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Advanced Japanese woodcut - Morley College, London

Advanced Japanese woodcut - Morley College, London

About the Course

This course over three sessions is for those who have already taken a basic Japanese woodblock class. It will focus on learning and practising more advanced techniques and texture. Limited to 12 participants.

This is an intensive 3 session course that covers more advanced aspects of the traditional Japanese Woodcut printmaking process – mokuhanga. Japanese Woodcut is a versatile process and differs from western (oil based ink) woodblock in that it is a water based and non-toxic technique, using watercolour pigment, wood block, Japanese carving tools, rice paste and Japanese paper to create beautiful refined prints. It is printed entirely by hand without a printing press. The tutor Carol Wilhide Justin is a practising Japanese Woodcut printmaker having learned her technique from Japanese senseis at MI-Lab in Fujikawaguchiko, Japan. Japanese Woodcut formed the basis for her MA Degree Show at RCA last year.

By the end of the course you will be able to
how to get a uniform flat colour ‘betazurie’
be able to employ different types of graduated shading -brushed on ‘bokashi,’ cut ‘itabokashi’ and joining shaded colours together ‘tsukewase’
learn how to introduce texture such as gomazuri [texture], wood grain ‘mokume’ and embossing ‘karazuri’.
Understand and be able to use stencils ‘kappazurie’
The use of a kento ban (floating kento).
Class format and activities
Each participant will already have learned how to design, carve and print an edition of multi-coloured woodblock prints. They will also know the kento registration system. In this class students will focus on learning and practising more advanced techniques and textures.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements
The course is intended for those students who have already taken a basic Japanese Woodblock class.

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Pedro Diego at Morley College London
61 Westminster Bridge Road
Lambeth, London
Greater London
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