Saturday, February 9, 2013
Ecole Boulle Porte Ouvert 2013
I can tell from the photos that things have changed at the school since I was there over 25 years ago. They have built new buildings, as only the French can do, mixing contemporary architecture with traditional historic facades. The marquetry workshop has moved from the top floor of the old building to the new glass building, and seems to be much more into the 20th century (21st?) than the 18th century. They still use the chevalets, but they also have the best Italian marquetry jig saws available.
Recently, I discovered on YouTube a series of three videos which were made for French television. These videos show the school, its students and their work, and the professors at work, discussing the philosophy of the teaching methods. Although it is in French, I think that it is fairly obvious to non-French speakers what is going on. Take some time and watch them, and I think you will begin to see how great the experience is for me to be able to participate, and what an honor to be accepted. Thank you Dr. Pierre Ramond and Brian Considine for making this possible.
ecole Boulle video
By the way, during the last weekend in January, when the doors are open to the public, is really the only time of the year that you can visit the school. It's a great time to be a visitor in Paris, since all the normal tourists are not there. It is the time of year then Paris is populated by Parisians, and the best time to really see the city in its "natural" state. Plan now to go next year; I know I am.