Short Art Courses in Paris, France

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Pauline Fraisse Art & Culture, Paris:
Pauline Fraisse Art & Culture offers customized year-round and summer drawing and painting classes & workshops in central Paris for adults, artists, art students and children at beginner to advanced levels. Classes are taught in English and French - with short, intensive, scheduled courses in my comfortable studio and/or outdoors, as well as customized art workshops upon request. Learn how to make your own "travel sketchbooks", how to illustrate stories, how to develop painting and creative skills in a fun and pleasant way. Groups welcome! I offer a 5% discount for 2 places booked, 10% discount for 3 places, 15% discount for 4 places.

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Art Mediums and Subjects:
Mediums include drawing, painting, watercolor, pastels, watercolor painting, acrylic painting and mixed media; oil painting, drawing with pens/ pencil/ ink, sketching with pencil, and more.

Subjects and themes include traditional French architecture, modern architecture, modern life, real life, still life, motion, imagination.

The classes are always with very small groups.

Drawing and Painting Classes taught in English and/or French:


• 3-hour Customized Courses, Studio & Outdoor Workshops - 2:00-5:00PM - Tuesday & Friday

Photo of Short Art Courses in Paris, FranceIn small groups (1 to 4 persons/group), these art courses focus on drawing and/or watercolor techniques. Felt pens, color pencils, pastels and charcoal are possible too!

The customized courses (semi-private) take place partly at the studio, and partly outdoors if the weather is suitable. Work on technical aspects of your choice (color, perspective..), or develop a project (travel journal, illustrated story..).

Children and teenagers under 18 years old can also join adult courses; provided that an accompanying parent or adult joins as well.

- Enjoy a 5% discount when booking 2 classes, 10% for 3 classes, 15% for 4 classes. For 5 persons and more: Contact me for group prices.

- It is possible to offer gift-certificates for courses and workshops. 


• Customized Courses for Children & Teenagers (ages 5 to 17) - 2:00-3:30PM - Wednesday
90 minute classes for groups of 1 to 4 children. The children work on a same subject, or on different subjects, depending on their level and personal preferences.

Image of Short Art Courses in Paris, FranceCustomized courses for children include initiation to color, developing creativity, drawing, collage, illustration or fashion drawing. The courses aim at developing accuracy of drawing, creativity, and the pleasure of using your imagination. The program is based according to the child's age and artistic taste. 

It is possible to join on a single occasion, or regularly.

Elements of the following themes and subjects can be combined:

1. Initiation: Learning colors, creating patterns, discovering the possibilities of collage, making 3D objects with paper or salt dough.

2. Observation drawing: Developing one's eye, precision of drawing, use of colors and values. Learning to use acrylic painting. Composing still lives and portraits.

3. Illustration and imaginary work: Illustrating stories and making comic strips; learning body positions, facial expressions, perspective in order to create spaces and figures.

4. Art-journal and mixed media: Making one's own art-journal, combining text and images; finding new ways to express ideas and create images, using collage, materials, paint.

5. First steps with History of Art: Study the way an artist used to work in the past, and create works in that manner.

Basic supplies are included, except for paper. It is recommended to buy an A4 size sketchpad (ex: "Canson XL" sketchpad). The sketchbook can be left at the studio between two classes for convenience if you would like.

- It is also possible to organize courses for a group of children, for instance for a birthday party!


- It is possible to offer gift-certificates for courses and workshops.


• Customized Courses for Young Children / Preschoolers (3-4 years old) - 3:30-4:30PM - Wednesday
1 Hour class:  It is possible to take one individual class or to come on a weekly basis at the studio.

Photos of Pauline Fraisse Art & Culture, ParisYoung children learn to create colors and patterns, observe and transcribe their own personal visions. Later, they study perspective, light, shadows and values. 

This course aims at developing your child's accuracy of drawing, creativity, and the pleasure of using his / her imagination. The program is based according to the child's age and artistic taste.

Elements of the following themes and subjects can be combined:

1. Initiation: Learning colors, creating patterns, discovering the possibilities of collage, making 3D objects with paper or salt dough.

2. Observation drawing: Developing one's eye, precision of drawing, use of colors. Learning to use acrylic painting. Composing still lives and drawing animals.

3. Illustration and imaginary work: Learning how to draw human body, animals, facial expressions.

4. Mixed media: Creating images using collage, texture, paint.

5. First steps with History of Art: Getting familiar with the way an artist used to work in the past, and to create unique works based on that inspiration.

Basic supplies are included, except for paper. It is recommended to buy an A4 size sketchpad (ex: "Canson XL" sketchpad). The sketchbook can be left at the studio between two classes for convenience if you would like.

Children and teenagers under 18 years old can also join adult courses, provided an accompanying adult joins as well (see FAQs for more details).

- It is also possible to organize courses for a group of children, for instance for a birthday party!

- It is possible to offer gift-certificates for courses and workshops. 



• Private Art Classes / Customized Lessons:
Picture of Short Art Courses in Paris, France- For individuals, groups, corporate, families and birthday parties

Customized semi-private classes take place on fixed dates each week. These courses focus on the techniques of your choice: Drawing, Watercolor Painting, Pastels, Color pencils & pens, Mixed Media.

Students can choose to work on technical aspects of their choice (color, figure drawing, portrait...), or to develop a specific art project (art-journal, illustration...).

Private classes can be organized at the studio (for studying oil painting, acrylic painting or any other technique), and other places in Paris. For groups of 5+ people, contact Pauline below for private course arrangements.


• Art Workshop in Giverny, northern France:

Painting day-trips in Giverny (the location of the famous gardens and home of impressionist painter Claude Monet). Groups of 1 to 8 persons, for a group of friends and families.


• Corporate / Team Building Workshops:
Designed according to your company’s needs for the Team Building session, organize a “sketchbook” workshop for your company, and stimulate the group's creativity, while offering a new eye on the company. 

Images of Pauline Fraisse Art & Culture, ParisWorkshops have proven that in a few hours, anyone can produce creative drawings, even without having ever practiced before. In the form of quick sketching and following the trend of the "report-sketchbook", drawing becomes a collective activity.

Your group shares the objective of producing a documentary together, about a day at work, a department activity, a project under development, etc.

Our Team Building Workshops include the following elements:
- Diversity: the drawings show diverse approaches of a subject;
- Dynamism: succession of different exercises, to maintain attention and create a good workshop rhythm;
- Fun and Enthusiasm: confidence replaces the early apprehensions.

Possible example extensions to the workshops include:
Exhibiting the drawings made by the teams; Publishing the drawings in an internal newspaper, a PR document, a greeting card, a website/ intranet, etc.; Organizing a 2-day workshop in a French city or other European country; A workshop about a key company theme (for example, your website, competence, new product fabrication and launching, project development), etc.

I also create customized pieces for special events. Contact me below to discuss a class or activity specific to your needs.


Student Reviews / Testimonials:
"I really enjoyed the class with you in August, "Ancient and Modern". You are an excellent teacher, guiding, demonstrating, and encouraging each student in the class. I want to tell you how excited my daughter Heidi was when I showed her my drawings....Heidi was practically speechless as she looked at the drawings, amazed at how much better they were than anything I had done before. Thank you for a truly remarkable class."
- Linda

"I signed up for Pauline's class at the Louvre with two friends, all of us visiting Paris from the US and Mexico. The class was a dream! Fun and instructive. After that my friends went home to the US and Mexico and I stayed. I was lucky enough to have four individual classes with Pauline drawing in Paris.

She is a wonderful teacher, she explains clearly (in perfect near-native English) and best of all she patiently guided me. I know now that I can draw!! I plan to take more drawing instruction with Pauline, whenever I can. She is the best!!!"

- Claire

"The workshop in Lucca with Pauline was an enchantment! Not to speak of the city - fabulous and so inspiring for creativity -, these days of intensity and of liberty have brought me much more than I expected.

Intensity, because the practical courses in the morning, each time in a different area of the city (subtly chosen for what it could bring to our technique), were structured, rich and dense. That way, we practiced numerous technical subjects, without it being ever off-putting, or too theoretical.

Liberty, because at the same time, Pauline doesn't impose; she has an eye that allows her to bring the best out of each one, while subtly orientating them. Liberty too, because the evening sessions were a fabulous space for creativity: from our morning work, we realized original pages where each personality expressed happily (although from a same "assignment").

Liberty, finally, because the daily organization gave us free time in the first part of the afternoon , that each one could use as they liked (as for myself, it was often to draw on the street, to extend the pleasure, and to provoke interesting encounters).

All of this made that, with my tiny starting level and my big hang-ups, I found myself progressively proud of my work, happy to draw outdoors in front of strangers (with whatever it offers in terms of exchanges and encounters).

Since then, my line has finally liberated, and there hasn't been a day without drawing. Which makes that, of course, I joined up again with another workshop a few months later, in Paris this time. And that as soon as I can, I will go on the road again with her!"

- Christine

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