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
Lower East Side Printshop, New York www.printshop.org
March 12, 19, April 2, 9, 16 (five Wednesday evening classes)
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 (six Thursday evening classes)
Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado www.andersonranch.org
June 9 to 13, 2014 one week intensive
Frogman’s Print Workshop, Vermillion, South Dakota www.frogmans.net/
June 29 to July 4, 2014 one week intensive
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.
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
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102-3176
contact: Stephen McKenzie, Manager; Sue Smith, Administrative Assistant
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!
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.
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
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.