Alissa Crafter Head teacher
Alissa is the founder of Artlis Studios and has been teaching homeschool groups, after school groups and private art lessons under the Artlis banner since 2012. She has recently been working closely with Flourish Education Services to assist in creating a curriculum for homeschoolers that is based on learning through creativity.
She is a mixed media artist, with a Diploma in Arts and Cert IV in Training and Assessing. She sells her own artwork and teaches mini-artists in groups and on a one on one basis. Industry trained in technical drawing and drafting but with extensive experience in working with a variety of art mediums on canvas and paper.
Alissa believes that many concepts in art emulate what we understand about life and emotional development and with the right approach, art can heal and support a happy self through creative expression. She loves to draw, loves to paint, and loves teaching her own two children and others how to tap into the ability to use art as a tool for understanding themselves and the world around them.
Relevant Training: Blue Card Holder, Diploma in Arts, Current First Aid, Cert IV Training and Assessing, Private training with a range of art teachers from various backgrounds over the past 25 years, counselling for non counsellors course, grief education program, extensive training with previous employers in disability and social services.
Sacha Beverley Teacher/Abstract Artist
Sacha Beverley is an award winning contemporary artist based on the Gold Coast. She is well known for her beautiful use of bright colours, bringing her interior design colour expertise into her paintings.
Her artwork has been exhibited widely throughout Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern NSW and she has won numerous awards. In 2015 Sacha was awarded 2nd prize in the D’Arcy Doyle Art Awards for her abstract beach scene titled ‘Between The Flags’. She has also been awarded the Queensland Collage of Art industry award for outstanding creative achievement and was the recipient of a Regional Arts Development Fund Grant for her solo exhibition titled ‘Construct Your Dreams’ , a collection of paintings inspired by the construction of the Gold Coast Light Rail.
Sacha holds a diploma of Interior Design Technology, a certificate in Digital Design for Furniture and Fashion Fabrics and a Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training.
Sacha has always worked in areas of creativity such as Interior Design, Landscape Design, Product Design and Photography and also tutored Graphic Illustration and Interior Design at the Gold Coast Institute of Tafe.
Sacha predominantly works on large scale contemporary artworks that give her freedom of self expression. She is a great believer in the therapeutic benefits of art and using art as a means of communicating with both her inner and outer worlds and is now enjoying sharing her artistic knowledge through teaching art classes with Artlis Studios and loves inspiring others to unleash their creative spirit and find joy and freedom through artistic exploration.
Gilly After Dark Art Teacher/Street Artist
Gilly is a local artist who’s street art style is stamped all over the Gold Coast as cafe murals, street stickers and individual pieces for homes and galleries. A self taught artist with a background in the printing industry, and influenced heavily by the 90s cartoons and modern street art, Gilly creates his artworks primarily with paint markers, acrylics, water colours and spray paint.
Being a passionate artist he brings many different influences and techniques together to create his signature form. Gilly brings his edgy skate art approach to Artlis Team, to give us a peek into a world where process art, cartooning, and technical illustration blend together to give our mini-artists all the ingredients they need to develop their own unique style.
Bella Bellido Art Teacher/Assistant
Our cartooning extraordinaire, Bella, started as a student with Artlis Studios 2 years ago where we discovered her amazing talent for cartooning. Now she is ready to share her talents with the world this young artist assists our teachers with events, runs her own cartooning workshops through the school holidays and is available for arty birthday parties on weekends. Stay tuned! Her artwork will soon be available to purchase as prints and cards.
Fairy Jane Teacher/Preschool Art (and fairy magic distribution)
Janes life was covered in fairy dust from the beginning. To this day she is still a child at heart. Her love of creativity started when she started dancing at 6 years, and her teaching days started in primary school where she choreographed dance concerts with her fellow students. She spent her school days performing, creating or teaching others how to do what she was so passionate about. With a Diploma of Arts from The Dance Factory, Richmond, VIC she spent years performing in live shows and teaching dance to all ages.
With the arrival of her daughter, Tilly, Fairy Jane pursued a Cert III education support so she could inject some of her passion for creative arts and dance into her daughters generation (who now dreams of being a grown up artist one day!) As a pair they are always covered in glitter, paint or dress ups and spreading a little fairy magic wherever they are!
Jane specialises in creating a safe and engaging space for our youngest artists, through storytelling, song and using her dance background to add movement to her art projects.