Paris, the City of Light, is an inspiring place, notably for
painters of all persuasions. WICE's Painting Studio class meets weekly throughout the year. It offers practical hands on instruction, engaging creative assignments and lively group discussions about what's happening in town at the museums and galleries.
If you've longed to try your hand at painting, come join other friendly, hard-working members of WICE to meet with Jan Olsson in her spacious, modern studio near the Seine. You'll quickly feel at home, challenged, and encouraged to adventure into the rich world of color. Learn to paint while immersed in the bright creative buzz of a working artist's space. Over snacks with tea and coffee, Jan and her students exchange ideas about paintings in progress. Jan's personal library of images is also available for consultation.
With or without prior experience, you'll be led through an individually tailored course of study that is structured enough to provide all the basics of the craft, yet free enough to allow experimentation and discovery. Plan to sign-up early and attend throughout the year for the best learning experience. However, when your calendar requires and by advance notice, pro-rata rates are available for those who are unable to attend every class.
Here's what students have said about Jan's painting classes in 2010-2011:
“I've thoroughly enjoyed all the acrylic painting classes I've attended with Jan. I've never used acrylics before or painted on canvas so it was great to be taken through the basics. I learned a lot about how to ‘see the colors’, how to approach mixing the paint and how to choose the right size brush for the job. Jan's taught me not to be afraid to experiment. She is always very enthusiastic and great at explaining what we're trying to achieve in each session, and when things go wrong she's always on hand to offer advice on how to rescue a painting without losing sight of each individual's own style.” Fiona Mir
“Jan propose avec beaucoup de douceur, mais n'impose jamais rien. Elle est à l'écoute de votre personnalité. Et puis j'ai aimé la diversité des thèmes proposés, la façon de travailler d'après l'œuvre d'un peintre qu'on aime, l'ambiance sereine. J'ai pris beaucoup de plaisir à venir régulièrement dans son très bel atelier où je me suis tout de suite sentie bien.
Jan m'a beaucoup appris cette année et je compte continuer à apprendre avec elle l'année prochaine. Je suis accro à la peinture." Mariel Delarbre
“I want to thank both WICE and Jan. It was an amazing year for me in terms of visual art and developing my drawing and painting skills. I learned so many new techniques and mediums (acrylics for example) that I know I will spend the summer just deepening what I know, forging ahead, until courses begin again in the fall. Jan Olsson is the most talented teacher I’ve ever had. Her pedagogical skills are outstanding, she knows how to bring out students of every level, advanced or beginners, and guide them into finding their unique and original voice through art. Thank you for an exceptional year. ” Jeanette Demeestère
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