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.

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.


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
Vermillion
APRIL VOLLMER CLASS PHOTOS

BOWLING PHOTOS

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.

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