Student Programs

Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence Program inspires creativity in our students through weeklong workshops with renowned artists working in many fields.
Students across one grade work with an artist on a single project, which is performed or exhibited for the entire community. The arts, whether music, visual arts, dance or theater, hold an important place in the lives of students at the Lycee Francais de New York. The Artist in Residence Program further supports our other classroom and co-curricular activities in the arts and plays an essential role in the mission of school.

Music and Body Language

November 12 - 16, 2018 / Y5
For the kick-off of the 2018-2019 Artist in Residence program, the Lycée’s fifth graders will greet Trio SR9 from the National Conservatory in Lyon. Artists Alexandre Esperet, Nicolas Cousin and Paul Changarnier, whose compositions combine dance, gesture, rhythm and percussion will help our students discover how their bodies can literally become musical instruments. They will learn  to imitate the sound of drums, maracas and other percussion. The week will round off with a special performance for their families and the Lycée community as well as a short show by Trio SR9 artists!
The Trio SR9 collaborates with artists across musical genres and artistic fields like theater to create interdisciplinary works of art. Having performed around the world, the Trio regularly gives master classes in renowned music schools: the Boston Conservatory, the Juilliard School and NYU. Discover Trio SR9!

Jewelry and Design

January 11 - 14, 2019 / Y3 
Combining creativity and sustainability with an eye for details, our third graders will work with renowned Spanish-born jewelry designer Chus Burés to make pieces out of recycled materials brought from home.Based in New York, Chus Burés studied interior design in Barcelona before moving onto fashion, cinema and visual art. Burés is famous for designing the hairpin in film producer Pedro Almodóvar's "Matador", and has since then worked with other internationally acclaimed artists like Louise Bourgeois, as well as high-fashion brands like Loewe, Agnès b. and Akris. He designed the gold medal awarded by the Spanish Film Academy in 1994 and from 1996 has worked on contemporary design projects with the Thailand government. He now brings his artistic history to younger generations through his own brand, CHUS X CHUS.


February 4 - 8, 2019 / Y8
Pierrot, the silent clown with the white-painted face, has been a stock character in France  for 200 years. In this very physical theater workshop, eighth graders will learn the expressive art of pantomime, telling stories without words. Led by renowned pantomime artists, Ivan Bacciocchi, Director of the International School of Dramatic Corporeal Mime, students will learn to develop their own interpretations of Pierrot and his touching story. 
Ivan Bacciocchi has taught in such schools as Université Paris 8 and le Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique de Cambrai. He has also made appearances at the Musée du Louvre, the Grand Palais and the Musée d'Orsay. Coinciding with the residency, a screening of the fully remastered Les Enfants du Paradis by Marcel Carné will be shown in the Cultural Center. The movie immortalizes Jean-Gaspard Deburau, a French mime made famous for creating the character of Pierrot in the early 1800s.


April 22 - 26, 2019 / Y10
For this residence, our tenth-grade students will take a deep dive into the artform and sculpt a real time soundpainting composition with performer and theater instructor Leese Walker. This creative and experimental workshop will allow the students to improvise as a group and create a unique performance for their friends and families. 
Soundpainting is a new art, born in the 1970s, that invites artists across fields to improvise, create and communicate through a vocabulary of signs, transcending linguistic and cultural barriers. With a devoted international following, the discipline now integrates actors, dancers, singers, visual artists and digital artists, who create works from a language of over 1000 signs. 
Leese Walker is the artistic and producing director at Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble. She creates politically-charged, original works that blur the lines between jazz, theater and modern dance.

Past Events

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  • Antoine Guillopé

    Focus: Literature
    3rd grade
    From March 27 to 31, 2017

    Project: Students made a forest in kakemonos (a kakemono is a Japanese scroll that displays painting or calligraphy) with images and cutouts of animals who live there. The final show was imagined as a journey from a natural forest to the “urban forest”, integrating their home city, New York. 
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  • Philharmonie de Paris

    Focus: Music
    Grade: 5th grade
    From March 13 to 17, 2017

    Project: Students worked with musicians from the Philharmonie de Paris. They participated in various activities, learning new rhythms, string and wind instruments with the help of the extraordinary team from the Philharmonie, fifth-grade teachers and music teachers from the school. The weeklong residency closed in a beautiful concert of instruments and voices with special guests, students from the New York French-American Charter School.
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  • Timothée de Fombelle

    Focus: Literature
    Grade: 8th grade
    From January 23 to 27, 2017

    Project: Students worked on recreating the sets of different scenes of Timothée de Fombelle’s book, Vango, a novel set across many eras.
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  • Béatrice Coron

    Focus: Visual Arts
    10th grade
    From October 3 to November 4, 2016

    Project: World-wide wanderings. Students entered imaginary worlds of travel in this residency exploring the art of the paper cut-out. The residency closed with a special exhibit of student work in the school's Gallery.
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  • Résidence Antoine Guilloppé

    Third grade: The art of the cut-out with children’s author Antoine Guilloppé.

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  • Philharmonie de Paris

    Fifth Grade: Music creation and theory with the Philharmonie de Paris.

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  • Timothée de Fombelle

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