The Art Studio - Introducing Drawing and Painting Techniques


The Art Studio is a detailed introduction to the various mediums available to use when creating your next masterpiece! Over four weeks you will be introduced to a range of wet and dry media including graphite, charcoal, pastel, pen and ink, watercolour, gouache and acrylic paint. Acquire a range of new skills and understanding around colour, tone, texture and contouring through a series of hands on, fun and relaxing exercises and activities.  The workshops also provide time for you to create pictures practicing your new found techniques, and at the end, you will have your very own Art Media Dictionary to take home with you.

Classes run May 20th, 27th, June 3rd, 10th. 10am – 1pm.

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Class Schedule

This class takes place from 10am-1pm on a Saturday morning for 4 weeks. Classes run May 20th, 27th, June 3rd, 10th.

What you will learn
  • An introduction to paper types, including a sample book of papers to take home.
  • Composition, colour mixing, and observational drawing.
  • In depth technical and drawing skills in a range of drawing and painting mediums including: graphite, charcoal, pastel, ink, watercolour, gouache and acrylic.
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 creations at end of the four weeks
  • Tuition under an excellent and experienced teacher and practicing artist
  • You will create an Art Media Dictionary to take home with you, which includes examples of the techniques you have learnt during the course

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 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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03 June 2017 • The Art Studio - Introducing Drawing and Painting...

I really enjoyed my classes with Alisa, not only was it relaxing and nurturing, I also learnt a great deal and will be looking out for more of her classes. As an absolute beginner it was good to know that whatever you produce is not judged or assessed it's a process where you are encouraged to put yourself on paper. Thank you Alisa