More Painterly Collagraphs with Basil Hall ( October 19/20, 2024)



October 19/20, 2024



6 hours per day/12 hours in total

Location CAW, Studio B
Address 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT
Class size 12
Price $305.00 (including GST): CAW Member | ASOC Coupon 

$381.00 (including GST): Non-Member

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Following the success of this 2023 workshop at CAW, Basil Hall will introduce further techniques for creating beautiful prints using collagraph plates. Collagraphs are usually printed from an inexpensive matrix made of modelled and textured card, rather than the metal plates traditionally used in etching. Ply, masonite, old etching plates and perspex are other surfaces that can be used as a surface on which to build up and cut away a design or image.

The workshop will involve looking at many of the ways in which the plates can be built up in a painterly way or carved into to create the lines, tones and textures you want in your finished print. Once the plates have been made and varnished, Basil will spend some time discussing different intaglio and relief printing techniques, a la poupée inking, viscosity over-rolls and multi-plate colour printing. Participants will be able to proof and print their images in full colour. Collagraph prints are inked up and printed in a similar way to etching plates and look every bit as crisp and dynamic as their more famous counterparts. Bring your imagination and a sense of adventure. Two fun days of cutting, painting, peeling, varnishing, sanding, collaging, inking and rolling up await you.

Materials list

What to ask everyone to bring:

Old clothes

Rags for clean up

Disposable gloves (a packet of the close fitting ones; not the big formless floppy ones or washing up gloves)

A pencil and some small-medium round and flat brushes, suitable for gluing and gessoing.

Ideas in the form of drawings, photos, iPads

Small Exacto or Olfa cutting knife with replaceable blades

Other printmaking tools that they think might make interesting marks

Any interesting textural stuff such as a variety of papers, tissue, corrugated card, thin card, old textured wallpapers, cereal box card, fine bandage, glad wrap, thin wet and dry sandpaper, fine fabric and even some more organic things like oats, lichen, salt and other fine plant material, as listed above.

About the tutor

Basil Hall has been working as an artist and a collaborating printer with artists since graduating from Canberra School of Art (CSA) in the 80s. From 1987 until 1996 he was Director of Studio One, Canberra’s access printmaking and editioning workshop. He also taught at CSA and assisted his mentor, Jorg Schmeisser, edition his prints.

A valuable research trip to studios and workshops overseas followed, as a result of 1995 Churchill Fellowship. A short time after his return to Australia, he was appointed printmaking lecturer at the Northern Territory University. Here he also gathered a group of experienced printmakers and ran the University’s Northern Editions before leaving to found his own business, Basil Hall Editions, in 2002 with many of the same staff.

Basil and the group made prints with many hundreds of artists from over 55 Art Centres in Central Australia, Arnhem Land, the Tiwi Islands and Kimberley area of Western Australia, travelling regularly to remote aboriginal communities and other locations in Australia and overseas to work on printmaking projects.

Basil is now based in Canberra, ACT but continues to run workshops and collaborate with artists Australia-wide and in Skopelos, Greece, each year. He occasionally makes prints under his own name too.




Skill level

All comers


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