Conferences and workshops

 NICOLAS POUSSIN (1594-1665) AND CLASSICAL PAINTING


Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE by calling The French Class at (415) 362-3666

A conference in French presented by Renée Morel
$25

The same conference will be offered twice at The French Class:

Tuesday, February 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

A supreme master of formal design in Western art, Poussin was the greatest painter of the French classical period (its “Golden Age” or 17th Century), contrasting with the excesses of the Baroque. A modest, yet proud and independent spirit, he refused to live the life of a courtier despite entreaties such as the prestigious title of “First Painter of the King” bestowed upon him by both Louis XIII and Louis XIV. Poussin spent most of his life in Rome, patronized by merchants, bankers, and civil servants. Inspired by Plutarch, Homer and the Bible, this artist who excelled in all genres ceaselessly tried to move and elevate. This is why he has remained, even throughout the 20th century, the major source of inspiration for painters attracted by the classical style, like David, Ingres, and even Seurat, Cézanne, and even Picasso.

 PATRICK MODIANO, DORA BRUDER ET AUTRES FEMMES


Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE by calling The French Class at (415) 362-3666

A conference in French presented by Renée Morel
$25

The same conference will be offered twice at The French Class:

Tuesday, February 25, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

In 1988, novelist and screenwriter Patrick Modiano stumbled across a “Missing Person” ad placed in 1944,during the Nazi occupation of France in the personal columns of the daily Paris Soir: A fifteen-year old Jewish girl, Dora Bruder, had run away from a Catholic

boarding school hiding her identity. For the next ten years, the author obsessively investigated Dora’s disappearance. Painstakingly retrieving her parents’ names and place of origin, reconstructing the young girl’s story. The result, both memoir and memorial, is no doubt the most moving book from the Nobel Prize laureate. But besides Dora, who are the other women that played a part in the author’s life? Come and see how they relate to the writer and to his austere and enigmatic novels.

 NEW 4-WEEK COURSE: THE FIRST BITE.
INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH


4 weeks: $159
Monday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30
February 3 - 24, 2020
Course book:
“Devour French. The First Bite.” $19, tax included.

The practical and conversational French course you’ve been looking for to prepare your next trip to France. Vocabulary, phrases and pronunciation. Lively course with a lot of interaction and oral practice.

Please call us at (415) 362-3666 for more information and to register.

 SPEAK UP WITHOUT FEAR


Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE by calling The French Class at (415) 362-3666

A 4-week seminar in English by Deborah Biro
$100
Four Thursdays: March 5 to 26, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

 Do you get nervous when put on the spot?  Do you feel anxious when delivering a presentation or making a comment at a meeting?  Are you afraid to speak because you don’t want to “make a mistake?”  This 4-week class will help you explore the situations that can cause anxiety and stress when speaking. You will learn skills in a supportive, fun environment using exercises and practical techniques to quell the “anxiety devil.”

Call to sign up for a class (415) 362-3666