Studio Italia

“Studio Italia is a jewel in the crown of art workshops. The program is so well designed to balance painting, instruction, advice, critique and museum tours by day with long, warm social evenings of fabulous meals and conversation. Yves provided painting instruction, approaching each painter at their level and raised the bar on us all…”!  (K. Gross, San Francisco, USA – Studio Italia 2022)

Art Retreats in Italy |All Levels | All Media

June 10 to 19, 2024  (FULL) To join the waitlist, please send us an email.

October 1 to 10, 2024 (FULL) To join the waitlist, please send us an email.

June 10 to 19, 2025

October 1 to 10, 2025

Art retreat in Italy (Tuscany)

Our top art retreats in Italy are open to artists of all levels, from beginners to advanced and all mediums (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). They combine plein air landscape painting, art history, and gourmet cuisine, for the perfect painting holidays in Tuscany. “A jewel in the crown of art workshops” wrote one of our former participants.


Our unique art retreats in Italy are great for artists of all levels, from very beginners to advanced. They are the perfect mix of plein air painting, stimulating art history lectures, touring, and gourmet meals in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Participants can use the medium of their choice, including oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc. During our painting workshops in Italy, days are full and fun. Mornings are devoted to instruction at our lodge. Afternoons, to plein air painting sessions in the Val d’Orcia or nearby towns such as Cortona, Montepulciano, Pienza, and Lucignano. And evenings, to discussions around gourmet meals accompanied with great regional wines. We also spend one day in Florence visiting the Uffizi Museum and other important sites. To sum up, nine full days of art and gastronomy for the best painting holidays in Tuscany.

Since we limit the size of our groups to eight participants, we can offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment.  Prof. Yves M. Larocque is our painting instructor and art historian in Italy.  You will certainly enjoy his passionate teaching style.  Our painting holidays in Tuscany are so successful that we have artists who have joined us more than three times already. Furthermore, 60% of our participants register for a second workshop in Provence.  Studio Italia is also perfect for accompanying partners who enjoy the landscape, the visits to historical towns, the lectures, the food, and wine.

During our art holidays in Tuscany, we stay in a comfortable and spacious 19th-century typical Tuscan house located near Cortona and Lucignagno. The house has several bedrooms with private bathrooms, a large kitchen, a dining room, a salon, and a private swimming pool.  Meals offered at our lodge are delicious, creative, and healthy. They reflect Italian cuisine and its staples including olives, fresh herbs, tomatoes and great cheeses such as Gorgonzola and Pecorino Romano.

Price includes:


  •  40 + hours of art instruction
  • 9-night accommodation in single and double rooms (we have limited single rooms at no extra charge offered on a first come, first served basis).
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 8 lunches
  • 8 gourmet dinners including excellent wines and after drinks
  • transportation from and to the Arezzo train station (meeting point of our art workshop in Italy)
  • transportation to all painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.)
  • train ticket to Florence and a guided visit to the Uffizi Museum
  • easels for everyone, turpentine and cobalt dryer for the oil painters
  • all taxes and gratuities

Price per person: CAD$ 4175 (around US$ 3050)

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art retreat Tuscany

From our Art Workshop in Italy

Depuis 1997, Walk the Arts (icscis inc.) offre des cours de peinture, des stages d’art et des excursions axées sur l’histoire de l’art en Italie, en France, en Colombie, en Espagne et aux États-Unis.


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Studio Italia
Starting on
June 10, 2025
Ending on
June 19, 2025
A unique nine-night art retreat in Italy offered every June and October since 1997. Studio Italia is open to artists of all levels from beginners to advanced and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). We offer a unique mix of plein air painting, art history, art theory, touring, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany!
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