Alisa Tanaka-King

Alisa Tanaka-King

Collingwood, VIC 3066
Member since 2016
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  • 31 Classes
  • 136 Students
  • 28 Reviews

Alisa Tanaka-King is a Melbourne based artist, with a practice which focuses on sustainability and the handmade. Her work is often non-traditional in form, combining installation and the drawn line with live performance.

Alisa is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) having completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (printmaking) and Graduate Diploma of Performance Creation (animateuring). Since 2009, Alisa has been represented by Hawthorn Studio & Gallery, while exhibiting across Melbourne at various galleries and events. 

In 2012, Alisa returned to study to explore marrying her two loves - live performance and visual art.

Since then, she has continued to investigate and experiment with this unique practice. While her work is non-traditional, she draws on traditional techniques to inform how she creates her work and the materials she uses.

In 2014, Alisa spent time in Japan at the Awagami Traditional Papermaking Factory as part of their visitng artists program. Here she was taught the traditional techniques used in Japanese paper making. Alisa's Japanese heritage underpins her work, and is a constant reference when she is making.

 In October 2014, Alisa was invited to be an artist in residence at Arteles Creative Centre in Finland where she spent one month in the forests of the Lake Regions with ten other international artists.

During this time, the importance of environment, consumerism in arts practices and sustainability became crucial considerations to how she made work. Interested in creating immersive experiences for audiences, Alisa's work has since taken the form of large-scale installations, growing and forming around an audience.

IIn 2016, Alisa has been privileged to travel to Japan and Europe, connecting with artists, festivals and events supported by the Australia Council Artstart grant. 

Aside from her solo practice, Alisa coordinates the Community Arts Program at Ballarat Community Health in Victoria. Here Alisa runs art and drama workshops, education programs, creative support groups, and the Lucas Community Gallery & Arts Space.

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23 September 2019 • For the Love of Gouache: Celebrate Spring!

Alisa is an excellent teacher and a wonderful person. This was my first experience with Gouache and I absolutely loved it. She also gave us some quite detailed advice on getting supplies (type of papers, brushes, shops etc..). I especially loved the small size of the group, I think that contributed significantly to the chilled and cosy atmosphere of the class.


21 September 2019 • Art to Unwind

I absolutely loved Alisa's classes. She is a great teacher and creates a nice and relaxed atmosphere. The classes provide a good mix between dry and wet medium and Alisa found a good balance between explaining techniques and letting us work on some of our works for a longer period of time. I highly recommend Alisa's art classes.


26 August 2019 • Watercolour Weekends: Under the Sea

I really enjoyed the Watercolour Weekends: Under the Sea. Alisa was a great teacher showing a range of watercolour techniques and assisting me with making the most of the workshop and ending up with some cards to take away from the class. I certainly will look for other classes Alisa runs on other mediums and techniques

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