2013 Cabrillo College Weekend, Santa Cruz, California

May 18 & 19, 2013

Blue Vortex, 2005, woodcut on dyed paper with gold flecks, 26 x 26 inches

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

2012 Center for Contemporary Printmaking Spring Class

June 17 to 20, 2012
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. This class introduces contemporary artists to traditional Japanese woodblock printing, the same technique used by the Ukiyo-e artists of the 18th century. Mokuhanga provides precise registration, great 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.

2011 Center for Contemporary Printmaking CLASS PHOTOS

2011 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

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.

2011 Frogman’s Printmaking Workshop

April and John Timothy at Pro's for Frogman Bowling Tournament
April and John Timothy at Pro’s for Frogman Bowling Tournament

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


MOKUHANGA, 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 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.