painting workshops & art educational tours

We offer quality painting workshops in Italy (Tuscany), France (Provence), and art tours in Europe relevant in today's context. Our art classes are a great combination of plein air painting, art history, theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in a unique stimulating setting. Open to artists of all levels. "An enriching and peak experience for anyone joining" Studio Italia, Atelier Provence and New York Art Trip.


What we offer

Our painting workshops

Since 1996, we have been offering quality painting workshops in Italy, France, and Colombia.  But it is in the region of Tuscany where we spend more time following the path of our hearts and that of the Macchiaioli. The landscapes of the Val d'Orcia, Siena, Montepulciano, and Cortona are just astounding and the quality of life is seducing.  Our art workshops have been attended by hundreds of art lovers and artists from all around the world...

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our art tours

Created in 2001, promotes experiential learning for high school, college and/or university students, through international art tours and art workshops offered in Europe, Africa, South America and North America. Our art tours and art workshops also welcome any individuals of all ages, lifelong learners, interested to immerse in the culture of the visiting such as Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Cairo, Montreal, New-York, and many more extraordinary ports of call...

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who we are

Established in 1996, walkthearts/icscis inc. is a small cultural business without walls operating in and from North America, Europe and South America.
It promotes experiential learning through art history seminar tours and art workshops on four continents. Our quality programs are suitable for the lifelong learners, artists and art lovers of any age and level, as well as all type of educational institutions including universities, colleges and high schools.

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"One of the best holidays and learning experiences I have had in my life. A thought provoking, reflective, and inspirational short time that I would dearly love to repeat". (S. Scanlan, Sydney, Australia, 2013)

"Painting workshops are easy to find on the Internet. However, thrifty artists must ask the big question: Which ones are worth the investment of time, effort and money? Based on my recent experience, I can heartily endorse Studio Italia, led by Walk the Arts". (M. Hall, Ottawa, Canada, 2012 & 2011)

Our Blog

Our upcoming painting workshops in Tuscany and Provence

During the last few weeks, I hired four astounding professors from various universities to work on the following question: "What is beautiful"? Their answers will be available shortly in the form of short presentations on Vimeo.

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Our painting workshops, great art summer camp?

We have read that more and more travellers 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.

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Knowledge and relationships

Today in our digital age, the sharing and the relationship to knowledge prevail. The acquisition of knowledge is at hand, and for all. We only have to get informed and to learn from the Web. I no longer teach art history as before, because, while in class, all the students look at Wikipedia on their laptop screen, just in front of me; nor do I teach painting the same way.

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Meet the team

Yves M. Larocque (Ph.D.)

Visual artist, art historian and theoretician, is icscis' founder, director and main instructor. Yves, a respected professor of painting and art history, has been teaching both disciplines for 30 years at the Ottawa School of Art. to know more.

Monica Marquez (M.A.)

Painter and photo based digital artist; Monica has been project manager and interpreter at icscis inc. She speaks Spanish, English and French fluently. Her works have been exhibited in Canada, Colombia, Italy and France... to know more.

Want to know more? | a little about us

Since 1996, Walk the Arts (a.k.a. icscis) has been offering quality painting or art workshops in Italy, France and Colombia ; and also art tours in Egypt, France, Italy, Israel and Spain.

Our painting workshops are a unique combination of art history, art theory, plein air painting, touring and discussions around gastronomic meals. All our workshops are open to artists of all levels, from the beginner to the advanced. We work with small groups in order to provide personalized instruction.

At Walk the Arts, we aim to help participants enhance their creative path in a unique and congenial environment.

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