Sketch Retreat Vietnam with Paul Wang - June/July 2019:

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Paul Wang is your Sketch tutor for an 11 day Retreat in Hoi An, Vietnam June 24- July 4, 2019. Your host Anna Barnes of ArtFoodCulture (long term traveller to Hoi An, chef and artist) has built a network of contacts over the years who delight in giving our groups special attention. They take us off the tourist trail to experience locations that only a local can.

You will be staying in a riverside hotel with pool, easy walking distance to the UNESCO Heritage town of Hoi An. Each morning Paul will give a Sketch Class, especially tailored to capture the stunning historical town of Hoi An, its people and culture. Paul will build lessons around the historic architecture, street scenes, the market, the river, and the crowds of people there. He has developed a workshop program especially for this Retreat that will have you loosening up, speeding up and working in a more experimental way. Paul starts with an indoor session teaching concepts and priming sketching exercises, then we head out for a leisurely location sketch in one of Hoi An’s stunning locations.

We have chosen sketching locations that will encompass Hoi An. Emerald rice paddies and farmers at work, blooming lotus fields, bustling markets, historic Chinese Assembly Halls, Buddhist Pagodas, Vietnamese coffee houses, the famous Japanese Bridge, Marble Mountain and the ancient Cham ruins, Mi Son are all on offer. One of the many highlights will be visiting Linh’s family home. She is a long time friend of Anna’s, a mother and wonderful cook. She and her husband run an Eco herb and fish farm on the property. You will have a hands on cooking class with her and spend the afternoon sketching and relaxing amongst the water coconut palms. Another highlight will be visiting one of the early morning fish markets and experiencing the energy and movement of this vibrant culture. Paul will guide you with your sketching and is looking forward to teaching in such a fascinating environment. Meals are included, and Anna will be taking you to her favourite places from the busiest of streetfood vendors where only the locals go, to the loveliest of Vietnamese restaurants in the Ancient town. You will experience many different styles of Vietnamese cuisine. Plenty of time will also be spent enjoying the lantern lit streets and the balmy evenings by the river.

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About Paul Wang:

Paul is an Interior Architecture & design graduate from Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore and continued with a National Arts Council scholarship to study Technical Theatre in Brisbane, Australia. His passion for teaching has become a natural extension of his creativity. As an art and design educator, he has taught visual arts at the Singapore International School in Hong Kong and is currently an adjunct lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic’s school of design in Singapore. Other than teaching students, he also conducts regular urban sketching workshops.

His sketches are bursting with dramatic colours. His strokes and splashes may look spontaneous but are highly choreographed. Paul’s distinctive style of vivid colours and convoluted details seeks to tell a story behind each sketch. On-location sketching has become his unique way of encapsulating the fast changing urban landscape in his home town of Singapore and around the region. 

Paul is an Urban Sketchers’ correspondent for Singapore (since 2010) and is currently serving as an advisory board-member for the International Urban sketchers organisation. He was conducted workshops at the annual Urban Sketchers Symposiums multiple years in a row, and attracts a large following. He is a popular, well respected Sketch tutor worldwide.

More about Paul Here

Pauls Instagram Here

Anna has asked Paul to be the principle sketch tutor for this trip because of his deep sensitivity in the arts. His unique style brings such joy to the viewer. He has previously captured the essence of Hoi An beautifully on a solo trip, and is highly experienced with sketching SE Asian locations. He is a lover of good food too! Anna looks forward to him sharing his passion with her Retreat Guests.

See Paul Wang’s Vietnam Sketchbook Here

Your Sketching Tutor Paul Wang,  on location.

More Information and Bookings Here


June 24th - July 4th 2019.


Small group maximum 10 sketchers. This will ensure you will receive plenty of personal tuition during the sessions.

10 nights accomodation in a riverside hotel with pool

10 breakfasts

9 lunches

10 dinners (from the best Street Food to Fine Dining)

8 x 3 hr sketch tuition sessions with Paul Wang

Entry ticket to The Ancient Town

Private bus trip to the historic Cham ruins, Mi Son with local guide

Private bus trip to Marble Mountain with local guide

Private Boat ride to the early morning fish markets

Cooking Class and Basket Boat afternoon out at a private Eco Fish and Herb Farm

Rice Paper making, Farm excursion and Seafood lunch at the Organic Herb Gardens

River Side Hotel

Not included:

International airfares


Travel insurance

Beverages- alcohol and imported soft drinks. 

Anything not mentioned in the Included list.

Please note:

$3900 is now due (single supplement extra $400). All prices in AUD.

There are still a few places left! If you would like to come along, email me today and I will send payment method details. Full Balance due.

The retreat is guaranteed to go ahead as minimum numbers have been reached by the booking deadline. For guests who have a reservation assured, proceed with booking your air travel and organising your visa and insurance.

We can recommend a Sydney based Vietnam specialist Travel Agent to take care of your airfares, visa and travel insurance if you are departing from Australia. Let us know if you would like details.

Travel insurance is mandatory and a copy must be supplied to us before commencement.

For Extra nights, add ons to your itinerary within Vietnam, VIP Airport service, private transfers to your hotel, and tours to neighbouring countries please contact our trusted South East Asian Specialists Khiri Travel at

For the full itinerary or questions please email Anna Barnes at ArtFoodCulture.

phone: (+61) 490345782


$3900 per person. (Single supplement extra $400). All prices AUD.

More Information and Bookings Here

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Anna Barnes founder of Art Food Culture is a long time traveller to Vietnam. She has a Masters in Design Science, specialising in 3D Animation from The University of Sydney (being awarded the Dean's Honour Award) and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Social Anthropology, specialising in South East Asian Studies. Anna was the Executive Chef of Sydneys "Best Specialty Restaurant" winner and has worked over 25 years in Sydney restaurants, working with specialty cuisines, and creating authentic cultural menus. She was the owner of "Fiasco and Debacle", Sydneys largest artisan cafe cake manufacturer for 8 years. She has implemented and delivered cooking classes, held workshops, been a cooking demonstrator, facilitated "Artist Way" groups, and has worked for Team Building companies. She currently leads Creative Retreats in Vietnam and teaches Travel Sketching and Nature Journalling in The Blue Mountains. Her passion is to help people connect, transform, recover and thrive through art, food and culture. She is an artist, a mother, traveller and a naturalist and lives in The Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia with her family. 

Your Host Anna Barnes, on location.