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Visual Arts

Paris inspires creativity. Easels, sketchbooks and cameras abound, and museums and galleries are full of art treasures as living proof. The WICE Visual Arts department embraces this creative spirit and offers a range of classes, from one-day 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.

Do you have a question about Visual Arts or want more information on our classes? No problem! Contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.


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Upcoming courses

    • 01 Oct 2018
    • 15 Oct 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Artist’s private studio in the 15th Arrondissement
    • 6
    Register

    Jan OlssonIn this fall series of 3-week classes, Jan Olsson invites you to enjoy painting with a small group in the convivial atmosphere of her private studio overlooking the park André Citroën.

        

    Instructional activities in this class will include:

    • An introduction to the basic techniques of acrylic painting
    • Exercises in color mixing and paint application
    • Preparing paper and canvas for acrylic painting
    • Painting light and shade from a still life


    The course fee includes the following supplies: acrylic paints, gesso, paper and canvas. Students supply their own brushes and optional cover-up apron or smock.


    This class is open to beginners as well as those who wish to enhance their skills while receiving from instruction from a professional artist in a large, well-lit studio space with the added convenience of furnished supplies.

    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.

    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 16 Oct 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Outdoor location to be determined or at artist’s private studio
    • 6
    Register

    Jan OlssonThis year’s fall series of 3-week drawing classes at WICE begins with sketching at venues around Paris until cool weather arrives. Classes will then move indoors to Jan Olsson’s spacious private studio downriver from the Eiffel Tower.


    Drawing enhances one’s power of observation and is accessible to all with instruction and practice. Even experienced artists must draw frequently to keep and develop their skills. Jan’s lessons include a variety of techniques and approaches to drawing. She offers a guiding hand without judgement in a convivial atmosphere conducive to nurturing her students’ creativity.


    Activities in this class will include:

    • Using a viewfinder to select a subject and frame a composition
    • Identifying one’s viewpoint and simple perspective clues
    • Additional techniques for achieving depth
    • Shading techniques with pen and pencil
    • Using shape to organize a complex scene
    • Line drawing to capture the essence of a subject with a few select details


    Students supply their own sketchbook, pencils, pens and markers for drawing outside the studio. A supply list will be provided upon registration.


    This class is open to beginners as well as those with more experience. It is ideal for those who would like to visit and record their observations of various locations in Paris and would enjoy drawing with a group.


    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.
    • 04 Oct 2018
    • 18 Oct 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 6
    Register

    Juan Manual AbellanIntrigued by the variety of modes and settings on your camera? Get away from the simple choice of shooting in automatic mode by mastering when to use the manual settings.


    This in-depth course explores the manual mode factors of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. You'll analyze the interaction among them and learn when to apply the manual mode settings. Classes begin with an explanation of each element and continue with practical work in different lighting conditions. A review of your images and suggestions 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 beginning and intermediate photographers.  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 Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialised in Photography and Contemporary Art. 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, dance and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.

    • 05 Nov 2018
    • 26 Nov 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Instructor’s Studio, Ile St Louis
    • 9
    Register

    Pamela SpurdonThe 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.  The photographers that we admire (and those who will, in this class, enter our creative sphere) help us to determine what makes a powerful photograph and what kinds of images have the most meaning for us.  All of these influences guide the development of our creative style.


    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 taking a deep dive into a particular theme for a series is both challenging and liberating.


    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 of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.


    Photo credit: Pamela Spurdon

    • 05 Nov 2018
    • 26 Nov 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Artist’s private studio in the 15th Arrondissement
    • 6
    Register

    Jan OlssonIn this fall series of 3-week classes, Jan Olsson invites you to enjoy painting with a small group in the convivial atmosphere of her private studio overlooking the park André Citroën.


    Activities in this class will include:

    • Demonstrations of textural effects in acrylic painting
    • Painting small studies from impressionist paintings
    • Painting color by observing nature
    • Freeing form through the impressionist brushstroke


    The course fee includes the following supplies: acrylic paints, gesso, paper and canvas. Students supply their own brushes and optional cover-up apron or smock.


    This class is open to beginners as well as those who wish to enhance their skills while receiving from instruction from a professional artist in a large, well-lit studio space with the added convenience of furnished supplies.

    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.


    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Jan Olsson’s spacious studio downriver from the Eiffel Tower.
    • 6
    Register

    Jan OlssonDrawing enhances one’s power of observation and is accessible to all with instruction and practice. Even experienced artists must draw frequently to keep and develop their skills. Jan’s lessons include a variety of techniques and approaches to drawing. She offers a guiding hand without judgement in a convivial atmosphere conducive to nurturing her students’ creativity


    Activities in this class will include:

    • Pen and ink drawing from natural forms
    • Representing texture with cross-hatching
    • Creating pattern and design from natural motifs
    • Ink brush and wash drawing techniques


    A €15 supply fee, included in the course price, includes use of the following materials: assorted papers, pens, ink, brushes, pencils, and erasers.


    This class is open to beginners as well as those with experience in drawing. It is designed for those who would like to explore the visual world through drawing and learn or practice a variety of techniques.


    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.
    • 07 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Instructor’s Studio, Ile St Louis
    • 10
    Register

    Dianne StammIn today’s world, to share or promote your photography, it is important to have some kind of a social media platform Instagram is emerging as one of the most active and effective channels.


    This workshop will combine techniques for creating photos with impact with the fine art of using Instagram to its fullest potential. You’ll learn how to select subjects, attend to composition that will stand out on Instagram, use your mobile phone for editing, and create the best hashtags for further exposure.


    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 of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.


    Photo Credit: Diane Stamm

    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 6
    Register

    Juan Manuel AbellanIf you enjoy everyday life stories, ordinary people, and urban settings, this workshop is for you. We are surrounded by beauty at every instant, and you will learn how to capture these moments and transform them into poetic images.


    You will learn to be aware of your surroundings and keep a lookout for moments while walking on the street, through a market, or in a crowd during a day of national celebration. You will train your eye while learning about the photos of great masters, such as Robert Doisneau, Saul Leiter and Martin Parr.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about composition in photography
    • Develop observational skills to catch a moment in a photograph
    • Get hands-on experience through practical assignments.
    • Participate in a friendly critique of their work

    Suitable for all skill levels and all kinds of digital cameras


    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialised in Photography and Contemporary Art. 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, dance and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.
    • 13 Nov 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 6
    Register

    Juan Manuel AbellanTired of accumulating millions of pictures that get lost in hard drives or external discs?  Family album or artist book, the photobook is an essential tool for preserving and showing photographs.  Learn how to create your own personal photobook, organizing your archives in a creative and original way.


    We will analyze the elements of creating a photobook, including editing, layout and printing.


    Students can expect to:

    • Understand the process of creating a photobook.
    • Learn about editing and photobook design.
    • Participate in a friendly critique of their work

    Course requirement: students must bring a laptop to the class.

    Suitable for all levels (beginners to advanced) and all kinds of digital photographs.


    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialised in Photography and Contemporary Art. 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, dance and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.


    • 03 Dec 2018
    • 17 Dec 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Artist’s private studio in the 15th Arrondissement
    • 6
    Register

    Jan OlssonIn this fall series of 3-week classes, Jan Olsson invites you to enjoy painting with a small group in the convivial atmosphere of her private studio overlooking the park André Citroën.


    Activities in this class will include:

    • Understanding color harmonies
    • Simplifying form with color and line
    • Studies from Matisse and Fauve painters
    • Completion of a small canvas


    The course fee includes the following supplies: acrylic paints, gesso, paper and canvas. Students supply their own brushes and optional cover-up apron or smock.


    This class is open to beginners as well as those who wish to enhance their skills while receiving from instruction from a professional artist in a large, well-lit studio space with the added convenience of furnished supplies.


    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.

    • 04 Dec 2018
    • 18 Dec 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Jan Olsson’s spacious studio downriver from the Eiffel Tower.
    • 6
    Register

    Jan OlssonJan Olsson welcomes class participants into her spacious private studio overlooking the Parc André Citroën.


    Drawing enhances one’s power of observation and is accessible to all with instruction and practice. Even experienced artists must draw frequently to keep and develop their skills. Jan’s lessons include a variety of techniques and approaches to drawing. She offers a guiding hand without judgement in a convivial atmosphere conducive to nurturing her students’ creativity.


    Activities in this class will include:

    • How to render light and shade
    • Using light and shade to create a well-balanced composition
    • Rendering everyday objects with dramatic lighting effects
    • Techniques in charcoal, chalk pastel and ink wash.


    A €15 supply fee, included in the price, includes use of the following materials: assorted papers, ink, charcoal, pastels, brushes, and erasers.


    No drawing experience is necessary. This class is open to beginners as well as those with experience in drawing. It is designed for those who would like to explore the visual world through drawing and learn or practice a variety of techniques.


    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.
    • 04 Dec 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • To be announced prior to the workshop
    • 10
    Register

    Tracey BennewiesParis 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.


    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 of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.


    Photo Credit: Tracey Bennewies

    • 06 Dec 2018
    • 13 Dec 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 6
    Register

    Juan Manuel AbellanIntrigued by the variety of modes and settings on your camera? Get away from the simple choice of shooting in automatic mode by mastering when to use the manual settings.


    This in-depth course explores the manual mode factors of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. You'll analyze the interaction among them and learn when to apply the manual mode settings.  Classes begin with a review of each element and continue with practical work in different lighting conditions. A friendly critique of 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 review of their work


    Suitable for intermediate and advanced photographers.  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 Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialised in Photography and Contemporary Art. 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, dance and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.

    • 11 Dec 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 6
    Register

    Juan Manuel AbellanA 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 may be included.


    This course offers participants a special understanding of professional portraiture by analyzing the great figures of the contemporary scene. You’ll get practical advice on applying lighting techniques. A review and suggestions for your images will follow.


    Students can expect to:

    • Learn the keys to portraiture photography;
    • Learn about lighting techniques;
    • Get hands-on experience with practical assignments;
    • Participate in a friendly critique of their work.


    Course Requirements: Suitable for all levels of photographers.


    Participants are to bring a camera that can manually set ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, and/or are able to set a manual mode.  A lens of approximately 50mm full frame is highly recommended.


    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialised in Photography and Contemporary Art.  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, dance and fine art photography.  He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.

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