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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 Nov 2017
    • 28 Nov 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Instructor's studio, Ile St Louis
    • 4
    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.  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


    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 29 Nov 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 3
    Register

    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.


    Registration: When registering for this course you have the option to select all sessions or just the indivudal sessions that you wish to attend.

     

    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
    • 07 Dec 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 1
    Register

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


    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.
    • 01 Dec 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
    • 3
    Register

    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
    • 6
    Register

    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


    • 08 Dec 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Instructor’s studio, Paris: metro Jacques Bonsergent
    • 4
    Register

    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.
    • 09 Dec 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Instructor’s studio, Paris: metro Jacques Bonsergent
    • 4
    Register

    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.
    • 11 Jan 2018
    • 25 Jan 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 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.
    • 17 Jan 2018
    • 14 Feb 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 8
    Register

    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.


    Registration: When registering for this course you have the option to select all sessions or just those individual sessions that you wish to attend.

     

    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
    • 15 Feb 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Balard
    • 6
    Register

    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.


    Registration: When registering for this course you have the option to select all sessions or just those sessions that you wish to attend.

     

    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


    • 20 Jan 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Instructor’s studio, Paris: metro Jacques Bonsergent
    • 6
    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 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.

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