office for waitlist
02 Jul 2014 SL021 - Movie Night : O Brother Where Art Thou?
06 Jun 2014 SU061 - Friday Film Festival : Being John Malkovich
05 Jun 2014 SU051 Pinhole Photography (CANCELLED: offered again in the Fall)
03 Jun 2014 SU032 Building a Personal Project
16 May 2014 SY161 - Friday Film Festival : In Bruges
15 May 2014 SY151 - Short Film Production: Blockbuster
13 May 2014 SY132 Portraiture Photography using Natural Light
07 May 2014 SY071 Photography: Introduction to Lightroom
06 May 2014 SY062 Exploring Paris Through the Lens (NEW COURSE ADDED)
05 May 2014 SY052 Exploring Paris Through the Lens
17 Apr 2014 SA171: Capturing the Magic of the Moment
05 Apr 2014 SA051 Advanced Night Photography & Light Painting
04 Apr 2014 SA041 - Friday Film Festival : Hot Fuzz
20 Mar 2014 SM202 - WICE Member Art Gallery - Opening Night
13 Mar 2014 SM131 Studio Photography: Following the Masters (3 Sessions)
05 Mar 2014 SM052 - Short Film Production: Video Blog
04 Mar 2014 SM041 Advanced Photography: Mastering Manual Mode
11 Feb 2014 SF111 Portraiture Photography using Natural Light
07 Feb 2014 SF071 - Friday Film Festival : The Cabin in the Woods
04 Feb 2014 SF041 Advanced Night Photography & Light Painting
31 Jan 2014 SJ311 - Short Film Production: Discussion Evening
23 Jan 2014 SJ231 - WICE Member Art Gallery - Opening Night
21 Jan 2014 VJ211 Behind the Scenes Visit: the Must-See Harcourt Studio of Photography
09 Jan 2014 SJ091 Photography Post-Processing Techniques (4 Sessions)
07 Jan 2014 SJ071 Advanced Photography: Mastering Manual Mode
13 Dec 2013 SD131 - Friday Film Festival : One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
21 Nov 2013 SN211 Expeditions to the Edge of Beyond - Entombed
18 Nov 2013 SN181 Finding Your Photographic Style (4 sessions)
14 Nov 2013 SN144 - WICE Member Art Gallery - Opening Night
14 Nov 2013 SN141 Expeditions to the Edge of Beyond - Graffiti Grunge
07 Nov 2013 SN073 - Short Film Production with a Mobile Phone
07 Nov 2013 SN071 Expeditions to the Edge of Beyond - All Souls Day
10 Oct 2013 SO101 - Film Lecture Series - Discovering the World of Film
04 Oct 2013 SO041 - Friday Film Festival : The Blues Brothers
30 Sep 2013 SS302 Moving Beyond "Snapshots"—Targeted Tips for Better Photos (Full)
28 Sep 2013 SS281 Fearless Photography: Introductory Workshop
26 Sep 2013 SS262 - WICE Member Art Gallery - Opening Night
26 Sep 2013 SS261 Exploring Paris Through the Lens (Full; call for waitlist)
12 Jun 2013 EU121 - WICE Member Art Gallery - Opening Night
05 Jun 2013 SU051 Dramatic Studio Photography (3 Sessions)
28 May 2013 SY281: Exploring Paris Through the Lens (COURSE FULL) (4 sessions)
26 Apr 2013 EA261 - Visit to Howard Greenberg Photography Exhibition
24 Apr 2013 EA241 - Visual Arts Visit to Musée Bourdelle
22 Apr 2013 SA221 Photography: The Creative Path (5 sessions) FULL; Call Office for Waitlist
18 Apr 2013 SA181 Photography: The Power of Light (2 sessions)
17 Apr 2013 EA171 WICE Member Artwork Opening Night
21 Mar 2013 SM211 Photography Expeditions: In the Footsteps of the Masters (4 sessions)
18 Mar 2013 SM181 Creative Photography: Breaking the Rules (Full; Call for Waitlist)
16 Feb 2013 SF161 Fearless Photography: Introductory Workshop
11 Feb 2013 AF111 Behind the Scenes Visit: the Must-See Harcourt Studio of Photography
21 Jan 2013 SJ211 Photographing What Matters (4 sessions) (FULL—Call Office for Waitlist)
04 Dec 2012 SD041 Photo Expedition: Holiday Sparkle
12 Nov 2012 SN121 Photography: Art and Technique (5 Sessions)
08 Nov 2012 EN081 - Photo Gallery "Vernissage" Tour
06 Oct 2012 GO061 Night Photography Bundle
06 Oct 2012 SO061 Night Photography à la Nuit Blanche
01 Oct 2012 SO011 Exploring Paris Through The Lens (FULL - Call for Waitlist info)
29 Sep 2012 SS291 Fearless Photography: Introductory Workshop (FULL) (Call for Waitlist Info)
27 Sep 2012 SS271 Lost in Time: The Power of Black and White Photography (FULL - Call for Waitlist Info)
11 Sep 2012 ES111 - Gallery Visit: Julien Chatelin, "Israel Borderline"
30 May 2012 SY301 Exploring Paris Through the Lens (More Adventures)
15 May 2012 SY081 The Power of Black and White Photography (3 classes)
10 May 2012 SY101 An Evening Photo Salon: What Makes a Good Photo
05 May 2012 SY051 One-Day Workshop: Portraiture
31 Mar 2012 SM311 One-Day Workshop: Creative Photography
26 Mar 2012 SM261 Exploring Paris Through the Lens (The Rites of Spring)
13 Mar 2012 SM131 Mastering the Art of Photography (5 classes)
08 Feb 2012 SF081 Now You See It, Now You Don't: The Magic of Photoshop
21 Jan 2012 SJ211 One-Day Workshop: Intro to Digital Photography - SOLD OUT
17 Jan 2012 SJ173 Painting Studio: Happily Ever After, Painting Meets Photography
17 Jan 2012 SJ171 Photography: Art and Technique ... Moving Along the Creative Path SOLD OUT
05 Dec 2011 SD051 Photo Expedition: Holiday Sparkle
08 Nov 2011 SN081 Photography: Art and Technique (5 classes)
05 Oct 2011 SO052 Sunset Glow and Night Sparkle in the City of Light
01 Oct 2011 SO011 Fearless Photography: Part II (One-Day Workshop)
27 Sep 2011 SS271 Photographing People (4 classes)
26 Sep 2011 SS261 Exploring Paris through the Lens (4 classes)
24 Sep 2011 SS241 Fearless Photography: Part I (One-Day Workshop)
24 May 2011 SY241 Photography Post-Production Techniques - Intro to Photoshop
10 May 2011 SY101 Preparing Photographs for Presentation
03 May 2011 SY031 Photo Expedition: Parc de Sceaux
02 Apr 2011 SA021 Moving Along in Digital Photography
26 Mar 2011 SM261 Introduction to Digital Photography
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