Our painting workshops; summer camps for adults?

Painting workshops Tuscany Provence 2018

Friendship, discussions

We have been reading that more and more travelers from the developed world are looking for meaningful travels. Increasingly, we are aiming for journeys that allow us to learn something new, to deepen our culture, to enhance our lives.  Purpose, inspiration, and self-discovery are now vital elements in our traveling choices.  Probably, this is why our quality painting workshops offered since 1997, have become more and more popular. During the last years, we have realized that our art experiences are a kind of fantastic art summer camps for adults. Sort of Outward Bound experiences, but fostering creativity and cultural immersion. This has also been expressed by many of our past participants, both artists, and non-artists.

One of our former participants wrote to us about the “totality of the experience embracing rigor”. It is true because Studio Italia, as all our painting workshops such as Atelier Provence and Studio Colombia (ART & EAT), offers an exciting and tight schedule that allows you to return home with the deep and rewarding feeling of having accomplished something.  “In-depth learning about art, art history, and art theory,” wrote another participant. Also true because we are aware that everything can now be found readily on the Web (read our post), therefore, we cannot simply rehash first-hand information. Yes, we do help everyone to reach their desired colors and shapes, but through other much more meaningful ways.

At Walk the Arts we aim to surpass easily-found knowledge on YouTube such as how “to mix your greens”, even “how to paint an Italian landscape”; and if you can learn the latter in a video, why attending a painting workshop in Tuscany?  This reality has encouraged us to become a conduit of art knowledge, not a mere repeater of it.  The money you spend during an art workshop has to be equivalent (if not more) to the received service: “under-priced” wrote someone else. We want you to return home with a sense of well-being.

The building of catwalks between distant art ideas is extremely important to us. These relationships are being constructed through “interaction”, “philosophical views”, “harmony”, great conversation over candlelit dinners”, “gourmet meals”,  as written by some of our emerging artists. We even wrote a book on our recipes.

Yes, indeed Studio Italia, Atelier Provence and Studio Colombia are great art summer camps for adults since you will find:  in-depth art instruction and knowledge, daily expeditions (not on rivers, but in museums and historical cities), campfires (but around the fireplace with red wine),marshmallow roasting (in reality wine and cheese tastings), physical activity (painting in front of your easel, walking in beautiful cities, climbing in the van and the Uffizi staircases in Florence, etc.), and great huge meals (not with pizza and Kool-Aid but with gourmet cuisine and wine) …and more important, new lifelong friendships and many paintings worthy to be hung on prominent walls of your house.

We aim to offer our participants a fulfilling art experience for the two following reasons: first, we believe that creativity is a transformative force that can work wonders in our lives. Second, we believe that the democratization of art can lead to the betterment of our societies. This is our mission!

 

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We all make art! It is part of culture. It is deeply rooted in human nature as a way of communicating with others. We all need to tell our stories because it is stories that link us all. We are all one, one creative mind! Though, all unique and equipped with unique ways of expressing ourselves. We live in constant search of that unique liberating voice. At Walk the Arts we aim to facilitate our art makers to explore new territories. Our painting classes and art history trips on three continents are meant to be rounded art experiences among small groups of like-minded adults. We offer an environment that fosters creativity. As we always say, art as religion is just a matter of faith. This blog is about living fully the experience of art, about finding our single artistic path, about the joy of art-making. We believe that making art accessible to all will lead to a betterment of our society.

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The bastard of Marcel Duchamp: Contemporary Art

 

In short, I could go on and on to recount Madame Sourgins’ whiny whims, but it is time to conclude. She is accurate to write that the pleasures of culture are “delayed joys” which require cultural awareness and some knowledge. Visual arts, like all cultural expressions, reflect the society and the times in which we live. Walk the Arts’ artists are aware of what is being done in the field of contemporary art, good or bad. It is up to them to choose whether or not to venture into the contemporary department. But it is important to acknowledge that there is no turning back. Contemporary art is here to stay.  

COVID-19 and Your Art

 

Let’s see this pandemic as a propitious time to quit this whirlwind of vanity and consumerism. […] In our studio, at our easel or our desk, the time is right for deepening personal truths, so essential for future artistic endeavors. The time is favorable for revamping our own publications including our artistic statements and websites. The time is appropriate to devote ourselves to serious art readings. In brief, a time to search, a time to find a new equilibrium.

May I see the instructor’s works?

 

So why do we attend a painting workshop In Tuscany, Provence or South America? We attend a workshop to learn from each other, to share our passion, to live an art experience and to enjoy the power of knowledge through creation. This is what we offer at Walk the Arts.

The Post-Coitus Works of Art

 

We agree that a completed work can bring a great sense of boredom, even disappointment, or a sense of euphoria that encourages pursuing a career as an artist. We have a choice; “Well done! What do I paint now as my next subject? Or “WOW! How can I push this canvas so it becomes better and more complex in the reflection of my time and my life?”

Plein Air Painting = Trapping the Moment

 

Here’s a curious paradox: stopping time by painting quickly. Can one set a trap to catch the moment’s impression? Can the artist’s canvas trap the beauty and the wonder of observed events which melt all too quickly in the flow of time? Can time be halted? Yes, says Michael Findlay, obviously, this is what artists do…

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