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“You gave me a context and measure for my work. Your presentations showed me some of the huge iceberg on which my tiny crystal of ice rests!”

Photos (left to righ and downward)

1) Detail of a sculpture, MET, New York
2) Fred Forest giving a lecture at
the National Gallery in Ottawa (icscis)
3) Sky (icscis)
4) Monica Marquez registering students to the
Cortona art competition
5) A view of Pienza

What is Walk the Arts?
(800) 611.4789 (e.s.t.)

painting, art history, art management... ideas

Living through the Arts

Established in 1996, walkthearts/icsci inc. is a small cultural business without walls operating in and from North America, Europe and South America.

It promotes experiential learning through art history seminar tours and art workshops on four continents.  Our quality programs are suitable for the lifelong learners, artists and art lovers of any age and level, as well as all type of educational institutions including universities, colleges and high schools. Some American colleges, now being aware of the quality of our cultural expeditions, are conferring credits for our programs; we also offer a Certificate of completion for a number of our cultural activities.

Its mission is:

1) to democratize art and culture;
2) to increase cultural knowledge at all levels, by delivering first class art education;
3) to develop a greater understanding between people from developed and less developed countries;
4) to facilitate exchange between cultural organizations such as schools, art schools, foundations, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), nonprofit organizations, etc.;
5) to eliminate barriers within paradigms or established frameworks;
6) and to achieve its goals through affordable programming.


icscis inc. offers programs and services in two complementary segments:

icscis …the Art School at www.painting-workshop.com offers professional painting workshops and art courses in Europe, North America and South America.

We offer unique “plein air” painting workshops in beautiful and historical locations in Italy, France and Colombia. Because our groups are small and we offer personalized instruction, all our painting workshops are suitable for artists of all levels, from the beginner who wishes to explore the creative process of painting, to the professional in the search of new concepts and challenges.

Since our aim is to help participants discover their own creative path, all our painting workshops include art history and art theory lectures, essential elements in the search of authenticity. Other highlights include group critiques, painting sessions in nearby villages and group discussions around gastronomic meals.

www.walkthearts.com offers a series of art history seminar tours (called "Art Trips") that introduce participants to the art and architecture of the hosting country. Our cultural expeditions in Italy, France, Spain, Egypt, Colombia and the United States are a magical combination of art history lectures, discovery walks, museums and fine cuisine.

Our personalized programs are intended for active, dynamic, opened minded groups willing to immerse in the culture of the visiting country in order to live in depth the experience of art, history and religion and to return back home with rewarding memories.

We also offer tailored programs to educational institutions who wish to enrich their curricula by offering out of country classes or seminars on art, architecture, art history, museums and the rich treasures of cities.  These customized programs include “You and your students: In the Heart of the Renaissance”, a two-week art history seminar tour in Italy specially designed for high schools and colleges.

In brief, at icscis, we believe that a deeper understanding of arts and culture leads to the betterment of all societies.

Tous ces services peuvent être fournis en français et en anglais.

There is no must in art because
art is free. (Wassily Kandinsky)

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 5, 2018