In this workshop with Melbourne Artist, Melissa Grisancich learn how to use painting as a way of telling stories, combining patterns and imagery to create a unique and colourful hand-painted pot for your favourite cactus or plant friend!
Drawing from Mel’s own personal collection of imagery, or using references of your own, choose a theme for your pot and get crafty! We'll give you everything you need - even a little cactus or succulent to take home!
ABOUT MELISSA GRISANCICH
Melissa Grisancich is a Melbourne-based artist who learnt the importance of recycling and reusing things from a young age. These details helped form the style and choice of materials in her work.
From an early age Melissa showed a strong aptitude for art; teaching herself to draw, make handmade objects, sew and paint. By 7 years old she could be found tinkering with a hammer and nails, creating objects from wood, which she would then paint and display in the family home. Melissa maintains a firm ethos of using found or recycled objects, materials and surfaces and insists on making her works entirely “by hand”.
Melissa’s style has been described as “…pop meets Frida Kahlo” and indeed like Kahlo, Melissa’s work is very personal and sometimes autobiographical. Her work reflects her interest in street art, iconography, symbolism, imagery from old children’s books, vintage ephemera and comics.
Melissa started exhibiting her works around Australia at 18 years of age and began her studio practice after college where she studied fine art and printmaking.
ABOUT THE STOCKROOM
The stockroom of most institutions, museums and galleries is the space known for storing the most amount of work “not for public display”… Until now.
Bringing to the public eye, a part of the art world usually considered private, elitist, and often kept behind closed doors is the ‘The Stockroom’. Hosting work from emerging and established artists of various disciplines, the stockroom is the perfect platform to engage new audiences and educate them on the vast array of talent existing in urban art today.
With the ethos that art is for everyone and belief that anyone can start their own collection the stockroom carries affordable entry level works right through to higher end statement pieces. Hosting regular exhibitions that showcase new bodies of work from a stable of local and international talent, with a keen focus on engaging the local community.