Introduction to Watercolour Intensive Weekend

Next Available: Sat, 30 Jun 10:30AM
5.0 hours x 2 Days


Once again I am running the ever-popular water colour intensive weekend in April. 

Over 2 days, learn the 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.

Shared morning tea and lunch is included.

June 30th and July 31st 10:30am - 3.30pm.

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Class Schedule

Duration: 5.5 Hours per session Saturday June 30th and Sunday July 1st 10:30am-4pm

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
  • Shared morning tea and lunch
  • Take home your amazing illustration creations at end

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)

Appropriate for

This class is designed for adults. No prior experience is required.


Alisa Tanaka-King

Vendor since 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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21 April 2017 • Introduction to Watercolour Intensive Weekend

I really enjoy this intensive watercolour weekend class. Alisa is a great instructor and a thoughtful teacher. I love how she allows us to develop our own understanding and interpretation of what we can develop with watercolour from all the different styles she has demonstrated to us. There is no right or wrong or competition to who can create the 'best' end product, that is what makes me want to continue her classes in future. Plus, she is a very down to earth person and very friendly. And ask anyone who has been to her class/es, she will not only serves great refreshments, good food but also positive vibes :)


13 April 2017 • Introduction to Watercolour Intensive Weekend

This was such an enjoyable class. Alisa is very knowledgable on technique and materials and is great at passing on what she knows and tailoring content to meet everyone's needs. Aside from the technical skills I've picked up, it was just a really lovely, creative, relaxed way to spend a weekend. Lunch was amazing too!


13 April 2017 • Introduction to Watercolour Intensive Weekend

Alisa's class was great. I'd actually had a fair bit of experience with painting (oils, gouache) before but I learned a few new things in even the basic introduction part! The small group created an intimate space and there was lots of time for questions and experimentation. We also spent a lot of time working on our own specific projects and areas of interest, which was perfect and meant that we could each get what we wanted from the class. Alisa was one of the best tutors I've ever had -- friendly and experienced and really open to individual styles of working and ways of learning. I'd definitely recommend this to others of all levels -- just come with an idea of what you want to get out of the class.

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