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Printmaking classes at WICE

The WICE Visual Arts department is now offering Fine-Art Printmaking courses, taught by Jan Olsson and held in the idyllic setting of La Ruche. Jan is an inspirational teacher and prepares her courses with great care. Whether you're an accomplished artist or complete beginner, she can help move your art forward.

Classes are held one Saturday afternoon each month beginning in October.

Craft classes at WICE

WICE is pleased to offer courses with a focus on design on occasion, as well as those devoted to craft.  Please see below for our current offerings. 

Upcoming Printmaking & Craft Courses

    • 12 Oct 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)
    • 6
    Register

    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
    • 18 Oct 2019
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 6
    Register
    Interested in embroidery but not quite sure if it’s for you? Try this exciting introduction with fabulous and fun patterns from Sublime Stitching.  You will learn how to transfer an embroidery pattern, set-up an embroidery frame and the three basic stitches (straight, back and stem). The fee include materials, which the instructor will provide.  

    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: Sublime Stitching

    • 04 Nov 2019
    • 18 Nov 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • 71 rue Leblanc, 75015 Paris
    • 5
    Register

    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
    • 08 Nov 2019
    • 29 Nov 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 6
    Register
    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)
    • 6
    Register

    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


More about La Ruche...

InstructorJan Olsson installed her etching press, “The Queen Bee," in a studio at the historic artists' colony La Ruche in 1994. Since then she has exhibited etchings, collagraphs, monotypes and artist’s books created there. The buildings provide a wonderful working space and the garden is an oasis of calm, with trees, flowers, unexpected corners and the sound of birdsong throughout the day.  And, importantly, La Ruche is a real community of artists, and one that is not open to the public, which means that students have the rare opportunity to take a peek inside this enclave.

Student testimonial

"Jan lets us experiment with different materials and techniques in a guided approach. She varies the techniques so that everyone has the opportunity to find one that suits them." - A. Meng

Do you have a question or want more information on our printmaking or design classes? Contact us at visualarts@wice-paris.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

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