Saturday Morning Drop in Art – New to the studio!


Thanks to our new studio being so easily accessible for every one we’ve decided to open up on Saturday mornings so you can come and have a sticky beak! Our Saturday morning sessions are a drop in style class with no actual direction – so your mini-artist can let their imagination fly and create whatever project their creative little heart desires.

Each day we will have a different medium available for your mini-artist to play with – it may be acrylic paints, watercolour paints, paint markers, collage materials, glass/ceramic painting or craft materials. In addition there will always be sketching materials, coloured pencils and access to all our reference materials available every morning.

What’s super cool about this class is that no one needs to follow set orders. If your mini-artist wants to create a burger dancing in a pink tutu wearing a mohawk they can (yes that’s been done before in our class while the rest of us were painting the sea), if they want to create themselves a vision board, or a card for Nanna, or just paint their own hands and smear it all over a canvas… they can!

Sessions will be $10 for an hour, and include a 30×40 canvas, larger canvasses are available for a few extra dollars. If you’d like something a little more structured you can purchase an art pack from our little front store and one of our artists can help your child with the project while you have a coffee next door!

The amazing Bella, will be available every Saturday for any questions or help your mini-artist needs with their creations, and I will be there personally for many of the sessions as well!

For those who already know Bella, you’ll know she is an amazing cartoonist and the kids LOVE her. For those who haven’t met Bella yet, come along one Saturday morning and get to know her!

Can’t wait to see what our mini-artists create once they are given full access to their imagination!!!







Street Art, Homeschool and Term 2 at Artlis Studios!

This set of school holidays has been completely amazing! Our new street artist Gilly has joined the Artlis Team and spent an entire day running workshops with our mini-artists helping them develop their individual styles with a graffiti flair!

Gilly will be running workshops throughout the term on Sundays from 9.30-11.30, and still has some spaces left! Workshops will be run over the course of three weekend, two hours each costing a total of $95 for the set. Mini-artists will be experimenting with posca markers, sharpies and paint to create vinyl stickers and canvasses using Gilly’s signature graffiti layering techniques!

We still have spaces available in our homeschool sessions on Wednesdays at 1.15. Our homeschool term runs for 8 weeks and is $120 for the term. Small classes means our teacher, Sacha can give your mini-artist lots of attention.

Sacha Beverley, Homeschool and afterschool classes


MORE EXCITING NEWS!!! Our very own Sacha Beverley is getting ready for her solo exhibition with 19Karen Gallery. Check out more of her work and the exhibition information here.  This is one super talented lady and we feel so lucky to have her be part of the Artlis Team 🙂 Sacha teaches afterschool with Artlis Mondays and Wednesdays (5-12 years) and also runs her own abstract classes for 12-16 year olds on Saturday mornings.




Keep an eye out for Artlis Studios online shop! We will be showcasing work from our mini-artists and our teachers for sale, plus art packs to help you make our most popular workshop projects in your own home!

Enjoy the rest of the school break and be careful on the roads over the Easter long weekend!! I an’t wait to see you all back in the studio in term 2.

Lis xo



Starting term 4.


This week will mark the 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of my studio opening it’s doors on a mission to nurture the oddball creative genius that lurks inside so many of us. From picnics under tables, to arty boot camp, from inventing new ways to use watercolours, to developing whole new worlds inside our minds, the mini-artists who have graced the studio with their imaginations so far have made my world shine!

Each mini-artist has a unique way of looking at life and art. I’ve watched so many mini-artists developing their own style over the last couple of years, taking the skills they learn in class and creating masterpieces that rival anything they have ever created before.

This term we will be concentrating on our relationships with others and our own selves. We will be exploring how to hold our own whilst still being a valuable collaborator on team project. Our team work project will involve all students, across every class, contributing their own little piece of individuality to a tiny clay world, a world where their quirkiness will be celebrated and their personal style loved as an important part of something bigger  – a mash up of styles from all skill levels, and many different pools of imagination.

I’m trying my best to imagine what this world will look like… but your mini-artists surprise me so often I can’t even begin to guess what they will create.

Amongst all of this we will be playing with clay, acrylics, watercolours, pencils, paper and Christmas ideas. I’ll introduce the mini-artists to the odd artform of quilling, and experiment with many of the same media that mini-artists are already becoming familiar with in the studio.


So here’s to a whole new term of unicorns, making friends with monsters, working together and sending the occasional child home blue (or rainbow coloured, or painted like a lizard), here’s to opening the studio to new ideas, and turning every task into an opportunity to think outside the box or paint outside the lines.

I can’t wait!

Painting without paper.

Students experimenting with painting on things other than paper in our Wednesday Expression Session.

In the studio they grow… (Art Therapy again!)

artlis-sketchThis Art Therapy thing. I’m going to keep banging on about it for a little bit. Mainly because I just keep getting SO MANY students parents/guardians telling me how different their mini-artist is since they started doing weekly art lessons.

There’s so many benefits from art therapy – the stress relief, the lateral cognitive development, the fine motor skills exercising – but (I think) more important than all those reasons, is the confidence that students gain by exploring the thoughts that they may not have the words to express.


In my studio I watch shy children, turn into young artists with a voice.

I watch how they grow from trying to “blend in” with the motley group that frequents my studio, to realising there are so many different characters that they couldn’t blend in, no matter how hard they try, so they start beaming their own unique little (and sometimes big) personality through the already character-cluttered studio.

I watch as the parts of them they choose to show turn from “I’m too cool for that” to “watch this really silly thing I can do.” I hear them as they proclaim to the class that they are “oddball” and “not like everyone else” and then I watch them make friends with other self proclaimed weirdos, and in finding a place where no one is cool, they find a space to be authentic with themselves.

I think at least half of my students have at some point told me they aren’t like anyone else. Whether this is born from their own ability to see their uniqueness, or their parents encouragement to be themselves without defaulting to mimicking the social norms – it doesn’t matter. What matters to these kids is that they congregate with likeminds. That gives them a kind of confidence to be who they are in the studio, and gives them the confidence to face the world outside of the studio.

In my studio I see young artists turn their newfound skills into confidence, and surely that confidence they carry has the best therapeutic value of all.

So go ahead and put a paintbrush in your mini-artists hand. Give them a space to be messy. Give them a challenge to complete. Give them the opportunity to develop the express themselves freely – and if possible do it with others.

If you’re on facebook feel free to share your mini-artists work on the Artlis Studios  page or join our Kids Art Sharing Group to connect with other guardians of creative mini’s. We love to see your work!!











How can Art Therapy help your child?


Since I first started working with aspergers students, and hearing first hand from them how much they felt art was relaxing and helping them concentrate on life, I’ve had so many questions from parents in regards to how art therapy can help their child.

My mini-artist sessions (both one-on-one and group classes) now consist of kids with aspergers, anxiety, ADD, hyperactivity and some who are just downright shy! My classes are also filled with such a huge range of characters, some who have told me they “don’t fit in with the normal kids”, some who have a normally interactive social life, and some who use my art classes as a chance to let their “real self be set free because no one in here cares if you’re weird.” The resounding feeling in every session I teach is that mini-artists feel safe to be just whoever it makes them happiest to be when they are doing art, because art can be ANYTHING so why shouldn’t they?

This is important for all kids to feel, but more particularly for those mini-artists who have been through trauma, or living their life with a disability or disorder. An important step in overcoming these issues, is knowing there’s no expectation on them to repress any parts of their character that may not match up to social expectations.

Clinical therapies can be efficient for kids that have to deal with such things, but that might not be the best approach for them. In fact, many times the issue comes from communication and in that situation talking won’t really make things a lot easier. Creative therapies can offer a great supplement to clinical therapy and give the student another avenue of expression, where they can explore feelings that they may not have the verbal capacity or mental maturity to express.

What art therapy does is that it uses the power of psychotherapy in order to address a variety of issues that the child has. However, it does that in a creative, interactive manner. This makes it very appealing for children and it also helps them stay away from stress.

Thanks to the aid offered by a therapist, kids have the ability to find the meaning of art, all while being able to create art on their own as they see fit. This helps art therapy become a one of a kind, refined creative outlet that delivers both value and a very good experience!

How can art therapy help a child?

There are many issues that can be addressed via art therapy, and these include:

  • The death of a family member
  • Behavioral problems
  • The inability to understand physical disabilities
  • Mental disorders
  • Dealing with serious diseases
  • Improving the cognitive abilities
  • Learning disabilities
  • Emotional problems and phobias
  • Childhood trauma caused by various factors

How does art therapy work?

The art therapist can acquire art supplies and then he will place them in front of the child all so that he can learn how to use them. This is a very appealing, exciting and enticing experience. With the proper guidance, the child will be able to express himself and take better control over his emotions. Treatment can take place either in an individual manner if the child is shy but it can also work very well in the group setting, it all comes down to each child.

How does it support children in learning?

Thanks to art therapy children have the ability to express themselves and remove fear or stress, emotions that won’t help them learn anything. In addition, art therapy is designed in order to support creativity and interactions, things that make the therapy experience simpler and a lot more appealing for the child. If you want to help your child go through a bad time in his life easier and with the proper support, then art therapy is a worthwhile avenue to pursue.

Aside from all of that, art therapy can help a child become more confidence in his own power and for a creative mind, there’s no doubt that it relieves stress. So even if the only benefits you end up seeing are these few common ones, it’s worth a shot right?

School Holiday Workshops for June!

Artlis Studios Holiday Workshops are now taking bookings. We have intensive sketching workshops for those looking at improving their drawing skills, fun abstract canvas workshops for those who want to get messy, yoga/art meditation and mini-artists will also get the opportunity to make themselves an 80cm long wooden “believe” wall sign.

Book ASAP as many missed out on our table painting workshops last holidays.


Contact us on 0400 382 617 or by email to make a booking or to find out any more information.


See you there!!

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School Holiday Art Workshop

Easter Holiday Classes

Mini-artists will be given a series of challenges, time trials and secret code words to draw inspiration from to create their own 30 X 40 cm canvas board art using a wide range of media.
$35 EACH

Experimenting with acrylic techniques and colour schemes to create your own unique 50x50cm table. Students will be involved in sanding, priming and planning of their piece as well as constructing their table from a flat pack! (Essential life skill!)
$35 EACH

Students will spend an hour creating short artworks through a series of art therapy based activities concentrating on “safe places”, “good words” and creating pictures from poetry imagery. We will then bind them into a hard covered journal with needle and thread.
$35 EACH

For bookings contact Alissa on 0400 382 617


Surrealism, sketching, Pop Art and painting our hands!

This week in the studio we’ve had sketching art classes, Pop Art with homeschoolers, surrealism landscape painting, and our Wednesday Expression Session was all about painting on materials other than paper. We gave the students wood, bark, sticks, clay – an array of non paper materials, and the most popular material they found to paint on?? Themselves! Hair, hands and noses were a favourite. Check out Zale below, with his lizard skin hand!!


Pop Art from the Flourish Education Services Homeschool Group

^ Pop Art from the Flourish Education Services Homeschool Group


Surrealism Landscape Art Lesson

^ Holly (10) Tuesday afternoon class. Surrealism Landscape showing perspective.


Painting without paper.

Students experimenting with painting on things other than paper in our Wednesday Expression Session.


The Wednesday Expression Sessions have really turned into an inspiration finding journey for many of our students, and some of the creations that have come out of it have been amazing!! We are loving seeing how our mini-artists are able to interpret the techniques we show them and turn them into creations that speak volumes about who they are.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to keep up to date with what’s happening in the studio on a regular basis. Competitions, monthly specials and links to blogs and competition will all happen in the newsletter.

Also if you have any of your own mini-artist work to share find us on facebook to be a part of the our art challenges and get tips to help your mini-artist in their creations.


Happy creating, beautiful souls.

Alissa x


One point Perspective drawing

I couldn’t find any videos that related to using scale in one point perspective, so stay tuned. I’ll create one!

For now, these are a few simple to follow videos and how-to art lessons:

This youtube video is a simple, non technical version of one point perspective. It shows an interior being drawn in one point perspective on a computer in less that 2 minutes, but the steps and concepts are exactly the same as if you were drawing it with pencil and ruler. You may need to pause the video to keep up!

A slightly longer (15 minute) video, which is a little more technical and shows the artist using his pencil (but still no ruler!) This is a great video to understand how perspective affects the visual size of buildings in a drawing.


This one is a written tutorial for those who don’t want to watch a video – this tutorial is quite in depth, although very easy to read and understand. I like this one because he uses a ruler. Hooray!



This one could be my favourite! This tutorial transfers all the knowledge into an really easy version of perspective that you can teach to 7-13 year olds.

I’m in the process of creating some videos that include scale in perspective with lots more ruler work.

If there are any questions or if there’s anything you’d like me to cover in my perspective video please feel free to email me.


Alissa x



One Point Perspective Painting Artlis Studios Junior Homeschool Group (Yatala)


Picasso Art Competition

I’ve been researching art competitions for my students, and came across this one – the Picasso Art Contest.

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Entry is FREE to any 6 – 19 year olds from any country. Entry is open until 25th February 2016.

They accept nearly any kind of medium (except digital art) including

  • Water Color
  • Acrylic
  • Oil Color
  • Graphite
  • Charcoal
  • Pastel
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pen & Ink
  • Ball Point Pen
  • Mixed Media etc

Any subject, any size is acceptable (except adult themed works, or copyrighted material)

The BEST PART is you can enter online. These are the entry details:

Step ONE: Take a clear digital photo of your mini-artists artwork. IT MUST BE CLEARLY SIGNED with the artists full name in handwriting that is legible.

Step TWO: Send your mini-artists artwork to include on the email your mini-artists NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, AGE, STATE, COUNTRY. The email subject should be: “Entry for Season 1”

Step THREE: Go to the Picasso Art Contest website and fill in the online form.


Be aware! There are some reasons your mini-artist will be disqualified. These are:

  • signature not clear on artwork
  • artwork contains objectionable subject matter or copyrighted material
  • Name, DOB, age, State, country information is not in the email
  • online form not filled in
  • image is not clear
  • the artwork was sent many times

Entry is only open until 25th February 2016, so now is the time to start organising your mini-artist for their entry. I know many of my students already have pieces that would be fantastic entries into this competition.

Here’s the link to the website once more, just in case you missed it:


Happy entering and good luck!!



Tallulah: Age 10

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