Rendering the Invisible Visible & Contemporizing Your Work of Art

Live Online Painting Class


Offered since 2006 (previously in-person)


Fall 2024 (11 classes – 33 hours)


United States & Canada > Wednesdays (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., New York, Eastern Time) on the following dates: from September 4 to September 25 (4 classes), from November 6 to November 27 (4 classes) and from December 4 to December 16 (3 classes).


Australia > Thursdays (8:00 a.m. – 11:00  a.m., Melbourne, Australian Eastern Time) on the following dates: from September 5 to September 26 (4 classes), from November 7 to November 28 (4 classes) and from December 5 to December 17 (3 classes).

CA$420  (c. US$ 310  AU$ 467) Taxes included

Register now!


After four successful years, this unique online painting class has emerged as a vital resource for visual art enthusiasts spanning across both hemispheres. It’s apparent that an international community is forming around this course. But why?”

Simply because this 11-week virtual experience offers a unique fusion of painting, art history/theory, philosophy, weekly assessments, and engaging peer discussions. This resource painting class is a stimulating weekly online art course emphasizing self-expression and is guaranteed to elevate your artistic skills to the next level — only if you decide to.

Although this class is for everyone, however, you should be at ease in the medium of your choice. The teaching begins at your individual proficiency level (from beginner to advanced) and together we move on. You’ll be encouraged to push the boundaries of your artistic expression, both within your established style and beyond, to embrace the challenges and artistic opportunities offered by the present moment. Recognizing that creativity knows no bounds, this class aims to empower you to fully articulate fresh narratives, since it is stories that link us all.

What should I paint?  Why am I repeating?  Why am I imitating?  Where lies my creativity?  How can I identify issues or challenges in my painting? In brief, how can I become truly authentic as an artist?

In order to broaden your art practice, together as a group, we will answer these matters, crucial to art-making : What is an Art World? What is an artistic statement and why it is important to have one? Moreover, we’ll delve into strategies for maintaining contemporary relevance in today’s art landscape amidst the rise of A.I. and NFT art.

To ensure proper feedback this class is open to only 12 participants. Therefore, please, register very soon!


This class, originating over two decades ago at the Ottawa School of Art in Canada, has now gained international reach through the Internet. Additionally, if you happen to be a sculptor or a printmaker, this class is equally tailored to your needs. After all, art, whether in the form of painting or sculpture, is fundamentally an expression of the self, conveyed in a unique and personal manner.



What you will acquire in this class

Painting techniques | Culture | Reasoning | Abstract Thinking | Critical Thinking


  • A live Zoom art class (synchronous) with in-depth human interaction.
  • There are thousands of art instruction videos on the Web and they are very useful for learning techniques. These videos show the artists’ step by step procedure. However, they do not involve the underlying philosophical thinking behind the creative process. This is our unique niche.
  • It is a blend of art history, art theory, group discussions, and of course the action of painting itself.
  • The medium of your choice.
  • Each class is 3 hours — by previous on-line instruction, we found that it was the appropriate amount of time for such a class.
  • We strongly recommend that you start painting 30 to 60 minutes before the official beginning of the class; the virtual classroom will be opened.
  • Once a week, you will have the chance to send by email your current work in production to be commented on by the instructor.


A full web page on Walk the Arts website (1 year), a guest artist, or curator, or gallerist who will comment positively on your work (last class).


Your facilitator or moderator Yves M. Larocque holds a B.F.A. from the University of Ottawa, and a Doctorate in Art History from La Sorbonne (Paris) and has been teaching painting and art history in Ottawa (Canada) for more than 30 years. He has exhibited widely and today, his art teaching takes most of his time. He was a guest professor for Canadian and American colleges and various radio interviews such as the CBC and Radio-Canada. He gave many conferences mostly in France and the United States. He has published in peer review art periodicals in France and Canada; he is fluently bilingual (English and French). His strength is listening, making him one of the most sought-painting instructors in the Canadian national capital. Many of his students have become accomplished artists and show in reputable galleries.


Many of our classes and workshops have been accredited by colleges, universities, and art schools, the Singapore National University, Université de Sherbrooke, and Minnesota College, to name a few.


“Thanks again for your great interest in art — and in all that your students do…..We are all fortunate to have you in our lives…” (J. Hayney, Ottawa, Canada) “Yves has really artistically influenced me to be the conceptual visual artist that I’am today. He has taught me to always look for new imaginative avenues of the unexpected for my art.” (JD. Powell, Ottawa, Canada) “You’ve given me so much to think about! Your philosophy was impactful and thought-provoking!” (S. Sohn, Detroit, MI, USA, 2018) “I was encouraged throughout the art workshop to let the process of art-making lead me. This mindfulness led me to breakthroughs in my process and to a new way of seeing and expressing myself in the paint. There was also a good sense of accomplishment and a very exciting feeling of reward when my paintings were finished in Italy. Thank you!” (K. Wilkie, London, Canada, 2017) “The universe brought me to you and for this, I am very grateful. A good teacher is a rare and special treat and should be celebrated…thank you for sharing your light with me…and thank you for all my fellow students who also enriched my soul.” (E. Léger, OSA, Ottawa, 2016) “Thank you for your teaching, encouraging words, new insights… I look forward to a new direction in art.” (L. Hiesley, Adelaide, Australia, 2012) “Yves is a teacher who knows how to get the potential of his students. He makes us dive in the depth of who we are.” (Le Droit, Feb. 26, 1999) « You gave me such great guidance and critic and I have found my style and continue to paint with joy in my heart.” (S. Brough, Adelaide, Australia, 2020)

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.

© 2021 Walk the Arts

Call Us

(800) 611-4789 (EST from North America)
(819) 457-1892 (from the World)



You arrive to your own makeshift classroom as if you were arriving in the real college or art school classroom. Your instructor (facilitator or moderator) is always beside you via Zoom for any questions, any comments.  See him as a kind of “consultant” for your art/creative/painting approach. He knows how to advise so you may escape all the great traps of art such as muddy colors, bad composition, the repetition of history, bland subject, etc. Consider this full course the unique weekly opportunity to bestow yourself to art-making; to dedicate all your creative potential energy to what we truly mean by “art”.

  1. Paint honnestly and with conviction;
  2. Dedicate the whole semester to a series of paintings on one specific theme, one precise story;
  3. Under our guidance, do your best to unleash your creativity.

The class will be usually divided into three sections: 1) a specific topic derived form art history or art theory for a firmer grasp on your painting, 2) you! painting with the instructor always beside you, and 3) a group conclusion. The following syllabus may vary according to the class participants ; and new topics are always added on the syllabus.

Part 1 > Topic to be discussed
  around 40 minutes
Part 2 > Painting
around 2 hours
Part 3 > Conclusion
  around 20 minutes  



US & CAN September 4
AU September 5

(For the newcomers only) You and your art-world. Arthur Danto’s Artworld and your art-world.
Where am I?
What do I paint?
Where do I want to be?
At my easel The act of painting
Wrap-up discussion



US & CAN September 11
AU September 12

The integration of concept; necessary? A look at Marcel Duchamp’s notorious “Fontaine”.
At my easel The act of painting
Wrap-up discussion



US & CAN September 18
AU September 19

At my easel
The act of painting
At my easel The act of painting
Wrap-up discussion



US & CAN September 25
AU September 26

The necessity of an artistic statement (part 1) It is always good to tweek on it. It is an endless process.  
At my easel The act of painting
Wrap-up discussion


From 2nd to 30th

While Walkthearts attends Studio Italia and the Venice Biennale in Italy, you’ll have the opportunity to take a well-deserved break and reflect deeply on the discussions and experiences shared throughout the month of September.

An amount of canvas will be required for completion during this month.


At my easel


Painting and reading



US & CAN November 6
AU November 7

In our studio

A reunion after a month’s absence. Discussions.

At my easel


Wrap-up discussion



US & CAN November 13
AU November 14

Back to painting




US & CAN November 20
AU November 21

(For newcomers only) Letting go! You have a problem to let go! Let’s learn from the Surrealists, via the main ideas written in André Breton’s two manifestoes.
At my easel The act of painting
Wrap-up discussion



US & CAN November 27
AU November 28

Your artistic statement (part 2)  

The Public Radio Interview > Talking comfortably about your Art

Or another topic (depending on the group)

At my easel The act of painting
Wrap-up discussion



US & CAN December 4
AU December 5

At my easel The act of painting
Wrap-up discussion



US & CAN December 11
AU December 12

At my easel all evening
Completing works for the final constructive crit with guest artist or gallerist.
Wrap-up discussion



US & CAN December 16
AU December 17

The final crit

Final crit with a guest artist or gallerist. Name to be announced. Debriefing among each others, when crit leaves the class.
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