Information about Hosting a Class

Moku Hanga – Japanese Waterbase Woodcut WORKSHOPS and DEMONSTRATIONS

I offer printshops and other institutions a variety of classes that can be tailored to their needs. My workshops include a historical overview of Japanese waterbase woodblock and focus on ways this technique can be useful to contemporary artists.

These two and three hour lecture-demonstrations provide a general introduction to the traditional Japanese technique of mokuhanga. They begin with a look at a portfolio of hanga prints followed by a printing demonstration showing how the prints were made. The lecture includes a brief historical overview and a discussion of Japanese paper, tools and techniques. At the conclusion participants can try printing with the various barens to see what it feels like to print mokuhanga.

One day workshop

The morning of this workshop covers the same information presented in the lecture, and is followed with an afternoon of basic one color printing. Each student cuts and prints a single block with sumi ink on Japanese paper.

Two and Three day workshops
These workshops allow more time to look at prints and to discuss the differences between eastern and western approaches to woodblock. The first half of class is devoted to cutting a two color block, and the second to printing. Each student designs, cuts and prints a small woodcut edition.

Five-day week long

Week long workshops focus the production of an edition of multi-colored prints, and include a more thorough discussion of the history of woodblock printing. At the beginning of each morning and afternoon session I give a talk on a different aspect of the printing project: kento registration, Japanese tools, how to sharpen tools, the baren, Japanese paper, etc. Printmaking experience is helpful but not necessary.

Workshop hours and materials fees
Because each situation is unique, fees vary. Please call or email me to discuss them. Students should expect to pay $50 to $100 for supplies depending on the length of the class.

Travel expenses
The host institution is expected to cover the cost of housing and transportation.