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 Thursday 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.
In term 2, we will be splitting the term into two parts.
Part 1 (May 2, 9, 16):
For three weeks we 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 (June 6, 13, 20, 17):
Over four weeks 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.
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.
- 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
- At the end of the term take home a folio of drawings and creations you have made
- Just yourself and an open mind - leave all self-doubt at the door!
Casual (Warning: It might get messy)
This is an adult art class, there is no prior experience required.
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.