The Team

Yves M. Larocque (Ph.D.) — Art Instructor, Art Theoretician, Art Historian, and Artist

(B.A. in Art Theory and B.A. in Visual Arts, University of Ottawa, M.A. University of Montréal, DEA and Ph.D. Art History, Université de Paris I, Sorbonne)

Prof. Yves M. Larocque talking at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Italy

Prof. Yves M. Larocque is icscis inc — Walk the Arts’ founder and director. He is also our main art instructor, art historian, and art theoretician. His studies and consultancy projects overseas have given him the opportunity to work with renowned French and Canadian artists and philosophers such as Jacques Derrida, Régis Debray, René Payant, Fred Forest, and more.

Yves’ fields of interest include Italian Renaissance, Modern Art, Surrealism and Contemporary Art. His 35 years of teaching art history and painting at college and university level make him one of the best art instructors in Canada’s national capital. Yves has lectured throughout universities in the US, Canada, and Colombia on diverse topics.

Yves is fluently bilingual. He teaches both in English and French. In 2000, Yves made the important decision to devote most of his time to teaching. He still paints a lot, mastering drawing and colors, but is also passionate about art education and coaching. His aim is to help his students release their creative potential and develop the skills they need to take their art to the next level. Yves always says that everyone can paint. His ultimate goal? That you succeed.

His works have been shown in Europe and both Americas. Many of his paintings are part of private collections. His works are still shown in several group exhibitions, most importantly Arteder 82 at the Muestra de’Arte Grafica of Bilbao, Spain. Moreover, a public TV network produced a short program on his works. His participation in the artistic domain goes beyond painting. Many times, his voice has been broadcast on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as a known art historian and critic. Also, he has published in periodicals such as Vie des Arts (Montreal), Liaison (Ottawa), Médium (Paris), RACAR (Canada), and Histoire de l’Art (Paris). Yves is also an art consultant and was the founder and director of the first Nuit Blanche in Ottawa in 2011.

Thanks to Yves’ vast knowledge, you will learn not only about the many aspects of colors, compositions, perspective, and contrast, but also about content, concept, and context; for a work of art always involves beauty and meaning. With Yves, you can be sure to return home with a new commitment toward painting.

A few of Yves Larocque’s work covering a 25-year span:

Oil on canvas

More Conceptual Stuff

With Monica Marquez (Lost Paradigm)

Mónica Márquez (M.A.)— Communications Officer, Workshop/Tour Coordinator, Artist, and Chef

(B.A. in Business Administration, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Specialist in Finance, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, M.A. in International Affairs, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa).

Monica Marquez on via Balbuino in Rome.

Since 2001 Mónica has been Walk the Arts’ co-director. She manages the communications and the planning and logistics of our art workshops and art history tours. Also, she is responsible for the financial aspects of our consultancy projects. Mónica speaks fluently Spanish, English and French and has a good command of Italian. While she has an extensive background in international finance, art has always been her true passion. She is a photographer, a photo-based digital artist, and a painter; and has received several projects grants from the Ontario Arts Council. Her works have been exhibited in Canada, Colombia, Italy, and France and are part of private collections: (www.monicamarquez.com).

Likewise, Mónica is our chef and the co-author of the new book Let Go! The Artist’s Way of Cooking. She provides our guests with varied and tasty menus reflecting the host country’s staples in an innovative way. Mónica’s unique meals served in beautiful settings enhance our art workshops in Tuscany, Provence, and the Colombian Caribbean Coast. During our art retreats, Mónica ensures a welcoming environment for everyone.

Support staff

During our painting holidays in Italy and France, we count with valued assistants (Stefano, Niccolina, Dalida and Zeinab) who take care of diverse housekeeping duties.

 

A few icscis past colleagues

  1. Gerald Smith (M.F.A)
  2. Bobbie Alsgaard-Lien (M.F.A)
  3. David Jones (B.F.A.)
  4. Prof. Alain Létourneau (Ph.D.)
  5. Mark Walters (B.F.A.)

Since 1997 Walk the Arts (icscis inc.) has been offering top quality painting workshops, art classes, and art history tours in Italy, France, Colombia, Spain, and the United States.

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