Laboratoire du Voyage Imaginaire (Laboratory of Imaginary Travels) offers year-round and summer drawing and painting classes & workshops in Paris for adults, artists, art students and children at beginner to advanced levels. Our classes are taught in English and French to students from around the world.
Mediums include drawing with colored pens & pencil/ ink, sketching with pencil, watercolor painting, acrylic painting, mixed media & oil painting. We teach you how to make your own "travel sketchbooks", how to illustrate stories, how to develop painting and creative skills in a fun and pleasant way. Subjects and themes include traditional French architecture, modern architecture, modern life, real life, still life, motion, imagination.
Our studio is located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, a trendy and artistic neighborhood on the Right Bank (North Side) of the River Seine, close to the metro stations Parmentier (Métro Line 3), Goncourt (Line 11) and Oberkampf (serving Line 5 and Line 9). Some classes take place at the studio, while most are outdoor workshops taking place in different areas of the city each time. It is a good way to explore Paris, discovering places that one wouldn't necessarily have gone to using a guidebook or following regular tours.
- 4-hour workshops in Paris
- 3-hour workshops at the Louvre (except for July & August)
- Regular 3-day workshops in Paris
- 5-day painting workshop on the French Atlantic Coast (March 2-7)
- 1-week workshop in Lisbon (April 27-May 3)
- 1-week workshop in New York City (Sept. 21-27)
- 1-week workshop in Tuscany (Oct. 19-25)
- 3-day trips to Giverny & 4-day trips to Etretat (Normandy)
- Painting day-trips in Giverny
- Art Journal Workshops
- 1-day portrait workshops
Private Classes: For groups of 1-5 people
2. The Candle Academy, French Riviera
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The Candle Academy is a candle making school on the French Riviera in the south of France. We provide quality candle making courses at our school in the village of Biot, which is only 20 minutes from Nice airport and 10 minutes up from the coast of Antibes. As the largest candle making school in Europe, whether you want to learn candle making as a hobby or you want to start your own business, we have a course that will suit you! In addition, we provide extensive online courses.
Our candle making centre provides a calm and relaxing atmosphere for one-on-one training in all aspects of candle designing to manufacturing to marketing. You will be taught by one of the top candle designers in the world - Gary Simmons. We guarantee that our courses will provide all the information and confidence you need to start your own business. Accommodation is available at the Hotel Place des Arcades, where many artists including Picasso have stayed.
- Candle making business setup (8 days)
- Advanced candle making course (2 days)
- Candlemaking weekend courses (2 days)
- Basic introduction to the art of candle making (2 hours)
- Candle making for fun (1.5 hours) - suitable for adults & children
- For distance learning we have the most extensive ONLINE COURSES available today
3. Garden Design Academy
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The Garden Design Academy, located in the Loire Valley region of Central France, is run by award-winning English garden designers Colin and Marie-Chantal Elliott. They are specialist tutors offering English language residential tuition in garden design and CAD technologies. We also offer over 60 distance learning courses.
Drawing on over 30 years of experience in horticulture, gardening, garden design and landscaping, the Academy provides a wide range of courses in these subjects by distance learning and a number of residential courses based in France's Loire Valley.
By teaming up with horicultural education experts around the world they have put together a range of courses from those suitable for the keen amateur gardener, through a range of professional developement training up to Masters level.
The Garden Design Academy is proud to offer the full range of qualifications from the UK's Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and is the only establishment on mainland Europe to do so.
Their site in this central location gives residential students easy access by plane, train and car from all over Europe. Visits are arranged to the famous chateaux and gardens of the Loire Valley nearby.
- CAD for Garden Designers (professional)
- Design your own Garden (amateur)
Distance learning, including:
- RHS Horticulture levels 2 & 3
- Master of Horticulture (RHS)
- CAD for Garden Designers
- Certificate & Diploma in Garden Design
- Certificates in Horticulture - cut flowers, herbs, organic,
- Garden History
- Permaculture Systems
4. ESMOD International Fashion University Group, Paris
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ESMOD is a renowed fashion design school located in the heart of Paris, France. We offer diploma, bachelor degree and master of arts degree programs to creative fashion designers and pattern drafters within the ESMOD Fashion Design and Creation section, and also train those who wish to collaborate with them for production, promotion, sales and collection enhancement within the ISEM / Fashion Business section.
Founded in 1841, we have an international network of 21 schools over 5 continents. Our aim is to celebrate fashion as a way of life, to make cultures and their differences interact. We have priviliged relationships with fashion firms worldwide that recruit our students for their qualifications that meet the market demands.
We offer personalized curriculums, according to each student's level of education, open in the Fashion Design & Creation, Fashion Business and Fashion Home Design sectors, offering numerous career opportunities in the different professions linked to the fashion industry. Our courses are offered in English and / or French, please contact us for further details.
- Fashion Design & Creation
- Fashion Business
- Fashion Marketing & Management
- Master Of Arts in Creative Couture
- Master of Arts in Fashion Home Design
- Master of Arts in Fashion & Marketing
- Master of Arts in Fashion Management
- Bachelor’s degree in Management and Fashion Firm Innovation, level II.
- MBA in Business Management – Fashion Business Development
5. Marbella Design Academy
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Calling students from France and internationally! Founded in 1995, Marbella Design Academy is a leading international design school in Spain, that is state-recognized by the Ministry of Education. We offer 3-year BA (Hons) degree courses in interior design, graphic design & fashion design, subject to validation by Middlesex University in London, and taught entirely in English to students from around the world. The courses are quality assured by Middlesex University, and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion. Graduates can then continue to study for an additional year in the UK, to earn a Masters Degree at Middlesex University.
This is a great opportunity for students interested in these career fields to study in English in beautiful, sunny Spain at a lower cost than in the UK, yet receive a Bachelor of Arts degree awarded by Middlesex University.
Our school is located in a stunning purpose-built facility in Monda, only 15km from Marbella on the Costa del Sol in the South of Spain. Special needs students (individuals with a physical disability) are also welcome.
Besides all compulsory subjects taught in each course, students receive training in professional computer programs, such as Auto-Cad, 3D Studio Max, PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign & DreamWeaver.
Students can avail of Free Spanish classes during the academic year in all 3 years, and graduate with a diploma in Spanish. We also offer intensive summer courses in design.
3-Year Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours Degree Courses - Taught in English: Subject to Validation by Middlesex University in London, UK
- Interior Design - BA (Hons) Degree
- Graphic Design - BA (Hons) Degree
- Fashion Design - BA (Hons) Degree
Students have the option of learning Spanish alongside their design course & will also graduate with a diploma in Spanish.
Intensive summer courses (2, 3 or 5 weeks) in 3D MAX; AutoCad; Illustrator; Photoshop; Fashion Design, Photography & more...
6. Mas Saurine - Art Programs in the French Pyrenees
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Mas Saurine offers beginner to advanced level art programs, creative holidays, summer vacation programs and workshops in the French Pyrenees. Our week-long courses take place in the Pyrenees-Orientales Region of southern France, close to the northern Spanish border and the Mediterranean Sea. We are situated only 30 minutes from Perpignan, near the villages of Joch and Vinca and within easy reach of Prades and Ille-sur-Tet. Perpignan is located approximately 157 km north of Barcelona in Spain.
Mas Saurine offers the opportunity to acquire new skills with expert guidance and working with like minded people. Our classes take place in the studio or outdoors, depending on the subject and course. We provide expert tuition with all courses restricted to small groups so that everyone benefits from lots of individual attention.
Included in the price is on-site accommodation in our French farmhouse with delicious meals and local wines. We provide transportation from the airport and arrange all the organizing leaving our guests time to express their creativity in their chosen subject. There is stunning country-side all around with magnificent views of the mountains and fruit trees.
- Short-term creative holidays / summer vacation programs & workshops for beginner to advanced level art lovers
- Week-long painting courses in all mediums and for all levels & abilities
- In-house artist and guest tutor masterclasses
- Art demonstrations
- Art Portfolio building
7. IFA Paris Fashion School
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International Fashion Academy (IFA) Paris is a leading fashion school located in the historical garment district in the 10th arrondissement in the center of Paris, France. Established in 1982, we offer 3-year Bachelor Degrees in Fashion Design & Technology and Fashion Marketing, and a 1-year intensive postgraduate certificate course in Contemporary Fashion Design.
We also offer graduate programs in the fields of Fashion Business and Luxury Brand Management. All of our fashion programs are taught entirely in the English language.
IFA Paris opened our school in Shanghai, China in 2002, and students on our Bachelor in Fashion Design & Technology degree program are strongly encouraged to study abroad in Shanghai for part of their course. Students on our Bachelor in Fashion Marketing degree spend 10 academic weeks in Shanghai during their second year.
In addition, students can attend POLIMODA which is the top fashion design and marketing school in Italy, as part of the MBA / Masters Program in Luxury Brand Management and as part of the MBA / Masters Program in Fashion Business.
In 2013, IFA Paris will offer 10 scholarships at postgraduate level and 20 scholarships at undergraduate level for programs in our Paris and Shanghai schools. Contact us today for further information on how to apply for this exceptional opportunity.
Atelier Neo Medici offers two-month intensive painting workshops in the Aquitaine region of south-west France, for art students and professional painters. These workshops are available in Spring (March -April), Spring-Summer (May-June), and fall (September-October) .
An abbreviated introductory course may be taken at other times during the year. Students are taught Renaissance Painting Techniques for Contemporary Artists known as the "technique mixte". The courses are taught in French and English.
This course is geared to both beginning and advanced students. The only prerequisite is an intermediate to accomplished level of drawing and a serious attitude towards the craft of painting. Class size is kept to a minimum in order to facilitate one-to-one contact as often as possible; never more than eight ,and very often under five. Accommodations are available for international students.
Students are encouraged to work between classes, and have permanent access to the atelier, day and night. Students receive 24 hours per week of studio instruction for a total of 192 hours, for the two month course.
French Dining School, located in Kerrouet, St Gouen (1 hour from Rennes), in the Brittany region of North West France, is a Cooking School offering short cookery courses in French, European and Scandinavian cuisine. Menus will vary depending on markets and the season but in general the class will undertake food preparation for full lunch or dinner each day for a maximum of five days to include starter, main course and dessert with wine, expert guidance on specialist areas including seafood, cheeses, meats, sauce preparation, wines, the vegan option, organic cooking and the use of knives and kitchen equipment.
- Three and five day courses.
- Small classes.
- Hands on cooking experience.
- Visits to the best food markets in France.
- Mushroom collection in season.
- Modern European cuisine.
- All classes are in English.
10. Gastro Academy at the French House Party, Carcassonne
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The Gastro Academy at The French House Party is a high-calibre residential French cookery school near the beautiful and historic city of Carcassonne, in the Languedoc-Roussillon area of South West France. Carcassone is only 50 miles from Toulouse which has an international airport. Ryanair also fly directly to Carcassone from the UK, Ireland, Belgium, and Paris Beauvais international airport.
Gastro Academy provides all-inclusive cooking holidays for individuals and groups from around the world. Cookery classes, taught in English and French, are suitable for anyone passionate about food (from beginners to experienced cooks). Our culinary vacations combine superb accommodation, top-quality food, and award-winning Michelin-star French chefs as course tutors.
We offer scheduled French cooking vacations through Spring, Summer and Autumn, and also tailor-make cookery holidays for groups of 6 or more food & wine enthusiasts, culinary students, hospitality professionals and seniors. Half-day non-residential Chef Encounter courses are available on selected dates during the year.
Recommended in the book “The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life”, French House Party offers superior residential learning courses at an 8-bedroomed house with swimming pool, tennis court and boules pitch.
Residential Cooking Courses:
- Cuisine in Brief: 3-day course (Friday to Sunday) offered at different times during Summer and Autumn 2013.
- Gourmet Explorer: 6-day course (Friday to Wednesday) offered at different times during Spring, Summer and Autumn 2013.
- Advanced Gourmet Explorer: Unique 7-day break offered in Autumn.
Non-Residential Cooking Courses - Half-day courses:
- Chef Encounter: Morning sessions making 2-course lunch
- Chef Encounter Plus: Afternoon sessions making 3-course dinner