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Not a bad spot for a printmaking workshop. King Island, 2016

Not a bad spot for a printmaking workshop. King Island, 2016

Basil, Dianne Blake (workshop facilitator) and Pam Boyer on the dunes overlooking the west coast of King Island after the 5 day workshop recently, attended by 11 local artists, one from Sydney and 4 visitors from northern Tasmania. 
A beautiful woodblock done on King Island

A beautiful woodblock done on King Island

A very successful woodblock done by Caroline during Basil’s recent workshop on King Island. It was coloured from behind with powder pigment before being chine collé-d to a backing of Magnani paper and run through the press. Thanks again to Andrew and Dianne Blake for facilitating the workshop, loaning the press...
One of the 2016 Firestation workshop etchings

One of the 2016 Firestation workshop etchings

Sue Trevillian has been to a number of Basil’s studios and workshops in two countries and three states. Here is her colour etching and chine collé, commenced at one workshop in 2014, with colour added at the Firestation Printmaking Workshop in Melbourne last weekend. The pigment technique works well behind...
A day of sailing in the Aegean for Skopelos printmakers

A day of sailing in the Aegean for Skopelos printmakers

On one of our rest days during the fortnight, Vasilis takes the group for a one day sail to nearby Alonyssos Island. Here they are departing from the wharf in Skopelos Town. The sailing day is part of our annual deal, which includes 12 days of printmaking instruction in a...
International exhibition (Skopelos group show)

International exhibition (Skopelos group show)

Our June group has concluded their fortnight on Skopelos on the BHE annual Art & Adventure trip with an exhibition in the (hastily tidied up) workshop. Here Basil shows some of the visitors around the work done in our studio over the last two weeks.
Silkscreen studio taking shape at BHE

Silkscreen studio taking shape at BHE

The Canberra silkscreen studio is slowly taking shape. Recently, we installed a 2m exposure table in the darkroom. It replaced a tried and true sheet of plate glass and a piece of foam rubber, which we have successfully used for 20 years! New work for Mowandjum Arts in Derby, WA...
Another workshop up north (Merrepen Arts on the Daly River)

Another workshop up north (Merrepen Arts on the Daly River)

Basil and Angus Cameron (from Nomad Art Productions) have just run a great workshop in Nauiyu, S-W of Darwin, with 10 experienced artists from Merrepen Arts. These guys have been making etchings for over 20 years, so it was a pleasure to get out there again and work with them...
Braidwood studio buzzes during another workshop

Braidwood studio buzzes during another workshop

Our latest workshop in Braidwood concentrated on hard- and soft ground etching and some photo etchings. Three of the participants drove down from Armidale, NSW and stayed at Fran Ifould’s artist’s studio on the slopes of Mt Gillamatong, overlooking the town. We had three cool, but sunny days and everyone seemed...
Gill Burke's coloured woodblock

Gill Burke’s coloured woodblock

Gill’s woodblock resolved itself beautifully as she came to grips with the new techniques and the application of the colour on the reverse of the print. Hers was one of 12 very fine coloured woodblocks to come out of Basil’s April workshop in Warringah, Sydney, organised by Susan Baran.
Another fine coloured woodblock in Warringah

Another fine coloured woodblock in Warringah

Monica brought a number of grainy found timbers to ink up and her prints comprised a number of layers plus the hand-applied colour – all in two brief days! Here the pre-glued chine colle sheet is adhered to the backing sheet, in this case a piece of 350gsm Magnani. The...
The NAS Summer School Printmaking class of 2015

The NAS Summer School Printmaking class of 2015

Here is the fabulous National Art School Summer School Printmaking group with Basil and their exhibition at the conclusion of five full on days of printing.
Skopelos Workshop 2015 dates out now!

Skopelos Workshop 2015 dates out now!

Our first Skopelos Workshop dates have just been advertised in Look magazine, the Art Gallery of NSW’s quarterly publication, so we expect the first fortnight (June 29-July 12) will fill fast. We already have more names than places, so we will accept people in the order booking forms and deposits...
BHE's latest printmaking workshop

BHE’s latest printmaking workshop

This weekend Basil is actually at his own studio in Braidwood, running an etching workshop for participants from Sydney, the Southern Highlands and Braidwood itself. On the first day our visitors worked on soft grounds, hard grounds, drypoint, aquatint and even exposed two photo etchings. They had a great lunch...

The colour pigment woodcuts worked well as a medium for most, if not all, of the 12 participants in the 2015 workshop in Armidale, NSW. Susie’s jacaranda trees were very effective, as you can see here.

Now that Jonathon Larsen’s photos are out, I’m having to put up lots more shots of my recent workshop in Armidale. How could I resist this proud artist with her print (Judy Timbs, who has been to a number of my workshops here and in Greece)? Well done, Judy!
Skopelos Printmaking 2014

Skopelos Printmaking 2014

NSW artist Bruce Donnelley is currently working on a two plate colour etching during his residency at Milos Studios with Basil Hall. Bruce has enjoyed exploring a couple of deserted beaches for driftwood and fishing paraphernalia which have been washed up by the sea, and his drawings and prints have...
An outdoor drawing studio, Skopelos 2013

An outdoor drawing studio, Skopelos 2013

One of the first days of our 2013 printmaking workshops in Greece was spent drawing en plein air a few kilometres from the studio. We took the Glisteri road and walked up an old calderimi track to a clearing on the right which contained a small church. Some of our...
First Workshop for 2014...in Canberra

First Workshop for 2014…in Canberra

The Artists’ Society of Canberra once again invited Basil to run a printmaking workshop as part of their 2014 summer school, held in the Canberra suburb of Holt. We transformed a science laboratory into an etching studio – equipped with fume cupboard to house a small tray of acid for...
Linocuts were made in Greece too

Linocuts were made in Greece too

I have to put this in after apparently being quoted as suggesting these images would make good cards! Hopefully, I have been forgiven, as Charlotte Kimberlee’s Greek images made during the workshops in 2012 came together as a very successful linocut, in spite of her tutor’s remarks!
More Greek prints from the workshops in 2012

More Greek prints from the workshops in 2012

Merle Clarkson’s etching, done during the Skopelos workshops in 2012. The print, on copper plate, was done first with a hard ground (scratched) line, and then aquatinted to create the various tones.
BHE Alice Springs was to have been the go in 2013!

BHE Alice Springs was to have been the go in 2013!

Now that the decision has been made NOT to locate part of the BHE studio to Alice Springs, this article has been removed, but the original intention is all part of our history and the picture remains to remind us of what might have been had the stars aligned in...
New prints from Skopelos Workshop

New prints from Skopelos Workshop

Rosemary Mostyn made this strong etching on her second last day, using only bitumen as a block out and a little aquatint in the dark areas. It has been inked up in two colours a la poupee and printed on Hahnemuhle paper.
Seven Sisters at work, Yirrkala, October 2011

Seven Sisters at work, Yirrkala, October 2011

Buku Larrnggay Mulka Print Space printer, Ruby Alderton, is seen here checking out one of the seven BIG prints we are currently working on with the seven Yunupingu sisters of Yirrkala/Nhulunbuy. The Seven Sisters is also a traditional creation story told in many parts of Australia. The story is based...
Another print from the Skopelos workshops, 2011

Another print from the Skopelos workshops, 2011

Mieke Cohen made this beautiful drypoint and aquatint during the July workshops on Skopelos. An experienced printmaker, Mieke used her time on Skopelos to try a few things she hadn’t done for a while, to observe the prints made by the rest of the group and to enjoy what the...
Paruku Project, Mulan 2011

Paruku Project, Mulan 2011

The Paruku project, organised and orchestrated by NSW artist Mandy Martin, and involving scientists, anthropologists, writers, artists, pilots, benefactors and fabulous camp cooks took place in August near Lake Gregory in the Great Sandy Desert of WA. Basil was lucky enough to attend for four days’ camping with the group...
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Tasmanian artist Brigitte Wolfe attends King Island workshop

Tasmanian artist Brigitte Wolfe attends King Island workshop

Tasmanian artist, Brigitte Wolfe flew over to join our recent printmaking workshops on King Island, courtesy of Arts Tasmania, and following a residency at Cradle Mountain. All hands on deck (see left) as Basil and workshop facilitator, Andrew Blake, attend to the printing of one of Brigitte’s sensitive little woodblock prints.
Etching on King Island

Etching on King Island

Sydney artist, Lisa Marshall, came down for Basil’s recent workshops on King Island, and participated in both the woodblock and etching. Lisa stayed in a beach-side cottage and spent plenty of time collecting material on the beach nearby. She ended up drawing and aquatinting one of the huge sponge-like plants she found, and Basil printed...
Richard Griffiths flew over to King Is from Tasmania for the workshop

Richard Griffiths flew over to King Is from Tasmania for the workshop

Basil, former NSW- now Tasmanian artist- Richard Griffiths, and workshop facilitator, Andrew Blake enjoying the printing on Day 3 of the 5 day workshop Basil ran with the Blakes on King Island last week. Richard came over with the assistance of Arts Tasmania and enjoyed learning some new printmaking techniques to add to those he...
King Island 2016 Printmaking Workshops

King Island 2016 Printmaking Workshops

This year, with the assistance of Arts Tasmania, three indigenous artists from northern Tasmania once again joined the workshop run by Basil Hall and Andrew and Dianne Blake on King Island. Here Cheryl Rose and Basil check out her first coloured woodblock on Day 3. Although the pigment-colouring technique can be done by hand, we...
Another printmaking veteran from Raminginning

Another printmaking veteran from Raminginning

Artist: Roy Burnyila;  Medium: Silkscreen; Dimensions: 595 x 420 mm;  (Image Copyright 2016 Bula Bula Arts)  Sales enquiries Bula Bula Arts on 08 8979 7911
Another new Raminginning silkscreen

Another new Raminginning silkscreen

Artist: Peter Minygululu; Medium: Silkscreen; Dimensions: 595 x 420 mm (Image Copyright 2016 Bula Bula Arts)  Sales enquiries: Bula Bula on 08 8979 7911
"Pussycat" Philip Gudthaykudthay still printing at 81

“Pussycat” Philip Gudthaykudthay still printing at 81

Artist: Philip Gudthaykudthay;  Medium: Silkscreen; Dimensions: 575 x 420 mm; (Image Copyright 2016 Bula Bula Arts); Sales enquiries to Bula Bula Arts (08 8979 7911)
New print releases

New print releases

Artist: Shirley Banalanydju; Title: Magpie Goose Egg Hunt;  Medium: Silkscreen;  Dimensions: 420 x 575 mm  (Copyright 2016 Bula Bula Arts) Sales enquiries to Bula Bula Arts (08 8979 7911)
New silkscreen prints from Bula Bula Arts, Raminginning

New silkscreen prints from Bula Bula Arts, Raminginning

This month we are featuring some of our latest releases. These beautiful silkscreen prints (see the latest 5 entries on our site) were made by the artists at Bula Bula Arts in Raminginning in August during Basil’s workshop there, and have since been printed in Canberra. They are available for sale through Bula Bula Arts...
Armidale comes to Braidwood

Armidale comes to Braidwood

Three Armidale artists, including Susie (at left) travelled down to work with Basil for three days recently. The Braidwood studio works well for groups of up to 4-5, and in three days we can expose plates, aquatint them, make hard- or soft ground drawings, use sugar lift…it’s all here. Susie made three separations on True...
Fireman for a day or two

Fireman for a day or two

Melbourne’s Firestation Printmaking studio invited Basil back again this year to do another workshop last weekend. Here is the group of 2016, standing behind some of their 30 assembled colour prints at the conclusion of the two days. The artists brought existing etchings and relief blocks to try out our pigment colouring method, and also...
Another Grampians Brushes shot

Another Grampians Brushes shot

Shot during the etching workshop Basil held recently at Hall’s Gap in Victoria, as part of Grampians Brushes, an event attracting over 450 people to painting, drawing, printmaking, calligraphy and other courses in the Grampians in September each year. Using a borrowed Rollaco (UK) press, the same model as one we own on Skopelos, Basil’s...