Wells Art in Paris

and I was being exposed to new language, culture and art on a daily basis. I also dated French men.

I could not have chosen a better program for myself. I stayed with the niece of famed photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, just inside the border of Ile-de-Paris. The first half of every weekday was spent in intensive language classes at République, followed by a different art class each afternoon in various studios and galleries around Paris, rotating between Figure Drawing with Kathy Burke, Painting from Raw Materials (where we learned to make our own paints and medium from scratch and copy a masterpiece – pictured), and Art History in the Louvre.

My evenings were increasingly filled with more and more Argentine Tango classes and milongas – I quickly filled my schedule with 20 hrs+ per week of tango as I fell in love with the music and the people I met while dancing. Our little group travelled to milongas around the city, and when it got warm enough, we danced on the quais du Seine almost every evening. (Video)

I kept a blog while I was studying in Paris, and you can read it in its entirety below.

coming home

I am coming home.I have confirmed my flight.And aside from a random job offer from Campbell's that fell through, I ...

some of my work

thought i should share with you some of my work. sorry so many pictures today!a picture i drew today. i was ...

pictures of Barcelona finally!

these pictures are not in order but hopefully you can figure it out :)parc guell designed by gaudia sign in view ...

barcelona contd

Hi everyone!I am back from Barcelona and I am glad to be back. It was a good trip mais il faisait froid la ...

mostly facts

FRIDAYI got up in the morning, had breakfast at the hostel, and set out to see museu de la musica, barcelona ...

barcelona 1

ola!or hola! i cant remember how to spell ithere i am in barcelona.Barcelona is gorgeous and free and inspiring. ...

Pictures

Here are some pictures I could not upload this morning.CatacombsRodin Garden Look what I found! Anyone recognize ...

Voyage en Irlande

Before I begin, I would like to mention that my Mom told me my English is deteriorating, which I anticipated would ...

morning!

Last night, I went to the nearest bar for supper. I had Atlantic chowder (which comes with a shot of guinness), ...

thoughts

We are to choose a theme to tie together the rest of our paintings for this year.Some people are choosing Paris, ...

spring

well, the second session of french has started. that means much smaller class size with people who actually care ...

i am not in love anymore

i was absolutely smitten with my man that i am painting, but now i am not so sure. he is very high maintenance. ...

Normandy

First train ride! I enjoyed the feeling of the rails and the view... And it is pretty cool that the conductor ...

Églises

Friday was the day to be alone. I didn’t see anyone I knew all day, except David when I went to eat lunch at the ...

musée rodin

when i went to wait in line at the Opéra Bastille last night, it turned out that there was no opera on. tant ...

an attempt at versailles

my louvre afternoon flew by, and i was nearly late for my class. i spent it in the puget court, which has a glass ...

recent sketches etc.

This is the emulsion layer of my copying painting... the one that i said looks like a paint-by-number. Cleopatra ...

chacun son gris

if anyone is wondering where the rest of the weekend went, it is at the end of yesterdays post. sorry for any ...

the weekend of dance

On friday i started laying out my copy of the flandrin painting i am doing. it was very scary to start it because ...

making paint

okay now for the real post... it will be a short one. yesterday in raw materials we made paint for our master ...
Finally…

Finally…

Pictures!!! this is one of the drawings that came from saturday's shindig in montmartre::: i like it because of ...

Un bon weekend

i finally got to go to the orangerie exhibit on friday evening. you dont realize what you are used to until it ...
Impressionist panic

Impressionist panic

i have to admit:..... i was a bit disappointed with musèe d'orsay. it is not very well organized, alot of works ...

Some Paris details

i forgot to tell you a story from a couple of days ago.i had a coffee on my desk in the classroom when i went to ...

I feel like a true dilettante

interesting linguistic point: in french, the word for smell and the word for feeling emotion is the same... ...

A big fast one

I want to comment on a few more things from Sunday. the meal::: one thing that stuck out at me was the ...

French Food

I miss you all... it struck me yesterday that I don't really have a safe zone, and it is exhausting. on ...

Modern art and Beaux-arts

Aujourd'ui j'ai fait la grasse matinale! (That means I slept in...I don'tthink it is in the dictionary) 🙂 I ...
A wad of pictures

A wad of pictures

My language school, PERL. Yesterday, I took a walk in Pere Lachaise cemetery and stumbled on the grave ...
Le Loooooouvre

Le Loooooouvre

paris tip: never try to do a louvre marathon   friends, i spent five hours straight in the louvre yesterday. ...

Un addition

last night, we visited the dance studio as well. it is on place de la roquette::::: studio harmonic. the whole ...

Fundamental

the french class is not too hard:::: i am amazed that i seem to be at the same level as everyone else in my class! ...

Figure Drawing Class

allo tout le monde! my french test went well... i was placed in the 2ieme etage. i dont know how hard that is ...
En belle France

En belle France

ah bonjour mes amis! je suis en france and i have to use this french keyboard::: pardon si it is hard to ...

NYC

Well, my time in New York and NA has almost come to a close... I leave for Paris in 10 hours!I will summarize the ...

Lasts

my last day of work was today... ( or i guess yesterday ). it is such an odd sadness. i am so exhausted that i ...