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Workshops in the Silk Cut Print Room

The Silk Cut Foundation conduct a variety printmaking classes in our print room & gallery facility. Our workshops are open to the general public and have a capacity of up to 6 people.

Surrounded by over 50 prints entered in previous Silk Cut Awards, you'll be inspired to learn and create whilst participating while spending time in our print room.

We guarantee our workshops offer the most professional training and advice available in all forms of printmaking.

Additionally, you will meet other artists, learn new skills, take home some wonderful prints and generally have a good time!

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Also Suitable for Teacher's Professional Development

All of our workshops in The Silk Cut Print Room are suitable for teacher's Professional Development (PD).

Many teachers have found our workshops provide a unique opportunity to develop their printmaking skills in a creative, professional and rewarding environment.

Our tutors emphasize best practice for both print rooms and classrooms alike and focus on informing participants of the correct methods to use for themselves and also when teaching printmaking to students of all ages.

Specifically for teachers, participants are given valuable information on where to source printmaking materials suitable for the classroom and are also given advice on how to enter their student’s work into the annual Silk Cut Award for linocut prints.

Teachers -We Can Invoice Your School!
If you are teacher wanting your school to pay for your tuition, please select our convenient 'Invoice To School' option in the booking form payment section.

Our Resident Tutors

The Silk Cut Print Room boasts the services of three of Melbourne's most creative printmakers:
Bridget Hillebrand, Heather Shimmen and Antonietta Covino-Beehre.

All three are professional artists and have been recipients of many awards including (collectively): 2 x Grand Prizes for the Silk Cut Award & the Fremantle Print Award.

  • Antonietta Covino-Beehre
    Antonietta Covino-Beehre

    Antonietta Covino-Beehre holds a Master of Arts from Monash University. She has also attended the lithography workshop/ residency at Tamarind Institute in 2008, at the University of Mexico in Albuquerque, USA.

    The last several years has seen her teaching printmaking at Monash University and Federation University in Ballarat. Antonietta’s work has previously won the Fremantle Print Award and has recently been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia via the Silk Cut Award.

    Antonietta was born in Avelino, Italy and arrived in Australia with her parents at a young age. Her imagery is inspired by Italian history and folklore, and its juxtaposition within her multi-cultural family life in Melbourne. Her works incorporate multiple disciplines including: printmaking, sculpture, drawing and photography.

    Antonietta uses printmaking techniques in her work as a platform to create art, allowing her to explore themes and ideas of love, loss, the surreal and at times the political.

  • Bridget Hillebrand
    Bridget Hillebrand

    Bridget Hillebrand is a professional artist with over 20 years experience teaching, conducting workshops, lectures and artist in residencies and is currently completing her practice-based PhD at Monash University.

    Bridget has won a number of printmaking awards including the Silk Cut Award and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.

    Her work is represented in major public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

  • Heather Shimmen
    Heather Shimmen

    Heather Shimmen was born in Melbourne and her career as an artists spans 36 years. She is both a painter and printmaker.She has held 19 Solo Exhibitions and been in over 300 group shows some travelling throughout Australia and Internationally, notably ' From Kandinsky to Cornielle, Linoleum in the 21st Century' Cobra Museum, Amsterdam.

    She recieved a BA in Painting at RMIT in 1978 and has been awarded 2 Visual Arts Award Grants,The Silk Cut Grand Prize, Highly Commended Burnie Print Prize , purchased from Geelong Print Prize, Warnambool Print Prize, Banyule Print Prize Forbo Collection, Netherlands and number of others.

    She is in many public and private collections .including NGA, Art Gallery of SA, Australian War Memorial, Deakin University and Queensland Art Gallery. Heather has worked teaching in a number of instiutions including as a lecturer at RMIT University, The Australian Catholic University, Monash University, Deakin University, NMIT,RMIT Tafe and has run many workshops in printmaking.