Pavé Art Classes 2022

Art classes at the Pavé d’Orsay, in English

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

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


Towards Ambient Photography with AHN Yohan – Discover the basics of 135 & 120 film photography and be inspired by the architecture and ambience of Paris. 

Learn how to use camera mechanisms, the chemistry behind negatives, use of different films, composition, contrast and negative space, multiple exposures, portraits, perspective, impressions, and happy accidents.

Saturday morning 9h30 – 12h October 1, 8, 15*, 22, November 5*, 12, 19, 26 

*Indoor classes only on October 15 & November 5.  

Towards Abstraction with Richard van der Aa Experiment with concepts of abstraction through colour compositions, collage, and drawing. 

Through Colour:  Make abstract colour compositions by working with acrylic paint and collage. Learn about colour theory, mixing colour, colour relationships and chords. 

Saturday morning 9h30- 12h September 24, November 12, December 3

Through Form: Work with Still-Life object arrangement as a starting point for abstract collage in black and white using charcoal and ink on paper. Learn about shape and contour, negative space, figure and ground, light and dark, depth v flatness, reduction and selection.  

Saturday morning 9h30-12h October 1, November 19, December 10 

Through Process: work with charcoal and black and white acrylic to produce a series of related abstract artworks. Learn about mark making techniques, spontaneity and intuition, action and reaction, addition and subtraction, building an image, gesture and geometry. 

Saturday morning 9h30- 12h October 8, November 26, December 17

Towards Figuration with Clare Thackway – Hone your observation and technical skills in drawing and painting the figure and portraits.

Through Drawing: Learn about proportions and structure of the face, anatomy- bone and muscle structure, volume and form through line and tone, light and shadow, negative space and foreshortening, expression and emotion through observation and distortion, responding to movement and dance 

Monday evening 19h – 21h30 September 12, 19, October 3, 10, 17

Through Watercolour: Mix skin tones in paint, colour matching and colour theory, looking at painted skin in art history, properties of paint, brushes and mediums and preparing painting surface.

Monday evening 19h – 21h30 November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12


Class is limited to 10 participants 

35€ per class or 90€ for three classes

Art Materials included 


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.

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 has been shooting point-and-shoot cameras since 1998. He spent more than a decade shooting digital cameras, and eventually swung back to analogue photography. He claimed himself to be a full time artist from 2018. His cloud series work ‘Waiting’ has been presented in November 2021, Paris.  

Yohan holds a Bachelor of Arts in German Literature from Hankuk University of Foreign Languages Studies, and Master of Divinity from Torch Trinity Graduate University, Seoul. He served as a Tactic Command Officer, ROK Air Force. He also worked with YWAM until 2015, in Madagascar, Korea, and France. He visited several cities in Asia and in the Middle East, and made Paris home since 2017.

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