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Photos (left to righ and downward)

1 The Pantheon in Rome
2) Walking ahead
3) Roma's train station
4) An art student
5 ) Sky

On schedule for 2018

art courses, painting workshops, and art tours


Fall 2017
September October November
  Studio Italia (Oct. 3 - 13- Oct. 10)  
OSA see below

Winter 2018 (this winter)
December January February
    Studio Colombia 13 -23 (FULL)
OSA see below



Spring 2018
March April May

New York Art Trip from Ottawa (March 15 - 18)



Summer 2018
June July August

Studio Italia June 1 to 11)

Studio Italia (14-24)

Studio Provence | Barcelona
Alumni 2018 (July 2-13)

Studio Canada (third week of August)


At the Ottawa School of Art, Canada

OSA 010F Painting Resource 101>This new stimulating course is for those who are at a turning point of their painting culture.  You may already know the great principles of colors, shapes, perspective, and you are at ease in your medium, may it be oil, acrylic, or watercolor; and if you are not, it is not important. But it seems that is always the notion of content which seems to interfere with your creativity; the three “Cs”: content, concept, and context.  What should I paint?  Where should I go?  Why I am repeating?  Why am I imitating?  Where is my creativity?  In brief, how can I become authentic as an emerging artist?  It is within this framework that we will try, together, to answer these questions, crucial to art making. 
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OSA F220  History of Modern Art ; a mediological approach> In engaging a History of the Way of Seeing (une histoire du regard), from the Industrial Revolution to our Information Age, the student will fully comprehend the history of the major artistic periods/trends of the late 19th and 20th centuries in painting, sculpture and emerging art; from Niepce first photography to plasma screen images, via abstraction, linguistic, Photoshop, Transavangardia, Internet, etc., all in conjunction with the act of creation itself and the act of vision ; an attempt in differentiating Modernism and Postmodernism will be successful. A very close look to the Western World will accompany the art of this most productive century of Humanity.

OSA F120 Art Survey I; a mediological approach > First, an art analysis in connection with the advent of the First Revolution (the Agricultural Revolution), from the Palaeolithic to the Neolithic. Follows the inquiry of the art production of the First and Second Antiquity; a very close examination of the decline of the Roman Empire and the following Dark Ages in order to fully comprehend the artistic set back; and finally, the examination of art in relation with the becoming of organised religion: Christianity and Islam. All these periods will be studied in conjuncture with social history in order to situate the works of art in their contexts, may they be religious, political, social and societal.

A few past Events

MONTRÉAL: Mexican Modern Art and Triomphe du Baroque
NEW YORK: Three hour painting workshop
PHILADELPHIA: Duchamp and the Museums
BOSTON: Mary Cassatt
MONTREAL : Monet in Giverny
WASHINGTON: Van Gogh's Van Gogh
TORONTO: Courtauld Collection
QUÉBEC: Discovering Rodin
NEW YORK: The Magritte Retrospective
NEW YORK: The Surrealism Retrospective
NEW YORK: Sensation at the Brooklyn Art Museum
NEW YORK: Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso/Matisse, Manet/Goya
NEW YORK: from 1989 to 2018, The Amory Show, the Whitney Biennialand and/or other venues.

Atelier Provence

Not advertised on this web site, Atelier Provence 2018 is icscis/walkthearts will be the ninth alumni painting workshop/art history trip. Since 1997, it is open especially, though not exclusively, to former participants of our Studio Italia and a maximum of 8 art lovers and artists of all levels.

During the last few years, many of our former participants expressed interest in meeting again in a different creative environment. And we thought, why not Provence, one of the most seducing regions of Europe? We know the region extremely well since we have been there many times. Besides our very succesful trips every year since 2011, Atelier Provence 1997 took place in Alpes of Haute Provence, north of Aix en Provence.

This year, Atelier Provence 2018 is a unique art experience that combines a seven-day painting workshop in the Alpes-de- Haute-Provence with a three-day art history tour in Barcelona. A great opportunity to paint, learn art history, discuss and enjoy Provencal famous cuisine and wines in the land of Cézanne and Picasso!

In Planning

Oh Canada! (TBA)
A very vibrant and loving overview of Canadian culture from 1600 to our current times: geography, the First Nations reality, Catholicism and the French Canadians; Protestantism and the rise of English Canadian Nationalism; the First and Second World War; Canadian ideology confronted by European ideas, Internationalism versus Nationalism; French Canadian Automatism; the “letting go” of Canadian Puritanism in forging a true Canadian identity.

This seminar is the essential itinerary for any person having chosen to live in Canada, may it be for a year or their whole life, for it will direct him or her in the meanders of the Canadian psyche, built from the very first day of the colonization to the post-modernization of today.
At the end of this seven week class topped by an unforgettable comfortable stay in the Canadian woods, the newcomer will undoubtedly appreciate Canadian culture in its full sense, may it be aboriginal, French, English, or…  To be concise, history of Canadian culture in conjunction with the various Canadian identities through, geography, history, “mediology” (discipline that studies mass media and power), and “dromology” (knowledge defined by space and “speed”). 

Perspective workshop (Now, in South America in February 2018.
Perspective drawing in Colombia

The aim of this course is to provide the students with a solid basic notion of one vanishing point perspective drawing.  A series of exercises and problems will sharpen visual perception of various drawing components: horizon line, vanishing points, the reality, the virtual, etc.  At the end of the session, he/she will be able to immediately transfer ideas directly to the paper from his/her imagination. The notion of depth will be more than accurate, therefore creating space in the drawing. This class is essential for the student intending to paint, applying to an architectural or animation program, or simply enjoying drawing and applying the rationale behind the discipline.

Shoot for the moon.
Even if you miss it you will land
among the stars.(Les Brown)

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 September 16, 2017