June 24, 2014

Coming Soon at WICE: Fall Courses Preview

With this great weather, everyone’s gearing up for their summertime vacations.  But it’s never too early to start thinking about and planning exciting activities for the Fall.  The WICE Program Directors are pleased to bring you an impressive Fall Course selection that will make you look forward to the Rentrée, all summer long. 

But first, kick off the new season with WICE’s Open House on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the American Church in Paris, where you can:   
  • Meet the Instructors
  • Participate in Workshops and Demonstrations
  • Learn more about WICE and its Courses and Events

See photos of last year’s Open House on WICE's Facebook page.

Fall Courses

Get the Ink Flowing with Creative Writing's:

  • Short Stories
  • How to Write a Novel
  • Fairy Tales & Myths
  • Paris Vignettes - How to Capture, Revealing moments, Encounters, and Events in 1500 words or less
  • Flash Fiction - Narrative, Voice and Imagery under 1000 words  
  • Getting Published Part I
  • Getting Published Part II

June 20, 2014

Strutting in the Parc de Bagatelle

Parc de Bagatelle
Photo © Masina Hunnicutt
The WICE Photo Exploring classes travel to all corners of Paris to discover—and rediscover—the most captivating places the city has to offer.

For the last journey of the spring course, the adventurous photographers traveled to the Bois de Boulogne to wander in the lush Parc de Bagatelle.

How many photographers does it take to capture "essence of peacock"?
Photo © Meredith Mullins
The chateau and gardens were built in the late 18th century by Marie Antoinette's brother-in-law in just 64 days, because she bet him it couldn't be done. He won the bet.

The odds are in our favor.
Photo © Meredith Mullins
The gardens now boast the summer rose competition, as well as irises, waterlilies, vegetables, pagodas, and a very vocal pride of peacocks (also called a "muster" or, even more aptly, an "ostentation").

Amelia Vargas . . . stalking the wild peacock
Photo © Meredith  Mullins
One of the class assignments was to capture the essence of peacock. Our group proved to be excellent peacock stalkers.

The subjects seemed to relish the attention and put on quite a show for our cameras. They strutted, ostentatiously, and flaunted their beautifully designed feathers and jewel toned bodies.

There were so many creative peacock shots that a friendly competition was born, and a prize was awarded by instructor Meredith Mullins for the best peacock photo. The photos were judged by the curator of the Yousuf Karsh photography estate, Jerry Fielder.

June 10, 2014

WICE Members: Spotlight on Evelyne Picard

WICE presents its Up Close and Personal series to give you an insider view of the fascinating members and staff who make up this remarkable association.  This week's focus is on Evelyne Picard, WICE member and artist who recently sold some of her artwork at the WICE Member Gallery exposition. 

art class Paris
Artist Evelyne Picard
1)   What brought you to Paris? 
 After living in San Francisco California for four years I moved to Paris in September 2013 where my husband was offered a new job assignment. In San Francisco I was working as a primary school substitute teacher as well as a teaching artist at the French American International School. I was also taking art classes at City College of San Francisco where I had the chance to study with excellent professors. Although it was very hard to leave San Francisco I believe that Paris is the perfect destination. It is a beautiful multifaceted city that has so much to offer and people are very nice here. I am currently dedicating most of my time to my artwork  www.evelynepicard.com
I am working on commissions and just finished participating in a show under invitation of Le Cercle des artistes de Paris at the Parc Floral de Paris in May.

2)  How did you become a WICE member? 

On my arrival to Paris I wanted to stay in touch with a community of permanent residents who enjoyed bicultural lives. One of my San Francisco friends introduced me to a friend of hers who moved to Paris from New York. She invited me to WICE's annual open house event. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that WICE had something to offer for each and every one of us: courses, friendships, visits, community support. I joined right away!
art class Paris
Un peu beaucoup
Evelyne Picard