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Drawing & PAINTING

Drawing classes

WICE is excited to offer a diverse selection of drawing and sketching classes suitable for all levels of skill. Students can expect instructors to rely on the beauty of Paris as inspiration for their course material, whether you find yourself in the classroom or out in plein-air.

If you've ever longed to try drawing for the first time or have almost filled your latest sketchbook, our talented instructors are ready to move you to the next step in your creative journey. 

See individual course descriptions for more information.

Painting classes

Paris, the City of Light, is an inspiring place, notably for painters of all persuasions. WICE is excited to offer painting courses that encourage hands-on instruction, engaging creative assignments and lively group discussions.

With or without prior experience, you will be led through small classes with individual attention. These courses are structured enough to provide all the basics of the craft, yet free enough to allow experimentation and discovery.

See individual course descriptions for more information.

Student Testimonial

"Jan's class is perfect for those new to drawing as well as people who have been drawing for a long time. This class provides an opportunity to build actual drawing skills which are learned and strengthened through very stimulating drawing/seeing exercises.   Jan is a very knowledgable teacher who provides a very supportive learning environment."- Judith Turano


Meet our Instructor

Jan Olsson holds a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and has been a full-time resident of Paris since 1990. During her tenure at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, she received the coveted Professional Fellowship in Painting from the Virginia Museum. She has also received invitations as artist-in-residence at Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts and the Sante Fe Art Centre. Subsequently she completed her third residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and relocated to the celebrated artists' studio near Montparnasse known as La Ruche. Jan is an engaging teacher with many years of experience who exhibits internationally. 

Upcoming events

    • 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

    • 01 Apr 2019
    • 15 Apr 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Individual artists studio, 71 rue Leblanc, 75015 Paris
    • 4
    Register

    “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

    • 13 May 2019
    • 03 Jun 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TBC in advance
    • 5
    Register
    Paris gardens provide a delightful escape from the hustle and bustle of city streets. They also provide the perfect place to practice sketching and watercolor painting from a wealth of subjects, including architectural motifs, fountains, sculptures, flowers and trees. With sketchbook, pencils and watercolors in hand, join our small group to explore these lovely sites while receiving personalized instruction designed for your individual skill level and interest.

    Basic topics covered will include:

    • how to make quick thumbnail sketches to capture a scene

    • how to treat light and shade

    • hints on how to see depth, understand perspective and master proportion

    • simple techniques for watercolor sketching

    Participants will provide their own materials. A list of supplies and shopping information will be supplied upon registration.

    About the Instructor: Prior to settling in Paris, Jan Olsson was awarded the Professional Fellowship in Painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Her paintings have been exhibited in Paris’ most competitive juried exhibitions and are included in both private and museum collections. Visit her professional website and teaching blog.

    Photo Credit: Jan Olsson

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