Discover key moments in the history of France, from its birth to the present day.
Led by Thierry Bidault
$59 per workshop
Fri, July 16 - 5:30-7pm - 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.
Fri, July 23 - 5:30-7pm - The Impressionist Movement
During this workshop, 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 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 to see where these artists created their works.
Fri, July 30 - 5:30-7pm - Great French Writers and their Inspirations
This workshop will look not only at famous French authors and their works but also what inspired them, notably the events of their time and world around them. You may just learn some hidden details about your favorite work of French literature that you didn’t know before!
Authors studied: Alexandre Dumas – Victor Hugo – Émile Zola – Marcel Proust – Marcel Pagnol – Albert Camus – Jean Paul Sartre – Simone de Beauvoir – Eugène Ionesco – Françoise Sagan – Patrick Modiano.
Fri, Aug 13 - 5:30-7pm - French Inventions & Discoveries: Middle Ages to Today
In this workshop, you’ll discover that French inventions and discoveries are not limited to just Louis Pasteur and Marie Curie! Aviation, medicine, construction, and fashion are just some of the areas where the French have made an impact. You’re sure to be surprised at just how much these inventions impact your daily life!