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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

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

    Pamela SpurdonThis project-oriented class is designed to inspire continued movement along your photographic path. We will experiment with both technical and creative practice that includes study of lighting, focusing techniques, exposure, and Photoshop techniques - all centered around expressing personal style and expanding the boundaries of your current approach to photography.


    You will choose a theme to work on throughout the course, so that your final project will be a collection of images interwoven in style and subject.  Class review will help with the final selection of your images and the refinement of your work.


    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
    • Discover elements of your personal style
    • Move their work in new creative directions, especially by focusing on thematic work
    • 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, with a wealth of teaching experience. She is a 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

    • 06 Mar 2018
    • 20 Mar 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 6
    Register

    Intrigued by the myriad tones and shades of color and how artists achieve them? This three week course will inform you about color theory (the color wheel), and color practice (mixing artists pigments to create harmonious color compositions).


    A €15 supplies fee is included in the price of this 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.

    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Paris, the location will be announced 48 hours before the start date
    • 4
    Register

    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 and telling a story in a photograph
    • Get hands-on experience through practical assignments.


    Suitable for all levels and all kind of digital cameras.


    Don’t forget to bring your camera, lens, battery full charged, memory card and plenty of motivation!


    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.


    • 14 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Musée du Louvre; meet in the entrance hall, in front of the cloakroom: metro Palais Royal Musée du Louvre
    • 6
    Register

    Interested in exploring the Louvre with a sketchbook, away from the crowds? This class meets in the evening in some lesser known corners of the museum. Participants will provide their own pencil, pen and sketchbook.


    The cost of this course does not include the €15 entrance fee to the museum.  

    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.

    • 22 Mar 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Carreau du Temple; meeting location will be announced 24 hours in advance
    • 5
    Register

    Class will meet at a nearby café (location to be announced 24 hours before class meeting) for an overview of the salon. After viewing the salon together, group members will return to the café for a closing discussion. A tour with an artist for artists and non-artists alike, looking at techniques, subjects, and ideas in contemporary drawing.


    The fee for this class does not include the €16 entrance fee to the salon.

    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.


    • 27 Mar 2018
    • 10 Apr 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 5
    Register

    Would you like to learn how artists use these two mediums, transparent and opaque watercolor, to make color studies from nature and explore color ideas for paintings? This class will take you through the basics and suggest both traditional and contemporary ways of applying them.


    A €15 supplies fee is included in the price of this course.

    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.

    • 29 Mar 2018
    • 12 Apr 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Instructor’s Studio, Ile St Louis
    • 8
    Register

    Mavis NegroniIn this fast-paced 21st century world, social media opportunities play a significant role in getting your creative work seen. This course focuses on how to build a presence in the world of images and writing. We will explore Blogging, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr, Twitter, Wikipedia, and Facebook—and which of these platforms work best to promote your photography and writing. We will also discuss the pros and cons of contributing to stock photography and of maintaining your own website.


    Short projects in class will culminate in articles or blog posts and will include choosing subjects, storyboarding images, using words to best effect, and choosing the right platform for publication.


    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about social media platforms
    • Learn about photographic and writing techniques to enhance creative impact
    • Move their work in new creative directions, especially by focusing on how to get work seen
    • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work


    Suitable for all levels of photographer and writers, especially those interested in building a more public platform.


    About the Instructor: Meredith Mullins is a popular photo instructor, with a wealth of teaching experience. She is a 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: Mavis Negroni

    • 29 Mar 2018
    • 12 Apr 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 6
    Register

    These studio classes will examine contemporary approaches to drawing such as those on display at the Paris Now Contemporary Drawing Salon (an optional group visit is proposed on March 22).

    Included will be pen and ink abstract drawing and collage combined with pencil renderings of subjects borrowed from nature or popular culture.


    A €10 supplies fee is included in the price of this 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.

    • 16 Apr 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Paris, the location will be announced 48 hours 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.


    The participant will learn how to deal with any kind of available light, indoor and outdoor.


    This course offers participants a special understanding of professional portraiture by practicing and 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 and/or 85mm full frame is highly recommended.


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


    • 19 Apr 2018
    • 8:00 PM
    • 20 Apr 2018
    • 12:00 AM
    • Place Saint-Michel, 75005 Paris: metro Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame
    • 6
    Register

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


    This 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 of your images done during the class and suggestions finish the course.


    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.

    • 20 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Paris: metro Jacques Bonsergent.
    • 4
    Register

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


    This class will provide you with an easy understanding of a photography studio, so you will be able to master it by your own after the class and enjoy your photo shots!


    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.


    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).
    • Practice: Now it is 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 analyse your pictures and give you important feedback to improve your studio photography style.


    A camera that can be settled in manual mode is mandatory.


    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.


    • 07 May 2018
    • 04 Jun 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Various areas of Paris. Location will be announced before each class.
    • 8
    Register

    Rick BraswellThere are unique subjects to discover and secrets to unearth in every part of Paris, especially as we enjoy the warmth and welcoming weather of May. We will take Paris street photography to new heights by exploring the known and the unknown, from lively quartiers to tranquil gardens, 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 lessons 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 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 your subjects
    • Have your 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, with a wealth of teaching experience. She is a 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: Rick Braswell


    • 11 May 2018
    • 25 May 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 6
    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 and will teach you the secrets of Depth of field, movement and speed And also how to play with light to créate your own atmosphere.


    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, 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 May 2018
    • 29 May 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 6
    Register

    Curious about this modern and extremely versatile painting technique? Receive inspiration, technical instruction and guidance to complete a small painting on canvas during this three week session.


    A €20 supplies fee is included in the price of this course.

    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.

    • 17 May 2018
    • 24 May 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 5
    Register

    Curious to try your hand at drawing? Or, have you thought you’d like to pick up a pencil or pen again but need a gentle push to get started? This class will introduce or review drawing basics like drawing in perspective, proportion, and light and shade. Plus this class prepares you for our evening sketch class at the Orsay Museum or our outdoor fair weather sketching class in June.


    A €10 supplies fee is included in the price of this 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.

    • 31 May 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Musée d’Orsay; meet at the information desk near the rear entrance: metro Solférino
    • 6
    Register

    Have you seen artists and students sketching in the Orsay Museum and thought you’d like to join them? This is your opportunity to experience viewing the museum and its collection through an artist’s eye.  Participants provide their own pencil, pen and sketchbook.


    The price of the class does not include the €12 entrance fee to the museum.

    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.

    • 05 Jun 2018
    • 19 Jun 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 6
    Register

    Interested in a contemporary approach to painting? This class provides instruction on how to combine drawing media and collage with acrylic paints on paper, and explores how contemporary artists use multiple small sized works to create a larger whole.


    A €20 supplies fee is included in the price of this course.

    About the instructor: Prior to settling in Paris, Jan Olsson was awarded the Professional Fellowship in Painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Her paintings have been exhibited in Paris’ most competitive juried exhibitions and are included in both private and museum collections.  Visit her professional website and teaching blog.

    • 07 Jun 2018
    • 21 Jun 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • meeting location for each class will be announced 24 hours in advance
    • 5
    Register

    Enjoy sightseeing with a group while you create a Paris travel journal in the form of a sketchbook with your own notes, drawings, and collage. Meeting sites include outdoor locations or cafés depending on weather conditions.


    Locations will be confirmed 24 hours in advance.


    Students provide their own sketchbook and drawing supplies. A list of suggested materials will be sent upon registration.

    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.

    • 08 Jun 2018
    • 29 Jun 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Paris: metro Guy Moquet
    • 4
    Register

    This course is aimed at photo enthusiasts who want to develop their artistic sensitivity and explore fine art photography.


    During the workshop, you will study the photographic narrative, concept, style, and purpose of your personal and artistic work. Students will analyze their own images and also review new trends in contemporary photography, without forgetting about thegreat photography masters.


    During the four weeks of the workshop, you will be guided to create a photography personal serie as long with precious information about printing and presenting your personal work.


    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about fine art photography
    • Gain the necessary tools to develop their work
    • Build a personal series
    • Visit a professional photography laboratory to understand the different techniques and process to print and developpe their images as a professional.
    • Critique their own work
    • Learn how to present their work to a gallery or a competition.


    Suitable for all level of photography.


    The class is held indoors.


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

    • 11 Jun 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • La Ruche, 2 passage de Dantzig, 75015 Paris: metro 12 or 13, tramway 3a direction Pont de Gagliano, bus 89 and 95
    • 6
    Register

    As a playful drawing challenge to celebrate WICE’s 40th anniversary, Jan Olsson invites you to La Ruche, an historic artist’s colony in the 15th quarter, for a morning of 40 quick, colorful sketches done from a costumed actress posing for 40 poses. This class offers a great opportunity to liberate yourself and have some fun while enjoying this beautiful, yet hidden Paris location.


    A €16 supplies and model fee is included in the price of this 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.

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