OUR 11th CREATIVE PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP IN FLORENCE May 2021 Cancelled 
Hopefully we can soon start planning for 2022 when the world is safe again

A joyful experience at Il Bisonte. 2017

I learnt so much ... about wonderful printmaking techniques to keep me playing for a long long time. Also learnt lots about travelling again, Florence, food, people, having fun and renewing my love of things Italian. Thanks for providing a great life experience.               Chris C

Imagine a holiday where you can indulge your passions for printmaking and art amidst the historical background of Florence in springtime…. Imagine enjoying wonderful Florentine food, perusing the shops and markets of the local piazzas and taking in the myriad of sights this jewel of the renaissance has to offer.  Imagine soaking up the springtime Tuscan atmosphere, follow in the footsteps of artistic greats and channelling it all to inspire you to create your very own prints that can be treasured for a lifetime along with the memories of a unique holiday experience.

We have a great programme for our tenth Annual Workshop at the inspiring Il Bisonte Studio, including all the favourites such as our walk with Elisabetta Cappuggi the Tuscan art historian and intensive instruction during two and a half weeks of lessons.

Read about...  Florence Workshop  2015

Simone Guaita -   the manager of

il Bisonte admiring the 2017 book

We make a book for every participant - a wonderful memento to take home along with the portfolio of lovely prints you create.

Each year we have return students  who love the course.

A student's experiences at our Florence workshop

Think about taking an apartment for your stay in the historical centre to fully appreciate the old city. Extend your visit a few days either side of the workshop to get the real measure of Florentine life. Rental costs of apartments vary to suit all pockets, it is an economical way to live in Florence as you can prepare the occasional meal at home with the wonderful fresh produce available from one of the fabulous markets. The rental cost for 4 weeks is often just a little more than a 2 week rental, if you can spare the time this is a great idea. We can guide you with information about the best areas to stay and reliable agents. Sharing with a printmaking friend is a good idea, the rent is halved and you have a like minded friend to discuss the day's class and enjoy the sights as you stroll in the evening. 

 

Cover
Cover

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Jim Josephsen
Jim Josephsen

Tuscany Waterless Lithograph and Collagraph

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Robin Ezra
Robin Ezra

Ponte del Diavolo Etching

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Cover

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Above: Images from the 2018 Florence Book

Below: Images from our 2017 Florence Workshop Book with a print from each participant

Images of the prints in the 2017 Florence workshop book
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Come and study Creative Printmaking Techniques in the beautiful surrounds of Florence, the art capital and cultural epicentre of the western world.


Participants at any level of experience are welcome from beginners to practicing printmakers, book artists, papermakers and painters.

Enjoy 60 hours of studio based teaching where you will receive personalised instruction alongside other printmakers in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

During the workshop we will take the mystery out of our printmaking processes, creating plates by various methods.

 

Il Bisonte is situated in the picturesque neighbourhood of San Niccolo, a stone’s throw away from such cultural delights as the Pitti Palace, the Uffizzi, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce and the Piazzle Michelangelo.

The school studios are well equipped with numerous etching presses, hotplates and inking tables.

In addition, there is a comfortable outdoor courtyard, and historic Stella presses are on permanent exhibit at the entrance. 

​Students can also enjoy browsing the workshop's impressive print collection, as well as viewing rotating shows in the Il Bisonte gallery.


The course includes: 60 hours of tuition, welcome dinner, a comprehensive set of notes, most materials and a walking tour with an art historian.

 

​An appetite & ​enthusiasm for all things aesthetic are the only prerequisites as you soak up all this city of timeless masterpieces has to offer

Enjoy 60 hours of studio based tuition  and practice hands-on Aluminium Etching and Waterless Lithography
​Our classes are held in the inspiring atmosphere of Il Bisonte studio.
Celebrate all of life’s greatest pleasures art, history, food & travel in a setting like no other
​Join printmakers Robin Ezra & Annie Day in the historic heart of Florence at Il Bisonte, the world famous printmaking studio that has collaborated with artists such as Picasso and Moore​
 
To register your interest  email us  robin@annieday.com.au 
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Annie Day & Robin Ezra - Front Cover
Annie Day & Robin Ezra - Front Cover

"Tomba Etrusca" 3 plate waterless lithograph. Showing musicians from an Etruscan tomb

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Chris Pullin "Relief....Print"
Chris Pullin "Relief....Print"

Waterless Lithograph

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Jon Reithmuller "Relic"
Jon Reithmuller "Relic"

Photopolymer plate, inked Hayter technique

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Deb McKinlay "Giardino"
Deb McKinlay "Giardino"

Etching

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Kate Furnell "Stems"
Kate Furnell "Stems"

Waterless Lithograph 3 plates

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Cate Bailey "Lemon"
Cate Bailey "Lemon"

Waterless Lithograph 2 plates

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Jenni Birch "La Brocca"
Jenni Birch "La Brocca"

Etching

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Liz Burch "Faces"
Liz Burch "Faces"

Waterless Lithograph

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Gill Bourke "Etruscan Lady"
Gill Bourke "Etruscan Lady"

Waterless Lithograph 5 plates

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Hillary Pollock "Oleo"
Hillary Pollock "Oleo"

Waterless Lithograph

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Robin Ezra & Annie Day - Back cover
Robin Ezra & Annie Day - Back cover

"Tomba Etrusca" 3 plate waterless lithograph. Showing musicians from an Etruscan tomb

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New Sisters portrait other way
New Sisters portrait other way
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Looking for an apartment in Florence:

We have a golden rule, always ask 'what floor' because the old medieval stairs are just a little higher than those at home and even the fittest amongst us may find it difficult at the end of a busy day. We opt for an apartment with an elevator if it's over one floor up.

The area you choose is very important as the studio is in San Niccolo in the Oltrarno - the other side of the river. It's good to be able to walk to the studio.

Best areas are Piazza della Signoria - near Uffizzi - Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce.  Find the area on a map and avoid the very steep hill near the Boboli gardens.

Please check with us first to be sure.

 

Windows on Italy www.windowsonitaly.com 

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Apartments in Florence, www.apartmentsinflorence.net

Apartments Florence www.apartmentsflorence.it/apartment

 

Photos at far left show our current apartment in Piazza Mentana, 10 minute walk to the studio and on the right the huge five bedroom apartment we previously rented overlooking the Duomo, 20 minute walk.

Sharing an apartment can be very economical and a great way to experience living in Florence.  We love shopping in the stunning markets for beautiful fresh food  to prepare in our apartment.

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Rob and Deb.jpg
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Uffizzi roof.jpg
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Classmates enjoying a drink
Classmates enjoying a drink
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Fruit.jpg
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Fresco S Croce.jpg
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On the Arno
On the Arno
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S Croce.jpg
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Inlay S Croce.jpg
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Classmates
Classmates
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Annie
Annie
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Chris.jpg
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In the office.jpg
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Caterina
Caterina
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Annie Day - Simonetta - 2010 waterless lithograph19.5 x 22.5 cm wide
Annie Day - Simonetta - 2010 waterless lithograph19.5 x 22.5 cm wide
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Class at Il Bargello
Class at Il Bargello
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Robin
Robin
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One man band.
One man band.
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Cary.
Cary.
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Lorna and Annie
Lorna and Annie
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Dinny and Jon
Dinny and Jon
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Ally Boyd with Robin and Annie
Ally Boyd with Robin and Annie
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S Trinita Bridge
S Trinita Bridge
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Collagraph, Annie
Collagraph, Annie

After Fra Lippi's self portrait

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Lorna
Lorna
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The Loggia
The Loggia
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Samantha
Samantha
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Jenny & Barbara
Jenny & Barbara
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Priest from S Nicolo
Priest from S Nicolo
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Chris
Chris
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Kathie and Annie
Kathie and Annie
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Chris Pullin
Chris Pullin

Cover of this year's book Il Bisonte 2013

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Diana Perry
Diana Perry

Pinto Putti

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Lorna Ryan Burden
Lorna Ryan Burden

My Time

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Helen Dubrovich
Helen Dubrovich

Leopard and the Butterfly

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Chris Pullin
Chris Pullin

Man in Doubt

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Cary James
Cary James

Untitled

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Robin Ezra
Robin Ezra

Danza Etrusca

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Annie Day
Annie Day

Nella Tomba

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Jon Reithmuller
Jon Reithmuller

Shirl's Corner

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Florence Workshop
Book 2013

 

Images at left show the cover and all pages with a print from each participant using waterless lithography or aluminium etching - both safer printmaking techniques.

 

 

Lorna Ryan Burden Etching
Lorna Ryan Burden Etching
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Diana Perry Waterless Lithograph
Diana Perry Waterless Lithograph
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Diana Perry Waterless Lithograph
Diana Perry Waterless Lithograph
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Chris Pullin Waterless Lithograph
Chris Pullin Waterless Lithograph
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Cary James Etching
Cary James Etching
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Jon Riethmuller Etching
Jon Riethmuller Etching
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Helen Dubrovich
Helen Dubrovich
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Cary James Waterless Lithograph
Cary James Waterless Lithograph
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Jon Riethmuller Waterless Lithograph
Jon Riethmuller Waterless Lithograph
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Helen Dubrovich Waterless Lithograph
Helen Dubrovich Waterless Lithograph
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Diana Perry Waterless Lithograph
Diana Perry Waterless Lithograph
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Jon Riethmuller Waterless Lithograph
Jon Riethmuller Waterless Lithograph
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Pages from the 2015 Florence workshop book with an image from each participantChris, Jon, Liz, Judy, Roz, Jenny, & Ali with Robin and Annie

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