Founder & Head Teacher
Alissa is a mixed media artist, with a Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies, a Diploma in Arts and a Cert IV in Training and Assessing.
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. As a mother, she observed through her own kids and their friends, that kids can sometimes feel that they are too small to have impact on the world. The studio was born to help kids learn how to project their message to the world, and reassure them that their voice matters, no matter how small, or how quiet they are.
Industry trained in technical drawing and drafting she specialises in perspective drawing and gouache rendering, but also has extensive experience in working with a variety of art mediums on canvas and paper. Her lessons often include interesting facts about historical art era’s and how evolution in the art world creates such a change in culture and society.
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.
Artist & Art Teacher
Miss Fee has been creating art since before she remembers and loves how it can connect, communicate and express in a way that words don’t allow. After completing her Cert III in Visual Arts she was drawn to the history of art and how we can use it to shape our future. Her passion lies in pop art and the culture that shaped the Pop Art movement.
Feenix’s personal style reflects the ever changing dynamic between art we know and what we are yet to discover; combining surrealism, pop art and modern elements to celebrate the beauty in subjects where others may not see them. She loves experimenting with faces and the human form, and has created many pop art style artworks using unconventional images of human form to express emotion.
Miss Fee loves seeing art break down barriers, and watching students express themselves with their own personal truth. She currently teaches our sculpting class, some drawing classes and our adults classes!
What we love about Feenix:
Feenix seems to be able to do anything she puts her mind to. There seems to be no skill or medium out of her reach. She researches all areas of art history and art culture, and shares her research with students, in conversations that allow them to express their own opinions about art. We love the passion she has for anything creative and how easily she instils this in her students.
“She is so happy to come to classes. She loves Miss Fee and says she has found “her people” – Quinn (10 years)
Art Teacher and Artist
Anika Kirk is a Gold Coast artist who has been exhibiting her works since 2015. She has also been featured across multiple publications both locally and internationally.
Anika’s artworks are imaginative, surreal and deliciously colourful. Influenced by pop culture, nostalgia and her own dreams, she loves painting animals and nature in surprising colours. Choosing a cute subject matter, mixing it with surreal and sometimes dark themes, and then adding her signature pop of pastel colour makes her artwork unpredictably beautiful and whimsical. Anika is experienced in most media, specialising in colour pencil, with the addition of watercolour, acrylic and gouache paints.
Anika believes that kids need art as a platform to let their imaginations run free and express themselves fully, which ultimately builds their ability as adults to follow their dreams, create goals, and stand up for what they want in life!
What we love about Anika:
With all the pastels and swirls her signature style holds Anika’s art is so yummy you just want to eat it! And we love that Anika seems to embody the beautiful quirkiness of her artwork in her personal style as well. Kids have described Anika as sweet, soft and beautiful – the same feelings her artwork invokes!
“My child just completed an online watercolour workshop with Anika. She loved it – great engagement and she loved the tuition and fun.” Rachel (Students mother)
Holistic Art Therapist
Romina has an Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy, a Diploma of Community Service and a Cert 4 in Disability services. With 17 years experience in disability services and as a mother of 4 Romy understands the needs of children and people living with a disability and has seen, first-hand, the benefits of creativity in the people she has cared for.
As an allrounder creative Romy’s passion is not limited to one medium or modality. She loves all areas of being creative including costume making, painting, drawing, collage, cake decorating, crafty house decorations, singing, dancing, drama, music, sewing and writing!
Romy’s passion for art therapy stems from her love of helping people, and she loves how therapeutic art focusses on the process, not the aesthetic outcome – which means no artistic skill is needed! This, combined with the fact that art transcends all barriers between humans, such as age, language, race, disability and social standing, means that art is a great way to communicate when words just aren’t enough.
As a previous creative therapies group facilitator at Rosie’s, and one on one therapeutic art mentor at Mudgeeraba Special School, Romy brings with her an expressive style of teaching that offers students a safe space to experiment with expressing emotions, letting go of stresses and anxieties, and learn tools to calm, centre and make sense of their own thoughts.
What we love about Romy:
Possibly due to her being a mother of 4, Romy’s presence gives you that feeling of a warm hug from mum! She prioritises fun when teaching, and makes even the most shy and withdrawn students open up and share.
“He (my son) had such a great session with Miss Romy today and came out with some really cool and different stuff, he really enjoyed the process and she was so lovely!” Jenna (mother of 13 year old student)
Art Teacher & Artist
Currently studying a Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy, Bobby has been teaching expressive arts to kids of all ages for over 11 years. She has a passion for art projects that raise self-awareness and confidence and believes that through creative expression children can build self-worth, resilience and a positive mental outlook.
Bobby is queen of the 6B pencil and has been drawing portraits for as long as she can remember, but loves to paint as well. Her main goal as a teacher is to keep the passion for creativity alive in kids as they grow up.
Her studies in fine arts, emotional intelligence and positive parenting have led her to develop a number of art-based self-development programs for teens and adults.
As a teacher Bobby loves that she has the opportunity to guide children through their creative journey, to find their own form of confidence, self love and expression and help them believe the power they have over their own future.
What we love most about Bobby:
Bobby’s passion for inspiring confidence in her students shows up in her teaching style. She believes that a student with a positive outlook and the ability to think creatively will be able to create any future they dream up, and she puts all her effort into making sure her students feel listened to and cared for. We love how the more tender students seek out Miss Bobby and feel safe in her classes to express themselves authentically.
“Bobby allows her students minds to do whatever they want. Bobby inspires us to do better and always has special little quotes.” Sienna (11 years)
Art Teacher & Street Artist
Gilly AfterDark 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.
What we love most about Gilly:
Gilly’s unique style, mixing edgy lines with unusual colour combos and many layers makes him a great teacher for our more experienced students who are looking to develop their own style!
“Gilly proves you can be a boy and an artist and still be cool.” Drew (11 years)
Art Teacher & Bubbleologist
Carissa graduated with a Bachelor of Visual arts from QUT in 2012 and her life has been a whirlwind of creative endeavours ever since. From falling in love with contemporary Chinese art during her artist’s residency in China, to immersing herself in the history of art, to becoming a children’s entertainer and face painter, Miss Carissa has years of experience with kids, creativity and helping people have fun!
Whilst she loves teaching and creating art, you will most likely have met her dressed as Elsa at a kids birthday party, or blowing bubbles under her stage name Miss Bubbles. Her creative arts practice includes everything from charcoal and watercolours to basket weaving and decoupage, but she also uses herself as a blank canvas and wears her masterpieces in the form of themed costumes!
You can check out Miss Carissa’s other endeavours including birthday parties at www.bubbleliciouscreations.com.au
What we love about Carissa:
Have you seen this lady? What’s not to love! Her sparkly, bubbly nature shines out through her clothes and jewellery, and we’ve been told she always has a secret stash of bubbles hidden away for when her students lose concentration or start feeling overwhelmed!
“Miss Carissa was awesome, she gave us bubble breaks! We need more bubble breaks in life!” Summer (10)
Another student turned teacher! Harper’s passion has him creating almost all the time and seeking out every opportunity to learn, and the thousands of hours he has dedicated to learning and creating has resulted in releasing some breathtaking talent!
Harper specialises in realistic colour pencil artworks, mostly themed with fictional medieval landscapes, and surreal monsters. He has also recently branched out to digital media, sculpture and scaled model making of his medieval worlds!
You will often find Harper using his lunch breaks to read medieval fiction, building his ideas to imagine the wonderful worlds he creates with his art.
What we love about Harper:
Harper’s dedication to his art has helped him develop some extraordinary skills with the colour pencil. Even though he is only 17 years old he is the most skilled colour pencil teacher we know and he still seeks out every opportunity to learn more. His first instinct is to help others learn, even as a student he puts his own work aside to help the other students with technique. Harper often outshines the teachers work when he is helping, and we love it!
“Mr Harper knew how to mix exactly the right shade of grey for my Minilla sculpture!” Lachie (10yrs)
Pre School Teacher & Fairy Duster
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.
What we love about Miss Jane:
Miss Jane embodies the fairies that all her students love looking for. With her playful attitude and sparkly personality she looks like she is dancing every time she takes a step. We love watching our tiny artists giggle and create in her care, and we love how much in love our tiny artists are that they NEVER want to grow up and leave her!
“Miss Jane is so nice and lovely, she helps us do such good paintings” Grace (4 years)
Art Teacher and Cartoonist
In 2014 Miss Bella started as an Artlis Student with a dream of being a Disney Imagineer! 7 years later Bella is teaching her skills to our students at Artlis Studios while she works towards her bigger dreams.
Currently studying a degree in animation and well on her way to achieving her dream of becoming a character concept artist Bella runs our drop in sessions on Saturdays, and regular cartooning workshops over holidays. Her specialties are Kawaii and chibi style cartoons and she has a wonderful ability to turn any person or animal into a cartoon!
What we love most about Bella:
Bella represents everything our studio was created for! Starting out as a kid with a creative (and far out there) dream and then working her way up from student to teacher, Bella shows that with solid belief in yourself, a little hard work and a passion to be creative, you have the power to shape your own future! We can’t wait to see what Bella does with her talents as she finishes her degree.
“Bella is kind and a really good painter, she lets me paint whatever I like.” Samira (7 years)
Sewing Teacher/Fashion Designer/Sculptor
As a young girl Mili remembers watching her Grandma sew her very own teddy bear, and since then sewing has been her choice of entertainment! As she grew, her passion for creativity took her to University of Shanghai, where she majored in fashion design. After completing her bachelor of Arts degree, Mili worked in the industry as a fashion designer for big brands including Tadashi Shoji and Togonal France specialising in pattern making and dressmaking.
Seeing how creativity can bring someone out of their shell and open up, and knowing how much fun and pride a person can feel when they wear something they have sewed themselves, Mili’s path ultimately led her to share her knowledge and skills with kids and adults alike. She loves that her teaching can give someone the freedom to design unique clothes for themselves, and she loves seeing the students faces light up when they try their clothes on for the first time!
Although Mili exclusively teaches sewing in our studio she is also an accomplished wood carver and sculptor, having studied Tibetan art in 2011, and using her Buddhism practice as inspiration for her own exhibits, including her most recent at Gold Coast City Libraries in 2020.
What we love about Mili:
When we first met Mili, she was already teaching sewing at another studio (where she still teaches) and her love and passion for the girls she was teaching caught our hearts. She told us stories of witnessing her students becoming happier and more purposeful, and she was so excited for them to have found something to be passionate about. We love that her dedication to her students lays in their happiness!