Art lessons in English are available in France Summer school: American institutions and instructors are involved in classes in Paris and the provinces in June, July and August.

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We are spending a month or two in France and would like information on art schools or studios that offer painting and ceramics courses in English. What time of year would be best?

The summer months offer the best opportunities for English-speakers to study art in Paris as well as in the provinces.

In Pont-Aven, the village on the Brittany coast where Gauguin painted, Caroline Boyle-Turner, an art historian at the Rhode Island School of Design, runs summer art courses for English-speaking students at the Pont-Aven School of Art. The classes -- in painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, French and art history -- have six to 12 students. A four-week session, from June 1 to June 28, is followed by a six-week session, from July 1 to Aug. 9. Courses are open to graduate and undergraduate fine-arts students; artists with little formal training must submit slides of their work before admission. Fees range from $2,500 to $5,000; charges include breakfast and dinner with local families. Call (508) 263-1654 in the United States.

The school at Pont-Aven is also organizing a summer session with the American University of Paris. Classes, with a maximum of 12 students, are held in Pont-Aven from June 3 to June 28, then continue in Paris from July 9 to Aug. 9. Students visit the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay and other museums. This course is open to fine-arts graduates and undergraduates; other applicants are asked to submit slides of their work. Course fees are $6,140 and include tuition, room and board while in Pont-Aven, and tuition in Paris.

The American University in Paris offers summer-session courses painting, drawing, photography and art history. They run from June 3 to July 4 and from July 9 to Aug. 9; class size never exceeds 20. Fees, covering tuition only, start at $1,320. More information: in the United States, (212) 677-4870; in Paris, telephone (33 1), fax (33 1)

The Parsons School of Design in Paris offers five-week sessions, with a maximum of 15 students per class, in drawing, painting, ceramics, furniture-making and photography during the academic year. The fee is $235 per class. In the summer, classes are given in Paris from June 29 to July 25 in drawing, painting, art history and photography. Fees are $2,700 and $825 for dormitory. In La Napoule, near Nice, classes run from July 28 to Aug. 17 in drawing and painting, and contemporary art history. The charge for tuition, room and board is $3,500. More information: Holly Warner, Parsons School of Design in Paris, 14 Rue Letellier, 75015 Paris, France; telephone (331), fax (31 1)

We will be in Arizona in June. We've heard that Wagner operas will be performed there. Can you provide information?

In what the Arizona Opera company says will be the first of an annual series, Wagner's complete "Ring das Nibelungen" will be performed twice in Flagstaff between June 3 and June 15. Collaborating on the presentation will be Glynn Ross, general director, and Henry Holt, artistic director, who drew acclaim for their productions of the "Ring" at the Pacific Northwest Wagner Festival in Seattle from 1973 to 1983.

The four operas that make up the "Ring" -- "Das Rheingold," "Die Walkuere," "Siegfried" and "Gotterdammerung" -- will be performed in sequence in two six-day periods, just as in they are at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany. The operas will be sung in German, with English subtitles, at the Ardreyok Auditorium at Northern Arizona University. The hall seats 1,500, close in size to Bayreuth's Festspielhaus. Among the performers will be the soprano Karen Bureau as Brunnhilde (she has sung with the Hanover Opera) and the tenor George Gray as Siegfried (the Hamburg and Zurich Operas).

Information: Arizona Opera, 4600 N. 12th St., Phoenix, Ariz. 85014; (602) 266-7464, fax (602) 266-5806. Tickets for a "Ring" cycle: $100 to $525.

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