Chan Dissanayake is a multi-award winning watercolour artist living in Canberra, Australia. He is a highly regarded tutor with international acclaim. Over the last 20 years he has been passionately painting in watercolour. A medium that thrives in spontaneous response and free expression. His mastery in watercolour is manifested by the vast varying subject matter that he tackles from rural landscapes, urban city scapes to coastal seascapes. His bold and loose style is a result of years of devotion and dedication to this elusive medium. Known for his innovative approach to teaching and generosity in sharing his knowledge, Chan has gained considerable reputation as an outstanding tutor. He conducts workshops throughout the country and internationally, which are generally booked out in advance. He has contributed many articles to leading art publications. His quick and direct approach to watercolour has earned him much success and respects both nationally and internationally.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Tuesday 5 March, 2024
A private transfer will meet your flight and transfer you to our workshop hotel in Hanoi. Hanoi is without doubt one of Asia’s most beautiful cities, with its French style architecture, narrow alleyways packed with bicycles and merchants, beautiful lakes, a magnificent Opera House and delightful low-rise buildings produce a unique ambience. This evening the group will meet for welcome drinks and Chan will outline his plans for the workshop. There will be an included dinner tonight. (Pre tour accommodation for passengers wanting to arrive earlier can be arranged through Travelrite along with a private transfer).
DAY 2 Wednesday 6 March, 2024
This morning we will have a sightseeing tour of Hanoi with a local guide. We will see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex followed by a ride on a cyclo through the Old Quarter. The city has had an amazing history and witnessed numerous incursions from China, seen a host of Vietnamese emperors come and go, and at one time even lost its status as the nation’s capital. With the coming of the French at the end of the 19th century, the city gained a new lease of life. This European influence can still be seen in the elegant colonial buildings that line the broad tree-lined boulevards of much of the city. After lunch, there will be time for painting in one of the nearby back streets.
DAY 3 Thursday 7 March, 2024
A full day of painting in Hanoi with Chan.
DAY 4 Friday 8 March, 2024
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Today we will depart Hanoi and travel to Halong Bay, en route we will pass fields of busy workers farming their rice fields using traditional methods of cultivation. Tonight there will be an included dinner.
DAY 5 Saturday 9 March, 2024
Today we will spend the day aboard a boat cruising around magnificent Halong Bay and among thousands of islands that jut out of the sea with its spectacular natural environment. You will also have the opportunity to see two of the many grottoes. A delicious lunch will be served as you take in this amazing scenery. In the afternoon, Chan will paint a demonstration on the boat and there will be time for individual sketching. Tonight there will be an included dinner.
DAY 6 Sunday 10 March, 2024
Hoi An, Vietnam
This morning we will board our flight to Danang. On arrival, we travel beside China Beach, to reach the ancient town of Hoi An. The large community of foreign merchants living in Hoi An between the 16th and 18th centuries resulted in a unique display of architecture, combining Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese cultures. Our hotel is a short stroll from the colourful and bustling Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hoi An has a distinct Chinese atmosphere with low, tile-roofed houses and narrow streets, the original structure of some of these streets still remain intact. All the houses were made of rare wood, decorated with lacquered boards and panels engraved with Chinese characters. Tonight we will have an included dinner.
DAY 7 Monday 11 March, 2024
This morning we have a walking tour of Hoi An with a local guide through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter. We will visit Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 years old Tam Ky ancestral house and the Japanese Bridge. This afternoon Chan will lead the group to a suitable painting location, paint a demonstration and then move around the group and assist members individually.
DAY 8 Tuesday 12 March, 2024
A full day of painting in Hoi An. Chan will paint a demonstration and assist workshop members. During our visit to Hoi An you may like to visit one of the many tailors. Hoi An is well known for its custom clothing trade.
DAY 9 Wednesday 13 March, 2024
This morning we will take a cooking class at the Red Bridge Cooking School. We will visit Hoi An’s colourful market and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. In the afternoon, there will be a painting session in the Red Bridge cooking school gardens.
DAY 10 Thursday 14 March, 2024
This morning you will have the opportunity to create your own traditional Vietnamese lantern that you can take home with you. Choose from beautifully designed fabrics that you can mix and match. In the afternoon Chan will choose a wonderful painting location, paint a demonstration and then assist workshop members with their individual artwork.
DAY 11 Friday 15 March, 2024
This morning we will travel to the countryside for a painting session. You will have an opportunity to see the famous China beach, which is more than 20 miles long. Chan will choose a great painting subject in the countryside and paint a demonstration. We will return to the hotel early afternoon.
DAY 12 Saturday 16 March, 2024
Our final day of painting in Hoi An with Chan. A final critique session will be held today and farewell drinks and dinner to celebrate our time in Vietnam.
DAY 13 Sunday 17 March, 2024
At 10.00am workshop members will be transferred to Danang airport for their onward flights departing after 1.00pm.
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A reservation deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due 60 days prior to the date of departure.
2. Alteration to Workshop Vacation Price:
The Painting Workshop Vacation price is subject to change in the event of unforeseen circumstances and changes in the cost of travel and accommodation services. Should any increase in the Workshop Vacation price be unacceptable to the registered member, a full refund of monies paid will be made.
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“It was so well organized. We got to see all the best places, but without feeling we were being herded around like cattle, like you do on some tours. There was plenty of time to paint, and the instructor told me more about how to improve my painting style in weeks than I have learned all year back home. I really did get individual attention.”
“I particularly enjoyed meeting people with similar interests and having a working reason for being in a location.”