Specialty  Classes


Specialty Classes are thematic classes enrolled and priced in 2 or 4-week programs for a total of 4 hours.  Some take place once a week for 4 weeks, some twice a week for 2 weeks, and some once a week for 2 hours over 2 weeks.

Tuition fees:  $80 

There are no textbooks for Specialty Classes.

How do I sign up?

Check the schedule below for the upcoming Specialty classes and click on Class Registration and Membership to sign up.  You will be able to pay online using Paypal or a credit/debit card. 

Alternatively, you can mail your registration form and check to:                       

Alliance Française

5510 Munford Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612

Please note: current membership is required from all students. 

Questions? Contact Us

Winter Schedule

Classes suitable for Beginners are taught primarily in English. 

Classes at A2+ level and above are taught entirely in French.

If you are unsure of your level, please take the free Placement Test.

At the end of the 19th century, Paris was indisputably the center of the artistic universe. For the first time, the doors of the city’s fine-art schools and galleries were opened to female artists.   Explore the lives and works of 4 woman who seized this opportunity: Camille Claudel, Marie Laurencin, Sonia Delaunay and Nikki de St Phalle.

Level B1 minimum

Thu 5-6pm   /   Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 17

Teacher: Catherine Prié-Leray

What do Josephine Baker, Coco Chanel, Coluche and Serge Gainsbourg have in common?  They all influenced 20th century French society, each in their own ways in their respective fields and beyond.  This class will explore their lives, the roles they played in French culture then, and their legacies in the 21st century.

Level B1 minimum

Mon 5-6pm   /   March 7, 14, 21 28

Teacher: Priya Joawn

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was a prominent French portrait painter of the late 18th century - which was unusual for a woman in her time. The following three artists have been recognized through the impressionist movement: Berthe Morisot, Rosa Bonheur et Marie Braquemond.

Level B1 minimum

Thu 5-6pm   /   April 7, 14, 21, 28

Teacher: Catherine Prié-Leray