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Photos (left to righ and downward)

1) Our University of Sherbrooke group (icscis)
2) In Roma (Monica Marquez)
3) At the Guggenheim
4) "The Last Suppe"r (icscis)
5) SAAS of Seattle in Rome (Jenny Zavatsky)

Testimonials

From artists of all levels who have attended our painting workshops painting workshops Tuscany Italy (en blanc)

Studio Italia is a jewel in the crown of art workshops. The program is so well designed to balance painting, instruction, advice, critique and museum tours by day with long, warm social evenings of conversation. This is all possible thanks to two people, Mónica and Yves, completely dedicated to providing a complete experience in the arts. Mónica's meals were exceptional and Yves provided painting instruction, approaching each painter at their level and raised the bar on us all. I do not believe anyone could walk away from this program unaffected. (K. Gross, San Francisco, U.S., Studio Italia 2016)

Studio Italia exceeded my expectations. Yves and Mónica were there for us all the time! Italy is so rich in history, so beautiful! I particularly loved Assisi! I learned a lot about painting and art history and also about creating comradeship and fun with a group of new friends. (K. Hanford, Rochester, U.S., Studio Italia 2016)

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Studio Italia, from the beginning to end. Yves, a fantastic instructor and guide, is exceptional at gently pushing you to have fun with what you are painting while sharing his knowledge with you in a very entertaining way. Mónica is a great hostess, coordinator and amazing Chef. When we sat down for our first dinner as a group, I could not get over the warm table setting and food presentation. Every meal was exceptional and works of art on their own. I also really enjoyed my fellow student artists who were all so supportive and lots of fun. The experience was so much more than any of my expectations and I will definitely be attending another Walk the Arts workshop! (J. Gross, Detroit, U.S.A. Studio Italia 2016)

Fun, eye opening, intimate, loved every minute of it. It was a whirlwind affair, lots of places to paint, many insightful discussions, totally instructive painting demos, loved the museum, adored Italy. Walked away with a new respect for art. Made some new friends. Yves and Monica are terrific. (A. St. Louis, Ottawa, Canada, Studio Italia 2016)

Walk the Arts delivered more than a well-structured and organised art workshop, they inject a high level of passion to all elements. The art lessons, lectures and locations were invigorating and Monica’s love of fresh produce and serving delicious meals made a perfect end to each day. An enriching and memorable experience. (P. Reid, Sydney, Australia, Studio Italia 2016).

Wonderful beyond description! (Alice Chang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Studio Italia 2015)

I have attended many workshops but the one offered by Walk the Arts was by far the most in-depth and rewarding.  I gained insight, clarity and affirmation that I am on the right path.  And it was fun ... a lively, harmonious cultural experience. (C. Mabb, London, Canada, Atelier Provence 2016).

The immediacy of painting in plein air in Provence, easel in hand, and the expansive views of lavender and wheat fields vividly evokes the impressionist and modern painters. This is an experience I shared with my husband and one I will cherish. (B. Cohen, Ottawa, Canada, Atelier Provence & Barcelona 2016).

The universe brought me to you and for this I am very grateful. A good teacher is a rare and special treat and should be celebrated...thank you for sharing your light with me....and thank you for all my fellow students who also enriched my soul. (E. Léger, OSA, Ottawa, 2016)

I cannot thank you enough for making my first trip to Italy so wonderful.  I’m saying I will come back but I wonder if my pleasure was in Italy or the wonderful people I lived with for 11 days! Thank you for your patience and caring attitudes!  You are a wonderful couple and you shared so much of yourselves to make us creative, comfortable, well fed and happy. (B. Rea, Dallas, U.S.A. Studio Italia 2015)

Energetic and demanding within a spectacular learning environment (B. Johnson, Kingston, Canada, Studio Italia 2015)

I learned a lot. I did not need the art history lessons so much, but what was presented supplemented my pre-existing knowledge. At the same time, I learned more about mixing colors, I practiced with palette knife painting, and visiting nearby towns re-enforced the whole thing. I am very satisfied. Thank you. (E. Morgan, South Bend MI, U.S.A., Studio Italia 2015)

Thank you so much for the past ten days of Studio Italia. I appreciate all the effort both of you took to make us feel comfortable yet push us out of our comfort zone. I learned so much about art history, painting, life and love... Thanks for being honest, though encouraging, for the wonderful food and wise words. (E. Chan, Singapore, Studio Italia 2015)

The essence of Studio Italia is Yves and Monica and their innate ability to inspire and involve the group attending! The location is wonderful, how could it not be in beautiful Tuscany which we zoomed around in and painted. The opportunity to learn a little of, and appreciate, art history and then to view for ourselves with Yves an experience not to be missed. We all seemed to want to "free up" or "loosen up"; we all certainly achieved our goals, whilst having a stimulating and very enjoyable time. I "will be back!... I had a ball! (H. Wadrop, North Yelta, Australia, Studio Italia 2015)

Wonderful week full of new experiences and friends! Work and fun and it all blended to make the workshop complete. (J. Guy, Cupertino, United States, Studio Italia 2015)

I learnt so much, I laughed a lot, I loved Mónica's fantastic food, I tasted wonderful Italian wines! Oh, and I painted a fair bit too! A great workshop thank you Yves and Monica (G. Ryan, Eden, Australia, Studio Italia 2015)

We had such a great time and learned so much… Thanks for a terrific workshop and superb food! (A. Koukari, Kambah, Australia, Studio Italia 2015)

This was a unique life\Art style changing workshop experience. I was constantly buoyed with reinforcement, yet constantly, in a kind but constructively critical style, made aware of the huge learning curve and expectations that were daily set for me. Thanks for a marvellous leap. (E. Wilson, London, Canada, Studio Italia 2014)

I would have liked to let you know in person that you have inspired me. In both courses you have conveyed a true passion for art and the history of art. I think that a major lesson I learned is to look at art in social context and to think more about how the message is spread. I loved both courses. Sincere thanks. I hope you know that your message does reach people. I am taking your advice to tell my story in my art. And my intention is to do that in a contemporary way (Pat Kenny, Ottawa OSA 2015)

You can read all the art books you want but the inside knowledge that you get from Walk the Arts is quite remarkable. A very wonderful tutor who is so enthusiastic and conveys his own experience with such skill. We learn so much! (M. McDonald, Lower Hutt, New Zealand Studio Italia 2014)

We are home and trying to recover from the jet-lag, our time in the Cinque Terre was scenically beautiful, but a bit disappointing after our special time with you all in Tuscany. We found it still very touristy, the food was nothing compared to your feasts Mónica…Our time with you was so special it will take a lot to ever compare, the wonderful setting, the trips to the villages, the amazing meals, the really interesting lectures and for me, of course, the painting! I haven't done any painting since you last saw me and am longing to get into my studio and let loose, try my new style and benefit from all the patient instruction from you Yves! I feel that I have grown in my ability, am inspired to be bold and am hoping for great things!! John enjoyed his time as observer and listener and photographer much more than he expected…(D. and J. Lombard, Lake Macquarie, Australia, Studio Italia 2014)  

As a beginner painter, the stakes were high. The venue, the menu and the touring were equally important to me and they did not disappoint. Every day and throughout each day, I felt immersed in art and an Italian adventure. As a "foodie", I was delighted with the thoughtfully planned gourmet menu. Our hosts, Yves and Mónica are delightful and are positively charged and open minded. As for the whole experience, it was enriching on many levels. It was lovely meeting our group from abroad. It was a life learning experience for me. (K. Dempsey, London, Canada, Studio Italia 2014)

The whole experience was totally enriching - emotionally, intellectually and visually. The rich mix of painting with Yves’ instructions, his lectures on art history and theory and the wonderful visual sensations of hill top towns. Monica's food was “gourmety plus”. The whole workshop will remain a peak experience in my life. (B. Cail, Sydney, Australia, Studio Italia 2013).

One of the best holidays and learning experiences I have had in my life. A thought provoking, reflective, and inspirational short time that I would dearly love to repeat. (S. Scanlan, Sydney, Australia, Studio Italia 2013)

I recommend Studio Italia to every artist, painter, hobbyists, historian, and art enthusiast. I have returned from this magnificent experience a different artist. Yves has inspired my creativity and extended my knowledge way beyond my expectations. I also feel much less anxiety about my art, I am somewhat free of too much self-judgement, and this is an enormous relief. Yves and Monica are passionate about their business and have honed this workshop over fifteen years into the smoothest and tightest run ship, between painting, lectures in French and English, and curated museum tours everything flows along magically…The food is a culinary delight…The friendships formed will last a life time. (L. Prussing, Port Macquarie, Australia, Studio Italia 2014)

There are not enough words to describe the experience, in Studio Italia, The combination of lectures in art history, tours in museums and medieval cities as well as plein-air painting the scenic vistas in Tuscany has for ever changed the mannerism, train of thought, and the way I paint. For me it was the ideal combination of vacation and painting. One must not forget the gourmet meals and wine, after a long day under the Tuscan sun.!!!! Thank You Walk the Arts. (G. Priniotakis, Dollard des Orméaux, Canada, Studio Italia 2014)

For a novice in painting as me, Studio Italia was a real "parenthèse enchantée", plenty of painting, great feelings, marvelous landscapes, delicious and laughing diners and above all so sweet people. Thanks to the "dream team! I'll never forget! (F. Jacques, Metz, France, Studio Italia 2014)

A really memorable experience and delightful to recall. It offered so much more than my expectations! New creative experiences, wonderful meals, so much sharing, interesting excursions, a pervasive atmosphere of fun and fulfilment, an environment that encouraged creativity and insightfulness. (T. Burns, Sydney, Australia, Studio Italia October 2013).

Every day opened my heart and soul to a new and innovative art experience. The country environment added to the Italian experience provided by our hosts, the locations for plein air were endless, the instruction encouraged us to be free and express our true selves and the lectures were inspiring. (N. Hinshaw, Stonington, CT, U.S.A. Studio Italia 2013).

I came to Italy from Australia to paint - with a few tubes of paint and mixed expectations. I spent 10 magic days in the heart of the Tuscany and couldn't recommend the experience highly enough. Not only was the tuition excellent, but the food and wine we were served each day was sublime. Our afternoon explorations to hill towns to both draw and sip "prosecco" and our full day trips to Florence and Assisi enhanced our artistic experience. (P. Wise, Sydney, Australia, Studio Italia 2013)

Our second time with you both and again thank you both for a great learning and travelling experience filled with fun, drink, fantastic food, travel, friendship and very wise council and advice. Thank you very much! (B. and M. Cohen, Ottawa, Canada, Atelier Provence 2014)

Painting workshops are easy to find on the Internet. However, thrifty artists must ask the big question: Which ones are worth the investment of time, effort and money? Based on my recent experience at a ten-day workshop in Tuscany, I can heartily endorse Studio Italia, led by Prof. Yves M. Larocque and Monica Marquez, his able partner. (M. Hall, Ottawa, Canada, Studio Italia 2012 & 2011)

Memories of the time I spent in Tuscany with you and the other artists brightened up my days. My friends and my nusband (who is my sternest critic) love my new found confidence and style of painting .Thank you so much again for a fabulous 10 days. (S. Brough, Adelaide, Australia, Studio Italia 2011)

Thank you Yves for the great Uffizi Tour! For me, it was a great review of Renaissance Art and having had the opportunity to see the actual Art in front of my bare eyes along with your in depth analysis made for a remarkable and unforgettable experience. I will cherish these memories, always. (J. Wong, Ottawa, Canada, Studio Italia 2013).

I am returning because of the excellence in the teaching of art history combined with actual painting lessons, the itinerary, the tours and the food. The whole experience is based on the culture of the country one stays in and Yves and Monica make the most of it. (B. Powell, Ottawa, Canada, Studio Italia 2011 & 2001)

I learned to be bold with colour and to have an ordered palate. Thanks for the drives around the many little cities and arranging for us to join in on a town celebration. Thanks for cooking the imaginative tasty meals that I looked forward to each day. I will ever remember these experiences. (E. Weber, Ottawa, Canada, Studio Italia 2011).

I really enjoyed the workshop, learned more about painting than I expected. The company was great. The setting is great - lots or room to mill about, paint, walk, swim... (P. Dolan, Ottawa Canada, Studio Italia 2011)

The ambiance, the surroundings, the food, the artistic immersion, it was a worthwhile experience.... (E. Medaglia, Ottawa, Canada, Studio Italia 2010)
I used to paint, now I am an artist! (Sue Pluck, Adelaide, Australia, Studio Italia 2009)

Unforgettable friendships, fun, food, happy hours and hours, painting, learning, seeing gorgeous historic places and driving through beautiful scenic country. A feast for all the senses! (M. & B. Hyde, Adelaide, Australia, Studio Italia 2009)

Thank you for a wonderful time, best workshop, marvellous motivation and discussion, superlative food and ambiance; words fail. (G. Sahlberg, Adelaide, Australia, Studio Italia 2009)

From our New York Art Trip

Yves and Monica work hard to make an entertaining and educational experience effortless. Excellent value for money! This was our third time and not our last. (S. and R. Gougeon, Ottawa, Canada, New York Art Trip 2014)

This was my third time going with Walkthearts and I really enjoyed the hosts and the planning was superb. (M.A. Varley, Ottawa, Canada, New York Art Trip 2014)

Thanks, we had fun and learned a lot (N. Akman and D. Emmens, Ottawa, Canada, New York Art Trip 2014

Thank you for the marvellous experience that you made possible for me with the New York tour.  The pre-arrangements, the hotel, the schedule and the actual visits were all excellent.   I appreciated, learned and stretched my mind… My mind is filled with wonderful images and happy memories.  (Valerie Knowles, Ottawa, Canada, New York Art Trip 2013)

It was a wonderful trip. Everything went smoothly and your hard work, attention to detail, your flexibility in suddenly adding something special (Odd Nerdrum) and all the excellent information was very much appreciated by everyone. The trip was superb, a great learning experience -- and much fun! Many thanks to you both! (Ottawa, Canada, New York Art Trip 2012)





on New York Art Trip...
Thank you for a very enjoyable and educational art tour.  The experience was incredible and has provoked me into rethinking “that” Marcel Duchamp.  The tour was my road to Damascus and this doubting Thomas might yet become a disciple. It was truly a pleasure to meet you both and the other members of the art community. (C. Ouseley, Ottawa, New York Trip 2016)

The NY trip was a wonderful experience for me. Seeing art works from the past and the present gave me a new outlook on possibilities with my own work. The bus, hotel and arranged gallery stops were great. I felt very safe, comfortable and met a lot of interesting people. Yves was so informative and enthusiastic as a guide. I felt very welcomed and plan to go on this journey in the future. (J. Barr, Ottawa, New York Trip 2016)

My first experience with Walk the Arts. I would do it again. So much to see and do with people who share the same interest. Merci. (H. Ethier, Ottawa, New York Trip 2016).

I'm not an artist but Yves' commentaries on the bus helped me view the different aspects of art with a new appreciation. Thank you. (L. Spearman,

The New York trip is a must for any serious art student who wants to experience what the world's art crucible has to offer. It wets the appetite and yearning to see and experience more and perhaps, perhaps, for some of us, it will ignite a passion and suggest paths to explore to go beyond. (L. Vadeboncoeur, Ottawa, New York Trip 2016)
My first time to the big museums- I loved having the added company as well as Yves expertise on my initial visit. Also that when I come another year, I will be more familiar with the museums but there will be new shows. Absolutely met my needs and gave me a chance to see a whole new part of NYC that I had not seen. (E. Rajamadan, Ottawa, New York Trip 2016)
This was my husband’s first time in New York and my third. I saw so much I had never previously seen. My husband was thrilled with the architectural beauty, the museums, the vibrancy of the city. We both loved every minute of our trip! Thank you so much for all the detailed coordination and the generosity in sharing your knowledge. (P. May Mc Millan and N. Dupuis, Ottawa, New York Trip 2016)

This was my fourth time in New York with Walk the Arts. Great value for money and total immersion in the world of contemporary art. (R. Gougeon, Ottawa, New York Trip 2016)

This is an excellent trip for the experienced artist or the inexperienced 'art lover'. Very organized with a plethora of venues on the agenda but then it's up to you, the participant, to choose your own options for the day/evening. Monica and Yves are excellent hosts and everyone on this trip was delightful, helpful and really wanted to groove on the vibrant New York art scene. Thank you for a great trip. (E. Roberts, Ottawa, New York Trip 2015)

This trip is well organized and well worth it. So much to see and learn in New York City! (H. Sutcliffe, Ottawa, New York Trip 2015)

This is the third trip to New York with Yves and Monica. The logistics of the trip were very well planned and executed. There were no delays and the hotel was located near all the central attractions. Easy walking distance to restaurants. Yves lessons on art history was informative as always and broadened my historical knowledge of how art throughout the ages has developed and influenced (P. Clarkson, Ottawa, New York Trip 2015)

I would do this trip again in a nanosecond. I truly enjoyed the museums and galleries. The experience of seeing new art, the opportunity of meeting with some artists to discuss their creations was awesome. I'm just sorry we did not have more time to discover more. (New York Trip 2015)

First time on the trip. We really enjoyed our visits to the galleries and exhibitions highlighted on the itinerary. It was truly inspiring to be able to study so many great works by important artists. We also loved visiting the Chelsea galleries and that these were in walking distance to the hotel. (R. Sutcliffe, Ottawa, New York Trip 2015)


Now, Atelier Provence
Atelier Provence and Barcelona
, was a continuum from our trip in Tuscany. The scenes and vast vistas of lavender, fields and mountains, the aromas, inspired us to paint… but the instruction and guidance gave me the ability to see...beyond the visual, to see what the soul would see, tell a story, create a mystery...and express it in color…Atelier Provence and Barcelona provided both the inspiration, instruction, ample knowledge in art history, and memorable moments of leisure with delicious meals, and excellent wine....Thank You (G. Priniotakis, Montreal, Canada, Atelier Provence and Barcelona 2015)

Atelier Provence and Barcelona proves to be a unique experience – there is nothing quite like it anywhere! Yves and Monica’s organization is superb and the schedule is full and overflowing. We paint, paint, paint – and then paint some more! Encouraged to try new painting techniques, I notice an improvement – and an exciting change in my style as I respond to Yves' excellent instruction and feedback. All this in the beautiful countryside of Provence where we experience fields of lavender and poppies, historic medieval villages, brilliant ochre cliffs and busy, colorful local markets – we paint them all! The opportunity to visit Cezanne’s atelier in Aix au Provence – and to actually paint at the base of Mont St. Victoire -- is absolutely unforgettable! Barcelona’s itinerary is great and we saw it all: Gaudi Picasso, Miro, the Museum of contemporary Art… The entire experience is terrific, fueled by the delights of Provence and Barcelona cuisine. This workshop is a special gem! (J. Haney, Ottawa, Canada, Atelier Provence and Barcelona 2015)

Mónica and Yves, I am becoming seriously addicted to these workshops - and the art tour of Barcelona was icing on the cake! The two of you work tirelessly and seamlessly together to create an experience that is all at the same time demanding, challenging, exhausting, exhilarating, and great fun! I believe I learned a lot and took a positive step forward in my art. Bravo and thank you! (H. Gasewicz, Ottawa, Canada, Atelier Provence and Barcelona 2015)
Walk the Arts workshops are a re-awaking of creativity and appreciation of art as well as lessons of how to live life to its fullest. (B. Horne, Atelier Provence and Barcelona 2015)

Yves you have a gleaming outlook on life and exude a passion in everything you teach!  I enjoyed both your company and your instruction.  It takes a gifted teacher to recognize the indivual need of each student and to find insight to help them grow spiritually and artistically, and all that with a dash of humour! We discovered something new about ourselves.  Bravo!  I encourage ICSCIS to continue in its philosophy’s and teachings.  I hope to join you again in another place for a new adventure. (T. Legault, Ottawa, Canada, Studio Italia 2007)

Thank you for your guidance, lively teaching, beautiful food and warm support. (P. Evers, Adelaide, Australia, Atelier Provence 2012)

Thank you for opening my mind to the world of art and further possibilities to extend myself. (M.L. Egar, Adelaide, Australia, Atelier Provence 2012)

I hope life is starting to settle down for you after our wonderful time together in Provence....what an experience! Thank you both! Times like these just can't be put in words adequately for me as I feel so privileged to be part of this experience. (L. Bromilow, Adelaide, Australia, Atelier Provence 2011)

Another workshop has passed! Thank you so much for sharing your passion for art with me again. I will go forward from here. I know. (S. Tilley, Adelaide, Australia, Atelier Provence 2012)

I am writing to thank you both so much for the wonderful experience of Provence - life, laughter, lavender; fabulous art, friendships, food, fun & Yves with his inspiration!So many villages & beautiful fields & skies & mountains & sunsets, & yes, even nights!!  Many many thanks to you both for such a fantastic & fabulous week.  But whilst my painting doesn't yet reflect where my heart would like to take it, I can only keep working on this & becoming braver & letting go...  (L. Lillecrapp, Adelaide, Australia, Atelier Provence 2011)

From non-artists and accompanying partners who have attended our painting workshops

I have to say to you both, I have done my share of travelling and trips overseas,...  but I have to say that the experience I had on the Walk the Arts Studio Italia trip ranks as one of the best experiences of my life... Yves and Monica…you two have created something special. I can't tell you how many times since I have been back that I think of that trip, the two of you.. and the wonderful group, all the lovely people that I as privileged to meet and get to know…(G, Aide Port Macquarie, Australia, Studio Italia 2014)

As a husband accompanying my artist wife I was very impressed with the varied locales of the entire region to which the artists were exposed, the personal attention and guidance provided to each artist by Yves, as well as the Critique exercise at the end of the workshop. The museum itinerary in Aix and Barcelona was excellent. This sublime adventure was of course topped off by the excellent cuisine, and caring attention to participants' personal needs by Monica. (R. Haney, Atelier Provence and Barcelona 2015)

I am a non-artist who was accompanying my wife on Studio Italia. However, I attended many of the lectures and learned so much about colours and art history, which I found thoroughly enjoyable. The day trips to medieval towns were very enjoyable. Yves provided so much information about all aspects of history and culture on these trips that it was like having our own personal tour guide. Meals prepared by Monica were equal to Martha Stewart creations. (G. Logue, Ottawa, Canada, Studio Italia 2013)

The location is incredibly beautiful and full of charm and history. Although I did not paint, the lectures enlightened my understanding and I am looking forward to applying some of the learned concepts on my writing. And let me say that the food was superb! Our meals were tasteful, colorful and abundant. Furthermore, I loved the spirit, the conversation, the humour, etc. I enjoyed myself for ten consecutive days among wine, delicious food and friends. It was an adorable experience. (T. Galofre, Bogotá, Colombia, Studio Italia 2011)

My evaluation is simple; I gave it fourteen out of ten. I am reliving the moments as I sort through our thousands of photos. For me it was the most amazing and rewarding experience. For that, I thank you both. (I. Oliver. Adelaide, Australia, Studio Italia 2009)

Thank you for a most wonderful journey! The art, the food, the company, the humour! Everything was you! (T. Pluck., Adelaide, Australia, Studio Italia 2009)

Thank you for the knowledge. I now look at paintings differently and enjoy art much more. (D. Hiesley., Adelaide, Australia, Atelier Provence 2012)

It was one of my best holidays: joy, laughter, great scenery, great food and wonderful food! (B. Davis, West Vancouver, Canada, Studio Italia 2007)

Back to artists' testimonials

A fantastic journey! Learning, loving, laughing, eating!...I was absolutely blown away by the workshop and it far exceeded my expectations. (M. Oliver, Adelaide, Australia, Studio Italia 2009)
You both have given us the most wonderful, eventful and meaningful adventure and taste of Tuscany. My experience was one that I shall never forget…I learned about Tuscany, its lifestyle, languages, food, wine, the lay of the land and painting! I am glad I selected this kind of experience that allowed me to be part of a smaller group of like-minded folks and get to paint as well. It was the perfect balance for me. (Peggy Firth. New Mexico, USA, Studio Italia 2007)

We had been travelling in France and Italy for four weeks when we tumbled from the train at Arezzo into the (figurative!) arms of Yves and Monica - our guides and mentors extraordinaire for the next ten days. Our house, nestled sweetly in the Tuscan landscape, absorbed, inspired and provided us with a touch and scent of ancient grandeur. We felt the brush of lives long past and explored the lively colours of the present. How could we not be inspired by this land? (J. Johnston, Ottawa, Canada, Studio Italia 2007)

Thank you my great instructor! You did a great job Yves covering the diversity of the group. Your extremely great attitude…You acted as critique, teacher, facilitator, host, slide presenter, driver… I could go on… Betty and I thank you again for such marvelous learning experience. We can also say what a tremendously good time with the congeniality of you two and the others as well. (G. Davis, West Vancouver, Canada, Studio Italia 2007)

Some of us like to stand out from the crowd. Thanks for helping us learn to think. (K. Mayes, Adelaide, Australia, Atelier Provence 2012).

Thank you for your teaching, encouraging words, new insights....I look forward to a new direction in art. (L. Hiesley, Adelaide, Australia, Atelier Provence 2012)

Through its excursions, Studio Colombia is far more than art and touring. This is a trip that challenges one to stretch, to connect with one's own Being, whether artist or not, yet as well, it offers skill learning on an applied and practical level in a very collegial way. (G. Giuliani, Ottawa, Canada, Studio Colombia 2013)

Studio Colombia is so much more than a perspective painting workshop ... although I'll never look at a horizon line in quite the same way again! As a first-time visitor to Colombia, I was blown away by the colour, culture and beauty of the country and its people, and I can't think of better guides than Mónica and Yves. They were the consummate hosts, always solicitous of their little group and accommodating of our individual needs. As at any of their workshops, we laughed and we learned, we sampled the local spirits and grappled with the meaning of life (usually in that order), and we feasted on the local delicacies. Thank you for a wonderful experience that I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone! (H. Gasewicz, Ottawa, Canada, Studio Colombia 2013)

Studio Colombia was a very fulfilling experience. Not only did I came back with a great appreciation for the country and its culture but I also found the other workshop participants to be quite interesting. There was never a dull moment during Studio Colombia. I would recommend it to whoever is thinking of joining the next studio in this fascinating country. (D. Lamontagne, Ottawa, Canada, Studio Colombia 2013)

"Yves is a teacher who knows how to get the potential of his students. He makes us dive in the depth of who we are" (Le Droit, Feb. 26, 1999)

"Walk the Arts under-promises and over-delivers. The totality of the experience embraces intellectual rigour from Yves’ deep knowledge of art theory and history together with his teaching style; the interaction of many minds in the painting group - their personalities and their personal and philosophical views of life; the harmony of a medieval farm nestled into many acres of broad vistas, painting these scenes with opera arias floating and melding with the Tuscan sun. The gourmet food provided by Yves’ partner, Mónica, and accompanied  with Italian wine and great conversation over candlelit dinners; visiting hilltop towns offering cathedrals with 13th century art and Yves’ deepening of our understanding of this art.  This entire 'package' cannot be captured effectively with the statement 'Walk the Arts'. It is an enriching and peak experience for anyone joining Yves and Monica in Tuscany. " (Barbara Cail AO)

 

From participants of our Art History Trips... and more on New York Art Trip

I did not know what t expect but I do know that what I saw is still through my mind. Thanks to you both for planning these wonderful art trips...they in themselves are works of art. (Pat McDowell, Ottawa, Canada, New York Art Trip 2013)

Just a note to thak you both for the great trip to New York and its ever luring art scene. I appreciate all your efforts to offer this special experiences. (S. Richards, Calgary, Canada, New York Trip 2013)

This was my first trip with WalkTheArts, but it won't be my last! I met delightful people, enjoyed a comfortable (and surprisingly fast) bus ride, and 3 nights in a super hotel -- not to mention the museum visits and opportunities for independent exploration. Already looking forward to next year! (A.M. Battis, Ottawa, Canada, New York Art Trip 2013)

Just a note to thank you for a fantastic trip. We both enjoyed it immensely. Your knowledge of the art and cultures of France and Italy (not to mention the transportation systems, language, etc...) added tremendously to the success of the trip. We learned about places and things we could never have found out for ourselves. On our own we would have been wandering aimlessly, missing many of the highlights (L.S. Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. Art Trip Italy and France 1999)





Living is a form of not being sure,
not knowing what next or how.
The moment you know how, you begin to die a little.
The artist never entirely knows. We guess.
We may be wrong, but we take leap
after leap in the dark. (Agnes de Mille)

Since 1996, icscis walkthearts have been offering quality painting or art workshops and educational tours in France, Italy, Egypt, Spain, United States and Colombia. It is in Tuscany (around Montepulciano, Pienza and Cortona) that we paint in plein-air, learn and discuss, since the landscapes of the Val d'Orcia are just astounding and the quality of life, seducing.  Attended by hundreds of art lovers and artists from all around the world, mostly New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa and Australia, our painting courses and art history seminars are given to small group by professional artists and art historians. walkthearts.com also provides educational travel for high school, college and/or university students, or on a private basis. Walkthearts offers a living experience through the arts.


updated November 22, 2016