Workshops: French History – Intermediate B1 & above

Intermediate B1, Advanced B2

Friday, 5:30pm-7pm
Feb 21, Feb 28, May 1, May 8, and May 15

Discover key moments in the history of France, from its birth to the present day.

$59 per workshop.
Led by Thierry Bidault.

  • Fri, Feb 21, from 5:30pm-7pm - La Révolution Française

    The French Revolution was not just a period of upheaval in France. It unleashed a wave of global conflicts and changes that extended from the Caribbean to the Middle East. The Revolution deeply altered the course of modern history on a large scale since it later helped Napoleon bring many of its principles to areas he conquered. Despite what many think, the Revolution was not only a people’s movement, it was also the Bourgeois and “Petite noblesse” who took part as well. Many of those who led the revolution actually had a comfortable statute in the society. We can even think that some of the Revolutionary leaders were more interested in power than in providing a real change for the people of France. During this workshop, we will take another look to this exceptional period and we will reopen the too often hidden “dossiers” of abuses and unfair decisions.

  • Fri, Feb 28, from 5:30pm-7pm - The Impressionist Movement

    During this workshop animated in French, we will look at the origins and history of the Impressionist movement. We will cover the life of great painters and their works using pictures and some videos.

    Manet, Pissaro, Boudin, Monet, Degas, Sisley, Renoir, Cezanne, Morisot, and Van Gogh found a new freedom in the expression in painting. They revolutionized the way of viewing by capturing the momentary and the impression objects made on the eyes in a fleeting moment. We will also make a detour in Giverny, Honfleur, Auvers sur Oise, and Provence.

  • Fri, May 1, from 5:30pm-7pm - L'incroyable histoire de Paris, de 50 av. JC à nos jours

    Cet atelier couvre 2000 ans de l’histoire de Paris, de sa naissance à nos jours. Avec l’aide de textes, photos et de vidéos, nous allons aborder un grand nombre de moments historiques et étonnants de la capitale française. Nous revivrons sa naissance et également celles des monuments de Paris. Vous allez découvrir ses origines et être surpris par ses secrets et son histoire. Cet atelier vous permettra également de « bien visiter Paris » ou de découvrir de nouveaux lieux lors de votre prochain voyage.

  • Fri, May 8, from 5:30pm-7pm - La Révolution Française

    The French Revolution was not just a period of upheaval in France. It unleashed a wave of global conflicts and changes that extended from the Caribbean to the Middle East. The Revolution deeply altered the course of modern history on a large scale since it later helped Napoleon bring many of its principles to areas he conquered. Despite what many think, the Revolution was not only a people’s movement, it was also the Bourgeois and “Petite noblesse” who took part as well. Many of those who led the revolution actually had a comfortable statute in the society. We can even think that some of the Revolutionary leaders were more interested in power than in providing a real change for the people of France. During this workshop, we will take another look to this exceptional period and we will reopen the too often hidden “dossiers” of abuses and unfair decisions.

  • Fri, May 15, from 5:30pm-7pm - The Impressionist Movement

    During this workshop animated in French, we will look at the origins and history of the Impressionist movement. We will cover the life of great painters and their works using pictures and some videos.

    Manet, Pissaro, Boudin, Monet, Degas, Sisley, Renoir, Cezanne, Morisot, and Van Gogh found a new freedom in the expression in painting. They revolutionized the way of viewing by capturing the momentary and the impression objects made on the eyes in a fleeting moment. We will also make a detour in Giverny, Honfleur, Auvers sur Oise, and Provence.

  • WKHIST.W01 - Fri, July 10, from 5:30pm-7pm - Louis XIV et Louis XV: les derniers règnes achevés

    Cet atelier devrait répondre à des questions diverses que vous vous posez et également énoncer des faits que vous ne connaissez pas ou qui vous surprendront.
    Pourquoi le titre de « roi soleil »? Que sont ces « Frondes » que Louis XIV a dû affronter? Quelles influences avaient les femmes sur ce roi? Pourquoi appelle-t-on Versailles un château alors qu’il est un palais? Qui lui a suggéré les jardins magnifiques? Combien d’enfants Louis XIV a-t-il eu? Quelle méthode Louis XIV a adopté pour résoudre les graves problèmes financiers? Combien de guerres a-t-il lancées? Etc.
    Louis XV fut d’abord appelé « Le bien-aimé »; pour quelles raisons? Quelle femme a compté le plus à la cour de Louis XV? Qui lui a conseillé l’alliance avec l’Autriche par un mariage? Pourquoi a-t-il abandonné la Nouvelle France? Quels aménagements importants Louis XV a-t-il fait à Versailles? Qui était vraiment Madame du Barry? Pourquoi Louis meure-t-il seul au Trianon, abandonné par tous? Etc.
    Un texte complet, des photos, et des vidéos vous permettront de « voir » et de suivre les évènements.
    Nous « visiterons » également des châteaux et des cathédrales qui sont aujourd’hui les témoins du passé exceptionnel de ces 2 rois.

  • WKHIST.W02 - Fri, July 17, from 5:30pm-7pm - Superbes châteaux et étonnantes cathédrales de France

    Puisqu’un séjour touristique est risqué en ce moment, je vous propose une visite guidée virtuelle des plus grands châteaux et des plus belles cathédrales de France, tout en découvrant leur remarquable histoire. Vous serez probablement surpris par un certain nombre de faits peu connus et vous découvrirez également plusieurs lieux méconnus. Cela vous permettra de préparer votre prochain voyage!
    Utilisant des textes, photos et vidéos, nous allons passer ensemble un moment dans des lieux exceptionnels: Les châteaux de Versailles, Fontainebleau, Chambord, Chenonceau, Blois, Ussé, Pierrefonds, Vaux le Vicomte, et le Clos Lucé, puis les cathédrales de Chartres, Reims, Beauvais, Albi, et bien sur Notre Dame de Paris. Je ferai un petit détour par la basilique de Vézelay en Bourgogne, d’où fut lancée la seconde croisade.

  • WKHIST.W03 - Fri, July 24, from 5:30pm-7pm - La Révolution Française - The French Revolution

    The French Revolution was not just a period of upheaval in France. It unleashed a wave of global conflicts and changes that extended from the Caribbean to the Middle East. The Revolution deeply altered the course of modern history on a large scale since it later helped Napoleon bring many of its principles to areas he conquered. Despite what many think, the Revolution was not only a people’s movement, it was also the Bourgeois and “Petite noblesse” who took part as well. Many of those who led the revolution actually had a comfortable statute in the society. We can even think that some of the Revolutionary leaders were more interested in power than in providing a real change for the people of France. During this workshop, we will take another look at this exceptional period and we will reopen the too often hidden “dossiers” of abuses and unfair decisions.

  • WKHIST.W04 - Fri, July 31, from 5:30pm-7pm - Napoléon Bonaparte

    Napoléon Bonaparte, or Napoleone Di Buonaparte in Corsican language, is one of the most famous people in history. But do you really know the man? Besides his military and strategy skills, as well as his love for luxurious items, there are other sides of the “petit corporal” that you could have missed. Did you know that he was not really short? Standing at 5’7, or 1.70 meters, he was average in height for the 18th century in Europe. Until the age of 17, “Napo” did not feel French at all, considering himself only a Corsican citizen. In this workshop, we will discover the true story of the infamous figure in French History.

  • WKHIST.W05 - Fri, August 14, from 5:30pm-7pm - L'incroyable Histoire de Paris, de 50 av. JC à nos jours

    Cet atelier couvre 2000 ans de l’histoire de Paris, de sa naissance à nos jours.
    Avec l’aide de textes, photos et de vidéos, nous allons aborder un grand nombre de moments historiques et étonnants de la capitale française. Nous revivrons sa naissance et également celles des monuments de Paris. Vous allez découvrir ses origines et être surpris par ses secrets et son histoire. Cet atelier vous permettra également de « bien visiter Paris » ou de découvrir de nouveaux lieux lors de votre prochain voyage.