Classes

These classes are all in Mokuhanga, Japanese waterbased woodblock printmaking. This is the same technique used to print ukiyoe “prints of the floating world” during the Edo period. Classes include an overview of the history, and focus on the creation of an edition of a multiple color print. For more information, or to enroll in a class, contact me. Upcoming and past classes are listed. 2002-2007 classes

BOOK: Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop

VOLL_PCard2Book Publication Scheduled for July 7, 2015
Three years in the writing, a lifetime in the making, Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop, A Modern Guide to an Ancient Art, by April Vollmer, is being published by Watson-Guptill. A comprehensive handbook of materials, techniques and resources the book is intended to make this waterbased technique accessible to contemporary artists.
Watson-Guptill flier with upcoming publication information, release date and link to Amazon pre-order.

Upcoming Japanese Woodblock Classes

Cabrillo College, Aptos, California
One week class, January 19 to 23, 2015
a week-long class in beautiful Santa Cruz

Making Art Safely
One week class, July 13 to 17, 2015
a week-long class in exciting Santa Fe
following the Folk Art Festival weekend

Lower East Side Printshop
check soon for spring listing
306 West 37th St., 6th floor, New York, NY 10018

 

 

Cabrillo College Weekend, Santa Cruz, California

May 18 & 19, 2013

Mokuhaga: Japanese Waterbase Woodcut

This is an intensive weekend workshop that covers the basics of this traditional Japanese printmaking technique. Moku means wood and hanga can be translated as printmaking. It is the same water based technique used to create the famous ukiyo-e prints of 18th century Japan. Mokuhanga differs from western woodblock in that it is printed with watercolor and gouache, so no toxic solvents are used; it is printed with a hand held baren rather than a press; and it employs the accurate kento registration system, cut directly into the block. A final significant characteristic is the use of washi, handmade Japanese kozo fiber paper, especially suited for this kind of printing. The class will begin with a short discussion of the history of Japanese woodblock, and will include hands-on demonstrations of registration, cutting, and printing. Participants will create a small edition of multi-colored prints during the class.

The $30 fee includes blocks, color, Japanese paper, and the loan of cutting and printing tools for class.

10 am – 4 pm
Room V2008
Cabrillo College Extension Classes

Newark Museum Weekend Woodblock Class


2012 Spring Series: Special Workshops
Poetic Pastimes: Japan and the Art of Leisure Exhibition inspired programs
Mokuhanga, Japanese Water Base Woodcut with April Vollmer
all levels
Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Member: $162, Non-member: $180, Materials: $20

call 973-596-6607 or register on-line for 10% Members discount
Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102-3176
website: newarkmuseum.org

 

contact: Stephen McKenzie, Manager; Sue Smith, Administrative Assistant

FINISHED: Center for Contemporary Printmaking


Weekend Class for Mother’s Day, May 7 and 8, 2011

Center for Contemporary Printmaking
299 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850-4002
(203) 899-7999
Center for Contemporary Printmaking Website
Moku means wood, and hanga can be translated as printmaking. Both these classes will introduce contemporary artists to traditional Japanese woodblock printing, the same technique used by the Ukiyo-e artists of the 18th century. Moku hanga provides precise registration and great control over color and a connection to one of the most important chapters in the history of printmaking. Participants will cut and print a small edition of prints to learn about this nontoxic technique. We will cut blocks during the first half of class and print during the second half. Each class will begin with a discussion of a different aspect of Japanese woodblock, including tools, sharpening, printing techniques, and paper. All levels.

Also at CCP, this year’s October 2011 Monothon was a great success!

Photos of MONOTHON 2010

2011 Center for Contemporary Printmaking CLASS PHOTOS

FINISHED: Maine College of Art Weekend Class August 5, 6 & 7

August 6 & 7, 2011: MECA, Maine College of Art
weekend summer class in Portland, ME
MECA

This is an introduction to the traditional Japanese waterbase woodblock technique. Each participant will create an edition of woodblock prints in two colors. Students should bring tracing paper, pencils and a sketch of an idea for a print approximately 6 x 8 inches. Please bring cutting tools, the recommended set is the Power Grip 5-tool set, available at www.japanwoodworker.com Use of other tools, paper, wood, color and miscelaneous supplies are included in the materials fee.
2010-07-20-MECA Mokuhanga 2010

 

Frogman’s Press & Gallery Workshop

July 11 to 15, 2011
SUMMER Weeklong Intensive a Great Success!
Frogman’s Press & Gallery sponsored workshop at
Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota
Vermillion, South Dakota
Frogmans Print and Paper Workshops

MOKU HANGA, JAPANESE WOODCUT
 
APRIL VOLLMER

This class is an introduction to traditional Japanese woodblock printing for contemporary artists. Hanga woodcut is the water-based woodcut technique that evolved in Japan during the Edo period. Moku means wood and hanga can be translated as printmaking. The technique offers precise registration, bright, lightfast color, and requires no press or solvents. This workshop includes an historical overview of Japanese woodblock, and focuses on ways this technique can be useful to artists by helping them design, cut and print an edition of their own. The workshop includes the use and maintenance of Japanese cutting tools, the kento registration system, printing with a baren, the use of water-based pigments, and a discussion of washi, handmade Japanese paper.

 

April Vollmer earned her MFA in printmaking from Hunter College in 1983, and learned Japanese woodblock after she established her own studio in lower Manhattan. She traveled to Japan in the fall of 2004 to work with the Nagasawa Art Park woodcut program and she has taught workshops at Japan Society, the Lower East Side Printshop, Pyramid Atlantic, the Women’s Studio Workshop, Dieu Donne Papermill and many other locations. Each year Vollmer demonstrates Japanese woodblock at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Cherry Blossom Festival. In 2007 she had a major exhibition at the Steinhardt Gallery there. In 2008 she traveled to Belgrade, Serbia, for an exhibition of her woodcuts at the Faculty of Fine Arts. Her work has been published in journals including Science, Printmaking Today and Contemporary Impressions. For more information please visit www.aprilvollmer.com.

Frogman Workshop 2011
2011-07-13-Frogman bowling

Classes 2002 to 2007

Photos of Classes 2002 to 2007


Overview www.aprilvollmer.com/workshops
Lower East Side Printshop, 2010 picasaweb.google.com/aprilvollmer/
Anderson Ranch Class, 2007 www.aprilvollmer.com/anderson07/
Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshops, Vermillion, SD, 2007 www.aprilvollmer.com/gomissouri
Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshops Dress Code, Vermillion, SD www.aprilvollmer.com/tees
Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, 2006 www.aprilvollmer.com/kala2006
New Hope for Art, 2006 www.aprilvollmer.com/newhope06/
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sakura Matsuri, NY, 2006 www.aprilvollmer.com/bbg06
Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz, CA, 2005 www.aprilvollmer.com/cabrillo05 NOT
Art Center at Old Church, 2005 www.aprilvollmer.com/oldchurchhanga
Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz, CA, 2005 www.aprilvollmer.com/cabrillo05
MakingArtSafely, Santa Fe, NM, 2005 www.aprilvollmer.com/IAIA05/
Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshops, Vermillion, SD, 2004 www.aprilvollmer.com/frogman04/
Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY, 2004 www.aprilvollmer.com/wsw04/
MakingArtSafely, Santa Fe, NM, 2004 www.aprilvollmer.com/santafe/
Brookyn Botanic Garden Sakura Matsuri, 2004 www.aprilvollmer.com/sakura04/
Brookyn Botanic Garden Sakura Matsuri, 2003 www.aprilvollmer.com/bbg/
Druckstelle Workshop, Berlin, Germany, 2003 www.aprilvollmer.com/berlin/
Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, 2003 www.aprilvollmer.com/kala/
Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, 2002 www.aprilvollmer.com/kalaclass/