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Events marked with an asterisk (*) take place at the WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris. For all other events, please see the event detail page for location information.

    • 01 Oct 2018
    • 24 Jun 2019
    • 35 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 6
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    This English course is for WICE Members with prior beginner knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary. It aims to help participants refresh and acquire additional communication skills in English. The course will reinforce your existing skills and facilitate your progression in areas of English grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and listening. Various topics and readings will be used to develop your oral and written communication skills.


    Ce cours s'adresse à la fois aux membres de WICE qui ont déjà des connaissances de base en grammaire et en vocabulaire. L’objectif du cours est d’aider les participants qui souhaitent réactiver et enrichir leurs capacités de communication en anglais. Il vous permet de renforcer vos connaissances et faciliter votre progrès dans les domaines variés de grammaire, le vocabulaire, d’expression orale, et de compréhension orale. Le cours utilisera des sujets et de textes variés pour améliorer et enrichir vos compétences linguistiques.


    Instructor: Louise Denyer is a native English speaker. She is a qualified English solicitor and an experienced teacher holding a Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (CTEFLA). For the past 20 years, she has been teaching Business, Legal, and General English to various international audiences. Louise also coaches French and foreign actors in English and teaches theater in English to French children.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for this course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the English Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.




     
    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 70 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    This pathway French program will help you acquire and put into practice the foundations of French grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation techniques. You will develop and/ or enhance your French language competencies in areas of writing, speaking, listening, and reading. This programs’ use of interactive learner-centered methods facilitates engagement and lasting progress.    
     
    Please note that this program is geared for learners with some prior knowledge in French (Beginner Plus). Meeting twice a week for 90-minutes, this course will be held mostly in French to maximize learner exposure to the target language during the initial stages of the French language acquisition process.     
     
    Instructor: Audrey Charmont has a Masters in Marketing and Communications as well as a DAEFLE (French as a Foreign Language). She has French teaching experience in France and abroad. For the past ten years, she has built a combined business.   
     
    Special Instructions: As this program is geared for new French learners, you do not have to take the online French Placement Test prior to your enrolment.
     
    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 70 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 0
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    This dynamic French course will help you practice and prepare for an array of everyday life situations in French. Using interactive methods to ensure learner engagement and lasting progress, the course’s aim is to facilitate your progression in areas of vocabulary development; oral and written expression; comprehension; and pronunciation.


    This course is geared for learners with a strong prior beginner’s knowledge of French. This 90-minute course will be held in French, twice a week, to maximize learner exposure to and participation in the target language.


    Instructor:  Muriel Lunetta has an MA in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) from the Sorbonne. She has over 20 years of foreign language teaching experience.


    Special Instructions: Before registering for the course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.


     
    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 70 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 1
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    This dynamic French course will prepare you for an array of everyday life situations in French. Using interactive methods to ensure learner engagement and lasting progress, the course’s aim is to facilitate your progression in areas of vocabulary development; oral and written expression; comprehension; and pronunciation.


    This course is geared for learners with prior intermediate exposure to French. This course will be held in French, twice a week, to maximize learner exposure to and participation in the target language.


    Instructor:  Muriel Lunetta has an MA in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) from the Sorbonne. She has more than 20 years foreign language teaching experience.


    Special Instructions:Before registering for the program you may want to check if the level is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.



     
    • 03 Oct 2018
    • 26 Jun 2019
    • 35 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or advanced level of English. Our group leaderssuggest interesting topics and readings prior to each group discussion. If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition, to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The group speaks only in English for 90 minutes.


    Ce groupe de discussion guidée anglais est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent anglais presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé). Nos animateurs proposent des sujets intéressants et des textes avant chaque groupe. Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus, d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs. Ce groupe de discussion guidée est un excellent endroit pour vous réunir avec d’autres enthousiastes de la langue anglais. Le groupe ne parle qu’anglais pendant 1,5 heure.


    Facilitator(s): Eric Schewe, Susan Reed, and Ann Hattaway


    Special Instructions:  Before registering for this course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the English Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.




     
    • 04 Oct 2018
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 34 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This German Guided Discussion Group is open to people with a strong intermediate or advanced level of German. Our group leaders suggest interesting topics and readings prior to each group discussion. If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition, to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The German Guided Discussion group speaks only in German for 90 minutes which gives participants an excellent space to practice.


    Ce Groupe de Discussion Guidée Allemand est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent allemand presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé).  Nos animateurs proposent des sujets intéressants et des textes avant chaque groupe. Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus, d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs et personnalisés. Ce groupe de discussion guidée est un excellent endroit pour vous réunir avec d’autres enthousiastes de la langue allemande. Le groupe ne parle qu’allemand pendant 1,5 heure.


    Facilitator(s): Monika de Vigneral and Ulla Emonet




     
    • 10 Jan 2019
    • 14 Feb 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 3
    Registration is closed

    A poet needs both something to write about and skill in writing. We will focus on these two themes so important in strong poetry - mastering elements of craft and finding inspiration. Each week we will do some writing in class and a homework task will be set so that we can share what we've written the following week. Teaching will cover how to write stronger poetry and where to find sources of inspiration.  


    All levels of experience welcome.


    About the instructor: David Barnes is a British poet who has run a weekly writers' workshop at Shakespeare & Company and an open mike poetry night every Monday (SpokenWord Paris) for a decade. He is the Editor in Chief of The  Bastille, the literary magazine of SpokenWord Paris. His poetry has been published in a number of magazines. He was the co-editor of Strangers in Paris - New Writing Inspired by the City of Light (2011, Tightrope Books) which included work by such writers as Alice Notley, Jorie Graham and John Berger. He has previosuly taught classes for WICE in short fiction, travel writing and turning life into fiction.

    • 18 Jan 2019
    • 01 Feb 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date.
    • 3
    Registration is closed

    Intrigued 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 beginner and intermediate photographers; advanced students also are welcome.  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, specialized 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.


    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán

    • 21 Jan 2019
    • 18 Feb 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 1
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    A thriving market exists for features, including sites and publications focusing on culture, science, the arts and current affairs. This class begins by defining the important distinction between the feature article and "hard news." We will then examine the different kinds of features as well as aspects of the writing, with emphasis on the lead paragraph (hooks, angles, and grabbing the reader's attention), structure, content, and narrative / literary techniques. Finally, we study a range of research resources and ways to market the feature. The workshop comprises in-class writing and interview practice, among the other elements.

    About the instructor: Alecia McKenzie is a 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 early in her career.  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.

    • 21 Jan 2019
    • 18 Feb 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Artist’s private studio in the 15th Arrondissement
    • 2
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    “I believe that drawing and painting are the same thing.” Henri Matisse

    For those who love to draw or paint, or for those who would like to experience how a beloved artist worked so as to better understand the sources of his inspiration, this class follows the path Matisse used to forge line and color into joyfully vibrant compositions.

    Class activities and instruction will include:

    • Studies from Matisse’s brush and ink drawings
    • Applying Matisse's drawing method to drawing from life
    • Color studies from Matisse's painting
    • Completion of a painting on canvas inspired by Matisse's use of line and color

      Enjoy supportive instruction and the congenial atmosphere of a small group as we meet in the relaxed, inspiring atmosphere of the artist’s spacious studio overlooking the Eiffel Tower and the André Citroën Park in the 15th.

      The price of this class includes a 20€ materials fee, which includes all materials except brushes. A shopping list will be available on request from WICE or from the instructor after registration.

      Suitable for 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

      • 23 Jan 2019
      • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Private residence (meeting point: TBC)
      • 6
      Register

      It’s hard to imagine any modern cuisine without potatoes, but in fact it took a lot of effort from Monsieur Parmentier to have them accepted on the French table. 

      Join us for a day of hearty comfort food and learn the tale of how potatoes became a staple in the French kitchen.

      You will learn how to make all of these delicious potato dishes.

      **Together we will share a generous lunch and dessert with a glass of wine in a warm and cozy kitchen on a chilly January day.**  

      Potage Parmentier - The classic, delicious soup of potatoes with leeks and chicken stock, finished with cream.  An all-time winter favorite that is fast and easy to make.

      Pommes Anna au Confit de Canard - Another classic French potato dish, perhaps the ne plus ultra of all potato dishes. Sliced potatoes are browned in clarified butter, then cooked in the oven until meltingly soft and rich. This treat, excellent on its own as an accompaniment to roasted meats, is further enriched with a filling of shredded duck confit to make a meal in itself. Yum!! 

      A Sweet Dessert - Just for fun, we will conclude by tasting a dessert featuring potatoes.

      Techniques in class include puréeing soup, clarifying butter, roasting a rich potato cake, and mixing a cake with puréed potatoes. 

      About the Instructor: Chef Randall Price will share with us his passion for French cuisine, drawing on his 25 years of experience cooking in France for heads of state and working as Chef-Instructor at the professional Paris cooking, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne. His entertaining style, easy-to-follow demonstrations and focus on classic techniques will inspire you to reproduce dishes at home.

      • 24 Jan 2019
      • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
      • Meet at café La Coupole, 102 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris
      • 9
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      City Art InsiderPerhaps more than any other neighborhood in Paris, Montparnasse has changed since the last century, a time when artists were living and creating in the area. There are still a few places recalling those glorious days and this gallery walk will reveal them to you.


      The past meets the present at former artists’ studios like the Villa Vassilieff, now a contemporary art center, and a lithography studio where such artists as Matisse and Chagall worked. You will also visit a selection of contemporary art and photography galleries that showcase the creations of artists working today.  

      About the instructor: Caroline Etter, art consultant, historian of art, and friend to both collectors and artists, has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 20 years.  After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.  Since then she’s been a curator, a journalist and a gallery manager.  She has created her own company helping private as well as corporate clients understand and buy contemporary art.

      Photo Credit: City Art Insider

      • 24 Jan 2019
      • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
      • Private residence, 16th Paris (meeting point: TBC)
      • 3
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      Did you know that all the red wines from Burgundy (Bourgogne) are made from Pinot noir only? This wine region represents only 5% of the whole French vine surface, but produces almost one-third of its Appellation of Controlled  Origin (AOC) wines. 

      We will taste five, 1st growth (1er cru) wines with refill. We will talk about the history of this amazing region, explain the different sub regions, understand the influence of its terroirs, unravel the complexity of its classification, and explain the reputation of its wines. Home made nibbles will complement this tasting. 

      About the Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of Bordeaux and Champagne. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French ’savoir-vivre’ and secrets of wine selection that will leave you impressed. Hélène is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

      • 29 Jan 2019
      • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
      • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
      • 21
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      Apéro (v): to meet at WICE with fellow members, volunteers and friends.

      Courtesy of RAYE

      Join us on the last Tuesday of the month as we get together to meet, greet and have fun.

      Held at the WICE office, this is your opportunity to catch up with fellow WICE members, volunteers and friends over an apéro.

      It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, either as a member or volunteer.

      Not a member?  Come along and find out about the great courses on offer at WICE.

      Interested in joining?  Become a member of WICE.

      Want to contribute to the work of WICE? Become a volunteer.

      Photo Credit: Courtesy of RAYE

      • 02 Feb 2019
      • 16 Feb 2019
      • 3 sessions
      • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
      • 7
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      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:  Laura Battle, Summer Passing, 2013
      • 04 Feb 2019
      • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
      • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date.
      • 5
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      A 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.

      About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialized 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.

      Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán (model in the picture: Aloysia Delahaut)

      • 05 Feb 2019
      • 12 Mar 2019
      • 6 sessions
      • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
      • 6
      Register

      Anyone writing a novel knows that plot is probably the most essential element that will decide the success or failure of your project.  Unlike other art forms, the novel has little fixed structure and can be long and unwieldy, so how do we maintain suspense and surprise over a few hundred pages, while moving a story forward?  What is it that makes a good story so irresistible? We also consider how character can drive plot, and how plot can affect character. 
       
      Join us as we look into plot-related strategies. Discover tricks that can help organize your material and create a sense of forward energy and pace. What are good openings, and good endings, for instance?  And how do I avoid stodgy middles?  Plot is indeed the ultimate challenge for any writer. But getting it right will make all the difference.


      About the instructor: Gretel Furner is one of our most popular instructors. She grew up in England and was educated at Oxford University. She obtained a PhD on the modern novel at the University of the Saarland, Germany. Gretel has been Associate Professor at George Washington University, and instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  She lives between London and Paris, and since 2003 has been an instructor at WICE in French Literature and History, the Migrant Soul series and Creative Writing.


      • 08 Feb 2019
      • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
      • 0

      Francesca Melandri made her literary debut in 2010 with Eva Dorme, a critically acclaimed bestseller which deals with the complexities of love, family, political turmoil and the demands of two languages and two distinct heritages in the Alto Adige/South Tyrol region.  Eva Dorme is a novel about atonement, reconciliation. It was awarded Italy’s Gran Premio delle Lettrici di Elle in 2011.

      Eva Dorme, c’est le bestseller de Francesca Melandri, la révélation littéraire de 2010.  Très applaudi par les critiques, ce roman nous plonge dans le petit univers de la région du Tyrol du Sud/Alto Adigo, où la tension italo-autrichienne, le conflit linguistique et le poids de deux cultures pèsent sur la vie des gens. Pour le magazine Elle, dont l’édition italienne lui ont décerné le prix du meilleur roman en 2011, cette histoire d’expiation et de réconciliation est « riche, intime et profonde, emportée par des personnages intelligents et vivement humains. »

      Photo Credit: Europa Editions

      • 11 Feb 2019
      • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
      • 9 - 11 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 75008 Paris: metro Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau (lines 1 & 13)
      • 13
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      Ideally located near the Champs Elysees, and set in the beautiful private mansion of the Hotel Le Marois, this mansion was once inhabited by the famous courtesan Marie Duplessis (the famous Dame aux Camélias who inspired Alexandre Dumas’s son).

      The ‘Cercle France Amériques' is a private association which aims to promote the relationship between France and North America.  It was founded in 1909 by Gabriel Hanotaux, former Foreign Affairs minister.

      Come and discover this truly exceptional mansion and its sumptuous reception rooms, located in one of the most elegant districts of Paris and learn more about its famous inhabitants.

      About the instructor: Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes has been involved for many years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to her Art History studies.
      • 14 Feb 2019
      • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
      • Private residence, 16th Paris (meeting point: TBC)
      • 9
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      The best way to celebrate this day is to start with pink Champagne and move on to wines related to Valentine’s day either by their name or their taste! We will end up this very special event with an amazing sweet wine. There will be surprise on the menu. Special Valentine nibbles will be served. 

      About the Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of Bordeaux and Champagne. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French ’savoir-vivre’ and secrets of wine selection that will leave you impressed. Hélène is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

      • 15 Feb 2019
      • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
      • 15
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      Often synonymous with each other, French composers Debussy (1862-1918) and Ravel (1875-1937) took the world by storm by introducing new sensuous harmonic colors breaking tradition from centuries of heavy Germanic aesthetics. Too quickly does one group their music together by calling it Impressionism, a label deeply loathed by both and is not the most accurate term to describe their works. In the world of Debussy and Ravel, textures and symbolism are what drives their fantastical and dreamlike melodies.  


      A closer look in into the lives of Debussy and Ravel reveals the two were frenemies; they respected one another but also were pitted against each other by their loyal audiences and a rival harp commission. Were their pioneering piano solos and exciting chamber and orchestral music really that similar as some critics threw around the word “copying” while comparing their compositions? Where do the similarities stop or are they actually early twentieth century twins? We’ll answer these questions by looking into their works, which are some of the most celebrated compositions of this era. 


      About the Instructor: As an American harpist, Lauren Woidela has traveled to three continents performing solo, chamber and orchestral concerts.  As an instructor, she has given lectures for the musicology department of the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, focusing on 19th & 20th century music.  She produced and hosted her own radio program for the former KXTR, Kansas City’s classical music radio station, captivating her audiences by bringing a fresh new view to classical music.

      • 20 Feb 2019
      • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Private residence (meeting point: TBC)
      • 9
      Register

      Looking for some inspiration and new ideas for a romantic dinner for just the two of you - " à deux" ?

      Join us in the kitchen and you'll go home with some scrumptious dishes for your special someone! 

      **Together we will share a generous lunch and dessert with a glass of wine in a spacious private Parisian kitchen.** 

      Gratin de Poisson Valentino - This dish features gently poached, boneless fish fillets on a bed of noodles, then gratinéed with cherry tomatoes, black olives and shredded cheese with a white wine sauce. This is a "wow" of a dish and actually very easy to assemble. 

      Mousse au Cafe et Caramel - Who could refuse coffee and caramel in one dessert. This an ethereal, rich, silky smooth sweet finish to your meal.  As a bonus, we'll learn how to make a Bavarian Custard Cream instead of pairing the mousse with ordinary ice cream. 

      Techniques include poaching fish fillets, making a white wine sauce, how to gratiné, and making a custard cream for a mousse.

      About the Instructor: Chef Randall Price will share with us his passion for French cuisine, drawing on his 25 years of experience cooking France for heads of state and working as Chef-Instructor at the professional Paris cooking, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne. His entertaining style, easy-to-follow demonstrations and focus on classic techniques will inspire you to reproduce dishes at home.

      • 21 Feb 2019
      • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
      • Café des Beaux-Arts, 7 quai Malaquais, 75006 Paris: metro Mabillon
      • 10
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      City Art InsiderThis gallery walk is a behind the scenes look at the contemporary art world, and will introduce you to some of the most important actors and the more local French players in the Parisian art scene.  


      Beneath the golden cupola of the L’Académie française and close to the prestigious Académie des Beaux-Arts, our visit will take you to a section of Saint-Germain-des-Prés with a long tradition in the arts. You’ll see top galleries representing modern and contemporary art, plus galleries specializing in antiques, Art Deco, Fifties furniture and contemporary furniture. This mix of history, art and design is a delight for any art lover or anyone interested in learning more about the arts.   


      About the instructor: Caroline Etter, art consultant, historian of art, and friend to both collectors and artists, has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 20 years.  After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.  Since then she’s been a curator, a journalist and a gallery manager.  She has created her own company helping private as well as corporate clients understand and buy contemporary art.

      Photo Credit: City Art Insider


      • 26 Feb 2019
      • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
      • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
      • 29
      Register

      Apéro (v): to meet at WICE with fellow members, volunteers and friends.

      Courtesy of RAYE

      Join us on the last Tuesday of the month as we get together to meet, greet and have fun.

      Held at the WICE office, this is your opportunity to catch up with fellow WICE members, volunteers and friends over an apéro.

      It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, either as a member or volunteer.

      Not a member?  Come along and find out about the great courses on offer at WICE.

      Interested in joining?  Become a member of WICE.

      Want to contribute to the work of WICE? Become a volunteer.

      Photo Credit: Courtesy of RAYE

      • 11 Mar 2019
      • 25 Mar 2019
      • 3 sessions
      • Instructor’s Studio, Ile St Louis
      • 7
      Register

      The 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. Many influences guide the development of our creative style and encourage us, as photographic artists, to continue to evolve on our creative path.

      This course is for all photographers (beginners and advanced) 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. We will also bend … and break … a few rules to produce truly original work.


      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.


      Students can expect to:


      • Become more familiar with their camera and its creative and technical options.
      • Learn about exposure, composition, and how to engage subjects.
      • Learn from the work of other photographers.
      • Move their work in new creative directions.
      • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work.

      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 of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.


      Photo Credit: Lauren Gezurian

      • 11 Mar 2019
      • 25 Mar 2019
      • 3 sessions
      • Artist’s private studio in the 15th Arrondissement
      • 6
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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

      • 11 Mar 2019
      • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
      • 2 passage Dantzig, 75015 Paris: Métro Convention (line 12) (10min walking distance) or bus 89 to Morillons Dantzig
      • 16
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      Nestled discreetly in the 15th "Passage Dantzig," LA RUCHE owes its existence to Alfred Boucher, a well-known sculptor and a generous philanthropist, who in 1902 set up this three-story circular structure thanks to recycled buildings from the 1900 World’s Fair. La Ruche was designed to help young artists by providing them with shared models and with a large exhibition space. Among the early residents were Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine and Brancusi. La Ruche still welcomes about 60 artists.

      During this private visit, you will have the privilege of discovering not only the architecture of this building classified as an "historic monument" and the romantic garden of age-old trees, but also the small studios which, over the years, have been used by famous painters, sculptors and writers.  You also will have the opportunity to discover the famous park Georges Brassens (1960s famous singer and poet)

      La Ruche is generously opening its doors to WICE members on this very special occasion. Do not miss this exterior and interior (which is not open to the general public) visit of La Ruche.

      About the instructor: Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes has been involved for many years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to her Art History studies.

      • 13 Mar 2019
      • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Private residence (meeting point: TBC)
      • 12
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      March weather is certainly unpredictable, but a rich hearty soup as a meal is always in the forecast! 

      We'll finish our lunch with a truly sweet dessert where you will learn how to make two classic French pastry doughs, chocolate pastry cream, plus a caramel sauce

      Please join us around our kitchen table for these heartwarming dishes that will become a staple in your cooking repertoire. 

      Soup of the Bakony Outlaws - This stew-like dish has minced veal, turnips, carrots, bacon, and potatoes - spiced with paprika, dill and creme fraiche. One of Chef Randall's all-time favorite dishes from his time working in Hungary, and a highlight of the cuisine of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Hearty enough to serve as a main course, and of course it can be made days ahead.

      Easy! Gateau St-Honoré, Deconstructed - A new inspiration for those afraid to fiddle with the classic dessert that requires patience for detail. In this version, Chef Randall makes a sweet short pastry dough, topped with choux pastry, and stuffed with chocolate pastry cream. Then all is covered with a caramel glaze. Can't wait! 

      Techniques include steps for a perfect chunky soup, how to make sweet pastry, choux pastry, chocolate pastry cream, and a caramel glaze.

      About the Instructor: Chef Randall Price will share with us his passion for French cuisine, drawing on his 25 years of experience cooking France for heads of state and working as Chef-Instructor at the professional Paris cooking, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne. His entertaining style, easy-to-follow demonstrations and focus on classic techniques will inspire you to reproduce dishes at home.

      • 15 Mar 2019
      • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
      • 12

      Ian McEwan’s lean, compelling novel “Nutshell” is set around murderous spirals and lost messages with fate hanging in the balance.   Ian McEwan described his decision to have an eavesdropping fetus narrate this tale of murder and deceit as ‘a lovely rhetorical challenge : ‘the idea struck me as so silly that I just couldn’t resist it.’ 

      ‘It is clear Mr McEwan has had enormous fun writing Nutshell; now it is the reader’s turn to be entertained too. Dark as it is, this novel is a thing of joy’ - The Economist

      Concis, irrésistible, “Nutshell” raconte un enfer de communication perdue et meurtres, le tout décrit par un fétus à l’affut du monde extérieur– « une idée (d’écriture) tellement loufoque que je ne pouvais pas y résister, » avoua Ian McEwan.

      ‘Dans une coque de noix est un modèle d’intrigue et d’humour noir british’ – Les Échos

      Photo Credit: Penguin

      • 15 Mar 2019
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Location TBC
      • 28
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      Maison Noire Américaine partners with WICE Paris to host a Champagne + Amuses Bouches Mixer featuring Cordon Bleu Paris Certified Chef Jennifer Hill-Booker, author of “Field Peas to Foie Gras” and “Dinner Déjà Vu."  Participants will treated to a creative amuses bouches course paired with a specifically selected bubbly from the Champagne Marie Césaire line.

      About our Partner:  Maison Noire Américaine is a cultural arts nonprofit and resource center designed to educate the general public about the African American presence, experience and influence in France, with an additional focus on fostering friendship and a deeper sense of community between the French, African American and Afro-Francophone cultures.


      • 16 Mar 2019
      • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
      • 13
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      When the Nazis occupied France in June 1940, Parisian women faced a perilous and uncertain future. Over the next four years, a bewildering number of new laws restricted their freedoms and turned their pre-war lives inside out, forcing them to make decisions unimaginable before the war. Some chose to write secret journals, to work for the resistance, to collaborate, or to simply find a way to survive. After the Liberation, a few became celebrated heroines or infamous villains, while the remarkable exploits of many more were quickly forgotten. In surveying a variety of fascinating women’s stories, this talk will explore the profound changes they witnessed and the lasting legacy of their actions.

      About the Instructor: Nigel Perrin is a researcher with the University of Kent, with a long-standing interest in occupation and resistance. He is an authority on the work of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in France, and the author of Spirit of Resistance, a biography of SOE agent Harry Peulevé.

      Photo credit: Public Domain

      • 19 Mar 2019
      • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
      • 20
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      Ever since the violence on New Years Eve 2015 in Cologne, Germany, Arabs and African Muslims have been portrayed as sexual predators undeserving of refugee status, but does the research in today's Muslim communities in France bear that out? Author Mehammed Mack will first explain the deeper history of the French sexual demonization of Arabs and Muslims, going back to episodes in the early 2000s, the 1960s, and colonial Algeria. He’ll then review the major scholars working on gender and race in France who have researched the interplay between the sexual portrait of minorities in France and nationalist politics. The stereotypes of the “Fatma” (Arab housekeeper), the “racaille” or banlieue “thug,” and the silent/passive veiled woman will be unpacked. He’ll also discuss Muslim and banlieue women’s upward mobility in terms of education, mixed marriages, and class, while also acknowledging the obstacles highly qualified Muslim women face on the job market when wearing the veil. He will finally talk about how nearly all mainstream representations of banlieue and Muslim populations (both male and female) ignore historic gender fluidities that complicate the picture of macho men and passive women.

      About the Instructor: Mehammed Amadeus  Mack (Associate Professor of French Studies, Program Member in the Study for Women and Gender at Smith College) earned his doctorate in French and comparative literature from Columbia University. His first book, Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture, was published in 2017.

      Mack's research focuses on contemporary immigration to France, gender and sexuality, diversity in the banlieues, and the relation between culture and politics. His larger teaching and research interests include Franco-Arab cultures, travel literature, the development of French Islam and media studies. He has published articles in the in a number of magazines including Newsweek and Al Jazeera English.


      • 23 Mar 2019
      • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Convention
      • 6
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      Come and join instructor Jan Olsson in the beautiful historic site known as La Ruche and learn the basics of printmaking through a simple and popular technique known as the 'monotype'. 

      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.

      Making a monotype print involves no toxic materials or laborious technique. One can make a print in just a few minutes and some monotype techniques do not require a press. Stamping, stenciling and collage can be used to create a myriad of beautiful effects.

      This class is perfect for:

      • Those who enjoy sharing a creative learning process within a small, convivial group 
      • 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

      Click here to see prints by Jan’s students and learn more about monotypes. 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.
      Materials: All materials will be provided for this full-day course. Students will bring a sack 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. You may visit her professional website for examples of her work.

      Photo Credit:  Jan Olsson
      • 26 Mar 2019
      • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
      • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
      • 30
      Register

      Apéro (v): to meet at WICE with fellow members, volunteers and friends.

      Courtesy of RAYE

      Join us on the last Tuesday of the month as we get together to meet, greet and have fun.

      Held at the WICE office, this is your opportunity to catch up with fellow WICE members, volunteers and friends over an apéro.

      It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, either as a member or volunteer.

      Not a member?  Come along and find out about the great courses on offer at WICE.

      Interested in joining?  Become a member of WICE.

      Want to contribute to the work of WICE? Become a volunteer.

      Photo Credit: Courtesy of RAYE

      • 27 Mar 2019
      • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
      • 15, Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris: metro Alma Marceau (line 9) or Franklin Roosevelt (line 1)
      • 16
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