Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence program supports the creativity of the students with workshops led by first-class artists during a week long residence. Students from one level are working with the artist on a final project presented to the community. The arts, whether it is music, visual arts or theater, have a strong presence in the curriculum at the Lycée Français de New York. The LFNY Artist in Residence Program complements these many initiatives and has a longer impact. It fits perfectly into the mission of the School which is to provide students with an education based on academic excellence as well as personal development.


Artists-in-residence 2016-2017

October 3- November 4th 2016 Artist Béatrice Coron

Focus: Visual arts
Grade: Y10

Project:   World wide wanderings. Students used cutters, scissors and glue on a A4 format to realize a cut-out pop-up drawing. The theme is “travels”. An exhibit of their work was displayed in the gallery on November 4, 2016.

About the artist: After briefly studying art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Lyon, and Mandarin Chinese at the Université of Lyon III, Coron experienced life with a series of odd jobs. She has been, among others, a shepherdess, truck driver, factory worker, cleaning lady and a New York City tour guide. Coron has lived in France (her native country) , Egypt and Mexico for one year, each and China for two years. She moved to New York in 1985 where she reinvented herself as an artist.
Coron’s oeuvre includes illustration, book arts, fine art and public art. She cuts her characteristic silhouette designs in paper and Tyvek. She also creates works in stone, glass, metal, rubber, stained glass and digital media.
Her work has been purchased by major museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum, The Walker Art center and The Getty. Her public art can be seen in subways, airport and sports facilities among others.

Monday January 23- Friday 27 2017 Writer Timothée de Fombelle

Focus: Literature
Grade: Y8

Reservation for the final presentation here

Project:   Students will work on recreating the sets of different scenes of Timothée de Fombelle’s book, Vango. Vango is set in various places and eras.

Timothée de Fombelle   was born in 1973 in Paris, but his architect father often took him to Africa. Each summer, the family vacationed in the countryside in western France, where he and his siblings played in the woods, performed plays for their parents, and read the books in the library. At the age of seventeen, he founded the theater group La Troupe des Bords de Scène for which he wrote and staged.
At first he was a literature teacher. After teaching in Paris and Vietnam, he became a playwright, building his own sets.
He made his debut as a playwright with Le Phare, which he wrote in 1990 with actor Clément Sibony. Many of his plays, such as Je danse toujours, center on loss and fragility, but he sometimes writes comedies, such as Rose Cats. Je danse toujours was read at the opening of the Festival d’Avignon.
In 2006, he made his debut as an author with Toby Alone, a young adult novel published by Gallimard Jeunesse. The novel met with great success and has been translated into 29 languages. It has received 20 awards, including the English Marsh Award, the Italian Andersen Award, and most French awards for children’s literature. The movie rights were bought by Amber Entertainment (UK, United States). Toby Alone and its sequel Toby and the Secrets of the Tree tell the story of a boy a millimeter and a half tall who lives in an oak tree and must save it from destruction. “To me, the trees are green planets and like these trees, my planet earth is also endangered,” said de Fombelle.
In March 2010, Gallimard Jeunesse published the first volume of a new dilogy, Vango. It takes place across Europe in the 1930s. The two books are called Between Sky and Earth and A Prince without Kingdom. In 2014 he published Le Livre de Perle which was awarded the LFNY 2016 Literary Prize.

March 13-March 17, Philharmonie de Paris

Focus: Music
Grade: Y5

Project: Students will work with musicians from the Philharmonie de Paris for a week during. Students will participate in various activities, discovering rhythms, string and wind instruments with the help of the team from the Philharmonie, Y5 teachers and music teachers from the school.
This project will conclude with a concert offered to the Y5 parents on Friday, March 17 at 4 pm in the auditorium.

On the Philharmonie de Paris
Featuring several concert halls, a museum, a multimedia library and numerous educational spaces, the Philharmonie de Paris is an unprecedented project.
An exceptional architectural ensemble within the Parc de la Villette, its resident trainings and its innovative artistic project contribute to making it a cultural hub unique in the world, promoting the appropriation of music by the public.
Beyond the classical repertory, its programming is open to current music and world music, as well as to dance. The new institution continues and amplifies the policy of education and ambitious cultural democratization initiated by the Cité de la Musique more than twenty years ago. Strengthened by these riches, the Philharmonie de Paris has set itself the task of rethinking the place of the concert in our lives, integrating it in the heart of an open system, favoring all forms of educational or playful appropriation. Located in the east of Paris,it is a link between the capital and its surroundings, a place of gathering.

March 27-31, 2017 Writer Antoine Guilloppé

Focus: Literature
Grade: Y3

Project: Students will make a forest in kakemonos (a kakemono is a Japanese scroll that displays painting or calligraphy) with images and cutouts of animals who live there. There would be also images of plants. 
The final show is imagined as a journey though the natural forest all the way to the “urban forest”, therefore integrating the city the children live in, New York. Some kakemonos would represent buildings. The cut out designs will be displayed against the walls (or windows to let the light) or ideally hung from the ceiling with wire.

About the artist: Antoine Guilloppé is a French author-illustrator. Since 1998 he published several books for children such as Petit Glaçon, Akiko, or Loup Noir. He was born in 1971 at Chambéry and he currently lives in Montrouge, near Paris. Since 2010, he has been working on a new technique for illustrations using laser cutting. This innovation made his drawings famous.



Béatrice Coron was the first 2016-2017 artist in residence from October 31 to November 4 with Y10