With heritage shop houses in an uplifting royal yellow and curving streets lined with bougainvillea, the ancient town of Hoi An in central Vietnam lends itself naturally to art. Creative types have long been captivated by its architecture and now guests of Anantara Hoi An Resort can capture the Vietnam’s “yellow city” in a watercolor creation of their own.
Anantara Hoi An’s artist-in-residence programme was launched in partnership with an English artist, Bridget March, specializing in watercolors. The price of USD 35 per hour for a two-hour class includes high-quality materials, while a one-to-one diagnostic masterclass for more experienced artists costs USD 55 per hour.
Taking place at Anantara’s riverside terrace, at the very entrance to Rue des Arts, the classes offer an immersive artistic experience. Rue des Arts (Phan Boi Chau Street) lies at the old French Quarter and was once a dock for ships transporting spices, silks, pepper, honey, porcelain, and cotton. It is now the city’s center for arts and home to art galleries, a museum, and fine crafts shop.