Basil has just returned from running two workshops in Victoria, as part of the annual Grampians Brushes series of art offerings. Over 360 participants and 16 tutors were on hand for the week at Hall’s Gap, and much fun was had by all. Basil ran a two day woodblock workshop followed by a four day etching one, so his 21 students either cut and hand printed wood blocks in colour or worked on a variety of intaglio media; such as hard ground, soft ground, sugar lift, aquatint and drypoint. Even first time etchers were able to produce two plate colour etchings over the four days, while the weekend mob hand-printed their blocks onto Japanese papers and applied coloured pigment using the same technique Basil has been introducing in indigenous communities and on a couple of other occasions in NSW. Our final exhibitions were fast and furious as people desperately tried to see what everyone had done in their respective workshops before they jumped into cars for their (sometimes) long trips home to country centres in Victoria.
BHE at Grampians Brushes in Victoria
September 21, 2015 Basil Hall