Have you ever wanted to try your hand at watercolour, but never felt brave enough?

Over four weeks, learn the basic skills and techniques of watercolour, including exploring illustration, colour mixing, and paper types. In a relaxed and fun environment, with small group sizes, this workshop requires no prior experience, catering to any skill level -  from those who have never picked up a paint brush, to those who are looking to fine tune their knowledge.

July 8, 15, 22, 29 10am-1pm.

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Class Schedule

Duration: 3 Hours per session Saturdays, July 8 - July 29, 10am-1pm

What you will learn
  • Introduction to various watercolour techniques including wash types, negative painting, layering, colour mixing, shading and masking
  • Information about water colour materials including brush types and paper
  • Brush control and mark making
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
  • Take home your amazing illustration creations at end of the four weeks

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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08 March 2017 • Introduction to Watercolour

A laid back but very informative class, Alisa gave us activities to demonstrate techniques then free time to paint and experiment. The techniques taught were built upon each week. Alisa is very warm and friendly, and gave great advice on where to get inexpensive materials to get you started.


28 February 2017 • Introduction to Watercolour

Excellent teacher, very well organised course.