Vollmer actively promotes cultural exchange through a study of mokuhanga, Japanese waterbased woodcut. She has taught many classes and given lectures on contemporary mokuhanga. She is on the advisory board of the International Mokuhanga Association.
MOKUHANGA BOOKS Laitinen, Kari, Tuula Moilanen, & Antti Tanttu. The Art and Craft of Woodblock Printmaking, Woodblock Printmaking with Oil-based Inks and the Japanese Watercolor Woodcut, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, 1999. (can be purchased at McClain’s) Salter, Rebecca. Japanese Woodblock Printing. Printmaking Handbooks, London, 2001. Salter, Rebecca. Japanese Popular Prints. A&C Black, London, 2006. Yoshida, Toshi and Yuki, Rei. Japanese Print-Making, A Handbook of Traditional & Modern Techniques, Charles Tuttle Co., 1966. (out of print) Vollmer, April. Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop, Watson-Guptill, 2015
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 Making Art Safely, devoted to promoting environmentally friendly printmaking.
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.
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. 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.