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Visual Arts


About this course

Paris inspires creativity. Easels, sketchbooks and cameras abound, and museums and galleries are full of art treasures as living proof. The WICE Visual Arts department embraces this creative spirit and offers a range of classes, from one-day workshops to in-depth courses. Whether exploring the hidden corners of the city with your camera, sketching in a Paris café, or printmaking in an historic La Ruche studio, you’ll receive the personal attention and the creative inspiration that you need to really see (and feel!) Paris.

Let our experienced and talented instructors provide the practical techniques and creative inspiration to make the events, characters, and emotions of daily life in Paris something extraordinary and memorable.

Do you have a question about Visual Arts or want more information on our classes? No problem! Contact visualarts@wice-paris.org today. We look forward to hearing from you.

Upcoming Events

    • 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
    Register
    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
    • 08 Nov 2019
    • 29 Nov 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 1
    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

    • 25 Nov 2019
    • 09 Dec 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • 71 rue Leblanc, 75015 Paris
    • 5
    Register

    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)
    • 7
    Register
    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
    • 06 Dec 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • TBC
    • 6
    Register

    If you enjoy everyday life stories, 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
    • get hands-on experience through practical assignments.
    • Participate in a friendly critique of their work
    • Learn about the photographic techniques to use in street photography.

    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
    • 10 Dec 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • TBC
    • 5
    Register

    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
    • 10 Dec 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Galeries Lafayette, 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
    • 5
    Register

    Paris truly sparkles during the holidays. The store windows, glittering lights, and diverse quartier decorations are a photographic feast.

    
In this night workshop, we’ll visit the best spots (Grand Boulevard department stores, Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde) and learn the tricks of exposing for night lights, shooting through windows, light painting, and just generally capturing the joy of the season. You might even get the image you need for your personalized holiday card. For sure, we’ll end the evening with a cup of chocolate or vin chaud.
    Starting point: Galeries Lafayette

    Students can expect to:
    • become more familiar with their camera;
    • learn about exposure, composition, low-light shooting techniques;
    • have their technical questions answered directly.
    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: Pamela Spurdon (winner of the 2018 WICE Holiday Sparkle Photo Competition)

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