Sketch Sri Lanka

 Sunday 18th August – Thursday 29th August 2019

Join Peter Burt and Mary Taylor on a sketch and food tour around Sri Lanka.

Get up close and personal with elephants, sketch the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya with the wall of maiden frescos and delight your tastebuds with local delicacies of fresh fish and egg hoppers washed down with an Elephant ginger beer or a cup of tea high country tea.

An amazing opportunity to tour from Colombo; down the West Coast to the Dutch Heritage city of Galle; up into the hill country, a night with the elephants before staying in the verdant tea plantations; the amazing Bawa Hotel Kandalama and other amazing Hotels, memorable moments in Kandy – travel to the cultural triangle and end up on a beach beside the Indian Ocean. Daily sketching tutorial matched with time to relax with special views – from relics of the Raj to Tropical Modernism.

If you’ve never sketched before Pete will give you a FREE one day sketch tutorial to get you up to speed!

Peter Burt

Drawing, sketching and painting has been part of Peters life for as long as he can remember. A top art student through his schooling he went on to a very successful and award winning career in advertising. He has been a tutor with Tony for 18 months and loves helping students to discover their potential.

Mary Taylor

Mary Taylor has been to Sri Lanka so many times she knows it better than anyone. Mary’s company Food Matters came from a background as a food and tea buyer travelling to Sri Lanka over many years. Her knowledge of Sri Lankas history and culture coupled with knowing the best places to visit, stay and eat, really make her tours unforgettable. Mary has recently returned from a successful tour taking a group of Erin Hill sketchers around Sri Lanka.


Tour land cost $NZ 8,495 each – twin or double share (single surcharge $NZ 1,600)

Deposit: 25% on booking by 10th February 2019
Balance of payment: 30th June 2019
Limited places: 10 people maximum and minimum number of 6
Format: This includes daily sketch tutorials, all accommodation, almost all meals, all transfers; our own vehicle with guide and driver, all programmed activities and entries. Not to mention local beverages with meals & gratuities. Strict limited group size between 6 – 10 pax.

Not included:

• International flights
• Visas
• One lunch

Travel Insurance is not included but is mandatory. Please ensure you have adequate cover (better safe than sorry).  If you don’t have a travel manager we can refer you to a specialist.

Interested in joining this fantastic tour?

Email Tony at or call on 021 925 031 with any questions or Mary at and we’ll send a registration form.

Be quick, spots won’t last long!

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Every day a sketch tutorial and personal interaction with Peter Burt and every day a new food experience with Mary; once a tea buyer, a food writer and food lover – this will be Mary’s 26th visit to Sri Lanka so you’ll be in great hands!

Starting on the Southern Outskirts of Colombo at fabulous Negombo beach we give you a day to relax and unwind or if you like go tea tasting or visit the local fish market – always plenty to sketch here. Our first Sunday we will have a tiki tour of Colombo, including Barefoot (Barbara Sansoni’s Gallery), Selyn; a women’s cooperative using handlooms; the Dutch Hospital (now a Retail arcade) and we will walk through Manning Market; the fruit and vegetable market and described in Lonely Planet as a Monkey’s Heaven with 29 varieties of Bananas!

Our next stop is Galle where we stay 3 nights right inside the World Heritage city in an 18th Century mansion that has been restored in to an elegant private hotel. Staying right inside the fort makes it easy to walk the ramparts at leisure and to sketch in special places.

From the coast we head to the hills and tea plantations. A night on the way in Udawalawe to see elephants in the wild before heading up into to the Cultural Triangle staying in amazing hotels in the tea plantations before continuing on to Kandy.

We then spend 2 nights in Kandalama – a Geoffrey Bawa designed hotel; one km long, 1 room wide; around a rock face- keep your deck doors locked or the monkeys climbing the vines will steal your tea tray sugar. And then it is back to the west cost for our farewell dinner under a palm tree, beside the ocean. Bliss!

Read about our last sketching trip to Sri Lanka »