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Evening & Weekend Courses and events

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

Upcoming events

    • 01 Oct 2018
    • 24 Jun 2019
    • 35 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 10

    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.

    • 16 Oct 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris
    • 4

    Chardonnay Spoken Here - Best First Growth (premier cru) white wines from Burgundy are highlighted in this special event of best white grape and best region for growing the best Chardonnay.

    Many of us started tasting Chardonnay because it was easy to pronounce and easy to drink. It showed a little more sophistication than, "white wine, please." 

    In a step up from mass market to more complex Chardonnays you will discover the diversity and complexity of this versatile grape, creamy, or citrusy.

    You will learn where to focus on tasting differences among high quality Chardonnay wines from this amazing region. Each of these select white Burgundy wines (5 inique bottles) recounts a story that you will soon be able to recognize and learn. All this presentation to help you find great Chardonnay wines on your own.

    Light nibbles will be served with the wine.

    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.

    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Private apartment, 75006 Paris: metro St Michel / Odéon
    • 7

    Belgian Beer by Neil T is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0WICE is 40 years young, and always evolving. This class is being offered as a part of our 40th Anniversary Year celebrations, and is intended to reflect the growing popularity of beer, globally and locally.

    Though traditionally a country focused on wine, France has a growing fascination with craft beer. And their neighbor to the north, Belgium, is in many ways the originator of craft beer. Whether you just want a better understanding of some of the world's most popular and polarizing beer, or are planning a trip to Belgium to attend one of their many beer festivals and want to be prepared, this evening will be packed full of useful information and tantalizing beers.

    This introduction to Belgian beer will cover:

    • The main styles of Belgian beers and their characteristics.
    • The difference between ales and lagers, and which category Belgian beers fall into.
    • The difference between Trappist beers and Abbey beers.
    • The differences between Walloon and Flemish beers of the same styles.
    • What you should expect to find "on tap" at most Belgian bars.
    • How beer is made.
    • The proper glass, and proper way to pour Belgian beer.
    • The Belgian Beer festivals, shops and bars worth visiting.
    • Last but not least: where to find your favorite Belgian beers here in Paris (Bars and shops).

    The tasting will span the full spectrum of flavors that Belgian beer has to offer. From bitter to sour, sharp to sweet, Belgian brewers make a beer for everyone - even many people who say "I don't like beer." Join us in exploring Belgian beer together, in a casual setting.  Prepare to be surprised by all the diverse flavors! Heavy hors d'oeuvres representing typical Belgian pub food will be served.

    About your guide: Amanda has a unique passion and insight into what makes Belgian beer so intriguing. She lived in Belgium for five years where she sought out beer shops and pubs, increasing her knowledge of beers, and attended several beer events a year, including Belgium's largest beer festival.

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

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

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

    Students can expect to:

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

    Suitable for all skill levels and all kinds of digital cameras

    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialised in Photography and Contemporary Art. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate about photography, Juan Manuel works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, dance and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.
    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris
    • 5

    The year 2010 smiled upon the Bordeaux region with just the right amount of sunshine and gentle rain to create a special vintage of Bordeaux wines.

    2010 is among the best Bordeaux millennium vintages. 2010 was a great if not the best millennium vintage to date.

    Our presentation will be 5 carefully selected wines from different well known Bordeaux appellations. You will be given the opportunity to discover their differences and appreciate their superior qualities for your pleasure. The group will discuss and comment on these fine wines.

    Light nibbles will be served with 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 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.

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

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

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

    About the Instructor: Meredith Mullins is a popular photo instructor and fine-art photography mentor, an internationally exhibited photographer, and a winner of international photography competitions, including the Grand Concours Photo sur Paris, PX3 Competition, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Photographer’s Forum, and Worldwide Gala Photo Awards. She is the author of the award-winning book In a Paris Moment, a leader of photo adventure tours, and the Co-Founder of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

    Photo Credit: Tracey Bennewies

    • 06 Dec 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Private apartment, 16th Paris
    • 8

    Champagne & foie gras simply speak celebration.

    What better time of year than early December to learn about creating a presentation of celebratory food and wine for special end-of-year guests (or why not, just yourselves?).

    This tasting will feature 4 different specially selected champagnes from different Champagne Houses, along with duck foie gras and crusty bread.

    Indulge yourself : come, taste, judge, discuss and decide what you like and most of all, which champagne and which foie gras really give you pleasure. Learning this exciting combination of champagne and foie gras and then presenting this natural combination at your next holiday event will impress everyone.

    Register early. We expect this unique course to fill quickly.

    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.

    • 08 Dec 2018
    • 09 Dec 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 7

    A thriving market exists for features, including content for websites and blogs. This class begins by defining the important distinction between the feature article and "hard news," and explores how to find viable ideas for articles.

     We will then cover several aspects of feature-writing, focusing on the vital lead paragraph (hooks, angles, and grabbing  the reader's attention), structure, and narrative techniques that can enrich the article. Finally we examine a range of research resources and ways to market the feature.

    About the instructor:  Alecia McKenzie is 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. Alongside writing books, she has written articles for a news agency and for international magazines and newspapers. She is the founder and editor of arts-news site SWAN.

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