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    • 30 Sep 2019
    • 29 Jun 2020
    • 33 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 4
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    This English course is for people with an advanced intermediate knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary or higher.

    Participants will strengthen their knowledge in English grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and listening building upon existing skills. Emphasis will be given to developing conversational skills and building confidence in various types of interactions. A variety of topics and readings will be used to develop oral and written communication skills.

    This 90-minute course will be held in English once a week to maximize learner exposure to and participation in the language.

    About the Instructor: Sage Morghan holds a Masters in ESL (English as a Second Language) Education as well as a second Masters and PhD in French Studies with a specialty in French cinema. She has over 15 years of experience teaching French and English to students of various ages.

    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 assistance or study aids.

    • 30 Sep 2019
    • 29 Jun 2020
    • 33 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 5
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    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, Ulla Emonet and Dorothee Yvernes


    • 01 Oct 2019
    • 30 Jun 2020
    • 68 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 4
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    This program introduces the French language for learners with no or little previous knowledge. It will help you acquire and put into practice the basic foundations of French grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation techniques. You will develop your French language competencies in areas of writing, speaking, listening, and reading. This program’s use of interactive learner-centered methods facilitates engagement and lasting progress.

    Please note that this program is geared for learners new to French with little or no prior knowledge. 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.

    About the 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 twelve years, she has built a combined business.

    Laure Abiad currently teaches French as a Foreign Language at Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle University. She holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne. She has 15 years teaching experience and has taught at the Institute de Langue et Civilisation Française and several grandes ecoles.




    • 01 Oct 2019
    • 30 Jun 2020
    • 68 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 5
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    This program builds on the basics of French. It is for students with a basic understanding and ability to communicate and exchange information in a simple way. At the beginning of the program, students can ask simple questions and understand simple answers. You will develop and improve your French language competencies in areas of writing, speaking, listening, and reading. This program’s 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.

    About the 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 twelve years, she has built a combined business.

    Laure Abiad currently teaches French as a Foreign Language at Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle University. She holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne. She has 15 years teaching experience and has taught at the Institute de Langue et Civilisation Française and several grandes ecoles.

    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 assistance or study aids.  
    • 01 Oct 2019
    • 30 Jun 2020
    • 68 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 3
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    This dynamic French course will help you practice and prepare for an array of everyday life situations in French. This level is for students with ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and the ability express themselves in familiar contexts and to take part in a routine conversation on simple predictable topics.

    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.

    About the 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 assistance or study aids.



    • 01 Oct 2019
    • 30 Jun 2020
    • 68 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 3
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    This dynamic course will fine tune your abilities in an array of everyday life situations in French. Students at this level have the ability to express themselves on a range of topics. They are comfortable in most situations and have a strong vocabulary with few mistakes.

    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.

    About the 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 assistance or study aids.

    • 02 Oct 2019
    • 24 Jun 2020
    • 34 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 0
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    This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or advanced level of English. 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 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, Mavis Negroni, Ann Hattaway, and Susan Morris

    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 2019
    • 26 Jun 2020
    • 32 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 0
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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.


    • 23 Oct 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence (meeting point: TBC, nearest metro: Bonne Nouvelle)
    • 4
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    ** Join us for a Hearty Lunch & Glass of Wine featuring **

    Cod Fillets with Spicy Chorizo & Green Olive Tapenade

    We are so lucky that moist and flaky Cod fish fillets are a regular staple at the Parisian markets and grocery stores. 

    But its flavor can be delicate, if not bland. Learn how to use this blank canvas to your advantage.  

    We will show you a creative and easy way to perk up Cod fillets by "skewering" them with spikes of spicy chorizo, and then top them with a homemade green olive tapenade

    Fast and delicious!  This is so good, your dinner guests will want this recipe!

    Pêche de Vigne Fruit Tart with a Cookie Crust

    Ring in fall with a fun tart made with those special red vine peaches called pêche de vigne in French.

    First, you will learn how to make a cookie crust using the perfect fall ingredient - crushed Speculos cookies - the French version of cinnamon gingerbread cookies. They have all the flavors of fall. 

    Then we will make a curd using puréed pêche de vignes.  If we are lucky, there will still be some blackberries for a garnish.

    Techniques: learn how to work with cod fillets; bake fish with a topping; make a tart crust using cookies; make a curd with fruit. 

    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.

    • 23 Oct 2019
    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 0
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    This class explores the basic ingredients of the novel: character, plot, setting, point of view, theme. Over four weeks we will review the core techniques of novel-writing and examine excerpts from established writers to see what works and what doesn't. You will be encouraged to consider how these techniques apply to your own writing. Wherever you are in your writing, the course will help you achieve a new nevel in the long path from idea to print.

    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.

    • 29 Oct 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

    • 04 Nov 2019
    • 25 Nov 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Artists Private Atelier (nearest Metro Hotel de Ville, lines 1 & 11 or Pont Marie, line 7)
    • 5
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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.  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.

    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.
    • 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 and Director of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

    Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins
    • 04 Nov 2019
    • 29 Jun 2020
    • 29 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 4
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    This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or advanced level of English. 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 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): Alice Meade, Beth Sokolow, Stuart Attewell, Regan Falcon

    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 Nov 2019
    • 18 Nov 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • 71 rue Leblanc, 75015 Paris
    • 4
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    Follow Matisse with a pair of scissors to explore a world of color at play. Begin with simple line drawings from nature.
    Transform these drawings into cut paper shapes to create collages and stencils, combing them into an engaging, colorful composition.

    Learn how to employ the principles of repetition, rhythm, and color harmonies to create your own Matisse inspired design.

    A 20€ supply fee is included in the price of this course. All materials will be provided.
    Open to all levels.

    Course Requirements: Suitable for 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.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain
    • 06 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • TBC
    • 4
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    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. Plenty of practical exercises are included, always under the advice and guidance of the tutor. 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.

    Course Requirements: Suitable for all levels of photographers.  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 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.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán
    • 07 Nov 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • meet by 17 rue de Sèvres 75006 Paris (nearest metro Sévres-Babylone lines 10 and 12)
    • 0
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    The Hermes legendary French luxury goods house was created in 1837 and is known worldwide for its handmade high-quality bags and luggage.

    Housed in a former swimming pool, Hermes has opened a new store on 17 Rue de Sèvres. It is the newest addition to the Paris scene with its established location Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore.

    This visit will give you the opportunity to understand how Hermes handles special orders to satisfy the desires of its elite clientele.

    Made and designed by one artisan only, these masterpieces are unique from the famous Kelly bag, designed for Grace Kelly in 1956 to hide her pregnancy, to the Birkin bag which remains popular after 30 years. From Paris to Brazil and around the world, Hermes always attracts a diverse clientele.

    Join us on this exclusive visit of the Hermes house.

    About the Instructor: Guide will be provided by Hermes upon arrival.

    Photo Credit: Hermes Sevres

    • 07 Nov 2019
    • 19 Dec 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 5
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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 previously taught classes for WICE in short fiction, travel writing and turning life into fiction.

    • 08 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Instructors Private Residence (nearest metro: Corvisart or Glaciere)
    • 5
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    Join French-trained Pastry Chef Lisa Allen in an inspired half-day of tart-making fun! She will guide you through a fully immersive, hands-on experience creating your own French tarts. This month's tarts will be Apple Tarts, Classic French and the Tarte Normande, just in time for Thanksgiving. You will visit a local market to source the fruit and bake it all from scratch in Lisa’s quaint Parisian apartment. 

    Coffee, tea or hot chocolate will be available to get your hands going! Taste your creations ‘sur place’ or receive a box to take your treats home

    About the Instructor: Chef Lisa Arielle Allen is an American pâtissière, with an extremely sweet set of teeth! Throughout her life, she has enjoyed making surrounding lives sweeter with homemade treats. Now fully trained and certified by the esteemed Ferrandi école de gastronomie, with additional training in 5-star and Michelin-starred kitchens, the Callebaut Chocolate Academy, and Edwart Chocolatier (among others), she is excited to share with you her love, passion and knowledge for French pastry and chocolate!

    Photo Credit: Tarts and Truffles 

    • 08 Nov 2019
    • 29 Nov 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 2
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    Embroidery definitely is for you - great! This course will introduce the 18 basic needlework stitches with a lovely linen sampler and from here the world is your embroidered oyster!   You will learn how to transfer an embroidery pattern, set up an embroidery frame and the eighteen basic embroidery stitches (straight, back, stem, blanket, fly, feather, chain, daisy chain, French knots, bullions knots, chevron, herringbone, straight satin, diagonal satin, seeding, long and short, coiling).   Cost of materials included in fee. 

    About the Instructor: Rebecca Devaney is a textile artist, researcher and educator who currently works as a Haute Couture Embroiderer in Paris, France.  She has a BA in Art and Design Education and a MFA in Textile Art and Artefact from the National College of Art and Design, Ireland and recently completed professional training in Haute Couture Embroidery at the École Lesage, France.

    Photo Credit: Rebecca Devaney

    • 09 Nov 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • La Ruche, 2 Passage de Dantzig, 75015 Paris (nearest metro: Convention, line 12 or Porte de Vanves, line 13)
    • 5
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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.

    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 snack 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.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain
    • 14 Nov 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • meet at Café des Beaux-Arts, 7 quai Malaquais, 75006 Paris
    • 7
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    This gallery walk is a behind the scenes look at the contemporary art world, and will introduce you to some of the most important actors and the more local French players in the Parisian art scene.

    Beneath the golden cupola of the L’Académie française and close to the prestigious Académie des Beaux-Arts, our visit will take you to a section of Saint-Germain-des-Prés with a long tradition in the arts. You’ll see top galleries representing modern and contemporary art, plus galleries specializing in antiques, Art Deco, Fifties furniture and contemporary furniture. This mix of history, art and design is a delight for any art lover or anyone interested in learning more about the arts.

    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

    • 15 Nov 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 3
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    Born in Rwanda, Scholastique Mukasonga moved to France in 1992, two years before the genocide in her home country.  Her lavishly-praised debut novel, Notre-Dame du Nil, uses the context of an all-girls lycée near the source of the Nile to portray preconceptions and attitudes in 1970s Rwanda.  

    Parents send their daughters to the school hoping they will be moulded into respectable citizens and to escape the dangers of the outside world. Yet the lycée itself is a microcosm of the country’s own  mounting racial tensions and violence; behind its closed doors unfolds friendship, curiosity, fear, deceit, prejudice, and persecution. 

    Notre-Dame du Nil was awarded the 2012 Prix Renaudot, the 2012 Prix Ahmadou Kourouma, the 2013 Prix Océans and in 2014 was named a Best Book by Publisher’s Weekly.

    ‘[Mukasonga] helps readers without experience of the setting become immersed at once, feeling out the tribal tensions without being overburdened with exposition.  This is a moving, nuanced portrait of fear and survival.’ Publishers Weekly

    ‘D'une écriture âpre et tendue, Notre-Dame du Nil dépeint une société qui chemine inexorablement vers l'horreur .... Poignant et implacable.’  Le Monde

    You may read the book in your language of choice. Discussions are in both French and English. Registrations open Saturday 12 October.

    Photo Credit: Scholastique Mukasonga



    • 16 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Meeting details TBC
    • 12
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    ** All tastings are included in the price of the tour. **

    Discover the Marché d'Aligre, one of Paris's most vibrant and authentic outdoor markets with your expert guide, Allison Zinder, a former chef and educator who has lived in France for 25 years.  She will share how to shop like a local, ideas to inspire your seasonal cooking, and tips on how to interact with market vendors. 

    The Marché d'Aligre, located near the Bastille in the 12th arrondisement, is actually three unique markets:  the Outdoor Marche d'Aligre, full of vibrant seasonal produce; the Covered Marché Beauvau, an architectural beauty that consists of three halls filled with a variety of food stalls, cheese shops, butchers shops and more; and, at the center of the quaint plaza is the Outdoor Antiques & Flea Market.

    Taste and learn on this in-depth tour, which includes a visit to a local bakery specializing in traditional French breads, a charcuterie tasting in the Marché Beauvau, and a cheese tasting of 5 to 6 seasonal cheeses.  You will wrap up your time together with a celebratory glass of wine.

    Learn to market shop like a Parisian!  Don't miss this delicious Saturday Marché d'Aligre tour with Allison, your Expert Guide. 

    About the Instructor: A former chef, Allison Zinder works at the intersection of French gastronomy and culture. She offers market tours, entertaining historic walks, and dynamic food and wine lectures through her company, Paris on the Edge. Allison also guides study-abroad students in their discovery of French food, wine, and culture. And for the past 6 years, she has been a Professor of Food & Beverage at a hotel and restaurant management school in Paris.

    • 18 Nov 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • meet at 10 rue Monsieur le Prince, 75006 Paris (nearest metro lines: Odéon (line 4), Cluny la Sorbonne (line 10) or Luxembourg; RER B)
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    French philosopher Auguste Comte is known as the inventor of positivism. Influenced by the Enlightenment, a European intellectual movement of the 17th and 18th centuries, Comte developed the idea of the growing importance of modern science and the potential application of scientific methods to the study and improvement of society. 

    The apartment in which he lived the last years of his life has not changed in 150 years. The visit will provide an insight into typical 19th century decoration. 

    Considered as the intellectual cradle of Paris, we will continue our discovery of the Odéon / Saint Germain district by evoking famous writers, thinkers and librarians from the past century.

    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: Appart Auguste Comte

    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 10
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    In 1941, Irène Némirovsky sat down to write a book that would convey the magnitude of what she was living through by evoking the domestic lives and personal trials of the ordinary citizens of France. Némirovsky's death in Auschwitz in 1942 prevented her from seeing the day, sixty-five years later, that the existing two sections of her planned novel sequence, Suite Française, would be rediscovered and hailed as a masterpiece.

    Set during the year that France fell to the Nazis, Suite Française falls into two parts. The first is a brilliant depiction of a group of Parisians as they flee the Nazi invasion; the second follows the inhabitants of a small rural community under occupation. Suite Française is a novel that teems with wonderful characters struggling with the new regime. However, amidst the mess of defeat, and all the hypocrisy and compromise, there is hope. True nobility and love exist, but often in surprising places.

    "Quite outstanding, full of beauty, pain and truth" -- Anne Chisholm Sunday Telegraph

    "An irresistible work. Suite Francaise clutches the heart" -- Carmen Callil The Times

    "The work of a genuine artist" -- Julian Barnes Guardian

    About the Instructor: Tracy is a wordsmith with a love of both the written and spoken word. When she doesn't have her head in a book or isn't tapping away writing her next book, she can be found either shopping at a local farmer's market, wandering around a brocante looking for old cookware, vintage china and maps or chatting over a bottle of wine with friends in her adopted French homeland. After spending over 20 years in international project and risk management she moved to the French countryside and returned to her passion for writing and books. Her first short story collections were published in 2015 and 2016, and she is also a book coach, editor and writers workshop leader.


    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Location TBC
    • 8
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    Learn what makes France so special as we demystify the grand cru systems of France, We will taste through a variety of Grand Crus to build up and refine your wine knowledge. With an innovative and refreshing approach and in just 2 hours, you'll receive tips on where to find good value and you will taste five Grand Crus. A planche of cheese and charcuterie is included.

    About the Instructor: Tanisha Townsend is an American wine professional that came to Paris for the love of wine. A professor, consultant, tour hostess, Tanisha organizes events from the classroom to the dining room. Her goal is to educate and entertain, while promoting the history and joys of fermented beverages to the masses. She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

    Photo Credit: Girl Meets Glass

    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence (meeting point: TBC, nearest metro: Bonne Nouvelle)
    • 11
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    ** Join us for a Hearty Lunch & Glass of Wine featuring **

    Brined Turkey Breast Stuffed with Cranberries, Ham & Mushrooms

    Don't race around Paris searching for the last whole turkey or fresh cranberries.  Simplify your Thanksgiving this year - without sacrificing flavor - with this incredibly delicious, moist, stuffed boneless turkey breast

    Chef Randall's secret is to use what we can easily find in Paris and that means whole turkey breasts, which we can easily find all year round, even in your grocery store. 

    First, we will learn how to brine the meat to ensure it is incredibly moist.  Then we'll stuff it with breadcrumbs, dried cranberries, ham, and mushrooms. Yum!  All the flavors of Thanksgiving! 

    Finally, watch how to butterfly and stuff; then how to roll - tie - and roast. Voila, your turkey is in the oven and your Thanksgiving a success!  

    Gateau au Noix de Pecan et Chocolat

    We all know how much Chef Randall loves chocolate, so his flour-less chocolate-pecan cake is nothing short of magical.

    A fitting end for any special event. You will want this one on your Thanksgiving table and in your recipes files !  Don't miss this class. 

    Techniques: learn how to brine, butterfly, stuff, and roast a turkey breast; how to make a flour-less nut cake. 

    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.

    • 22 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • TBC
    • 4
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    Receiving feedback of our images and work is essential for advancing our technique and style.

    In this class you will learn how to organize your photos by theme, maintaining coherence between images within a series.

    You also will learn how to build and present a personal portfolio to a gallery or a photography competition.

    During class you will show your 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

    Course Requirements: Suitable for all levels of photography.

    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.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán
    • 25 Nov 2019
    • 09 Dec 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • 71 rue Leblanc, 75015 Paris
    • 5
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    Don’t miss this occasion to think big and create small. Persian or Indian miniatures, or illuminated biblical manuscripts, evoke worlds of wonder as grand as they are small.
    Learn how to use pen, colored inks, collage and watercolor to create a series of works on paper small enough to put in an envelope and mail to a friend or family member for the holidays.

    Students will be encouraged to choose a theme then collect some of their own reference materials (photographs, favorite objects, cut-outs from magazines or other media sources) to use as inspiration. Register early and begin collecting! The rest is pure fun and a creative adventure.

    A 15€ supply fee is included in the price of the class.

    Course Requirements: Suitable for 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.

    Photo Credit: Raelene Glenn
    • 02 Dec 2019
    • 16 Dec 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Artists Private Atelier (nearest Metro Hotel de Ville, lines 1 & 11 or Pont Marie, line 7)
    • 9
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    Every good artist first learns the rules in order to break them successfully. In this course, we will review composition, lighting, motion, and post-production techniques. Then, with creative and experimental spirit (and wild abandon!), we will take on challenging assignments to break the rules and expand the boundaries of photography as art. The course includes friendly critique of work in class, as well as hands-on practice (field work as weather permits). You'll come away with strong technical tools and a new-found appreciation for the different ways to approach the art of photography.

    Students can expect to:
    • become more familiar with their camera;
    • learn about exposure, composition, and post-production techniques;
    • have their technical questions answered directly;
    • 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 and Director of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

    Photo Credit: Diane Stamm
    • 04 Dec 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • meet at 128 rue du Bac, 75007 Paris - Under the porch (nearest metro: Sèvres Babylone, lines 10 and 12 )
    • 18
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