Summer Cultural Discoveries Club for Teens

Location: In Person at FIAF Manhattan
Level: All Levels
Summer: Jun 20–Aug 11

Grades 6–12 / Ages 11–17
1 week, Mon-Fri, 1:30pm-4:30pm, $499/week

Discovering fashion, food traditions, wildlife, or the environment, amongst many other subjects, everyone will find a unique way to discover or improve, and more importantly, have fun in French with FIAF this summer.

Teens will improve their French by exploring a different topic every week. Through interactive workshops and visits around the city, teens will step out of the classroom and use their language skills in real-world situations.

Open to all levels of French including complete beginners.

Sign up for two weeks or more for maximum learning. Weekly activities are subject to change. 

  • Week 1: June 20-23* — Painting and Sculpting

    Tue, June 20:
    MoMA surrealism section, francophone movement.

    Wed, June 21:
    Painting workshop: paint on a canvas, get inspired by your MoMA visit. Like a surrealist, paint your dream.

    Thur, June 22:
    MET Museum: food is not just for eating!  A tour around food and across cultures, from still life paintings to art objects.

    Fri, June 23:
    Cooking workshop: “Faire la cuisine c’est faire de l’art.” Inspired by Vermeer’s The Milkmaid, teens will bake a gluten-free and vegan rice pudding and discover more about why French people love food and gastronomy.

    *No class/camp on Monday, June 19 (Juneteenth)

  • Week 2: June 26-30 — Music to the Ears

    Mon, June 26:
    MET collection of instruments:

    Tue, June 27:
    Radio City Music Hall: become a rock star in a famous concert hall! This tour will include a visit to the backstage and performance areas, and if you’re lucky…you’ll meet a Rockette!

    Wed, June 28:
    Piano concert and rhythm workshop.

    Thur, June 29:
    It’s karaoke time with well-known French songs! The class will work on a specific song that they’ll learn and sing.

    Fri, June 30:
    Jazz Museum: from Louisiana to Canada, jazz has always held a special place in francophone cultures.

  • Week 3: July 3-7* — Dance and Circus

    Mon, July 3:
    NYPL: discover and discuss the link between immigration and dance.
    NYPL dance exhibition: Border Crossings: Exile and American Modern Dance 1900-1955

    Wed, July 5:
    Cooking workshop: bake a Pavlova! A gluten-free recipe created by a pastry chef who was in love with a dancer. Want to learn more? Come bake with us!

    Thur, July 6:
    Center for Traditional Music and Dance: a show and workshop with musician Salieu Suso around traditional Gambian music.

    Fri, July 7:
    Circus workshop: aerial arts in circus. From trapezes to silk and dance to hammock, you will be guided through all the aerial apparatuses.

    *No class/camp on Tuesday, July 4 (Independence Day)

  • Week 4: July 10-14 — “Click!”, it’s Photograph and Architecture week

    Mon, July 10:
    Guggenheim: explore space through photography.

    Tue, July 11:
    Morgan Library: discover Karen B. Cohen’s work through her drawings and photographs of France and its rural areas.

    Wed, July 12:
    International Center of Photography: among other exhibitions, students will be introduced to the work of Hervé Guibert (French photographer) and René Goebli (Swiss photographer) in the group show, Love Songs.

    Thur, July 13:
    FIAF gallery: discover Lee Shulman’s work around vintage photographs through a guided tour and workshop in photo negatives.

    Fri, July 14:
    MET Museum: wander in the MET’s maze to discover their collection of photographs across different eras.

  • Week 5: July 17-21 — Lights, Camera, Action!

    Mon, July 17:
    Theater workshop: learn your best movie tricks from a certified teacher from the world-famous Cours Florent in Paris. Ready? Set? Action!

    Tue, July 18:
    MoMA: how do technicians put color on a film? Through this technical approach, teens will discover fields related to the cinema industry.

    Wed, July 19:
    Guided tour: with our friends from New York en Français, you will discover different iconic locations that were used to shoot films in New York. During this visit en français, you might learn a couple of “secrets de tournage.”

    Thur, July 20:
    Museum of the Moving Image: ready to discover a one-of-a-kind museum? Here, you will be immersed in different exhibitions, from highlighting stop motion to learning how to create a storyline…and more!

    Fri, July 21:
    Dubbing workshop: have you ever dreamt of learning how to dub? We’ve made it happen! Teens will learn both the technical aspects and the creative aspects of being a voice in the cinema industry. They’ll visit a real studio and dub their own movie.

  • Week 6: July 24-28 — Once Upon a Time in Literature

    Mon, July 24:
    AMNH: have you ever read the poem “La terre est bleue comme une orange” from Paul Éluard or “Clair de Lune” from Guillaume Appolinaire? Poets have always been deeply inspired by cosmic elements. A very good occasion to visit the brand-new wing of the AMNH!

    Tue, July 25:
    Morgan Library: did you know that the Morgan Library has the very first original edition of the “Fables” from Jean de la Fontaine?

    Wed, July 26:
    Cooking workshop: “C’est un pic, c’est un roc, que dis-je, c’est une péninsule!”  Familiar with this quote? Cyrano de Bergerac, a French play by Edmond de Rostand, is known also because there is a great variety of food on the characters’ table. At one point, they even give the reader the full recipe for tartelettes amandine.

    Thur, July 27:
    Cheese tasting at the French Cheese Board: “Maître Corbeau, sur un arbre perché, tenait en son bec un fromage…” Well, our teens will be discovering cheese that could have been in Maître Corbeau’s mouth, as specialists still can’t agree if the raven was holding a brie or a camembert…we’ll have to try them both!

    Fri, July 28:
    Cooking workshop: ever heard of the phrase “Madeleine de Proust”? It refers to a sweet moment of reminiscence that you have when facing a familiar smell or taste. We’ll see if our madeleines bring memories to the surface!

  • Week 7: July 31-August 4 — La Bande-Dessinée

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  • Week 8: August 7-11 — Theater: The Show Must Go On

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