Pavé Art Classes

Pavé Art Classes

Art classes at the Pavé d’Orsay, in English

Comments from former participants:

Welcoming, well-paced, calm

Bite sized entry level learning of techniques

Great teachers

A space to encourage and unlock your own potential

Cours d’art au Pavé d’Orsay

Les cours seront dispensés en anglais mais les deux enseignants comprennent le français.
Une occasion de peaufiner votre anglais tout en suivant des cours d’art !

Gain skills and confidence for making artistic work. Learn from artists with years of experience in both making art and in teaching technique, process, and ways of seeing. A creative moment on the left bank of Paris, down the street from the Musée D’Orsay and across the river from the Musée du Louvre. Friendly small classes, all levels of experience are welcome.


  • Towards Abstraction with Richard van der Aa
  • Towards Figuration with Clare Thackway
  • Towards Ambient Photography with AHN Yohan





Richard van der Aa studied painting at Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand, before moving to Australia, where he completed a Master of Fine Arts at COFA (University of NSW). He was Faculty Head of Visual Arts at the School of Creative Arts, Oxford Falls, Sydney, 1998-2004 and after moving to Paris, he and his wife Anna established the ParisCONCRET association for the dissemination of reductive abstract art. Richard continues to teach and has been an exhibiting artist since 1985. His work has been exhibited extensively in Australia and New Zealand, in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Poland, the UK and the USA

AHN Yohan is a Photographer from Korea, stationed in Paris. He has been shooting analog and digital cameras since 1998.  Yohan became a full time artist in 2018, using 35mm and 120mm for his art works. His cloud series work ‘Waiting’ has been presented in 2021, Paris.

Clare Thackway has worked in Sydney  in contemporary art education and public programs in the museum sector with specific focus on working with people with dementia, mental health and disability. She has also run art education programs for children and families, corporate groups and team building experiences. She has worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Casula Power-House Arts Centre and Wollongong Art Gallery in Australia and has taught portraiture and figurative painting workshops at the Australian National University and the University of Wollongong.

Clare holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Australian National University and in 2006 she graduated from the National Art School Sydney with Honours in Fine Art Painting. She has held solo exhibitions and group exhibitions in galleries throughout Australia and has been a finalist in several national Australian art prizes. In 2019 she relocated to Paris and has an atelier in Pantin.