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Art to Unwind

Guided drawing and painting for midweek creativity

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Art to Unwind is an ongoing series of classes to help you escape from the noise and chaos of everyday life. For an hour and a half on a Wednesday evening, relax with a range of technical exercises as well as time to explore self-directed work.  Run by local artist and teacher Alisa Tanaka-King, the workshops provide a midweek oasis for those looking for a creative outlet in a relaxed and fun environment.

This class is bookable in 4-week and 8-week increments.

Part 1 (July 24, 31, August 7, 14) :

In part one will be exploring life forms - faces, bodies, animals - with a focus on capturing detail and movement. We will be using graphite, charcoal, ink and coloured pencil as our main mediums. 

Part 2 (August 21, 28, September 4, 11):

In part two we will be moving into wet mediums - liquid graphite, watercolour, and indian ink. We will be exploring illustration styles, creating pictorial narratives, colour palettes, and framing. 

The two parts of the term can be booked individually or bundled. Discounts apply for 8 week bookings.

All skill levels are welcome – those who have always wanted to try their hand at art but have never been brave enough, those wanting to rediscover their practice, and those who are just looking for time and space to make.

Materials and equipment included in the price of the course.

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What you will learn
  • 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
What you will get
  • At the end of the term take home a folio of drawings and creations you have made

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 is an adult art class, there is no prior experience 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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Refund & Cancellation Policy

Alisa Tanaka-King does not offer refunds for classes. If you are no longer able to attend a class, 48hrs notice via email prior to the start of a class is required to receive a transfer.  Transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within  48hrs of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds or transfers for missed classes. For cancellations prior to the 48hr cut off, email Alisa Tanaka-King to organise a transfer.

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Alisa Tanaka-King or organised by Alisa Tanaka-King must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Alisa Tanaka-King.


I agree to give Alisa Tanaka-King unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Alisa Tanaka-King classes and events or on Alisa Tanaka-King's premises. (For use of Alisa Tanaka-King marketing materials).


Alisa Tanaka-King requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a transfer. No refunds.  


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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21 September 2019 • Art to Unwind

I absolutely loved Alisa's classes. She is a great teacher and creates a nice and relaxed atmosphere. The classes provide a good mix between dry and wet medium and Alisa found a good balance between explaining techniques and letting us work on some of our works for a longer period of time. I highly recommend Alisa's art classes.


30 September 2018 • Art to Unwind

A fantastic and chilled out art class and still jam packed with useful and great techniques as well as helpful information about how to apply what has been learnt. Class sizes are perfect for getting enough help if needed for everyone.


15 June 2018 • Art to Unwind

This is the second time I have attended Alisa’s class and I enjoyed it as much the second time around. Alisa creates a nice relaxed atmosphere and is so knowledgeable and patient. I will be booking again for a third round :)

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