New Book: Living on the Edge

Just published: Living on the Edge, Black Bird/White Bird at the Cliffs, a new book based on April Vollmer’s recent bird photography.

Book: Living on the Edge

Living on the Edge is a collection of photographs of black and white birds taken along the northern California Pacific shore during the winter of 2020. The white birds are great egrets and snowy egrets, the black birds are crows and ravens. These are all common birds, managing along a thin edge of possibility. They are common because they are so adaptable, living along the cliffs at the edge of the ocean, and at the margins of human activity. They are experts at calculating exactly how much energy to spend avoiding close contact with humans.

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2016 Japanese Art Society of America Lecture

Wednesday, November 2, 6:00 pm
Japanese Art Society of America at The Marymount School
1026 Fifth Avenue, between 83rd and 84th Streets, New York
Mokuhanga in Translation: Printing, Writing and Teaching: the World of Japanese Woodcuts

Join us for a lecture by April Vollmer, a New York–based artist and printmaker who specializes in mokuhanga, Japanese woodcut printmaking. Ms. Vollmer received an MFA from Hunter College, has exhibited her work internationally and has taught workshops across the U.S. Awards include fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts,and the Nagasawa Art Park program in Japan. Her work has been published in journals including Science, Contemporary Impressions and Art in Print. She was on the board of the First and Second International Mokuhanga Conferences in Japan and her book, Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop, was released by Watson-Guptill in 2015. Reservations are required: please visit JASA Calendar of Events.
April Vollmer, Three of Hearts, 12 x 12 inches, mokuhanga and gold leaf


2015 MakingArtSafely, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2015 July 13 to 17

This intensive week long class begins following Santa Fe’s famous International Folk Art Market, July 10, 11 and 13  (, 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.

The class photo: great students!
Artists posing with prints from the 2013 class!


7506 A Old Santa Fe Trail

Santa Fe, NM 87505-9538


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2013 The Printmaking Center of New Jersey

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 provides precise registration and great control over color and a connection to an important chapter in the history of printmaking. Each class will begin with a discussion of a different aspect of Japanese woodblock. All levels welcome.

Japanese Waterbase PRINTING ONLY DAY with April Vollmer
Wednesday, June 19, 10am – 4pm
Fees: M: $ 190. , NM: $205. Materials Fee: $30
This class will focus on getting a good print from your blocks using waterbased media applied with Japanese printing brushes and printed with a baren. Blocks created for the technique with kento registration marks cut into the block will work best. Blocks of other wood are welcome.

for more information and to register please visit:

Printmaking Center of New Jersey
440 River Rd
Branchburg, NJ 08876
Phone: (908) 725-2110

2012 Newark Museum Weekend Woodblock Class

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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

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


Robert Blackburn Printmaking Studio[singlepic id=70 w=320 h=240 float=left]
323 West 39th Street
New York, NY 10018
Through NOV. 6, 2011Opening reception: Friday, October 14, 2011, 6:00pm – 9:00pmClosing reception: Friday, November 4, 2011, 6:00pm – 8:00pmBlackburn 20/20 is an exhibition space operated by Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. RBPMW 2011 Annual Member Show is an exhibition featuring the work of current RBPMW members showcasing a variety of fine art printmaking techniques: lithographs, etchings, woodcuts, artist books and digital prints.