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Visual Arts

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

Whether exploring the hidden corners of the city with your camera, sketching in a Paris café, or printmaking in an historic La Ruche studio, you’ll receive the personal attention and the creative inspiration that you need to really see (and feel!) Paris.

Let our experienced and talented instructors provide the practical techniques and creative inspiration to make the events, characters, and emotions of daily life in Paris something extraordinary and memorable.

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


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Upcoming courses

    • 18 Jan 2019
    • 01 Feb 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date.
    • 5
    Register

    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
    • Artist’s private studio in the 15th Arrondissement
    • 4
    Register

    “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

      • 02 Feb 2019
      • 16 Feb 2019
      • 3 sessions
      • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
      • 8
      Register

      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.
      • 6
      Register

      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)

      • 11 Mar 2019
      • 25 Mar 2019
      • 3 sessions
      • Instructor’s Studio, Ile St Louis
      • 9
      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
      Register

      “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

      • 23 Mar 2019
      • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Convention
      • 6
      Register
      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

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