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Another mono print from the Creators' Artspace workshop in Albury

Another mono print from the Creators’ Artspace workshop in Albury

Another excellent mono print from the Creators’ Artspace printmaking workshop run by Basil in Albury-Wodonga last week. (Anne’s full name will be inserted when I ascertain her surname). She is an experienced watercolour artist and teacher in mElbourne, so the technique suited her well.
Beautiful etchings with mono print colour from Albury

Beautiful etchings with mono print colour from Albury

Abi Thompson from Wodonga made this beautiful etching (soft ground and aquatint) and combined it with a hand-painted mono print plate at Basil’s recent etching workshop held at Creators’ Artspace in Albury-Wodonga.
One more from the Griffith exhibition on now

One more from the Griffith exhibition on now

This famous dress, which John whipped up very quickly and which won the 1969 Australian Gown of the Year Award, shocked with its bold design and bare arms! Kerri Weymouth’s striking screen print and the gown itself made a great double act on one wall of the main room in...
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 in 2016

Silkscreen studio taking shape at BHE in 2016

The Canberra silkscreen studio was almost fully set up in early 2016.  We installed a new 2m exposure table in the darkroom to replace a tried and true sheet of plate glass and a piece of foam rubber, which we had successfully used for 20 years. New work for Mowandjum Arts in...
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 2017 almost full

Skopelos Workshop 2017 almost full

This year we are offering a double header in September! TWO tutors for the price of one: David Frazer and Basil will run a fortnight of printmaking in beautiful Skopelos from Sept 4-17. It will be Autumn and shoulder season, which means prices are good, it’s not too hot and...
BHE runs printmaking workshops in Braidwood

BHE runs printmaking workshops in Braidwood

This is an old entry showing Basil at his own studio in Braidwood, running an etching workshop in 2014 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...

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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The Canberra studio hosts another woodcut workshop

The Canberra studio hosts another woodcut workshop

This weekend I’m running another weekend workshop in Canberra for three locals and one Sydney visitor. We’re once again doing our popular coloured woodblock two-dayer; one that I’ve offered in communities up north, and, more recently, in Melbourne, Sydney, Armidale and Albury. Blocks have to be drawn, cut and hand-printed onto chine colle paper on...
Big month printing for Jilamara Arts

Big month printing for Jilamara Arts

Since I returned from the Tiwi Islands in May, the studio has been busy working on the 28 editions created by the Jilamara mob at that workshop. The first show of this new work isn’t until September at Nomad Art in Darwin, but with our absence for most of August and all September running the...
Yirrkala's Buku Print Space is busy as usual

Yirrkala’s Buku Print Space is busy as usual

A quiet moment after hours on Friday gave Basil a chance to photograph the busy Print Space at Buku Larnggay Mulka this week. He is working with the Yolngu printers primarily to train and to generate some new silkscreen prints and etchings. In the foreground, the screen table is loaded up with stencils for two...
A fortnight in the Buku Print Space, Yirrkala

A fortnight in the Buku Print Space, Yirrkala

Basil has found himself doing a surprise stint at Buku Larrnggay Mulka, Yirrkala’s State of the Art art centre in N-E Arnhem Land. He will be there for a fortnight, training printers, helping generate some new works and doing some editioning with Buku’s current printers, Rebecca, Bitharr and Dhamala. In the first few days, we...
A special event on Skopelos in 2017

A special event on Skopelos in 2017

During our Skopelos Printmaking in Paradise workshops last year, we witnessed a fabulous full moon rising over the bay on the Summer Solstice. Carefully balancing his camera on an upturned ouzo bottle, Basil captured this splendid event during dinner with his wife at one of their favourite tavernas on the paralia. Come and join us...
BHE's Skopelos Printmaking Workshop beckons in September

BHE’s Skopelos Printmaking Workshop beckons in September

This year’s group is getting ready for departure pretty soon for Basil Hall Editions’ 2017 Printmaking in Paradise on the beautiful island of Skopelos. Here’s a view of Skopelos Town from an early morning walk above the studio. Technically, we still have one vacancy in the workshop, to be conducted this year from Sept 4-17 by...
Copper plates fly at Creators Artspace in Albury

Copper plates fly at Creators Artspace in Albury

Creators Artspace, a gallery and access printmaking space in Albury-Wodonga, has just had Basil down for a four day workshop. Artspace is setting up its etching area for copper plate and Edinburgh Etch, so the 13 participants had fun doing hard ground, soft ground, sugar lift, mono print (colour plates) and aquatints (not necessarily all on...
BHE's first workshop in the Canberra studio

BHE’s first workshop in the Canberra studio

Basil Hall Editions is currently running its first workshop in the Canberra studio. First cab off the rank for this year is a colour woodblock workshop for four participants from Canberra and Sydney. At left, Don is making some adjustments to the fine block he drew and cut on the first day. Each artist has...
An old hand runs the prints through

An old hand runs the prints through

Artsworker at Jilamara Arts, Glenn Farmer has worked with many of Australia’s printmakers. Here he runs through an early proof of one of his own etchings, done during Basil’s recent workshop on Melville Island. Jilamara has a well-equipped printmaking room off the mens’ shed, and a fine collection of prints for sale in their gallery,...
Jilamara artists make new prints

Jilamara artists make new prints

Jilamara artist, Pius Tipungwuti working on an etching plate, while one of Conrad Tipungwuti’s plates dries in the foreground. Although the weather was pretty wet for Basil’s recent workshop on the island, over 20 artists turned up to make a new suite of etchings which Basil will print and Jilamara will publish in the coming...
BHE Workshop on Melville Is for Jilamara

BHE Workshop on Melville Is for Jilamara

Jilamara Arts Co-ordinator, Jackie Hocking, holding up a first proof by Tina Patlas during Basil’s recent workshop on Melville Island. Basil was there for 5 days, worked with 21 artists and together they have made 27 new etchings. Senior artists and newcomers alike were all included. The rain on the edge of Cyclone Frances belted down...
BHE is getting a new silkscreen printing table

BHE is getting a new silkscreen printing table

After 15 years of loyal service at Basil Hall Editions (yes, it’s our 15th  birthday this year!) the silkscreen table is being down-sized slightly. The table has done literally hundreds of editions, including Harry Tjutjuna’s one (shown in an earlier post) and Neil Emmerson’s Fremantle Prize-winning prints in 2006. We are purchasing a new vacuum table for the Canberra...