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. Click here to watch videos on residencies at the Lycée.


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

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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: Y2

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.

Past Residencies

Artists-in-residence 2015-2016

February 8-12, 2016 Doodle Artist Jon Burgerman

Focus: Doodle art
Grade: Y5

Project: During this residence, Y5 students will work on the theme of water and climate change. After some trainings on papers, they will doodle on the walls of the fifth floor on the primary side. A finale exhibition will be organized on Friday afternoon for the parents.

About the artist: Artist Jon Burgerman, based in Brooklyn, plays through drawing and spectacle. He is often credited and referenced as a leading figure in the popular ‘Doodle’ art style. His work is placed between fine art, urban art and pop-culture, using humour to reference and question his contemporary milieu. His art is a pervasive and instantly recognizable aesthetic that exists across a multitude of forms including canvases, large scale murals, sculpture, toys, apparel, design, print and people (tattoos and temporary drawings). Burgerman studied Fine Art at The Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 2001 with First Class Honors.

January 11-15, 2016 Trumpet Player Ibrahim Maalouf

Focus: Negro Spiritual
Grade: Y10

Project: During this residence untitled Wade in the Water, name of a Negro spiritual first published in 1901, Lebanese trumpet player Ibrahim Maalouf
will work on improvisation of Negro Spiritual with the 10th graders. Working on these melodies and texts is a good opportunity for the students to learn about slavery in the United States and understand the cultural and social impact music and arts have on History. These songs are also a very good way for them to develop their sense of rhythm and synchronisation, singing in big groups, as well as using their hands and voices.

The students will study historic documents about slavery in the United States with their teachers to prepare the residency. Ibrahim Maalouf will meet three groups composed of about 35 students and spend three hours with each of them. The musicians students will use their instruments whereas the non-musicians will improvise with singing or playing percussions.To mark the end of the residency, we will have a big finale on Friday afternoon.

About the artist: After « Diasporas » (2007), « Diachronism » (2009), « Diagnostic » (2011) and “Wind” (2012), Ibrahim Maalouf released his last album “ILLUSIONS” in 2013 for which he received from the French Music Awards the prize of Best World Music Album. After a prestigious classical career with several international awards (France, Hungary, Finland, USA), the 1er prix of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and after having collaborated with many symphony and chamber orchestras, as well as various ensembles throughout the world, Ibrahim became a well-known figure on the music scene thanks to his collaboration with singers such as Sting, Amadou et Mariam, Lhasa de Sela, Salif Keita, Vanessa Paradis and many others who wanted to use his sound and his unique playing style to colour their music. Ibrahim was rapidly recognized by the Jazz world and his five albums were unanimously acclaimed by the national and international press. In 2013, Ibrahim Maalouf is the French instrumentalist with the highest sales in France over the last three years. He is now teaching musical improvisation at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris.

October 26-30, 2015 Choreographer and dancer Aurelien Kairo

Focus: Hip hop Dance
Grade: 8th grade – Middle School

Project:The week-long workshop will be devoted to the discovery of the choreographic universe of Aurélien Kairo. For this dancer, choreographer and director, French songs are a very interesting medium for dance. In addition to the beat, the text imposes a situation and realistic images, and dance itself offers new sensory modes of perception. Text and dance can complement and enrich each other and become artistic creation.

This will also be a time of sharing and meeting between the artist and the students around French songs from Brassens to Gainsbourg, an important part of the cultural heritage of France. Aurelien Kairo will offer a selection of songs and each class will choose one text. During the week the artist will spend about 5 hours with each class. A final show with a soundtrack prepared in advance will be presented to the community at the end of the week.

About the artist: Aurélien Kairo is an artist associated with the MCNN (Maison de la Culture of Nevers and Nievre) since 2011. Self made artist Aurélien Kairo discovered his art on the streets. Along the way, he met with many people who inspired him. His companions, first in the hip hop nation like Kader Attou from Cie Accrorap, Mourad Merzouki from Cie Käfig, Malka, then in other countries like the Béjart Ballet in Lausanne, or Pietragalla Cie in Italy, fed his inspiration . Since 2002, De Fakto Co., established at the initiative of Aurélien Kairo, develop creative ballets such as N, the dancing star (inspired by the figure of Nietzsche) and La Nina de la casa Azul (based on the life of Frida Kahlo). From the texts and music by Jacques Brel, Aurelien Kairo in 2007 created the solo “I’m coming!”, which was a great success. In 2010, he created Le Petit bal de Rue for the inter-regional Euro dance project.

Artists-in-residence 2014-2015

April 20-24 2015 Actor Jos Houben

Focus: Theater Grade: 10th grade – High School

Project: Expressing day to day life in theater: We are in a very large part of our lives in silence. 90% of communication is non-verbal ..We will look at the multitude of moments when speech is not involved: what’s going on, what do we do? How to use it all as an actor or a writer ...?

About the artist: Jos Houben (b.1959) is a Belgian native. He studied at L’École Jacques Lecoq and with Philippe Gaulier, Monika Pagneux and Pierre Byland. An original member of Complicité, he co-created and performed in A Minute Too Late and collaborated on many other projects with Annabel Arden, Simon McBurney and Liso Bauer. Jos was a director and co-writer of the cult comedy troupe The Right Size (which won Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment 1999 and Best New Comedy 2002) playing in the West End and Off-Broadway. For Thames TV he created and performed Mr Fixit, a silent slapstick TV comedy for children. He was also creative director and associate producer for Ragdoll TV’s Brum – The Magical Little Car. He created and performed Quatre Mains, a theatre piece for four hands with Andrew Dawson. He has collaborated with Greek contemporary music composer Georges Aperghis on several shows in Paris, including Commentaires, Zwielicht, Paysage sous Surveillance. He has directed forTheater YBY in Salzburg, BPZoom in Paris, Les Flamiches Noires in Belgium, and performed inFragments, directed by Peter Brook. In 2013 he co-created Répertoire by Mauricio Kagel for the Théàtre d’Arras and the Bouffes du Nord with Françoise Rivalland and Emily Wilson. Jos is currently working with Jean François Peyret on RE:Walden qui jouera en en 2013 dans le festival officiel à Avignon et en 2014 au Théâtre de la Colline. Jos’ conference/one-man show,The Art of Laughter, has toured the world many times over. He is a teacher, director, devisor and consultant with comedy troups, opera companies, circus schools, workshop festivals, dance schools, universities and magicians worldwide. Since 2000 he is a teacher at L’École Jacques Lecoq.

Jos Houben Residency at the LFNY from Lycée Français de New York on Vimeo.

May 2015 Perfumer Celine Barel Focus: creativity Grade:  Y3– Elementary School Project:  Creating Perfumes The perfumer will introduce the different jobs involved to create a perfume creation. She will introduce the different olfactive families. She will distribute the different roles (Chemists, Perfumers, Evaluators, Marketers, Bottle designers) in a group of five students. Each class will be working on a chosen theme: Water; sweet; fruit Nature; flowers. Each class will create a perfume and present its fragrance The final work is presented in the classes and in the cafeteria. 

November 2014 Photographer Martine Fougeron Focus: Photography Grade:  8th grade –Middle school Project:  The I and the Tribe Student produced and exhibited in the auditorium their work on selfies and on their tribes. The selfies were exhibited in the gallery.

April 2014  Illustrator Benjamin Chaud Focus: Visual Arts Grade: 1st grade – Elementary,  Illustrator Project: Pomelo in New York. The children illustrated a story.  Their paintings were exhibited in the cafeteria and eBooks created for each class.

October 2013 Stage Director Marcel Bozonnet Focus: Theater Grade 11 students (High school)  Project:  The Life in the Theater Student performed and produced work, “Plume” by Henri Michaux

April 2013  Sculptor Brigitte NaHon Focus: Visual Arts Grade: 6th grade –Middle School. Project: Balance The students made eight sculptures from recycled materials that were exhibited in the cafeteria. The photographs were used for next year calendar.

February 2013  Dancer Pauline Legras Focus: dance.  Grade: 9 students (Middle school) .Project: Expressing Emotions through Movement. The students learned steps to express emotions (Hate, joy, love, jealousy…) and performed on stage.

February 2013 Dancer and Artistic Coordinator for ABT’s Studio Company, Kate Lydon Focus: dance Grade: 5th grade - Primary.  . Project: Interpreting Characters (The Carnival of Animals). The students dance an animal of their choice on the stage. They were photographed as their character. The photographs were used for next year calendar.

October 2012 Illustrator and author of comic strips Maël & Kris Focus: Visual Arts Grade:11th Grade - High school . Project: The Representation of Violence in History The students created illustrations for a historical comic strip Drawings were used for next year calendar.

April 2011 Graphic Designer, Vahram Muratyan Focus: Visual Arts Grade:  5th grade – Primary. , Project: Paris-New York.  The students created drawings enhancing the differences between Paris and New York. Drawings were exhibited in the cafeteria and used for next year calendar.


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