Who are we?

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Art lovers just like you and also professionals artists!

Take your art to a new level!

Yves Larocque and Mónica Márquez, founders and directors of Walkthearts.com

We offer art workshops and painting retreats in Italy, France, Spain and South America. Our art classes are led by professional artists and are suitable for passionate artists of all levels as well as art lovers just like you! Also, our art workshops are a great mix of plein air painting, art history and gastronomy. They will help you to experiment, to discover your personal style and to take your art to a new level. All this while enjoying a friendly and stimulating environment and gourmet meals and wine within beautiful settings.

Yves M. Larocque at the Uffizi Museum in Florence

Yves M. Larocque holds a B.F.A. and a Doctorate in Art History from La Sorbonne (Paris) and teaches painting and art history in Ottawa, Canada. He has traveled the world for his 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) with working knowledge of Italian. 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.

Mónica Márquez on Via Balbuino in Rome during one Walk the Arts Art Trips

As for Mónica Márquez, she is also an artist. She has followed many art workshops in South America, the United States, and Europe. She has an MA in International Affairs and an MA in Finance. But art has always been her passion. For this reason, in 2001 she joined Walk the Arts’ team. Mónica speaks fluently Spanish, English and French and has good working knowledge of Italian.

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