Drawing to Unwind is an ongoing series of classes to help you escape from the noise and chaos of everyday life. For an hour and a half on a Wednesday evening, relax with a range of drawing exercises including introduction to different mediums, observational drawing, and pattern making.  Run by local artist and teacher Alisa Tanaka-King, the workshops provide a midweek oasis for those looking for a creative outlet in a relaxed and fun environment.

All skill levels are welcome – those who have always wanted to try their hand at art but have never been brave enough, those wanting to rediscover their practice, and those who are just looking for time and space to make.

Book for 4 weeks or 8 weeks to suit your schedule. 

Classes run May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21

Make up classes scheduled for June 28 & July 5.

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Class Schedule

- Book for 4 weeks or 8 weeks - Classes booked begin from the time of booking. - Duration: 1.5 Hours per session (7:30pm-9pm)

What you will learn
  • An extensive range of drawing techniques to broaden your drawing skills
  • How to use drawing mediums including graphite, charcoal, pastel and ink
  • Observational drawing, perspective drawing, pattern making and shading
What you will get
  • Tuition under and excellent and experienced teacher and practicing artist
  • Materials included in the course tuition
  • A relaxed environment with small class sizes to ensure individual attention
  • At the end of the session take home a folio of drawings and creations you have made

What to bring
  • Just yourself and an open mind - leave all self-doubt at the door!
What to wear

Casual (Warning: It might get messy)


Alisa Tanaka-King

Vendor sincce 2016

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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29 June 2017 • Drawing to Unwind

This class would be nothing without Alisa as the instructor. She makes you feel welcome from the minute you begin. The class takes you through a variety of mediums with fun activities to get you going. Her positive demeanor and skill level makes coming to class enjoyable every week. I would highly recommend this class for anyone who is looking to get started with drawing.