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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

    • 07 May 2018
    • 04 Jun 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Various areas of Paris. Location will be announced before each class.
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    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

    • 31 May 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Musée d’Orsay; meet at the information desk near the rear entrance: metro Solférino
    • 4

    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

    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
    • 1

    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.

    • 13 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

    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.

    • 15 Jun 2018
    • 29 Jun 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Paris: metro Guy Moquet
    • 4

    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 three weeks of the workshop, you will be guided to create a photography personal series 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.

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