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Visual Arts

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 us today. We look forward to hearing from you.


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Upcoming courses

    • 06 May 2019
    • 20 May 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • TBC before event start
    • 5
    Register

    There are unique subjects to discover and secrets to unearth in every part of Paris, especially as we enjoy the warmth and welcoming weather of May. We will take Paris street photography to new heights by exploring the known and the unknown, from lively quartiers to tranquil gardens, from traditional Paris to the 21st century. Join us as we discover the real Paris via our own personal artistic perspective.

    Each class will start in a café of a chosen quartier to discuss the photo lessons of the session. You then will explore the area to study the light, colors, characters, details, lines, forms, and shapes. You will receive hands-on practice with your camera and have your questions answered on the spot. At the end of each class, you will review the images from the previous week’s expedition to learn about your successes and challenges. At the end of this class, if you’re having a great time and want to continue to wander as a flâneur photographer, the class continues with three more sessions (Exploring Through the Lens (Part 2)

    Students can expect to:

    • Become familiar with their camera
    • Learn about exposure, composition, and how to engage your subjects
    • Have your technical questions answered directly
    • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work

    Course Requirements:

    • Suitable for all levels of photographer

    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 of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

    Photo Credit: Nola Erhardt

    • 11 May 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Individual artists studio, 71 rue Leblanc, 75015 Paris
    • 10
    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 Click here to see prints by Jan’s students and learn more about monotypes.

    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 sack 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. You may visit her professional website for examples of her work.

    Photo Credit: Jan Olsson

    • 13 May 2019
    • 03 Jun 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TBC in advance
    • 1
    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

    • 22 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Instructor’s studio, 72 rue Saint Louis en Ile, 75004 Paris
    • 5
    Register

    Now that you have a portfolio of amazing photographs, what’s next? Fame and fortune? Why not?

    While this workshop cannot guarantee celebrity, it can show you several paths for effectively sharing your photographs, with perhaps some personal and monetary reward. You’ll learn how to secure and organize an exhibition, how to enter competitions (including which competitions are legitimate), how to sell your photographs as stock photography, and how to use Instagram to become better known.

    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 of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

    Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins

    • 27 May 2019
    • 10 Jun 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • various locations during the course
    • 6
    Register

    This exploring class is a continuation of the earlier class (SY061) or a new start to exploring Paris with your camera. (You don’t have to have taken Part 1). This class is about discovering the most visual parts of Paris and capturing human memorable moments, especially as we revel in the coming of summer. We will take Paris street photography to new heights by exploring the known and the unknown, from lively quartiers to tranquil gardens, from traditional Paris to the 21st century. Join us as we discover the real Paris via our own personal artistic perspective.


    Each class will start in a café of a chosen quartier to discuss the photo lessons of the session. You then will explore the area to study the light, colors, characters, details, lines, forms, and shapes. You will receive hands-on practice with your camera and have your questions answered on the spot. At the end of each class, you will review the images from the previous week’s expedition to learn about your successes and challenges.


    Students can expect to:

    • Become familiar with their camera
    • Learn about exposure, composition, and how to engage your subjects
    • Have your 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 of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.


    Photo Credit: Alex Torres

    • 07 Jun 2019
    • 21 Jun 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • TBC
    • 6
    Register

    Intrigued by the variety of modes and settings on your camera? Get away from the simple choice of shooting in automatic mode by mastering when to use the manual settings.


    This in-depth course explores the manual mode factors of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. You'll analyze the interaction among them and learn when to apply the manual mode settings. Classes begin with an explanation of each element and continue with practical work in different lighting conditions. A review of your images and suggestions will follow.


    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about the manual mode settings on their camera.
    • Learn about ISO, aperture, shutter speeds, and how to tackle challenging light situations.
    • Get hands-on experience with practical assignments.
    • Participate in a friendly critique of their work.

    Suitable for beginner and intermediate photographers; advanced students also are welcome.  Participants should bring a camera with manual ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings.

    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialized 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 Abellan

    • 28 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • TBC
    • 5
    Register

    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

    • get hands-on experience through practical assignments.

    • Participate in a friendly critique of their work

    Suitable for all levels and all kinds of digital cameras.

    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 Abellan

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