Studio Italia

“An experience of a lifetime, with a brilliant teacher, a talented chef, sublime locations, thoughtfully designed program, which left us with only one question: when can we do this again”!
(A. Fader, New York, USA, Studio Italia 2018)

Studio Italia | Top Art Workshop in Italy

Letting Go | Serious Fun

Top art workshops and painting holidays in Italy (Tuscany) open to artists of all levels from beginners to advanced and all media (oils, acrylics and watercolors). Our art classes in Italy offered since 1997 are a unique blend of plein air landscape painting, art history/theory lectures, personalized teaching, touring and gastronomy.

August 16–25, 2021 (6 spaces left)

Oct. 1-10, 2021 (SOLD OUT!)

June 12-22, 2022

Oct. 1-10, 2022

The Art Workshop

Studio Italia is a top art workshop in Italy (Tuscany) open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Our painting holidays in Italy offered since 1997 are a unique combination of plein air landscape painting, art history/theory lectures, personalized instruction, touring and gastronomy. As one of our former participants said, we offer “artistic growth, breathtaking beauty, great food and new friendships.”

Are you looking to improve your skills, to experience plein air painting and to get rid of the fear of painting outdoors? Do you want to capture the spirit, the essence and the mood of the landscape by working faster while learning basic techniques (values, contrast, color, perspective)? Are you trying to find your own artistic style? Do you want to increase your confidence while having fun, and making new friends around great meals? If yes, then Studio Italia, our art retreat in Tuscany is for you!

Our art classes and painting holidays in Italy are suitable for artists of all levels, from the very beginners looking to explore their creativity to the professionals searching for new concepts and challenges.

Nine full days devoted to plein air painting in Tuscany in the medium of your choice. Mornings are dedicated to instruction at the lodge, afternoons to lighter coaching in a beautiful town (Cortona, Montepulciano, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) and evenings to discussions around gastronomic meals and wine (our cooking book). Also, we spend one day in Florence visiting the Uffizi Museum and some important sites. Studio Italia is so popular that 60 % of our former participants who wish to take their work to a new level, register for the second workshop in Provence.

Our groups comprising eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. The aim of our art retreats is to help you find personal avenues to express yourself. For this reason, we offer in-depth art theory discussions and art history lectures. Rest assured that our unique teaching approach and stimulating environment will help you to re-evaluate your pictorial themes, to renew your palette, and to gain confidence. Please read more about our teaching approach and meet your instructor Prof. Yves M. Larocque. We also invite you to subscribe to our blog.

Our painting holidays and art retreats in Tuscany also suit the artist’s partner who desires to enjoy Italy’s landscape and famous cuisine and wines. Accompanying partners join all the daily expeditions to nearby towns, attend our stimulating art lectures and work on sketches if they wish.

Location, Accommodation, and Meals

We are located near Cortona just in the middle of the beautiful regions of the Val di Chiana and the Val d’Orcia. We stay in a restored and spacious 18th-century house surrounded by olive trees and vineyards. The house has several bedrooms with private bathrooms, a living room with a fireplace, a large kitchen, and a dining room. We also have our own swimming pool. It is indeed the perfect place for an art workshop in Italy!

As for our popular gastronomic meals, they reflect Italian cuisine with an emphasis on quality ingredients and a creative color approach (to know more about meals). The view of the hilltop medieval villages such as Pienza (The English Patient), Castelmuzio, or Prolio will undoubtedly leave you mesmerized (see the prospectus below).


The price of our art retreat in Tuscany for 2021 is CAD 3375 (around US$ 2570). As for our artists from Australia and New Zealand, our currencies are very close. Price includes everything except for flight, one lunch, one dinner and an easy to carry art material list. At an extra cost, we would be happy to provide you with the necessary art material (except for a canvas pad not available on location).

Price includes:

  • painting instruction and art theory/art history lectures (Minimum of 6 hours per day)
  • nine-night double accommodation; we offer limited single rooms for an extra cost of CAD 600 (around US$460)
  • all breakfasts
  • 8 great healthy lunches
  • 8 gourmet dinners including great wines and after-dinner drinks
  • transportation from and to the Arezzo train station (our meeting point)
  • transportation to all painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.)
  • easels for everyone and turpentine and cobalt dryer for the oil painters.
  • train ticket to Florence
  • entrance to the Uffizi Museum
  • all taxes


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For more details click on the prospectus (image on the left).


Le stage est aussi offert en français. Les détails en cliquant sur le prospectus ci-dessous.

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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