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Painting Workshops | Italy and France | Art Courses | Tuscany Provence | 2024
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Walk the Arts beats AI

Prof. Yves M. Larocque in front of a view of the Val d'Orcia getting ready for an art class in Italy

We knew at Walk the Arts that we had to prepare for the current upheaval of Artificial Intelligence and its impact on visual arts education. For the last quarter of a century, we have stuck to our niche and instead of offering demonstrations, we encourage our students to paint with awareness and to explore personal ways of interpreting the landscape. Only then, they would achieve authentic works. It was not easy to remain in this niche… and it is still not.

How many times were we tempted to fall into the trap of mainly teaching painting techniques now all available on the Net? Just type “How to paint an Italian Landscape” and … two million plus videos jump onto your computer screen.

And now AI is part of our life with DALL-E 2, Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, etc. short-circuiting, once more, the Art-world. At this very moment, it is possible to load one of your Italian photographs into a painting machine, and the result is astonishing. But what we have noticed is that these results are alike to all the paintings we find on Google after a search with the same above keywords”… except a few.

It is in these “exceptions of the few” that we, at Walk the Arts, are interested, for you are a unique person with creative capacities that go well beyond those of a machine. You are not a tool, but a person endowed with intelligence, experience, knowledge, and the ability to make sensible choices. Of course, on the spot during that instant, we offer painting tips and techniques such as choosing and using the right brush, good color mixing, perspective tips, and so forth. In plein-air, on location, what we examine first is the relationship you have with your easel, this back and forth between you and your canvas, this fencing with the landscape, not with a foil but with a brush; and second, the analysis of your palette in the process of transformation, how colors overspread, how much paint is left, how much space is left, etc. In other words, we assess your confidence and then your technique. These two elements go hand in hand and at Walkthearts we seriously navigate between both. Undoubtedly, this process is challenging, but we have the know-how. Artificial intelligence can’t come up with this insight that is the result of human interaction, long group discussions, and deep reflections on the art.

This is what we have done since the founding of Walk the Arts in 1997, and more than ever, we will persevere in this niche, that of a conduit of art knowledge.



  1. Tamia moe

    The human mind, heart and hand will always create that which has the most value

    • Gilles Larocque

      Man will always be the winner because of his SOUL .

    • Janet Mann

      Bravo Yves! Machines will never replace the human heart, mind and soul. Yes AI is interesting and awesome sometimes and of course clever in manyn ways. We as people and artists are challenged by it but we just get better! Keep your niche!!

  2. Sarah Cowling


    • Janice Mallison

      I recently viewed the exhibition at Lascaux. It was so moving to think of those people, with their challenging lives, still creating beautiful art. I believe in the humanity that inspired those works over AI any day.

  3. Beverly Horne

    Art is created by the creator with soul and excitement from within. It explodes into colour or hides in the darkness of shadows. The human soul cannot be duplicated. AI can produce works but never true art.

  4. Cheryl Gellman

    Human to human transmission, the ineffable quality of eyes meeting and of hearts joining , to learn and grow can never be eclipsed by an AI program.

    The “soul “ of the artist is in the work they create;
    This cannot be duplicated nor programmed.

  5. Carolyn kline

    Whether it’s science or the arts nothing replaces the minds of those who explore and create. The mind is amazing when opened to new possibilities.


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