Are you a bit of a doodler? Want to tell a story with pictures? Have you always had an idea for a great character, but could never quite get pen to paper?

Bring your imagination to life over the course of 4 weeks through a series of workshops designed to unleash your creativity. This is not your standard drawing class! With a focus on fun, quirkiness, and unlimited possibility, you will be introduced to a range of exercises and activities to help your imagination fly. Using a variety of mediums including ink, gouache, charcoal and pencil, you will be guided through creating character expressions, movement, and pictorial story telling.

In a relaxed and fun environment, with small group sizes, this workshop requires no prior experience, catering to any skill level.

Classes run April 22nd, 29th, May 6th & 13th. 10am-1pm.

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Class Schedule

This class runs from 10am-1pm on a Saturday for 4 weeks. Classes run April 22nd, 29th, May 6th & 13th.

What you will learn
  • How to create and bring an imaginary character to life on the page, and tell their story through pictures
  • A range of drawing skills including facial expressions, capturing movement, and stylising.
  • Introduction to various drawing mediums including charcoal, pencil, ink and gouache.
What you will get
  • 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
  • Tuition under an excellent and experienced teacher and practicing artist

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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