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    • 15 Sep 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 14

    Friday, 15 September 2017

    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests

     

    Bilingual Book Club is opening its reading year with Irish novelist Anne Enright’s The Gathering which won the 2007 Booker Prize.

     

    The Gathering is a powerful tale of the nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan who gather in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother Liam.  It wasn't the drink that killed him – although that certainly helped – it was what happened to him as a boy in his grandmother's house, in the winter of 1968.  Enright writes with a lightness and beauty of the prose yet The Gathering manages to deal with love, death, pain, fear and pleasures.

     

    ‘There is something livid and much that is stunning about The Gathering, which deservedly won this year's Man Booker Prize. Anger brushes off every page, a species of rage that aches to confront silence and speak truth at last.’  - Washington Post.

     

     

    Le Bilingual Book Club va démarrer la prochaine saison avec le roman Retrouvailles, par l’Irlandaise Anne Enright.

     

    Compensée par le prestigieux Booker Prize en 2007, c’est le récit de neuf enfants de la famille Hegarty qui se recueillent à Dublin pour enterrer de leur frère rebel, Liam. On apprend que c’est moins l’alcool qui emporta ce dernier que ce qui se passa dans son enfance en hiver 1968, lorsqu’il vivait chez sa grand-mère. Enright se penche sur l’amour, la mort, la douleur, la peur et le plaisir avec une beauté et légèreté éblouissantes.

     

    ‘Avec cet imposant roman détergent, qui picote la mémoire honteuse d'une tribu irlandaise de douze enfants et sept fausses couches, Anne Enright invente un style littéraire à part : l'écriture squelette’ – Telerama.



    • 19 Sep 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Abel Studio, 28 rue du Pont Louis Philippe: metro St-Paul

    Tuesday, 19 September 2017

    3:00pm - 7:00pm

    Free event


    Join us at our Open House, and discover all that WICE has on offer this Fall.


    Be enticed into trying something new; from learning a new language, creating a gastronomic delight, unleashing that hidden artist, getting lost in the pages of a recommended book or discovering more of this wonderful city we are in.   WICE has something for you!


    Come and connect with like minded people at our friendly Open House.  Refreshments will be available, along with prizes and offers on the day.


    This event is open to all; bring along your friends and family.


    Sign up and pay for a course at the event and receive 50% of your WICE membership fee; either at the event or at the time of renewal.


    This exciting event is happening at Abel Studio, 28 rue du Pont Louis Philippe, 75004 Paris.  Metro St-Paul (line 1).




             
    • 26 Sep 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 17 Oct 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Various locations around Paris
    • 10

    Tuesdays, 26 September and 3, 10 and 17 October 2017

    10:00 am - 1:00pm

    Cost: €195 (four-part series)

     

    There are unique subjects to discover and secrets to unearth in every part of Paris, especially as we enjoy the changing colors (and light) of autumn.  We will take Paris street photography to new heights by exploring the known and the unknown, from lively quartiers to tranquil corners, from traditional Paris to the 21st century.  Join us as we discover the real Paris via our own personal artistic perspective.

     

    Each class will start in a café of a chosen quartier to discuss the photo aims of the session.  You then will explore the area to study the light, colors, characters, details, lines, forms, and shapes.  You will receive hands-on practice with your camera through fun assignments and have your questions answered on the spot.  At the end of each class, you will review the images from the previous week’s expedition to learn about your successes and challenges.

     

    Students can expect to:

    • Become familiar with their camera

    • Learn about exposure, composition, and how to engage their subjects

    • Have their technical questions answered directly

    • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work.

     

    Suitable for all levels of photographer.

     

     

    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-Amlani


    • 26 Sep 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • 24 Oct 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8

    Tuesday, 26 September and 3, 10, 17, and 24 October 2017

    4:30pm - 6:30pm

    Cost: €190 (five-part series)


    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.
    • 27 Sep 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 18 Oct 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 12

    Wednesdays, 27 September, 4, 11, 18 October 2017

    4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Cost: €80 (four-part series)


    Are you interested in Indian painting and culture? Have you always wanted to understand and identify Indian visual elements in Indian miniatures and folk art?  If so this course will certainly appeal to you.


    Indian painting has a very long tradition and history.  This course will introduce you to the rich cultural heritage of India as seen through Indian miniatures, fesco (Ajanta), folk and tribal art.  We will first study the impact of religion on Indian painting and the iconography of the principal Indian gods and goddesses.  We will then talk about the history of Indian painting in different regions of India.  We are confident that after this course whenever you see an Indian painting, you will be able to identify it and appreciate it more!



    About the instructor: Setareh Feylizadeh is an artist and freelance graphic designer.  In 2009 she went to India and became deeply interested in Indian art, and she decided to carry out a serious study on Indian art history. She stayed in India until 2015 and researched Indian Painting.  Her Ph.D thesis’ theme was about the comparative study on Iranian and Indian art in 16th and 17th century.
    • 29 Sep 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • 24 Nov 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • Various locations around Paris
    • 8

    Fridays, 6, 13, and 20 October and 10, 17, and 24 November 2017

    3:00pm - 5:30pm

    Cost: €270 (six-part series); pro-rata option €50


    Discover Paris’ contemporary art world this fall!

     

    Do you wonder about the secretive rules governing the contemporary art world?  Are you shy about entering galleries?  Curious to understand how to evaluate art works and their value? Hoping to develop and explain your taste in art?  Our goal with this course is to help you understand and appreciate contemporary art while discovering the most important actors and events of the Paris contemporary art scene.

     

    The course begins with with a free crash course in contemporary art, to meet the group, and set the basics. During the course we will visit the two most important Parisian gallery neighborhoods, the Marais and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, plus Belleville with its young art scene and street-art.  We’ll visit two art fairs, one for young emerging artists and one featuring the best international galleries for photography.  The course will finish with a tour at Drouot to see live auction sales and galleries around the Palais Royal.

     

    29 September 2017

    3:00pm - 5:30pm

    Contemporary art crash course - free presentation

    WICE Office, 10 Rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris


    6 October 2017

    3:00pm - 5:30pm

    Art up-close - the Marais

    Meeting point: Café Le Wood, 1 Place de Thorigny, 75003 Paris


    13 October 2017

    3:00pm - 5:30pm

    Art up-close -  Saint-Germain-des-Prés

    Meeting point: Café des Beaux-Arts, 7 quai Malaquais, 75006 Paris


    20 October 2017

    3:00pm - 5:30pm

    Art up-close - the Young International Art fair 2017

    YIA, Carreau du Temple, 4 rue Eugène Spuller, 75003 Paris

    Entrance ticket €15 (not included in course fee))

    Meeting point: at the info point inside, after the fair entrance


    10 November 2017

    3:00pm - 5:30pm

    Art up-close - the Paris Photo 2017

    Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris

    Entrance ticket €25 (not included in course fee)

    Meeting point: at the info point inside, after the fair entrance


    17 November 2017

    3:00pm - 5:30pm

    Art up-close Belleville

    Meeting point: Café Cream, 50 rue de Belleville, 75020 Paris


    24 November 2017

    3:00pm - 5:30pm

    Art up-close Drouot and Palais Royal

    Meeting point: Hotel des Ventes, 9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris



    About the instructor: Caroline Etter, art consultant, historian of art, and friend to collectors and artists both, 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.

     

     

    Please note: The course fee does not include entry fees to the two art fairs visited.  The cost for these will be €40 in total (€15 & €25), payable individually at the time of each visit.


    • 02 Oct 2017
    • 10:30 AM
    • 20 Nov 2017
    • 12:30 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8

    Monday, 2, 9, and 16 October and 6, 13, and 20 November 2017

    10:30am - 12:30pm

    Cost: €190 (six-part series)


    Short stories can be just about anything, but how do you make yours stand out? This course helps aspiring and experienced writers shape and refine their fiction according to their own unique vision, with emphasis on character and form.


    Over six sessions, we will explore the principles of story writing in class exercises, discuss participants' work, and analyze some of the masters of the genre.


    The class is open to writers of all levels. Advanced guidance will be available for experienced writers.



    About the instructor: Alecia McKenzie is an award-winning short-story writer, novelist and journalist. Her first book Satellite City and her novel Sweetheart have both won Commonwealth literary prizes, and she was shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.  She has lived in the Caribbean, Asia and Europe, and is now based in Paris, where her latest book was recently published in French with the title Trésor.  It has so far received excellent reviews in various media across France.
    • 03 Oct 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • 17 Oct 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 6

    Tuesdays, 3, 10, and 17 October 2017

    2:00am - 4:30pm

    Cost: €128 (three-part series); pro-rata option €55

     

    Enjoy exploring your creativity as you are guided by a professional artist in her own studio.  Class sizes are small and supportive exchange with fellow students encouraged.

     

    Newcomers to painting as well as experienced painters are welcome to participate in this class.  Each student will receive

    individualized instruction that matches their level of experience.

     

    Beginners will learn to mix color and practice basic skills in painting.  Those with more experience will be given assignments that challenge them and improve their technical skills while enhancing their mastery of color and composition.

     

    Techniques in water-based acrylic painting including the use of mediums, glazes, washes and impasto will be offered.  Students will also be introduced to a variety of approaches to the craft of painting including wet on wet, underpainting, mixed media, and painting with a painting knife.

     

    Paris is a painter’s paradise.  Each session will feature a different subject or approach to painting inspired by samples on view in Paris museums or temporary exhibitions.

     

    The cost of materials for this course will be covered by a €10 supply fee, payable directly to the instructor at the first class.  This covers the cost of all materials except brushes.  Students will be given guidance on purchasing brushes prior to the first class.

     

     

    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 Jan Olsson


    • 04 Oct 2017
    • 10:30 AM
    • 18 Oct 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 8

    Wednesdays, 4, 11, and 18 October 2017

    10:30am - 1:00pm

    Cost: €128 (three-part series); pro-rata option €55

     

    Do you like to, or would you like to learn to draw?

     

    Enjoy the company of a supportive group as you learn or develop new drawing skills.  Individualized instruction designed for all levels of experience includes drawing basics for beginners, plus creative challenges for more experienced participants.  A variety of tools (pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and colored pencil) and techniques (contour line, light and shade, cross hatching, perspective and proportion) are taught along with classic and contemporary approaches to drawing including still-life, landscape, interior, figure, portraiture and abstraction.

    This class is suitable for all levels.

     

    The cost of materials for this course will be covered by a €10 supply fee, payable directly to the instructor at the first class. Those who have their own supplies may bring them along to the class.

     

     

    About the Instructor: Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing. Since her tenure at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Jan has specialized in continuing studio arts education for adults. Visit her professional website and teaching blog.

     

    Photo Credit: Jan Olsson


    • 05 Oct 2017
    • 9:30 AM
    • 19 Oct 2017
    • 1:30 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 6

    Thursdays, 5, 12, and 19 October 2017

    9:30am - 1:30pm

    Cost: € 185 (three-part series)

     

    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 beginners or medium level. Advanced level 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 Masters in Contemporary Photography.  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 Oct 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 9

    Thursday, 5th October 2017

    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Cost: €65

     

    This will be a unique opportunity to taste, compare, and understand what makes a ‘Grand Crus’.

     

    Participants will sample five different wines from the Pomerol and St Emilion areas.

     

    Light nibbles will be served alongside the wines.

     

     

    About the instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of the Bordeaux area.  As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French ’savoir-vivre’.  She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
    • 09 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Convention
    • 3

    Monday, 9 October 2017

    10:00am - 4:00pm

    Cost: €120

     

    No need to leave town in order to escape into a world of creativity surrounded by a beautiful garden.  Jan Olsson invites you to the intimate space of her private studio at La Ruche, one of Paris’ hidden secrets, an historic artist’s colony founded in 1902.  Here she will show you how monotypes are made, and lead you through the process of making your own one-of-a-kind prints.  No experience is required. This workshop can be enjoyed multiple times by beginners as well as those with some art background.  All materials are provided. Bring a packed lunch.

     

     

    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 are invited to visit her professional website to see examples of her monotype prints.
    • 11 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 15 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8

    Wednesday 11, Friday 13, Saturday 14, and Sunday 15 October 2017

    9:00am - 12:00pm

    Cost:  €370 (four-part series)


    Creative nonfiction essays, at best, celebrate curiosity, observation, prejudice, and other idiosyncrasies of the human condition. They use the literary techniques of fiction and the reporting strategies of journalism in service of compelling real-life stories. In this workshop-style class students will write and revise and then write and revise some more. longer essays and a handful of shorter ones. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the city that surrounds them; the questions and answers they've stumbled across; the way life has surprised them, perplexed them, held them captive, set them free, or maybe just tickled the bejeezus out of them. In addition to writing and workshopping, we will use short exercises and readings to address technical issues such as narrative/thematic tension, transition, character development, dialogue, point of view, characterization, imagery, and metaphor, as well as the skills of interviewing, structure, tone, style, and personal voice.



    About the instructor: Lise Funderburg is a writer and editor based in Philadelphia. She studied at Reed College and the Columbia University School of Journalism, and her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Salon, The Nation, National Geographic, Garden Design, Cleaver, The Chattahooochee Review, and Prevention. Her latest book is the bestselling social history/memoir, Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home (Free Press, 2008). She has been awarded residencies at the Blue Mountain Colony, MacDowell Colony, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Awards include a Window of Opportunity Grant from The Leeway Foundation and a 2003 Nonfiction Literature Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In addition to teaching Creative Nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Funderburg also teaches in the Rutgers University-Camden MFA Program.
    • 12 Oct 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 10, rue Gustave Flaubert, 10400 Nogent-sur-Seine. Meet at gare de l’Est at 12.00pm to take the train with the group.
    • 14

    Thursday, 12 October 2017

    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Cost: €25

     

    Only one hour by train from the Gare de l’Est station, the charming small town of Nogent-sur-Seine recently opened the first ever museum dedicated to the great sculptor Camille Claudel, lover and muse of Auguste Rodin.  The museum is housed in both the ancient museum of the artist Alfred Boucher (founder of La Ruche) and thehome of the Claudel family.


    Founded under the impetus of Alfred Boucher, this museum presents an important collection of 39 sculptures by Camille


    Claudel as well as masterpieces by late 19th century French sculptors (Rodin, Boucher, Dubois…).

    Come and discover this collection of Camille Claudel, who contributed immensely to the history of modern sculpture.

     

     

    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 Oct 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 15

    Friday, 13 October 2017

    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests


    Presence of the author at this event

     

    Dulcinea Evers, a young Jamaican artist who has reinvented herself in the USA as the flamboyant Cinea Verse, dies in unclear circumstances. But who was Dulcinea? Her friend, Cheryl, who is carrying her ashes back to New York from her Jamaican funeral, has one story, but the narratives of the other people in Dulci’s life suggest that not even Cheryl’s version is the whole one.

     

    Alecia McKenzie’s Sweetheart won the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize Caribbean region.

     

     

    Dulcinea Evers, une jeune artiste jamaïcaine qui s'est réinventée en Amérique comme l'artiste flamboyante Cinea Verse, meurt dans des circonstances qui vont se révéler aussi mystérieuses que sa courte vie.  Son amie Cheryl, qui rapporte ses cendres à New York après les funérailles en Jamaïque, aura le choc
    découvrir que l'idée qu'elle s'était faite de sa copine "Dulci" est bien différente de celles d'autres qui ont connu la jeune disparue....


    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Instructor's studio, Ile St Louis
    • 10

    Saturday, 14 October 2017  

    9:30am - 3:00pm

    Cost: €90

     

    It's time to make all those buttons on your camera work to your advantage, and to focus on the real fun of photography: capturing memorable moments.  In this workshop, we'll simplify the process with ten tips guaranteed to make your photos better.

     

    This one-day workshop will provide you with the tools you need to make sure you are familiar with your camera and will offer easy guidelines for making powerful photographs of people, places, and things (and even abstractions of things).

     

    You'll learn creative guidelines and technical controls in the comfort of the instructor’s Île St Louis atelier and you'll get hands-on practice with creative assignments as you wander the Île St Louis and Île de la Cité in search of local characters.

     

    You’ll take a break for lunch at a local bistro and end the day by reviewing images from each photographer.

     

    Please note: The lunch price is not included in the course fee.

     

    Students can expect to:

    • Become familiar with their camera;

    • Learn about creative guidelines and technical controls;

    • Review the camera’s potential as an artistic tool;

    • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work.

     

    Suitable for beginner and intermediate levels of photographer and those wishing to review their skills.

     

     

    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: Meredith Mullins


    • 31 Oct 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle

    Apero with WICE

    5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Free event


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

    Coutesy 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.


    • 07 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 28 Nov 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Instructor's studio, Ile St Louis
    • 10

    Tuesdays, 7, 14, 21, and 28 November 2017

    10:00am - 1:00pm

    Cost: €195 (four-part series)

     

    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.  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.

     

    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

     

    Suitable for all levels of photographer.

     

     

    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


    • 07 Nov 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • 14 Dec 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 6

    Tuesdays, 7, 14, and 28 November and 7, and 14 December 2017

    2:00am - 4:30pm

    Cost: €212 (five-part series); pro-rata option €55

     

    Enjoy exploring your creativity as you are guided by a professional artist in her own studio.  Class sizes are small and supportive exchange with fellow students encouraged.

     

    Newcomers to painting as well as experienced painters are welcome to participate in this class.  Each student will receive

    individualized instruction that matches their level of experience.

     

    Beginners will learn to mix color and practice basic skills in painting.  Those with more experience will be given assignments that challenge them and improve their technical skills while enhancing their mastery of color and composition.

     

    Techniques in water-based acrylic painting including the use of mediums, glazes, washes and impasto will be offered.  Students will also be introduced to a variety of approaches to the craft of painting including wet on wet, underpainting, mixed media, and painting with a painting knife.

     

    Paris is a painter’s paradise.  Each session will feature a different subject or approach to painting inspired by samples on view in Paris museums or temporary exhibitions.

     

    The cost of materials for this course will be covered by a €10 supply fee, payable directly to the instructor at the first class.  This covers the cost of all materials except brushes.  Students will be given guidance on purchasing brushes prior to the first class.

     

     

    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 Jan Olsson


    • 07 Nov 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • 19 Dec 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8

    Tuesday 7, 14, 21  November and 5, 12, 19 December 2017

    4:30 pm - 6:30pm

    Cost:  €190 (six-part series)


    Intrigued by the idea of writing fiction?  Or do you just enjoy to write?  A six-part course on the mechanics and tricks of novel writing. From finding the right idea to outlining, developing plot and character, and exploring your theme, the course accompanies you on each step of writing your first novel. A small group ensures personalized attention for your project.



    About the instructor: Gretel Furner has taught writing at WICE for many years, and is one of our most popular instructors. She grew up in England and was educated at Oxford University.
    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • 13 Dec 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 8

    Wednesdays, 8, 15, and 29 November and, 6, and 13 December 2017

    2:00pm - 4:30pm

    Cost: €212 (five-part series); pro-rata option €55

     

    Do you like to, or would you like to learn to draw?

     

    Enjoy the company of a supportive group as you learn or develop new drawing skills.  Individualized instruction designed for all levels of experience includes drawing basics for beginners, plus creative challenges for more experienced participants.  A variety of tools (pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and colored pencil) and techniques (contour line, light and shade, cross hatching, perspective and proportion) are taught along with classic and contemporary approaches to drawing including still-life, landscape, interior, figure, portraiture and abstraction.

    This class is suitable for all levels.

     

    The cost of materials for this course will be covered by a €10 supply fee, payable directly to the instructor at the first class. Those who have their own supplies may bring them along to the class.

     

     

    About the Instructor: Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing. Since her tenure at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Jan has specialized in continuing studio arts education for adults. Visit her professional website and teaching blog.

     

    Photo Credit: Jan Olsson


    • 09 Nov 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Meet at 10.15am in front of the Fontaine-aux-Lions, Parc de la Villette, 75019 Paris
    • 15

    Thursday, 9 November 2017

    10.30am - 1.00pm

    Cost: €25

     

    Located next to the Canal de l’Ourcq, the current Parc de la Villette is a piece of architecture and an ambitious town-planning program conceived by the French-Swiss architect Tschumi.

     

    In the 1980’s it became the main symbol of what town-planners called the ‘Parisian eastside revival’, with the park being expanded in to include the former slaughterhouse district of Paris.  We will see some remains of this prestigious past, such as  the Grande Halle de Bœuf (covered market) and the Lion Fountain, but we will also see more recent buildings such as the Géode and the Philharmonie de Paris, erected by Jean Nouvel.

     

    This urban park is even more enterprising with its numerous establishments and is considered today to be a cultural hotspot for art, science and music.

     

    Discover this Parisian public park and walk through its 12 thematic gardens making up ‘la promenade cinématique’.

     

     

    About the instructor: Thomas Emery, Guide-conférencier.
    • 09 Nov 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • 07 Dec 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 7

    Thursdays 9, 16, 23, and 30 November, and 7 December 2017  

    3:00am - 5:00pm

    Cost: €180 (five-part series)

     

    Want to know how to build a free website?  It is easy! Creating a free website with a website builder is the best way to introduce your business, start your own blog or share your portfolio online. You can create and own your website for free for an unlimited time and customize the content and design it a way you like.

     

    In this class we will work with WIX, one of the best website builders.  This website builder has everything you need to create your own stunning website - no coding skill needed!

     

    Join us and see how in five weeks you will be able to build a beautiful and professional website.

     

    This course is suitable for anyone wishing to set up a website and other online content in order to promote activity in any field.


    You need to have basic knowledge of using a computer and the internet and need access to a laptop that you can bring to each class.

     

     

    About the instructor: Setareh Feylizadeh is an artist and freelance graphic designer.  She has a Ph.D in Fine arts and works in different countries as a graphic designer and art researcher.  With her background in fine arts and graphic design, she built several websites and she believes building a website is like creating a piece of art.
    • 09 Nov 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 9

    Thursday, 9th November 2017

    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Cost: €60

     

    What is the history behind French Cheeses?  How do you pair them with wines?

     

    Participants will be invited to sample eight different cheeses, accompanied by 5 wines, and to discover which ones are your favourites.

     

     

    About the instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of the Bordeaux area.  As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French ’savoir-vivre’.  She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
    • 10 Nov 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 15

    Friday, 10 November 2017

    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests

     

    Through Black Spruce is a haunting tale of love, identity and loss narrated by former bush pilot and Cree native Will Bird and his niece Annie.  The story backtracks to tell of Will's fight to keep his bush-country Indian life alive and protected while he suppresses painful childhood memories.  Canadian novelist and short-story writer Joseph Boyden was awarded Canada's top literary award the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2008 for Through Black Spruce.

     

    Les Saisons de la Solitude de Joseph Boyden, romancier et
    écrivain de nouvelles canadien, est un récit saisissant de l'amour, de l'identité et du deuil, raconté par un ancien pilote de la forêt canadienne, Will Bird, et sa nièce Annie, qui veille sur ce dernier.  Une communion du silence, une fresque avec comme arrière-fond l'héritage Cri de Will Bird et l'immense forêt du Nord.  Cette oeuvre remarquable a été couronnée en 2008 par le plus grand prix littéraire canadien, le prix Giller.


    • 11 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 6

    Saturday, 11 November 2017

    10:00am - 2:00pm

    Cost: €65

     

    If you enjoy everyday life stories, ordinary people, and still life, 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.

     

    Suitable for all levels and all kinds of digital camera.

     

     

    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Masters in Contemporary Photography.  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.
    • 15 Nov 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 1 place Laveran, 75005 Paris: RER B Port Royal, metro Gobelins (line 7) or Glacière (line 6).
    • 15

    Wednesday, 15 November 2017

    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Cost: €23

     

    Located in the 5th arrondissement, the church and monastery of Val de Grâce were built in the 17th century thanks to the generosity of Queen Anne of Austria, mother of King Louis XIV.   Designed by François Mansart and Jacques Lemercier, the church is one of the most perfect examples of Baroque architecture.


    Since the Revolution, the monastery has been transformed into a military hospital. The Army Medical Service museum presents the history of the French military medical services dedicated to prevention, teaching and research in war surgery and  pharmacology.


    Come and discover the Val de Grâce and its museum with our guide, Catherine Estivalezes.

     

     

    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.

    • 22 Nov 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 6

    Wednesday, 22 November 2017

    4:00pm - 8:00pm

    Cost: €65

     

    Night photography is a challenging and sometimes difficult adventure, but the rewards are astounding when you know some special techniques.

     

    This advanced photography course will help you master low light and night photography.  It also will teach you techniques of light painting, where a rich depth of color is created with reflections on water, enhanced by a black background.

     

    You will learn how to capture the magic of the night, how to work under low light conditions, how to capture twilight moments and how to have fun with light painting!  

     

    Technical information will be presented just before dark, and the class will then use the new techniques. Reviews and suggestions finish the course.

     

    Course requirements

    • Participants should bring a camera that can manually set ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, and they should know how to set manual mode

    • Participants are encouraged to bring a tripod and any kind of pocket light (LED, etc) to use during light-painting exercises.

     

    Course suitable for intermediate and advanced levels. Beginners are also welcome if they already have a knowledge of exposure in manual mode.

     

     

    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Masters in Contemporary Photography.  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.
    • 25 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 6

    Saturday, 25 November 2017

    10:00am - 2:00pm

    Cost: €65

     

    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.

    Suitable for all levels of photographer.  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 Masters in Contemporary Photography.  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.
    • 27 Nov 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Meet at 1.45pm in front of the Panthéon monument, Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris.
    • 15

    Monday, 27 November 2017

    2.00pm - 5.00pm

    Cost: €25

     

    During the 12th century, the teachers of the School of Notre Dame established Paris as one of the leading centers of scholarship in Europe.  Throughout the century, the intellectual center moved from Notre Dame to the Left Bank, where the monasteries began to establish their own schools.

    The neighborhood around the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève Monastery became crowded with students who frequently came into conflict with their neighbors and the authorities.  Gradually the university became organized as a corporation and colleges were founded to host the numerous students.  Between the 13th and 15th centuries, Paris became one of the leading places for teaching in Western Europe.

     

    During our walking tour, we will discover the remains of the Sainte Geneviève Monastery, the Colleges of Sainte Barbe, de Navarre, des Irlandais and des Ecossais, and the prestigious Universities of the Latin Quarter.

     

     

    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.
    • 01 Dec 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 5

    Friday, 1 December 2017

    10:00am - 2:00pm

    Cost: €65

     

    Receiving feedback of our images and work is essential for advancing our technique and style.

    Students will learn how to organize their photos by theme, maintaining coherence between images within a series.

    They also will learn how to build and present a personal portfolio to a gallery or a photography competition.

    During class participants will show their images and receive feedback from the instructor and other students.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about how to organize images by theme

    • Learn how to select the best images and why

    • Learn about how to present a professional portfolio

    • Critique their own work

    • Find a personal style by analyzing their images

    Suitable for all levels of photographer.

     

     

    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Masters in Contemporary Photography.  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 Dec 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Meet at Galleries Lafayette
    • 10

    Tuesday, 5 December 2017

    7:00pm - 9:30pm

    Cost: €55

     

    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.

     

     

    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: Meredith Mullins


    • 07 Dec 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 7

    Thursday, 7th December 2017

    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Cost: €70

     

    Champagne and Foie Gras, two of France’s most well known gourmet products, but have you tried them together?

     

    Participants will taste four different champagnes accompanied by two different varieties of Foie Gras.

     

     

    About the instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of the Bordeaux area.  As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French ’savoir-vivre’.  She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
    • 08 Dec 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Instructor’s studio, Paris: metro Jacques Bonsergent
    • 4

    Friday, 08 December 2017

    10:00am - 2:00pm

    Cost: €105

     

    This workshop is aimed to those who want to master the studio lighting techniques.

     

    What you are going to learn?:

    • Master the professional equipment of the photography studio

    • Master all the different kinds of studio lighting

    • Flash, power and generator

    • Create/set up your own lighting and atmosphere for your pictures

    • Use the professional studio accessories (light box, reflector, honeycomb grid, etc.)

    • Studio photo-shooting with model

     

    What is the program?:

    • Theory: In this first part of the workshop you will learn how to use all the studio equipment: generators, light boxes, backdrop (grey, black, white, colour), etc.

    • Practice: Now it will be your turn to do your thing. You will have the opportunity to take pictures using different lighting and backdrops, to create your own unique atmosphere

    • Analyze: The instructor will analyze your pictures and give you important professional secrets to improve your studio photography style

     

     

    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Masters in Contemporary Photography.  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.
    • 08 Dec 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 15

    Friday, 8 December 2017

    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests

     

    Elena Ferrante’s bestseller My Brilliant Friend is the first of the Neapolitan quartet of novels focusing on two friends growing up in a gritty neighborhood of post-war Naples.  My Brilliant Friend tells the story of friendship, changing lives and the transformation of the neighborhood and the city.  The New York Times described Ferrante as ‘one of the great novelists of our time.’

     

    L'amie prodigieuse, le best-seller d'Elena Ferrante, est le premier d'une série de quatre romans qui raconte la vie deux jeunes filles qui grandissent dans un quartier pauvre de Naples après la seconde guerre mondiale et qui vont tisser une amitié qui va durer toute leur vie.  Au rendez-vous: le début de leur amitié et la vie qui se transforme, tant dans leur quartier que dans la ville de Naples. Pour le New York Times, Ferrante "est l'une des meilleures romancières de notre époque."




    • 09 Dec 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Instructor’s studio, Paris: metro Jacques Bonsergent
    • 6

    Saturday, 9 December 2017

    10:00am - 2:00pm

    Cost: €65

     

    Black and white images are timeless, classic and mysterious. Color is poetic and emotional. Learn how to get the best from your pictures applying the techniques of both styles.

     

    The workshop consists of one four-hour session.  The first part will address theory, explaining colors and black and white rules, as well as reviewing some of the classic masters of photography.  During the second part of the course we will shoot outdoors and practice what we have learned with some interesting assignments.  The final segment of the course will focus on analysis and review of our images.

     

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about color and black and white photography

    • Learn about composition

    • Critique their own work.

     

    Suitable for all levels of photographer.

     

     

    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Masters in Contemporary Photography.  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 Dec 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 43, Avenue de Villiers, 75017 Paris: metro Wagram (line 3) or Monceau (line 2)
    • 15

    Wednesday, 13 December 2017

    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Cost: €23

     

    Located in the 17th arrondissement, only a stone’s throw from Parc Monceau, this unique private mansion, typical of the Second Empire, presents the vast collection of the painter Jean Jacques Henner.  The museum has recently been restored is a charming place, with its Neo-Renaissance salon, its winter garden and its amazing studio.


    Henner was one of the most famous artists of his time, and was a winner of the Grand Prix de Rome.  Many of his paintings show how his work was still appreciated at the beginning of the Impressionist movement.


    Come and discover this charming museum with our guide, Catherine Estivalezes.

     

     

    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.
    • 11 Jan 2018
    • 9:30 AM
    • 25 Jan 2018
    • 1:30 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 6

    Thursdays, 11, 18, and 25 January 2018

    9:30am - 1:30pm

    Cost: € 185 (three-part series)

     

    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 Masters in Contemporary Photography.  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.
    • 12 Jan 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 15

    Friday, 12 January 2018

    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests

     

    One of the world’s classics, The Charterhouse of Parma is an epic novel of intrigue, political chicanery, personal courage and passion set in the court of Parma, Italy, in the early 19th century.  Stendhal manages to portray the excitement of youth and romance alongside the harsh realities of society.

     

    ‘Never before have the hearts of princes, ministers, courtiers, and women been depicted like this,' wrote French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac. `Stendhal's tableau has the dimensions of a fresco but the precision of the Dutch masters.'

     

    Une épique de la littérature classique, la Chartreuse de Parme nous plonge dans l'univers de la cour italienne de Parme au début du 19e siècle, où l'intrigue politique se rivalise avec la passion et courage, et où l'idéalisme des jeunes doit ménager la
    dure réalité de la société.

     

    “Beyle, un scélérat d’idées, je le sais, mais l’écrivain qui a pensé avec tant de vigueur Le Rouge et le Noir et la Chartreuse de Parme, cet homme qui, avec sa noirceur et ses perversités, brille d’une lueur sombre et dure au premier rang des puissances littéraires de son temps.” Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly, Le Pays, 11 mai 1855.





    • 17 Jan 2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • 14 Feb 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 8

    Wednesdays, 17, 24, and 31 January and 7, and 14 February 2018

    10:30am - 1:00pm

    Cost: €212 (five-part series); pro-rata option €55

     

    Do you like to, or would you like to learn to draw?

     

    Enjoy the company of a supportive group as you learn or develop new drawing skills.  Individualized instruction designed for all levels of experience includes drawing basics for beginners, plus creative challenges for more experienced participants.  A variety of tools (pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and colored pencil) and techniques (contour line, light and shade, cross hatching, perspective and proportion) are taught along with classic and contemporary approaches to drawing including still-life, landscape, interior, figure, portraiture and abstraction.

    This class is suitable for all levels.

     

    The cost of materials for this course will be covered by a €10 supply fee, payable directly to the instructor at the first class. Those who have their own supplies may bring them along to the class.

     

     

    About the Instructor: Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing. Since her tenure at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Jan has specialized in continuing studio arts education for adults. Visit her professional website and teaching blog.

     

    Photo Credit: Jan Olsson


    • 18 Jan 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • 15 Feb 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 6

    Thursdays, 18, and 25 January and 1, 8, and 15 February 2018

    2:00pm - 4:30pm

    Cost: €212 (five-part series); pro-rata option €55

     

    Enjoy exploring your creativity as you are guided by a professional artist in her own studio.  Class sizes are small and supportive exchange with fellow students encouraged.

     

    Newcomers to painting as well as experienced painters are welcome to participate in this class.  Each student will receive

    individualized instruction that matches their level of experience.

     

    Beginners will learn to mix color and practice basic skills in painting.  Those with more experience will be given assignments that challenge them and improve their technical skills while enhancing their mastery of color and composition.

     

    Techniques in water-based acrylic painting including the use of mediums, glazes, washes and impasto will be offered.  Students will also be introduced to a variety of approaches to the craft of painting including wet on wet, underpainting, mixed media, and painting with a painting knife.

     

    Paris is a painter’s paradise.  Each session will feature a different subject or approach to painting inspired by samples on view in Paris museums or temporary exhibitions.

     

    The cost of materials for this course will be covered by a €10 supply fee, payable directly to the instructor at the first class.  This covers the cost of all materials except brushes.  Students will be given guidance on purchasing brushes prior to the first class.

     

     

    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 Jan Olsson


    • 18 Jan 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 9

    Thursday, 18th January 2018

    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Cost: €65

     

    Ever wondered why the wines of these two regions are so different?  Come along and discover the history of the regions and sample five different wines (white and red) from two of the most famous regions in France.

     

    Light nibbles will be served alongside the wines.

     

     

    About the instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of the Bordeaux area.  As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French ’savoir-vivre’.  She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
    • 20 Jan 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Instructor’s studio, Paris: metro Jacques Bonsergent
    • 6

    Saturday, 20 January 2018

    10:00am - 14:00 pm

    Cost: €65

     

    If you enjoy everyday life stories, ordinary people, and still life, 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.

     

    Suitable for all levels of photographer and all kinds of digital camera.

     

     

    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Masters in Contemporary Photography.  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.
    • 23 Jan 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 15, Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris: metro Alma Marceau (line 9) or Franklin Roosevelt (line 1)
    • 15

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018 (to be confirmed)

    10:30am - 12:00pm

    Cost: €23

     

    Opened in 1913, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées is without doubt one of the most beautiful performing arts venues in Paris.

     

    This listed building houses three theaters – Le Grand Théâtre is home to opera, dance, symphony concerts and recitals, while the more intimate settings of La Comédie and Le Studio host repertory theater.

     

    This art deco style building was designed by a daring group of artists: the architects Van de Velde and the Perret Brothers, the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle who carved Isodora Duncan among others in the bas-reliefs on the facade, the painters Maurice Denis and Edouard Vuillard and René Lalique who designed the lights.

     

    The artistic adventure of the theater was marked throughout the century by the presence of prestigious composers, conductors, dancers and singers.

     

    This theater remains noted for the “scandal” of the first performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes whose music and choreography were shocking at that time.

     

     

    Guide to be provided by the Théâtre des Champs Elysées.


    • 05 Feb 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 9 - 11 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 75008 Paris: metro Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau (lines 1 & 13)
    • 15

    Monday, 5 February 2018 (to be confirmed)

    10:30am - 12:00pm

    Cost: €23

     

    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.
    • 08 Feb 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 9

    Thursday, 8th February 2018

    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Cost: €65

     

    Come along and discover five wines from different vineyards in Bordeaux, all of the same vintage - 2009 - a particularly good year for Bordeaux.

     

    This ‘Horizontal tasting’ will comprise of left and right bank wines from the Bordeaux region.

     

    Light nibbles will be served alongside the wines.

     

     

    About the instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of the Bordeaux area.  As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French ’savoir-vivre’.  She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
    • 09 Feb 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 15

    Friday, 9 February 2018

    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests


    Australian novelist Richard Flanagan’s Booker Prize-winning The Narrow Road to the Deep North received critical acclaim when published in 2013.  Flanagan’s inspiration for book came from his father's experiences in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp on the Burma Railway.  It tells the tale of Dorrigo Evans, an army surgeon, who was prisoner at the camp, how he survives, and the effect this has on his life when he returns home.  This is an intensely personal tale which mixes humanity and tenderness, war and love, as it traces Evans’ life.


    Sortie en 2013 et récompensé par le prix Booker, La route étroite vers le nord lointain de l'Australien Richard Flanagan s'inspire des souffrances du père de l'auteur, ancien prisonnier de guerre qui faisait partie des milliers d'esclaves forcés à construire un chemin de fer en Birmanie par les forces japonaises impériales. Flanagan décrit la vie de Dorrigo Evans, un chirurgien militaire dont ces exactions auront un impact retentissant sur sa vie après les combats. Un récit éblouissant de la guerre et de l'amour,  de l'humanité et de la tendresse.




    • 09 Mar 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 15

    Friday, 9 March 2018

    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests


    Nobel Prize–winning author José Saramago’s Blindness evokes a powerful vision of the human spirit, bound by both strength and weakness.  It tells of an unexplained plague of ‘white blindness’ and how initial attempts to quarantine the blind in a disused mental hospital fail to halt its spread.  Saramago’s novel focuses on one group of the blind seeking to survive when they leave the hospital and discover the rest of the world has also gone blind and society has fallen apart.  Blindness is a powerful novel of human nature, the fragility of society in extreme situations and man’s will to survive.


    ‘Saramago tells his tale with humor and compassion, and with an imagination that is boundless enough to conjure an impossible epidemic without losing sight of the exigencies of actual life, achieving that rare blend of magic and reality in which the fantastical allows us to see our own world more clearly, from a perspective that brings out details we might not have otherwise considered’ - Myla Goldberg, NPR’s All Things Considered.


    Dans L'aveuglement, du Nobel portugais José Saramago, une maladie mystérieuse commence à se répandre qui rend aveugle.
    Les autorités cherchent à circonscrire l'épidémie en confinant les patients dans une ancienne clinique psychiatrique. Mais rien n'y fait. Un groupe d'aveugles s'échappe de l'hôpital et découvre que le monde entier a perdu la vue et que la société est en train de s'effondrer. Un tableau terrifiant de la nature humaine et de la fragilité de la société mais surtout de la volonté de survivre.




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