What to do in Paris and Online in February

by Ali Postma

February is here already! And it’s certainly chilly outside. Unfortunately, Paris’ museums, theaters, and cinemas did not open as planned on Jan 7. Nor did restaurants, cafés, and bars open on Jan 20. While the vaccine is now available in France, the UK variant of Covid-19 has made its way across the channel and a third lockdown in Paris seems likely. To keep your spirits high, here’s what’s on this month in Paris and online.


Left: Picture of an art classroom at Beaux-Arts de Paris with people discussing at a corner beside a statue and the room filled with paintings, canvas and other art supplies. Right: A man is seen sketching from his canvas a naked woman lying in the center of the class.
Top: lepavillondescanaux / Left: Adrien Thibault

Nouvelle Académie des Amateurs – Beaux-Arts de Paris – Various Dates

Beaux-Arts de Paris has launched the Nouvelle Académie des Amateurs. This new Academy allows you to develop your artistic skills, no matter your level, in one of the most prestigious art schools in Europe. You will be supported by experienced artists and technicians (in French).

Drawing or painting with a live model, anatomy, morphology… The technical workshops are now complemented by thematic workshops, allowing the exploration of portraits and self-portraits, drawing from the works of masters, roaming the city, storyboarding, or drawing objects. Most courses start on Jan 27 or 30 and run until April. If you’re interested, get in quick!

Le Marché d’Hiver de l’Illustration Écoresponsable – Le Pavillon des Canaux – Feb 6

This winter market invites the best eco-responsible Parisian illustrators. These artists print on sustainable, recycled, or recovered materials, use organic inks, are partnered with non-profits, and/or who partake in eco-design.

Left: A water color canvas by the watercolor artist Claire Duplouy in shades of green, orange, and red. It appears as an artistic presentation of a flock of birds. Right: The beautiful ceiling of the Petit Palais in Paris that is filled with paintings and taken behind a statue of a lady.
Left: claire.duplouy / Right: guillaumectz

Atelier d’aquarelle en ligne et en direct – Online – Feb 9

Fever is running an online watercolor workshop with painter and multimedia artist Claire Duplouy. The workshop is open to all levels and participants will have the opportunity to chat live with Claire to ask her all your questions.

Les Paris de l’Art: les cours d’histoire de l’art des musées de la Ville de Paris – Petit Palais – Various Dates

Les Paris de l’Art is an art history course run by Paris Musées. You will learn about the key concepts and periods of art history. These lectures, taught (in French) by art professionals, are a great opportunity to explore the artistic history of Paris. The lectures will take place in the auditorium of the Petit Palais unless museums are closed, in which case they will be online. You can purchase individual lectures, and the course runs until June 28.


Left: The logo of in black background and beige text. Right: A banner advertising that the French Film Festival is now open and says "go to and start watching films!" The text is in beige, the background in blue, and filled with fun sketches such as a zebra, a man with a head of a horse, and 2 russian dolls.
My French Film Festival

My French Film Festival – Online – until Feb 15

The 11th edition of the My French Film Festival is on until February 15. You can enjoy the best of new-generation French films at home, anywhere in the world! There are 33 films on offer: feature films and shorts, as well as VR works, all subtitled in 10 languages and available worldwide.


Left: The poster for Le Marché d'Hiver de l'Illustration Écoresponsable with an illustration of a white tiger on the left. Right: Sebastian Daucé, the conductor, and his ensemble of musicians pose for a photo with their musical instruments.
Left: Le Marché d’Hiver de l’Illustration Écoresponsable / Right: L’Ensemble Correspondances

MOOC: Voyage musical dans la France du 17e siècle – Musée du Louvre – Feb 15

This MOOC will introduce you to 17th-century French music by traveling to the places where it resonated. This musical journey is free, and no prerequisites are necessary to participate. It is broken down into seven episodes, with one episode per week. In addition to the videos, there are also interactive exercises, image lexicon, musical extracts, recordings of concerts, and archive images.

The content was written by researchers in musicology from Sorbonne University. The MOOC will be presented (in French) by Sébastien Daucé, musical director of L’Ensemble Correspondances, and Saskia de Ville, presenter of “Matinale du Samedi” on France Musique.


Visite virtuelle: Notre-Dame avant et après l’incendie – Online – Feb 18

Take an online tour of Notre-Dame with Fever. You will have a live guide who you can converse with directly. They will help you rediscover one of the most emblematic monuments of Paris, and a treasure of Gothic architecture. Learn how this masterpiece established itself as a symbol of the whole of France.

Left: A photo of the Champs de Mars under snow. People are walking, the trees and the Eiffel tower are covered in snow. Right: A lady is at the Louvre. The picture is taken from an angle where she is exactly adjacent to the 2 glass pyramids behind her.
Left: capra311 / Right: clementmdotfr

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Ali Postma

Ali is from Melbourne, Australia, where she studied Art History and Art Curatorship at university and worked in various art galleries. Passionate about all things arts and culture, she loves French film, Nordic noir, photography, street art and architecture. Addicted to pain au chocolat, Ali is fulfilling her dream of living in Paris. View Ali Postma's Website

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