Upcoming Classes and Events

2013 MakingArtSafely class photo
2013 MakingArtSafely class

Mokuhanga classes provide an introduction to traditional Japanese woodblock printing, with precise registration, rich color, and a connection to an important chapter in the history of printmaking.


Upcoming Mokuhanga Classes

Join us in beautiful Barcelona at Art Print Residence
September 10 to 14, 2018.  Last year’s class photos are here.
Mokuhanga teacher in Spain

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Upcoming Conferences
Southern Graphics Council International, Las Vegas, Nevada
April 4 to 7, 2018
Altered Landscapes
Participating in Themed Portfolio of woodcuts:  Sustained Ingrain from East To West

IMPACT 9, ENCUENTRO in Santander, Spain September 1 to 9, 2018

The International Mokuhanga Conference (IMC2017) took place in Hawaii September 28 to October 1, 2017.
Photos of the conference, which included ninety-nine participants from sixteen countries are here. Planning is underway for 2020.

the First Internatinoal Mokuhanga Conference
the First International Mokuhanga Conference














2016 Morgan Conservatory Class, Talk and Book Signing

The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation
Cleveland, Ohio
August 27 and 28, 2016
A two day mokuhanga class
with an evening talk and book signing on Friday, August 26

This is an amazing place in a converted machine shop dedicated to handmade paper. They grow kozo fiber and make paper in addition to a busy class schedule.

Photos of my mokuhanga class and talk are here.


2016 MakingArtSafely, Santa Fe, NM

Two Times Two, 1998, mokuhanga woodcut, 37 x 17 inches
Two Times Two, 1998, mokuhanga woodcut, 37 x 17 inches

July 11 to 15, 2016

This intensive week long class begins following Santa Fe’s famous International Folk Art Market, July 8 9 and 10, so come a little early to enjoy this world renowned festival. The class takes place in Santa Fe at the studios of MakingArtSafely, devoted to promoting environmentally friendly printmaking techniques. Making Art Safely

This class is an opportunity to explore the water-based Japanese woodblock technique called mokuhanga in Japanese. It is the same technique used to print the classic ukiyo-e prints of Hokusai and Utamaro, and evolved in Japan during the Edo period from Chinese precedents and has many unique qualities.  Shading and other amazing effects are achievable due to the very different approach to printing a block from Eurocentric techniques.

Each participant will create an edition of multi-colored prints on handmade paper to learn about this flexible, non-toxic method. Each day a different aspect of Japanese woodblock will be presented, including tools and sharpening, the kento registration system, pigments and ink, printing with a baren, Japanese paper, and specialized printing techniques such as goma and bokashi. While a knowledge of printmaking basics will be helpful, this class should be rewarding to beginners as well as more advanced printmakers.

7506 A Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505-9538

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2015 Lower East Side Printshop Spring Class

Delta print
mokuhanga print

May 11-15, 2015

One week intensive, five days 10:00 am to 2:00 pm each day.

While a familiarity with woodblock  will be useful, all levels are welcome. We will create and print a small edition of waterbased woodblock prints with the Japanese technique of printing with a baren.

Lower East Side Printshop

306 West 37th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY



2012 The Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine

Winter Solstice, 2009, mokuhanga woodcut, 26 x 26 inches

August 16, 2012, Monday to Thursday
Four days: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Farnsworth Museum Class information

Location: Gamble Education Center

This class is an introduction to traditional Japanese woodblock printing. Each person will cut and print an edition of color prints to learn about this non-toxic technique. Mokuhanga provides precise registration and great control over color and a connection to an important chapter in the history of printmaking. 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.
April Vollmer is an artist and printmaker living in New York City who primarily works in mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock, but also makes drawings, collages and books. She teaches mokuhanga regularly at the Lower East Side Printshop, and has also given workshops at the Japan Society, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Pyramid Atlantic, Frogman’s Print and Paper, the Women’s Studio Workshop and many other locations.
Class size: limited to 12 students
Cost: $318 members, $366 nonmembers (includes $30 materials fee)
Location: Gamble Education Center
Materials List: provided upon registration