These classes are all in Mokuhanga, Japanese waterbased woodblock printmaking. This is the same technique used to print ukiyoe “prints of the floating world” during the Edo period. Classes include an overview of the history, and focus on the creation of an edition of a multiple color print. For more information, or to enroll in a class, contact me. Upcoming and past classes are listed. 2002-2007 classes

Newark Public Library Lecture and Workshop

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

2016 Classes


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


MakingArtSafely, Santa Fe, NM, 2016

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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Cabrillo College Weekend, Santa Cruz, California

May 18 & 19, 2013

Mokuhaga: Japanese Waterbase Woodcut

This is an intensive weekend workshop that covers the basics of this traditional Japanese printmaking technique. Moku means wood and hanga can be translated as printmaking. It is the same water based technique used to create the famous ukiyo-e prints of 18th century Japan. 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 accurate kento registration system, cut directly into the block. A final significant characteristic is the use of washi, handmade Japanese kozo fiber paper, especially suited for this kind of printing. The class will begin with a short discussion of the history of Japanese woodblock, and will include hands-on demonstrations of registration, cutting, and printing. Participants will create a small edition of multi-colored prints during the class.

The $30 fee includes blocks, color, Japanese paper, and the loan of cutting and printing tools for class.

10 am – 4 pm
Room V2008
Cabrillo College Extension Classes

Newark Museum Weekend Woodblock Class

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

FINISHED: Center for Contemporary Printmaking

Weekend Class for Mother’s Day, May 7 and 8, 2011

Center for Contemporary Printmaking
299 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850-4002
(203) 899-7999
Center for Contemporary Printmaking Website
Moku means wood, and hanga can be translated as printmaking. Both these classes will introduce contemporary artists to traditional Japanese woodblock printing, the same technique used by the Ukiyo-e artists of the 18th century. Moku hanga provides precise registration and great control over color and a connection to one of the most important chapters in the history of printmaking. Participants will cut and print a small edition of prints to learn about this nontoxic technique. 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, including tools, sharpening, printing techniques, and paper. All levels.

Also at CCP, this year’s October 2011 Monothon was a great success!

Photos of MONOTHON 2010

2011 Center for Contemporary Printmaking CLASS PHOTOS

FINISHED: 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 Use of other tools, paper, wood, color and miscelaneous supplies are included in the materials fee.
2010-07-20-MECA Mokuhanga 2010


Frogman’s Press & Gallery Workshop

July 11 to 15, 2011
SUMMER Weeklong Intensive a Great Success!
Frogman’s Press & Gallery sponsored workshop at
Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota
Vermillion, South Dakota
Frogmans Print and Paper Workshops


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 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

Frogman Workshop 2011
2011-07-13-Frogman bowling

Classes 2002 to 2007

Photos of Classes 2002 to 2007

Lower East Side Printshop, 2010
Anderson Ranch Class, 2007
Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshops, Vermillion, SD, 2007
Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshops Dress Code, Vermillion, SD
Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, 2006
New Hope for Art, 2006
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sakura Matsuri, NY, 2006
Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz, CA, 2005 NOT
Art Center at Old Church, 2005
Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz, CA, 2005
MakingArtSafely, Santa Fe, NM, 2005
Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshops, Vermillion, SD, 2004
Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY, 2004
MakingArtSafely, Santa Fe, NM, 2004
Brookyn Botanic Garden Sakura Matsuri, 2004
Brookyn Botanic Garden Sakura Matsuri, 2003
Druckstelle Workshop, Berlin, Germany, 2003
Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, 2003
Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, 2002