Mokuhanga Resources

Vollmer actively promotes cultural exchange through a study of mokuhanga, Japanese waterbased woodcut, and is on the advisory board of the International Mokuhanga Association.

International Mokuhanga Association meeting Hawaii 2017

The International Mokuhanga Association organizes triannual conferences, including IMC2011 Kyoto/Awaji; IMC2014 Tokyo; IMC2017 Hawaii; and IMC2020 Nara, as well as promoting other mokuhanga-related events such as classes and exhibitions. Its focus is on the international promotion of this Japanese technique.
The Fifth International Mokuhanga Conference took place in Echizen, Japan from April 4 – 6, 2024
International Mokuhanga Conference Youtube Channel
Mokuhanga Sisters Collaborative

McClain’s Printmaking Supplies
Hiromi Paper International, Culver City, CA
Japanese Paper Place, Toronto, Canada
Paper Connection International, Providence, RI

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.

MI LAB Artist in Residence Program, Echizen, Japan
Karuizawa Mokuhanga School, Nagano, Japan
Mokuhanga Project Space, Walla Walla, WA
Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO
Zia Mays Printmaking, Northhampton, MA


Selected Past Classes and Conferences

  • 2024 Fifth International Mokuhanga Conference Echizen

    2024 Fifth International Mokuhanga Conference Echizen

    April 4-6, 2024 This conference focused on Japanese traditional papermaking and the innovative use of handmade washi by contemporary mokuhanga artists. The province of Echizen is renowned for its production of Japanese washi and other traditional crafts. A hundred and twenty mokuhanga artists met for demonstrations and workshops by expert craftspeople, along with an open…

  • 2020 Cabrillo College

    2020 Cabrillo College

    January 13-16, 2020The most recent of many years of teaching short workshops at Cabrillo Community College in Aptos, California

  • 2018 Art Print Residence

    2018 Art Print Residence

    I taught three classes there, in 2017, 2018 and 2019. During the pandemic I collaborated long distance on a portfolio of photo etchings, Birds on the Edge. Just north of Barcelona in Arenys de Mar, Spain, Art Print Residence holds residencies and printmaking classes.September 10 to 14, 2018.  Last year’s class photos are here.Mokuhanga teacher…

  • 2016 Mixit Print Studio

    2016 Mixit Print Studio

    Mixit Print Studio Somerville, MAJune 20 to 24, 2016One week mokuhanga class at this open access studioMIXIT PHOTOS

  • 2016 Morgan Conservatory Class, Talk and Book Signing

    2016 Morgan Conservatory Class, Talk and Book Signing

    A converted machine shop dedicated to handmade paper, growing kozo fiber to make paper in addition to a busy class and exhibition schedule. Photos of my mokuhanga class and talk are here. The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational FoundationCleveland, OhioAugust 27 and 28, 2016A two day mokuhanga class, evening talk, and book signing…

  • 2015 Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Southern Graphics International Portland, OR

    2015 Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Southern Graphics International Portland, OR

    Class held in conjunction with the Southern Graphics International meeting in Portland Oregon. Photos:Oregon College of Arts and Crafts AlbumSouthern Graphics Council International Portland, OregonWalla Walla exhibition and talk Save Save Save

  • 2016 MakingArtSafely, Santa Fe, NM

    2016 MakingArtSafely, Santa Fe, NM

    July 11 to 15, 2016 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.…

  • 2015 Lower East Side Printshop Spring Class

    2015 Lower East Side Printshop Spring Class

    May 11-15, 2015 One week intensive, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm 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

  • 2012 The Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine

    2012 The Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine

    August 16-19, 2012 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Farnsworth Museum Class information 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…

  • 2013 Cabrillo College Weekend, Santa Cruz, California

    2013 Cabrillo College Weekend, Santa Cruz, California

    May 18 & 19, 2013 Mokuhaga: Japanese Waterbase Woodcut This is an intensive weekend workshop that covers the basics. 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…

  • 2012 Center for Contemporary Printmaking  Spring Class

    2012 Center for Contemporary Printmaking Spring Class

    June 17 to 20, 2012 Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk,  CT This class introduces contemporary artists to traditional Japanese woodblock printing, the technique used by the Ukiyo-e artists of the 18th century. With precise registration, great color, it provides a connection to one of the most important chapters in the history of printmaking. Participants will…

  • 2011 Bucks County Community College Printmaking Club

    2011 Bucks County Community College Printmaking Club

    Caren Friedman organized this weekend intensive for 15 members of the BCCC Printmaking Club. The workshop included an overview of the history of Japanese woodblock, a demonstration, and a discussion of washi, Japanese handmade paper. All participants cut and printed editions on washi. April Vollmer’s CLASS PHOTOS Save

  • Past Conferences and Classes

    Past Conferences and Classes

    The Fourth International Mokuhanga Conference, Nara and online with documentation on the International Mokuhanga Conference Youtube channelDecember 1-3, 2021 Southern Graphics Council International, Madison, WIMarch 16-19, 2022 – Our Shared Future Southern Graphics Council International, Las Vegas, NevadaApril 4 to 7, 2018 – Altered LandscapesThemed Portfolio of woodcuts:  Sustained Ingrain from East To West IMPACT 9,…

  • 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 An introduction to the traditional Japanese waterbase woodblock technique, each participant will create a two color edition. Students should bring tracing paper, pencils and a sketch of an idea for a 6 x 8 print. Please bring cutting tools,…

  • 2011 Frogman’s Printmaking Workshop

    2011 Frogman’s Printmaking Workshop

    July 11 to 15, 2011SUMMER Weeklong Intensive: Mokuhanga, Japanese WoodcutFrogman’s Press & Gallery workshop at Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts at the University of South DakotaVermillionAPRIL VOLLMER CLASS PHOTOS BOWLING PHOTOS Save Save Save Save Save Save Save