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Events marked with an asterisk (*) take place at the WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris. For all other events, please see the event detail page for location information.

    • 01 Oct 2018
    • 24 Jun 2019
    • 35 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 3
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    This English course is for WICE Members with prior beginner knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary. It aims to help participants refresh and acquire additional communication skills in English. The course will reinforce your existing skills and facilitate your progression in areas of English grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and listening. Various topics and readings will be used to develop your oral and written communication skills.


    Ce cours s'adresse à la fois aux membres de WICE qui ont déjà des connaissances de base en grammaire et en vocabulaire. L’objectif du cours est d’aider les participants qui souhaitent réactiver et enrichir leurs capacités de communication en anglais. Il vous permet de renforcer vos connaissances et faciliter votre progrès dans les domaines variés de grammaire, le vocabulaire, d’expression orale, et de compréhension orale. Le cours utilisera des sujets et de textes variés pour améliorer et enrichir vos compétences linguistiques.


    Instructor: Louise Denyer is a native English speaker. She is a qualified English solicitor and an experienced teacher holding a Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (CTEFLA). For the past 20 years, she has been teaching Business, Legal, and General English to various international audiences. Louise also coaches French and foreign actors in English and teaches theater in English to French children.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for this course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the English Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.




     
    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 70 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 6
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    This pathway French program will help you acquire and put into practice the foundations of French grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation techniques. You will develop and/ or enhance your French language competencies in areas of writing, speaking, listening, and reading. This programs’ use of interactive learner-centered methods facilitates engagement and lasting progress.    
     
    Please note that this program is geared for learners with some prior knowledge in French (Beginner Plus). Meeting twice a week for 90-minutes, this course will be held mostly in French to maximize learner exposure to the target language during the initial stages of the French language acquisition process.     
     
    Instructor: Audrey Charmont has a Masters in Marketing and Communications as well as a DAEFLE (French as a Foreign Language). She has French teaching experience in France and abroad. For the past ten years, she has built a combined business.   
     
    Special Instructions: As this program is geared for new French learners, you do not have to take the online French Placement Test prior to your enrolment.
     
    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 70 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 7
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    This dynamic French course will help you practice and prepare for an array of everyday life situations in French. Using interactive methods to ensure learner engagement and lasting progress, the course’s aim is to facilitate your progression in areas of vocabulary development; oral and written expression; comprehension; and pronunciation.


    This course is geared for learners with a strong prior beginner’s knowledge of French. This 90-minute course will be held in French, twice a week, to maximize learner exposure to and participation in the target language.


    Instructor:  Muriel Lunetta has an MA in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) from the Sorbonne. She has over 20 years of foreign language teaching experience.


    Special Instructions: Before registering for the course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.


     
    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 70 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 4
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    This dynamic French course will prepare you for an array of everyday life situations in French. Using interactive methods to ensure learner engagement and lasting progress, the course’s aim is to facilitate your progression in areas of vocabulary development; oral and written expression; comprehension; and pronunciation.


    This course is geared for learners with prior intermediate exposure to French. This course will be held in French, twice a week, to maximize learner exposure to and participation in the target language.


    Instructor:  Muriel Lunetta has an MA in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) from the Sorbonne. She has more than 20 years foreign language teaching experience.


    Special Instructions:Before registering for the program you may want to check if the level is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.



     
    • 03 Oct 2018
    • 26 Jun 2019
    • 35 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or advanced level of English. Our group leaderssuggest interesting topics and readings prior to each group discussion. If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition, to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The group speaks only in English for 90 minutes.


    Ce groupe de discussion guidée anglais est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent anglais presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé). Nos animateurs proposent des sujets intéressants et des textes avant chaque groupe. Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus, d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs. Ce groupe de discussion guidée est un excellent endroit pour vous réunir avec d’autres enthousiastes de la langue anglais. Le groupe ne parle qu’anglais pendant 1,5 heure.


    Facilitator(s): Susan Reed, Nancy Cooper, Jane Etienne, and Mavis Negroni


    Special Instructions:  Before registering for this course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the English Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.




     
    • 04 Oct 2018
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 34 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This German Guided Discussion Group is open to people with a strong intermediate or advanced level of German. Our group leaders suggest interesting topics and readings prior to each group discussion. If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition, to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The German Guided Discussion group speaks only in German for 90 minutes which gives participants an excellent space to practice.


    Ce Groupe de Discussion Guidée Allemand est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent allemand presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé).  Nos animateurs proposent des sujets intéressants et des textes avant chaque groupe. Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus, d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs et personnalisés. Ce groupe de discussion guidée est un excellent endroit pour vous réunir avec d’autres enthousiastes de la langue allemande. Le groupe ne parle qu’allemand pendant 1,5 heure.


    Facilitator(s): Monika de Vigneral and Ulla Emonet




     
    • 11 Mar 2019
    • 25 Mar 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Instructor’s Studio, Ile St Louis
    • 2
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    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
    • 1
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    “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

    • 19 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 0
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    Ever since the violence on New Years Eve 2015 in Cologne, Germany, Arabs and African Muslims have been portrayed as sexual predators undeserving of refugee status, but does the research in today's Muslim communities in France bear that out? Author Mehammed Mack will first explain the deeper history of the French sexual demonization of Arabs and Muslims, going back to episodes in the early 2000s, the 1960s, and colonial Algeria. He’ll then review the major scholars working on gender and race in France who have researched the interplay between the sexual portrait of minorities in France and nationalist politics. The stereotypes of the “Fatma” (Arab housekeeper), the “racaille” or banlieue “thug,” and the silent/passive veiled woman will be unpacked. He’ll also discuss Muslim and banlieue women’s upward mobility in terms of education, mixed marriages, and class, while also acknowledging the obstacles highly qualified Muslim women face on the job market when wearing the veil. He will finally talk about how nearly all mainstream representations of banlieue and Muslim populations (both male and female) ignore historic gender fluidities that complicate the picture of macho men and passive women.

    **Refreshments will be served following the talk**

    About the Instructor: Mehammed Amadeus  Mack (Associate Professor of French Studies, Program Member in the Study for Women and Gender at Smith College) earned his doctorate in French and comparative literature from Columbia University. His first book, Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture, was published in 2017.

    Mack's research focuses on contemporary immigration to France, gender and sexuality, diversity in the banlieues, and the relation between culture and politics. His larger teaching and research interests include Franco-Arab cultures, travel literature, the development of French Islam and media studies. He has published articles in a number of magazines including Newsweek and Al Jazeera English.


    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Convention
    • 4
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    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
    • 26 Mar 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 22
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    Apéro (v): to meet at WICE with fellow members, volunteers and friends.

    Courtesy of RAYE

    Join us on the last Tuesday of the month as we get together to meet, greet and have fun.

    Held at the WICE office, this is your opportunity to catch up with fellow WICE members, volunteers and friends over an apéro.

    It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, either as a member or volunteer.

    Not a member?  Come along and find out about the great courses on offer at WICE.

    Interested in joining?  Become a member of WICE.

    Want to contribute to the work of WICE? Become a volunteer.

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of RAYE

    • 27 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 15, Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris: metro Alma Marceau (line 9) or Franklin Roosevelt (line 1)
    • 13
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    Opened in 1913, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées is without doubt one of the most beautiful performing arts venues in Paris.

    This listed building houses three theaters – Le Grand Théâtre is home to opera, dance, symphony concerts and recitals, while the more intimate settings of La Comédie and Le Studio host repertory theater.

    This art deco style building was designed by a daring group of artists: the architects Van de Velde and the Perret Brothers, the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle who carved Isadora Duncan among others in the bas-reliefs on the facade, the painters Maurice Denis and Edouard Vuillard and René Lalique who designed the lights.

    The artistic adventure of the theater was marked throughout the century by the presence of prestigious composers, conductors, dancers and singers.

    This theater remains noted for the “scandal” of the first performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes whose music and choreography were shocking at that time.

    About the instructor: Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes has been involved for many years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to her Art History studies.

    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Meeting point TBD
    • 10
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    Each year in March, the Paris art scene celebrates the medium of drawing with dedicated art fairs, and exhibitions in galleries, museums and temporary venues. We will explore this versatile medium and its various expressions by looking at works by artists from the 19th century to today, exhibited in beautiful art locations around the Palais-Royal.


    About the instructor: Caroline Etter, art consultant, historian of art, and friend to both collectors and artists, has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 20 years. After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Since then she’s been a curator, a journalist and a gallery manager. She has created her own company helping private as well as corporate clients understand and buy contemporary art.

    Photo Credit: City Art Insider

    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Private residence, 16th Paris (meeting point: TBC)
    • 4
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    Almost 10% of French wines are bio. The production is growing as well as the consumption and the trade. What is behind those labels? What does it really mean? How does it change the taste? Are we heading towards different wines? What are the multiple consequences of these “new” wines? We will taste 5 wines from different regions of France and from different grape varieties. Homemade bio nibbles will be served.

    About the Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of Bordeaux and Champagne. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French ’savoir-vivre’ and secrets of wine selection that will leave you impressed. Hélène is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

    • 01 Apr 2019
    • 15 Apr 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Individual artists studio, 71 rue Leblanc, 75015 Paris
    • 5
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    “Drawing and color are not distinct. Everything in nature is colored.” Paul Cézanne

    April blossoms bring color back to Paris after a long grey winter. This spring drawing and painting class looks to Cézanne’s watercolors of flowers and fruits as subjects for inspiration.

    Activities in this class will include:

    • Study of Cézanne’s watercolors and still-life compositions

    • Drawing from simple floral or fruit arrangements with an eye for capturing the essence of a subject.

    • Observing color harmonies in nature and practice mixing colors

    • Creating Cezanne inspired watercolor compositions from life

    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

    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 25 Jun 2019
    • 12 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 6
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    This French Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or an advanced level of French. The group leaders provide participants with engaging weekly readings on a wide range of topics prior to each dynamic and fast-paced seminar. If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The French Guided Discussion group speaks only in French for 90 minutes which gives participants an excellent space to practice.


    Ce groupe de discussion guidé français est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent français presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé). Nos animateurs de langue française fournissent aux participants des lectures intéressants avant chaque groupe hebdomadaire.  Ce groupe est dynamique et rapide. Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus, d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs et personnalisés. Le groupe ne parle que français pendant 1,5 heure ce qui donne aux participants toute la place pour s’exprimer.


    Facilitator(s):  Christian Lebreton, Brice Dardel, Caroline Hautcoeur


    Special Instructions: Before registering for the course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the French Placement Test (optional). If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.




     
    • 03 Apr 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 58 rue de Richelieu 75002 Paris
    • 17
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    The Richelieu library, historic home of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in the heart of Paris's 2nd arrondissement, has reopened its doors after several years of renovations.

    This historical site traces its history back to the 14th century. Manuscripts, Illumination books were being collected by the French King Charles V. The Richelieu site is the cradle of the National Library; it hosts art books ranging from the oldest manuscripts kept in France to contemporary ones, a collection of medals, coins and antiques, prints and photographs. Recently renovated, the court, the rotunda, the glass gallery have regained their splendor. The salle Labrouste (study room) will be seen from the outside as it is accessible only to the researchers and students.


    Come and discover with our guide Catherine, this French historic site.


    About the Instructor: Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes was involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before returning to Art History studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.


    Photo Credit: Public Domain

    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 09 May 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 6
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    A poet needs both something to write about and skill in writing. We will focus on these two themes so important in strong poetry - mastering elements of craft and finding inspiration. Each week we will do some writing in class and a homework task will be set so that we can share what we've written the following week. Teaching will cover how to write stronger poetry and where to find sources of inspiration.


    All levels of experience welcome.


    About the instructor: David Barnes is a British poet who has run a weekly writers' workshop at Shakespeare & Company and an open mike poetry night every Monday (SpokenWord Paris) for a decade. He is the Editor in Chief of The  Bastille, the literary magazine of SpokenWord Paris. His poetry has been published in a number of magazines. He was the co-editor of Strangers in Paris - New Writing Inspired by the City of Light (2011, Tightrope Books) which included work by such writers as Alice Notley, Jorie Graham and John Berger. He has previosuly taught classes for WICE in short fiction, travel writing and turning life into fiction.

    • 06 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Meeting point to be confirmed later
    • 8
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    The Chateau d'Hardelot is home to the "Centre Culturel de l'Entente Cordiale," a permanent exhibition curated by best-selling author Stephen Clarke.  This beautiful museum is set in a small French village that was popular with Charles Dickens when he needed to escape prying Victorian eyes to be with his mistress. 

    Clarke, who will lead this exclusive tour, describes the collaboration that resulted in the exhibition:  

    Back in 2012 the director of the Château d'Hardelot contacted me explaining that he intended to transform the temporary exhibition space into the "Centre Culturel de l'Entente Cordiale" based on my book 1000 Years of Annoying the French.

    We began a very fruitful exchange during which I suggested historical events that needed to be depicted, and the director went off in search of paintings, furniture, statues and other objects in every auction house and museum in France, buying, borrowing and requisitioning. 

    The result is a spectacular permanent exhibition that opened in 2014, and includes a fire screen depicting Joan of Arc, cartoons both mocking and glorifying Napoleon, furniture that belonged to King Louis-Philippe--a great Anglophile who first used the phrase "cordiale entente"--and busts of Queen Victoria and Napoleon III, on whom she had something of a crush. 

    Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Stephen Clarke telling anecdotes about all this as you tour the Château. Transport to/from the train station in the historic fishing port Boulogne-sur-Mer, the museum entry fee and tour plus lunch are included in the fee. Full details will be available in late March. 

    About the Instructor: When he self-published A Year in the Merde in 2004, printing up just 200 copies, author Stephen Clarke never dreamed it would become a worldwide bestseller, translated into more than 20 languages.  Since then he has written 5 more "Merde" novels as well as several other books that offer a humorous perspective on France and the French. The Merde Factor, Stephen Clarke's popular stage adaptation of one of his best-selling "Merde" novels was presented as part of WICE's 40th birthday celebrations last year.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain

    • 10 Apr 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence (meeting point: TBC)
    • 9
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    ** Join us for a Hearty Lunch & Glass of Wine featuring **

    Moroccan Grilled Lamb -  Indoor Mechoui 

    Grilled lamb - called mechoui  -  is a popular Moroccan dish, often featuring a whole lamb, spit-roasted.  But, it can also be a mix of different cuts of lamb and lamb sausages, such as merguez that we can easily find in France.  

    While it is fantastic to grill lamb outdoors, you can have a mechoui any time with Chef Randall's delicious version baked in your oven.

    This dish features the very flavorful lamb shoulder, which your butcher can bone for you.

    Add a mix of fresh herbs, preserved lemon, and a variety of spices and you'll have an incredibly flavorful marinade !  

    Apple Beignets with Sparkling Cider Granité

    You'll learn how to make everyone's favorite - apple beignets (fried doughnut).  Come watch and learn Chef Randall's tips and tricks for just how easy they are to prepare.  

    Chef Randall also likes to serve them with a  lightly spiced apple sorbet featuring sparkling cider and apple juice.

    Don't worry - you do not need an ice-cream machine for this impressive and refreshing dessert.  The frozen sorbet can be simply flaked with a fork - or you can quickly purée the frozen sorbet in a food processor. 

    Techniques you will learn include how to work with lamb shoulder, how to prepare a marinade, making and frying beignets, and how to make a sorbet.  


    About the Instructor: Chef Randall Price will share with us his passion for French cuisine, drawing on his 25 years of experience cooking France for heads of state and working as Chef-Instructor at the professional Paris cooking, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne. His entertaining style, easy-to-follow demonstrations and focus on classic techniques will inspire you to reproduce dishes at home.

    • 12 Apr 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 0

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was first performed in 1962 at the Billy Rose Theatre, New York, as America was emerging from the cozy Eisenhower years and when the Cold War seemed at its most threatening.

    One of modern drama’s classics, Edward Albee’s Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? touches on themes of illusion versus truth, the absurd, power, the human condition, dissatisfaction as well as drugs and alcohol. The play provides an insight into American domestic and social dysfunction of that period yet its literary and historical allusions retain a universal resonance.

    Albee was influenced by the European Absurdists such as Samuel Beckett and Eugène Ionesco. These playwrights viewed the human existence as having no discernible, cohesive purpose.

    Among the awards for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? are the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Tony Award for Best Play and the Variety Drama Critics’ Poll Award. The Pulitzer Prize committee voted Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woof? Best Play in 1963 but the board, which has sole discretion in awarding the prize, rejected the recommendation, because it did not portray a "wholesome" view of American life. Half of the Pulitzer board panel resigned in protest and no award for drama was given that year.

    Albee went on to win three Pulitzers and was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 1996 received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts.

    Photo Credit : University of Houston

    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 23
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    Highlighting poetry from her latest book of poetry, Jamika Ajalon integrates spoken and chanted word with a live improvised electronic soundscape.

    Refreshments will be served after the presentation.

    About the Presenter: Jamika Ajalon is a prolific author and artist who works with different media independently and in multiple fusions incorporating text, sound/music and visuals. Her poems, stories and essays have been published internationally. She has performed her audio visual anti lectures across the globe, including Rennes Biennale of Contemporary Art (2018), DISTURBANCE Expo Kunsthalle Leipzig (2017), Beton Salon, Paris (2017).

    • 17 Apr 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 2, rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris
    • 14
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    Located in the 7th arrondissement, the Musée de la Légion d’Honneur is housed in an elegant neoclassical mansion, the Hôtel de Salm. This Hôtel was built in 1782 by architect Pierre Rousseau for Frederick III, Prince of Salm-Kyrburg. It was burned in 1871 during the Paris Commune and subsequently restored by subscription of medalists. Since 1804 this building has been the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur and the seat of France's highest honors: the Légion d'honneur (1802) created by First Consul Bonaparte, the Médaille militaire (1852), and the Ordre national du Mérite (1963). The current museum was created in 1925. It displays a history of France's honors, medals, decorations and knightly orders from Louis XI to the present, including Napoleonic souvenirs and more than 300 portraits. A special section is also dedicated to foreign orders. Please join us on a guided tour and discover this exceptional collection of military and civil decorations and orders from France and overseas.

    About the Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before getting back to Art History studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions. 

    Photo Credit: Public Domain

    • 18 Apr 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Instructor's Residence, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 8
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    This grand cru classé Château is one of the oldest estates of Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux wine region. Growing in one single block, the 13-hectare Corbin vineyard is mainly planted with the merlot grape variety. We will talk about the appellation and its classification, explain the reputation of its wines and learn about this Château. 

    This is a unique opportunity to taste 5 different vintages from this famous château. Home-made nibbles will complement this tasting.

    About the Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of Bordeaux and Champagne. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French ’savoir-vivre’ and secrets of wine selection that will leave you impressed. Hélène is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

    Photo Credit: Public domain

    • 30 Apr 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 27
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    Apéro (v): to meet at WICE with fellow members, volunteers and friends.

    Courtesy of RAYE

    Join us on the last Tuesday of the month as we get together to meet, greet and have fun.

    Held at the WICE office, this is your opportunity to catch up with fellow WICE members, volunteers and friends over an apéro.

    It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, either as a member or volunteer.

    Not a member?  Come along and find out about the great courses on offer at WICE.

    Interested in joining?  Become a member of WICE.

    Want to contribute to the work of WICE? Become a volunteer.

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of RAYE

    • 06 May 2019
    • 20 May 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • TBC before event start
    • 10
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    There 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. At the end of this class, if you’re having a great time and want to continue to wander as a flâneur photographer, the class continues with three more sessions (Exploring Through the Lens (Part 2)

    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

    Course Requirements:

    • Suitable for all levels of photographer

    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: Nola Erhardt

    • 07 May 2019
    • 11 Jun 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 5
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    Have you ever considered putting your past down on paper? Gretel Furner’s new course explores how to write ‘autofiction’ or autobiographical fiction, a form of writing that goes beyond memoir and the borders of the known to something deeper. By using invented dialogue and details, a writer can often free up his or her remembered life and penetrate to a ‘greater truth’. We will talk about what this genre is, look at examples by authors from Marcel Proust to Carl Owe Knausgaard, and then start writing, editing and discussing students’ own efforts at writing in the same genre.

    About the Instructor: Gretel Furner is one of our most popular instructors. She grew up in England and was educated at Oxford University. She obtained a PhD in the modern novel at the University of the Saarland, Germany. Gretel has been Associate Professor at George Washington University, and instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She lives between London and Paris, and since 2003 has been an instructor at WICE in French Literature and History, the Migrant Soul series and Creative Writing.


    • 10 May 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 13
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    In his War Requiem, commissioned to commemorate the Second World War and first performed in 1962 at the consecration of the rebuilt famously bombed Coventry Cathedral, the British composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) begged for peace and spoke defiantly against war. This work is not a typical requiem as English poems from the First World War by Wilfred Owen are scattered throughout the traditional Latin liturgical text. In composing this epic work, Britten was pressing for change and did not care what political leaders would think, even irritating the Soviet Union before the debut. He intensified his pacifist ideals and orchestrated the requiem with massive musical forces -- especially in the percussion section -- causing the powerful emotions aroused among the musicians to shake up the audience.

    Through this class, we will understand why this requiem is one of the few pieces composed after 1945, to be in such demand for performances today. Together we will take a journey into the mesmerizing world of Britten as well as into the anti-war verses by Owen which question morality. Their timeless messages, still so important in the twentieth-first century will surely resonate with us all!

    Live performances of this piece will take place on May 15 and 16 in Paris.

    About the Instructor: As an American harpist, Lauren Woidela has travelled to three continents performing solo, chamber and orchestral concerts. As an instructor, she has given lectures for the musicology department of the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, focusing on 19th & 20th century music. She produced and hosted her own radio program for the former KXTR, Kansas City’s classical music radio station, captivating her audiences by bringing a fresh new view to classical music.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain
    • 11 May 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Individual artists studio, 71 rue Leblanc, 75015 Paris
    • 10
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    Come and join Jan in the beautiful historic site known as La Ruche for a Saturday full of fun and surprises. Learn the basics of printmaking through a simple and popular technique known as the 'monotype'.

    Making a monotype print involves no toxic materials or laborious technique. 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. One can make a print in just a few minutes with almost no technical skill, and some of the monotype techniques do not require a press. One needn’t know how to draw or paint to make monotypes. Stamping, stenciling and collage can be used to create a myriad of beautiful effects.

    This class is perfect for:

    • Anyone who would enjoy having a new experience in creativity

    • 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

    • Those who enjoy sharing a creative learning process within a small, convivial group 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, and may be repeated by anyone wishing to continue exploring the process.

    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

    • 11 May 2019
    • 19 May 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8
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    WICE’s popular journalism series continues with a focus on “field” reporting and interviews. The course will examine different kinds of features as well as aspects of the writing, with emphasis on reporting on selected events. It will also include an introduction to blogging and guidelines on how to make this popular mode of communication a genuine platform for serious journalism and literary writing.


    About the Instructor: Alecia McKenzie is a writer and journalist based in Paris. She holds an MSc from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and worked at The Wall Street Journal/Europe early in her career. She is the founder and editor of the arts-news site SWAN. Alongside writing books, she has written articles for a news agency and international magazines.

    • 13 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Bd Auguste Blanqui 75013 PARIS
    • 14
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    Discover with our guide Catherine this charming and peaceful walk through this typical district of Paris, located near the Place d’Italie, in the 13th district. La Butte aux Cailles is a special place in Paris: it has kept the atmosphere of a provincial village, with its peaceful streets, is street art paintings, its hilly streets. It was once home to a lot of communities who settled down in Paris either for political reasons (la Petite Russie) or for job opportunities (la Petite Alsace): the original settlements can still be seen. The Place de l’Abbé Hénocque with its charming houses, the Poterne des Peupliers, the artesian well, Sainte Anne de la Butte-aux-Cailles church will be amongst our discoveries.

    About the Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before getting back to Art History studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions. 

    Photo Credit: Public Domain

    • 13 May 2019
    • 03 Jun 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TBC in advance
    • 5
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