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BOOK: Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop

November 1st, 2016 — 5:18pm

Book cover

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 Woodblock Print Workshop

The book website with additional information, links to contributing artists, reviews by Claire Cuccio and Robert Waddell is:

Available for pre-order from bookstores here and from Random House here.

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2016 Book Events

April 21st, 2016 — 8:16pm
Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri, Brooklyn, New York
Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Newark Public Library, Newark, New Jersey
Saturday, May 21, from 2:00 to 4:00 Lecture and Hands-on Demonstration, part of the exhibition Impressions of the Natural World, Japanese Prints from the Special Collections Division

Morgan Art of Papermanking Conservatory and Educational Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
Friday, August 28, 2016, in conjunction with a two day class

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Newark Public Library Lecture and Workshop

April 18th, 2016 — 8:49pm
Impressions of the Natural World:
Japanese Prints from the Special Collections Division
on view at The Newark Public Library
April 18 – August 6, 2016
On Saturday, May 21, from 2-4pm, the noted mokuhanga artist April Vollmer will present a lecture and demonstration of the printing process at the Main Library. Participants will be able to try printing from woodblocks. April Vollmer is the author of Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop, A Modern Guide to an Ancient Art (Watson-Guptill, 2015) and has exhibited throughout the world.
The artist also teaches printing workshops in New York City. This lecture/workshop is limited to 20 participants.
Press Release with More Information

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2016 Classes

March 3rd, 2016 — 9:28pm


An introduction to traditional Japanese woodblock printing, with precise registration, rich color, and a connection to an important chapter in the history of printmaking.

Mixit Print Studio, Boston, Massachusetts
June 20 to 24, 2016
One week class at this open access studio

MakingArtSafely, Santa Fe, New Mexico
July 11 to 15, 2016
A week in Santa Fe, scheduled to coincide with the International Folk Art Festival

Cabrillo College, Aptos, California
August 15 to 18, 2016
A four day class in beautiful Santa Cruz

The Morgan Art of Papermanking Conservatory and Educational Foundation,
Cleveland, Ohio
August 27 and 28, 2016
A two day class with an evening talk on Friday, August 26


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MakingArtSafely, Santa Fe, NM, 2016

January 8th, 2016 — 9:37pm

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 MakingArtSafely, devoted to promoting environmentally friendly printmaking techniques. Making Art Safely Mokuhanga class

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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Spring 2014 Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sakura Matsuri

March 22nd, 2014 — 9:12am


The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri, Cherry Blossom Festival

Sunday, April 27 from 1:30 to 2:15  Main Auditorium

Welcome spring at the Botanic Garden, enjoy the spring flowers, the Japanese arts and crafts, and listen to a lecture about Japanese woodblock.

Since 1998 these yearly demonstrations have been an opportunity for the public to gain an understanding of the technical skill that goes into traditional Japanese printing, mokuhanga. It is a water-based woodblock method printed by hand, moku means wood, and hanga can be roughly translated as printmaking. It is the technique that was used to make the famous ukiy0-e “prints of the floating world.” Developed during the Edo period (1603-1868), this woodblock technique was used to print everything from books to advertisements, including the prints of Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro. The artists supplied the drawings and a group of expert craftsmen, organized by a publisher, cut the blocks and printed the color blocks one at a time to create these wonderful Japanese prints.

For more information visit the Garden’s website here.

Delirious Birds and Bees, 2007, 26 x 26 inches mokuhanga woodblock


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Gallery Onetwentyeight: February Group Exhibition

January 27th, 2012 — 7:07pm

Gallery Onetwentyeight
February 1 – 26, 2012
Opening Reception Thursday, February 2, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
128 Rivington Street, on New York’s lower east side, between Essex and Norfolk Streets
Gallery Onetwentyeight is one of the oldest galleries in the neighborhood, managed by artist Kazuko Miyamoto. The gallery shows a mix of international and local artists, and has provided space for many lower east side artists since the 1980’s when the neighborhood was much different.


Torso #5, 2011, 24 x 16, digital and silkscreen on washi mounted on wood panel
exhibition photos:

Onetwentyeight AV

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Publication: Graphic Impressions

January 27th, 2012 — 11:56am

International Focus: The First International Mokuhanga Conference, Kyoto, by April Vollmer, was published in the Fall 2011 edition of Graphic Impressions, the Newsletter of Southern Graphics Council International. The article reviews the various demonstrations, exhibitions and banquets at the conference, which took place in Kyoto and then at Tadao Ando’s Westin Conference Center on Awaji Island.


Photo is from the Jarfo exhibition of IMC Board Members at the conference.
Migration, digital and woodblock on washi, 32 x 26 inches

Link to article:
Graphic Impressions Fall 2011

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Inhale: Works On Paper Exhibition

October 7th, 2011 — 4:55pm

Idaho State University
Transition Gallery at Pond Student Union
921 South 8th Avenue, Stop 8118, Pocatello, ID 83209
Works on Paper – Prints by April Vollmer
and artist books from NW Guild of Bookworkers
Reception: October 10 from 7:00 9:00 p.m.
October 10 to November 11, 2011

“Inhale” Exhibition at Transition Gallery, Idaho State University

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October 7th, 2011 — 9:41am

Robert Blackburn Printmaking Studio

323 West 39th Street
New York, NY 10018

Through NOV. 6, 2011
Opening reception: Friday, October 14, 2011, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Closing reception: Friday, November 4, 2011, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Blackburn 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.

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