Alisa Tanaka-King

Alisa Tanaka-King

Collingwood, VIC 3066
Member since 2016
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  • 20 Classes
  • 85 Students
  • 18 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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02 October 2018 • Watercolour Part II - explore the possibilities!

I really enjoyed the class. It was well organized with a lot of practice. The first day we went through all the technics which help me a lot to understand how a painting is made. Alisa is very easy to talk with and know how to teach. And the place was warm. We were 5 and the size of the group was perfect. She could gave personal advice and tips for each of us. I will highly recommend starting this class if you have any interest in watercolor.


30 September 2018 • Art to Unwind

A fantastic and chilled out art class and still jam packed with useful and great techniques as well as helpful information about how to apply what has been learnt. Class sizes are perfect for getting enough help if needed for everyone.


03 July 2018 • Introduction to Watercolour Intensive Weekend

Great class! Alisa is a wonderful teacher, very helpful and approachable. She gave good examples and instructions on a range of watercolour techniques - I was a total beginner who had only attempted to do a few online courses prior to doing Alisa's course, and I came away feeling confident that I will be able to use waterecolour a lot in my illustration work. Would definitely recommend this course, and am looking forward to doing Alisa's other courses in the future.

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