Our first season of online art classes

Chris Hamilton Artist in Wakefield QC

Above > Chris Hamilton, Reconstruction, Chris is from Wakefield, QC, Canada.
Header image > Jim Payette, On the Du Moine with Ronnie; Jim is also from Wakefield

COVID-19 made us do something totally new; offering online painting and drawing classes. We were skeptical at the beginning, and after all, we were successful. There are millions of “how-to” painting classes on the net, so we had to offer something totally new, and we did with the goal to foster individuality. We are inviting you to see the works at https://www.walkthearts.com/virtual-art-classes/. The first thing you notice is the unicity of everyone. All pieces are personal, authenticity being the first criteria of art.

Rendering the Invisible Visible

We refrain from teaching painting techniques easily found on the Net. We prefer taking the necessary time (36 hours) to fully involve the participant in reflecting on her or his art — including all levels, all media. We know that it is through open, frank, and positive dialogue that we all progress. Everyone was ready to be asked and to share among their classmates. What was essential during our class was to be totally immersed in the arts.

I have heard and receiving comments such as “WOW, they are good! I am not good enough to take this class.” Simply not true. Many of them were at their very first painting course. Evolving in art is just a question of faith; only believe! Art is a matter of being aware, knowledgeable, and always in a positive way. We also know that bodily and sensory experience and knowledge scaffold creativity. Two of our classes involved a good meal — we (Walk the Arts) even wrote a recipe book on art and creativity. As a group, we discuss on various topics in art history, theory, and philosophy. Rest assured that having attended one of our online classes, you will be more confident in taming the landscape in your own way while on a plein-air painting workshop.

Understanding perspective … finally!”

As for our perspective drawing online class, you will find thousands of short video clips indeed. We have found a way to teach this “visual trick” in a unique easy manner. After nine classes and various exercises, all were able to master perspective drawing. The secret? To attend all of the nine classes and do homework. Yes! There is homework. Just imagine how easy it becomes to understand depth when getting ready to do your first plein-air painting.

To conclude. The pandemic will soon be over, and we have decided at Walk the Arts to pursue our online art classes. They will be, of course, modified according to the new reality of post-covid. While waiting to travel again, why not, this winter 2021, take one of our internet courses so you may fully get ready for one of our painting workshops in Italy, France, and Colombia.

 

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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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Some of you may say; “but I know perspective!” Of course! Most of you know perspective first by intuition and then through your lifetime readings here and there. But, honestly, do you really understand it? Meaning, as an observer within the landscape, can you feel, analyze, and understand every object that inhabits it? Can you determine the exact proportions of each of the objects in relation to “you”, without using a measuring tape?

We can’t wait to see you again!

 

Travelling to Italy to paint and eat! This is what we want! We are optimistic about our upcoming art workshop in Tuscany, Studio Italia 2021 (October 1–10).
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In a nutshell; we cannot wait to meet everyone, to see you again, to have this morning coffee together in Tuscany, to do art as a group, in brief, to fully enjoy life all around a gourmet meal with excellent wines.

Art and Neurosciences

 

When a subject becomes familiar, the brain activity shuts down like when viewing a lovely chickadee painting…

Can we talk about the neuroscience of art? This is the question that French neurobiologist Jean-Pierre Changeux addresses in his beautiful book The Beauty in the Brain or La Beauté dans le Cerveau (Odile Jacob, 2016). Prof. Changeux describes how the human brain behaves when making or contemplating a work of art. To make a long story short, he argues that the neural bases of aesthetic pleasure are the product of the link between cognitive and emotional brain functions, in other words, the harmony between reason and emotion. Moreover, he gives some tips on how artists can maximize the impact of their works on their audience.

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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.

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…

Let Go! The Artist’s Way of Cooking


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Ten years ago, here in Tuscany, we decided to write a recipe book but with so many good cookbooks in the market, we needed to propose a new idea. We had to find a modus operandi close to who we are and what we do as visual artists. The answer was in front of us and painting gave it to us: art and color!

Travelling with meaning : a painting workshop in Italy

 

More and more travellers from the developed world are looking for meaningful travels. 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.

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