For the Love of Gouache: Four Legged Friends!

Learn the wonderful world of gouache illustration!

Over 10 people have attended this class


For the Love of Gouache is a series of short, 2 hour workshops exploring skills and techniques specific to gouache illustration. 

In March we will be celebrating our four legged friends by learning how to paint our fur babies and favourite animals. You will learn colour mixing, brush techniques, paper types, as well as design and illustration principles. 

In a relaxed and fun environment, with small group sizes, this workshop requires no prior experience, catering to any skill level - those who have never picked up a paint brush, to those looking to refine their knowledge. 

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What you will learn

  • Introduction to various gouache techniques including layering, colour mixing, brush textures and pattern making.
  • How to adapt a photographic image into and art work using design and illustration principles and techniques.
  • Information about materials used including brush types, paint, paper, and where to buy them.

What you will get

  • Tuition under an excellent and experienced teacher and practicing artist
  • Materials included in the course tuition (you will be taking home your creations of one small final work, as well as several handmade cards)
  • A relaxed environment with small class sizes to ensure individual attention

What to bring

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

What to wear

Keep it casual - it could get messy!

Appropriate for

This class is designed for adults. No prior experience is required.

Alisa Tanaka-King

28 Reviews

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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5.0 (2 reviews)
23 September 2019For the Love of Gouache: Four Legged Friends!
Alisa is an excellent teacher and a wonderful person. This was my first experience with Gouache and I absolutely loved it. She also gave us some quite detailed advice on getting supplies (type of papers, brushes, shops etc..). I especially loved the small size of the group, I think that contributed significantly to the chilled and cosy atmosphere of the class.
01 May 2019For the Love of Gouache: Four Legged Friends!
I loved this workshop! Alisa is a calm, positive and patient teacher with lots of experience to share. We fitted in a lot to the 2 hour slot including a range of gouache techniques. I now feel much more confident with this medium.

Refund 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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