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  • 28 Aug 2019 10:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bonjour and hello there fellow continuing education learners! Are you ready for a new season of classes, workshops, enrichment and fun?

    New courses are listed here – and don't forget to join us at our Open House September 24 at Forum 104. Register here. Hope to see you there!

    À bientôt!

  • 16 Aug 2019 3:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Save the date ... and don't forget that you can register for new classes beginning in September now.

  • 02 Aug 2019 2:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Weee! New courses listed and registration has begun!

    You don't have to think about summer ending just yet, but do think about all the marvelous courses coming up at WICE – because registration has begun and you'll not want to miss out!

    WICE is pleased to offer some great new courses like a children's drama cap, languages, culture, food walks and baking classes. We also have some crafting courses coming up as well with embroidery and collage, which I can attest to as both being relaxing and rewarding.

    Check out the new courses >

  • 12 Jul 2019 12:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Visiting or staying in Paris on Bastille Day, July 14th (aka La Fête Nationale) and deciding which activities to do? Here are 5 ideas to make your day fun and memorable:

    1. Catch the spectacular Military Parade & Flyover at 10am at the Arc de Triomphe and then, the parade at 11am along the Champs-Élysée. Get there early for a good viewing spot.

    2. Fireworks & Concert at the Eiffel Tower. You can picnic before and catch the free concert at 9:30 on the grassy area of  Champs de Mars where you'll also have a great view of the Eiffel Towers fireworks. Get there early, of course!

    3. Skip the city altogether and head to Versailles for the very special water fountain show. Best to buy tickets to Versailles ahead of time.

    4. Views from Montmartre: Find a hotel with a view and catch the fireworks show from Montmartre! It's lovely just to wander and see the views from Sacré Coeur as well.

    5. And finally, how about a dinner cruise on the Seine to see the fireworks and the city? What a memory, right?? Click here to find out more.

    Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful holiday weekend in Paris!

  • 01 Jul 2019 8:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Discover the fascinating history of the fashionable Marais from it’s humble beginnings as a swamp to the aristocratic masquerades to the clothing manufacturers of the 20th century.  Become acquainted to the past and present-day stories of boutiques and brands. Learn about the concept of “couture pastries” or immerse yourself in the history of French perfume.

    Aloïs Guinut, your guide, is a style coach and personal shopper.  She studied fashion at the prestigious Institut Français de la Mode followed by a career in the creative industries. Several years later, she moved on to be a freelance personal shopper for women visiting France.

    Fashion in the Marais, Guided Tour
    July 8, 2019 // 2-4pm

    Meeting point TBC in advance
    WICE Members & Their Guests –

  • 25 Jun 2019 7:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WICE on social media. 

    Something WICE related you’d like to share?! Then, please don’t forget to tag us on social media. Social media is a great way to convey what we’ve all been up to and stay connected. Maybe it’s a photo from a photography workshop – or a video clip of that short story you wrote? Sharing is caring. Sharing is nice... sharing is WICE!

    You can tag us at: #wiceparis and @wiceparis

    and connect with  us at:

  • 24 Jun 2019 1:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    If you enjoy everyday life stories, ordinary people, and still life, this workshop is for you. We are surrounded by beauty at every instant, and you will learn how to capture these moments and transform them into poetic images.

    You will learn to be aware of your surroundings and keep a lookout for moments while walking on the street, through a market, or in a crowd during a day of national celebration. You will train your eye while learning about the photos of great masters, such as Robert Doisneau, Saul Leiter and Martin Parr.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about composition in photography
    • Develop observational skills to catch a moment in a photograph
    • Acquire hands-on experience through practical assignments.
    • Participate in a friendly critique of their work
    • Suitable for all levels and all kinds of digital cameras.

    Your instructor, Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics. 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. (Photo credit: Juan Manuel Abella)

    July 6, 2019 // 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Location: TBC

    65 Euro

  • 11 Jun 2019 8:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Six different wine from six different regions will be served during this session. Taste Champagne, white, rose, red, and sweet wines, while discovering their unique attributes. This favor tour of sorts will take through Champagne, Alsace, burgundy, Provence, Bordeaux, and the Loire Valley. Its a wonderful opportunity to learn more about wine. Small nibbles will be served.

    Instructor, Hélène Goble, comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of Bordeaux and Champagne. She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

    Jul 2, 2019 // 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Location: Instructor's Residence, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    WICE Members & Their Guests – €70.00

  • 03 Jun 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Light & Exposure: Mastering Manual Mode (3 sessions)

    Beginners to advance photographers curious about various modes and camera settings are welcome to join this course, where you’ll dive deep into understanding and shooting with different modes. Each class will focus on elements of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Get practical knowledge on the how and why – explore your new knowledge and obtain friendly critiques of your work.

    • Learning manual mode settings on their camera.
    • Learning about ISO, aperture, shutter speeds, and handling challenging light situations.
    • Getting hands-on experience with practical assignments.
    • Participate in a friendly critique of their work.

    Instructor, Juan Manuel Abellán, specializes 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. Juan Manuel works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, dance and fine art photography.

    June 7 – June 21, 2019 (3 Sessions)
    * Session 1: 07 Jun 2019, 9:30 AM 1:30 PM

    * Session 2: 14 Jun 2019, 9:30 AM 1:30 PM
    * Session 3: 21 Jun 2019, 9:30 AM 1:30 PM
    WICE Members & Their Guests,

    Location TBC

    Registration >

  • 31 May 2019 3:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following post is student work from the WICE feature-writing course – Paris, Mai 2019

    L Adieu a la Nuit (Farewell to Darkness)
    film review by Mo. Amaudry

    Andre Techine’s latest movie, which stars the iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve, is an intense and poignant thriller about a dysfunctional family facing contemporary cultural issues.

    Inspired by journalist David Thomson’s series of interviews with French radicalised youth, the film tells the story of an attractive and well bred young man, who comes to visit his grandmother before taking off to seek his fortune in Canada, or so we are led to believe.

    Deneuve is his only family left and as a grand mother, the actress breaks away from the ice- queen image, for which she is known since appearing on the cover of Time magazine a couple of decades ago as the most beautiful blonde in the world. Here she plays a dark-haired grandma ‘to look more authentic’ she claims, wearing riding boots and plaid shirts, running a ranch in the wild Basque country.

    The story is set against the rough, sunny and beautiful coastline in Southwest France. We initially watch a lunar eclipse quickly clearing up to show a large cherry tree orchard in full bloom where Deneuve is stalking a wild boar with her rifle. She intimidates them but lets him get away.

    The carefully crafted story line shows sunny life on the ranch, where young kids riding thorough bred horses are celebrating a horse race. But Deneuve’s grandson Alex, is conspicuously absent, as he is planning his pending departure to new horizons.

    We soon discover the dark menace ahead when Alex goes to meet his muslin girlfriend. She is a social worker, but has also become a member of a group of jihadists. She is the leading force behind Alex’s indoctrination to radical Islam.

    Techine s film flows smoothly from one scene to another to set off the intergenerational conflicts, in today’s society. Deneuve tries everything to prevent her grandson from leaving, while Alex is determined to do whatever it takes to pursue his goal.

    The beauty and intensity of the movie is found through cinematographer Julian Hirsch camera which criss-crosses the emotional and physical paths followed by the protagonists, while the tension and the passion mounts on both sides to lead to a conclusion which will leave both sides deeply bruised but with a ray of hope.

    Techina, who is 76 and has previously shot 8 movies with Deneuve, sticks successfully to his detached approach to story telling and does not pass judgement on the characters, leaving the viewer to think hard and long about the issues facing a dysfunctional society.

    Deneuve gives a poignant performance as a grandmother attempting to save her grandson from his deadly fate. She leads the film with grace and dignity and her unabashed determination. Turning 75 this year, still attractive and ageing gracefully, she is one of the most important actresses of our time having worked with the greatest film directors such as Luis Bunuel, Roman Polanski, Jacques Demis, and Francois Truffaut. Today, she keeps playing leading roles in films dealing with serious societal and cultural issues with the talent and skill that have infatuated her viewers for the past 7 decades!

    L’ Adieu a la Nuit, (Farewell to Darkness) DVD will be out next August.

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