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Japanese woodblock printing - two day course

Japanese woodblock printing course

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Japanese woodblock printmaking (Mokuhanga) - two day course.

Japanese woodblock printmaking (Mokuhanga) is a traditional Japanese art which has long been admired by Westerners, ever since it first came to the attention of (and greatly influenced) the Impressionists in the 19th century. It is a form of relief printing which uses a unique registration system, together with compatible materials - the carved woodblocks, Japanese paper (washi), and water based pigments. The press is hand held (a baren), and other equipment includes special chisels and brushes. The technique is low tech and environmentally friendly. The particular combination of materials and processes results in the unique quality of a Mokuhanga print.

The main difference between a wood engraving and a woodcut is that where the latter is cut on the plank , the former is cut on the end grain. Hence different tools are usually employed.

Rowan, who travelled to Japan specifically to learn Mokuhanga, will help you immerse yourself in Japanese aesthetics for 2 days, in this introduction to a beautiful and complex artform.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Includes all materials (please bring your own packed lunch).


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  • Corporate days out & team building
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  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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2 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Next available date

7th November 2020

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In-person course
- - #19814

I felt guided every step of the way through the one day course, Rowan is a highly competent and knowledgeable Japanese Woodblock Print Teacher. It was a great achievement for us all to produce our own non-toxic prints, I am looking forward to attending the two day course with Rowan.

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- - #19424

It was a delight to experience a new form of printmaking using organic materials and media. Rowan prepared good notes for the course in advance and supported the practical work with her enthusiasm for the art form and for her time spent developing her skill in Japan.

Response from Rowan Mconegal:

Thanks for your feedback Marion, much appreciated. I'm so pleased that you have enjoyed the courses that you have come on.

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