Have you ever wanted to capture the beauty of nature in a picture? Do you look at vintage botanical illustrations in awe? Are you looking for a new creative outlet, but don't know where to start?

Join Alisa for a wonderful weekend of exploring the natural world, finding inspiration in flowers, fruits, and vegetables, while she guides you through a range of techniques used to capture these beautiful objects. Over the course of 2 days, you will learn a range of techniques in a variety of mediums to hone your illustration skills. Shading, proportion, texture detailing, and mark making will be taught alongside key observational skills to provide the opportunity to create botanical masterpieces of your own. 

There is no experience necessary to attend this workshop, this class is suitable for beginners and those with more experience. 

A relaxed and fun environment, this weekend of creating botanical art includes shared morning tea and lunch. 

Classes run July 1 & 2 2017. 

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Class Schedule

Saturday July 1 and Sunday July 2, 10:30am - 3:30pm

What you will learn
  • Observational drawing techniques in a variety of mediums including graphite, charcoal and ink
  • Explore the age-old art form of illustrating flowers, fruit and vegetables
  • How to capture the detailed texture of plants under the guidance of an experienced botanical illustrator
What you will get
  • Demonstrations by Alisa to show the various techniques that you will be learning, so that you can see step by step how botanical illustrations are created
  • A relaxed environment with small class sizes to ensure individual attention
  • Take your wonderful art pieces home with you at the end of the session
  • Tuition under an excellent and experienced teacher and practicing artist
  • Delicious shared lunch and morning tea

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

Casual (it may get messy!)

Appropriate for



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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