Art Workshop or Art Retreat

Painting Workshops or Art Retreats?

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I am right now (September 28) at the Frankfurt airport and have a few minutes to write this post. In a few days, we will be a group of 10 artists from both hemispheres, painting the landscape in the middle of Tuscany in Italy. Ah! Studio Italia!

For the next 10 days I will be repeating the following:

  • Be holistic; from the very first moment you start to paint.
  • What is in front is just a reference! No one in the USA will know if the cypress was exactly “there”!
  • Just Let Go! The fleeting light is hounding you!
  • Make peace with what you see in front of you. Surrender!

In conclusion, at Walk the Arts we aim to facilitate our art makers to explore new territories. Our painting classes and art tours are meant to offer an environment that fosters creativity.

In two weeks, we are off to Studio Colombia ART&EAT, and for this summer 2019 Atelier Provence, ony 1 spot left.

Affordable painting workshops in Tuscany, Italy & Provence, France

Fair-priced painting workshops and art classes

affordable painting workshop

Studio Italia is a reasonably priced 10 full days of plein air painting, art history, touring, discussions and gourmet cuisine Tuscany, June and October 2019. Why we keep it so low? So you can take advantage of our art experience and our currency is the Canadian dollar. Rest assured: no pasta for every meal, not only one glass of wine. You will see that Walk the Arts is very generous. Here is our official cookbook,

American artists of all levels! Take advantage of a low Canadian dollar. US$2430 (exchange rate Sept 2018) for a quality art class (10 full days)! All inclusive except airfare. Call 800.611.4789

Perseverance is the key to successful artists

Artists of Studio Italia June and October 2019

Never forget perseverence

As I told my students last night at our painting class, perseverance is the key for succeeding in the arts. You have to approach art as an artist, and not as an amateur, and only then will you be able to do great works and consequenly, to succeed in your art-world. I have also recommended the famous text Refus Global or Total Refusal as one of the most important texts written in Canada.

This anti-establishment and anti-religious manifesto, written by Paul-Émile Borduas and co-signed by a group of sixteen young French-Canadian artists and intellectuals, was released in 1948. This text brought finally modernity in Canadian art; or Canadian painting ceased to be the trailer of international art. Canadian art became professionnal.

A few pages long, this text has all the wisdom of all the self-help books in the market. During our art class in Provence this fall and summer, we will discuss about it.  I always ask my painting students to memorise the last sentence because it will become their mantra if they want to succeed as artists:

“Until then, we will not rest or falter. Hand in hand with others thirsting for a better life, no matter how long it takes, regardless of support or persecution, we will joyfully respond to a savage need for liberation”. Perseverance is the key to all successful artist. (read the rest of this post on our blog)