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“It was as if I were staying with family. Many, many thanks!"

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… As at any of their art 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! Halina Gasewicz, Ottawa, 2013


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Photos (left to righ and downward)

1)) A portrait session in the streets of Cartagena
(Mónica Márquez)
2) Typical Cartagena architecture (Mónica Márquez)
3) Dock on one Rosario island (Mónica Márquez)
4) Greetings (Mónica Márquez)
5) Cartagena (Mónica Márquez

Studio Colombia:

Introduction to Watercolor, Perspective Drawing and Colombian Cuisine

February 19-27, 2020 (7 places left)

This winter, instead of staying one “short” week somewhere in a Caribbean “compound”, why not staying a “long” week (9 days) in Colombia to experience the stunning Caribbean coast from Puerto Colombia (Barranquilla) to Cartagena. In an Anthony Bourdain’s kind of local food experience learn the fundamentals of Colombian Caribbean Cuisine… and watercolors and perspective drawing. After an art class, try the Mojarra con Arroz con Coco with a cold Colombian beer or Aguardiente. Paint on the beach just like Gauguin was doing in Tahiti. Visit a few restaurants’ kitchens and learn from their chefs. Take part in a food tour. Stay in centrally located hotels. Paint, love, eat and drink summers up this unique vacation.  Being one of the director’s birth place, we know all the ins and outs of one of the most beautiful regions of South America. To ensure an intimate environment of our annual “ART|EAT Walk the Arts” tour, we limit the size of our group to 8 participants only.

The aim of Studio Colombia is twofold. First, to provide participants with solid notions of watercolor and perspective drawing, and second, of course, to have a taste of Colombian Caribbean food and culture. What can you ask more of a full experience in South America?

A series of exercises will sharpen the visual perception of various drawing components: horizon line, vanishing points, basic proportions, etc. As for watercolor, the do’s and don’ts of this needy medium… On the food side, cooking classes based on Walk the Arts’ cooking theory (see our published book), food tour, and a taste of local dishes on the beach.  However, participants who are not too keen about food and cooking are free to devote more time to painting. We have both an art instructor and a food/cooking facilitator to cover the group’s needs.
Studio Colombia Art and Eat is also suitable to art lovers, foodies, photographers, college art students and life-long learners. Click on the prospectus below.

Studio Colombia is also suitable to art lovers, foodies, photographers, and college art students. Click on prospectus below.

Art workshop South America 2020

Check the trailer by clicking on image above!

The Location and Itinerary

The following schedule may be subject to change depending on the arrival time of the group, changes on ground transportation, availability of chefs, etc. All activities are optional.

Day 1 > In transit. Late arrival the Ernesto Cortissoz International airport in Barranquilla. Transfer to Puerto Colombia; welcome drink on the beach.

Day 2 > Puerto Colombia >Watercolor|perspective class, beach time and a talk with Hotel Pradomar Chef. Cooking Demonstration 1. Supper at Hotel Pradomar.

Day 3 > Puerto Colombia > Creative Cooking Class (CCC) with Walk the Arts. Developing the concept and its content of a meal. A brief watercolor|perspective class on the beach.

Day 4 > Puerto Colombia > Early morning, buying the ingredients in Barranquilla’s market. Lunch at a local snack food restaurant. Cooking demonstration 2. Enjoying our supper with locals. Back to Puerto Colombia.

Day 5 > Transfer to Cartagena by private van > Discovering Colombian art at the Museum of Modern Art. Walk around the Old City. Rest of day at leisure.

Day 6 > Watercolor|perspective class around the hotel’s pool. Street Food Tour. Afternoon at leisure. Watercolor|perspective class before supper.

Day 7 > Cartagena > A short watercolor|perspective class around the hotel’s pool. Visit of a restaurant’s kitchen and talk with the Chef. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8 > Cartagena > Making art in the old city (optional). Day at leisure; suggested lunch on the beaches of Castillo Grande (local dishes). Farewell supper.

Day 9 > Transfer to the Rafael Núñez international airport in Cartagena from where you will take your flight back home.

 Return to your country from Cartagena.

The price

Price of CAD$ 2600 (around US$ 1950 as of April 2019) includes: all ground transportation as a group; transfer from and to the airport as a group; 8-night double accommodation (all rooms with air conditioned and private bathrooms); all breakfasts; one lunch, two suppers, one street food tour, art supplies; art and cooking classes/demonstrations, all ingredients for the CCC, museum entrance and some drinks.

For more information (800) 611-4789.

7 reasons to visit Colombia > CLICK HERE!


It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams
because they grow old, they grow
old because they stop pursuing dreams.
(Gabriel Garcia Márquez)

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 July 17, 2019