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About the Course
Eight weeks of traditional Japanese watercolour woodblock printmaking with Carol Wilhide Justin who trained at MI-Lab in Japan and RCA. You'll learn the processes to turn your ideas into a colour woodblock print. Suitable for all levels of experience. This course is also available as a two week course, see our website for details.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Understand the key concepts behind Japanese Woodcut
Work from drawings to design woodcut and make colour separations
Cut the woodblock safely and with increasing confidence
Learn how to achieve delicate nuanced prints using watercolour and hand pressure
Develop skills, personal visual language and critical decision making
Engage in group crits, demonstrations and discussions around technique, artists' work and other students' work
Class format and activities
At beginning of course the first session will be discussing key concepts of Japanese Woodcut and assessing students. The expectation is that many of the students will be complete beginners and will require careful instruction, however there may be students with some experience who have attended the short courses who will need to be encouraged to explore Japanese woodcut at a deeper level. So a two tier class will take place with the more experienced students able to carry on with existing projects and/or engage with the beginners class to impart ideas and knowledge. Over the term we will look at the history of mokuhanga, work from student's drawings to make an appropriate design for woodcut, demonstrate safe cutting techniques, and explore the many different approaches to create nuanced watercolour prints.
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.
Maximum number of students 12.
Age range 30-80
No previous experience necessary, complete beginners welcome
What you need to know before you enrol
Health & Safety information will be given at the start of the course and subsequent lessons where necessary. You will be asked to sign a form declaring that you agree to follow procedures as advised. Some chemicals used may be harmful in pregnancy, and some may cause irritation in very rare cases. Please let the tutor know if you are pregnant or have any sensitivities and they will advise you as to necessary precautions..
Note: at present there is no wheelchair access to the print studio, and the studios are on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building. If you have any mobility issues please contact the department prior to enrolling.
What you will need for your class
Please bring your own woodcutting tools if you have them. Please bring images, ideas, and ideally a sketchbook to work with for initial woodcut.
No aprons required. Woodblocks and paper for sale- all other materials provided: tools, watercolours and printing tools. If you want to but your own tools, brushes etc, your tutor will advise on suppliers and what best to buy.
What you can do next:
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