April Vollmer is a New York artist and printmaker who works primarily in mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock. She also makes drawings, collages, books and digital prints. She teaches regularly at the Lower East Side Printshop and has given workshops across the country. Her prints have been exhibited internationally. Her work has been published in journals including Science, Printmaking Today and Contemporary Impressions, and she recently completed writing a full length book: Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop,
for more details about the book visit www.japanesewoodblockprintworkshop.com.

BOOK: Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop

November 01st 2016

Book Publication NEW RELEASE DATE: August 4, 2015 Three years in the writing, 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. Press Release–Japanese […]


MakingArtSafely, Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 2015

April 14th 2015

July 13 to 17, 2015 This intensive week long class begins following Santa Fe’s famous International Folk Art Market, July 10, 11 and 13  (www.folkartmarket.org), 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. […]


Lower East Side Printshop Spring 2015 Class

February 16th 2015

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 […]


2014 Exhibitions

March 24th 2014

  November 7 – December 14, 2014 NEW YORK MOKUHANGA New York Mokuhanga at Kentler Water-based Woodblock Prints Curator: Florence Neal Photos of the exhibition and printing demonstration are here. Artists: Takuji Hamanaka, Ursula Schneider, Yasu Shibata, April Vollmer     Past Exhibitions: February 19 to April 18, 2014 Abstract American Mokuhanga, Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, […]


Spring 2014 Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sakura Matsuri

March 22nd 2014

Spring 2012
I will be demonstrating mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock printmaking at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Cherry Blossom Festival. For more information visit the Garden’s website here.



Upcoming Japanese Woodblock Classes

October 02nd 2013

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 […]


GLIMPSE at Western Wyoming Community College

March 09th 2013

GLIMPSE Printmaking Exhibition, with Debra Pearlman ROCK SPRINGS — The Western Wyoming Community College Art Gallery will present Glimpse, the varied work of two printmakers, April Vollmer and Debra Pearlman, March 8 through April 25. Friday, March 8, 2013 through Thursday, April 25, 2013 Western Wyoming Community College Art Gallery 2500 College Drive Rock Springs, […]


Material Muse: Japanese Paper Inspiring Print

February 19th 2013

Southern Graphics Council International Conference March 20-23, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Hosted by: Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) and Peck School of the Arts (PSOA) Portfolio Exhibition: Material Muse: Japanese paper inspiring print organized by Sigrid Blohm, the Japanese Paper Place The twelve artists included in this portfolio each work differently, but all […]


Grabado y Edición Publication: Japanese Woodblock Renaissance

February 18th 2013

  Grabado y Edición is a bi-lingual Spanish/English review of new ideas in printmaking. This month’s edition includes my article on the history of mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock printing. It begins with an historical overview of the use of the technique from ukioyo-e prints of the 18th Century through the sosaku individualist printmakers of the early […]


The Printmaking Center of New Jersey

February 18th 2013

Mokuhanga Japanese Woodblock with April Vollmer Wednesday, June 5 & June 12, 10am – 4pm Fees: M: $300, NM: $325. Materials Fee: $40 This two-day workshop is an introduction to traditional Japanese woodblock printing for contemporary artists. Each student will cut and print an edition of color prints to learn about this non-toxic technique. Mokuhanga […]


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