Watercolor Printmaking: Japanese Woodblock

With the end result resembling a refined watercolor painting on paper, this workshop will offer participants a rare insight into the ancient Japanese printmaking process known as moku hanga, as taught by an award-winning artist in the field. This workshop will be offered twice: dates in May or July. Please see dates below for the timeframe that works best for you.

Friday, November 7, 2014 to Sunday, November 9, 2014

Registration Fee: $275 / Materials Fee: $25

With the end result resembling a refined watercolor painting on paper, this 3-day workshop will offer participants a rare insight into the ancient Japanese printmaking process known as moku hanga, as taught by Linda Beeman, an award-winning artist in the field. Moku, meaning wood, and hanga, meaning print, is a traditional method which uses watercolor pigment, wood block, Japanese carving tools, rice paste and Japanese paper to create beautifully cultivated prints. The process is versatile and non-toxic and can be done entirely by hand without a printing press. Participants will learn how to transfer an image of their choosing onto a small wood block, how to carve their image out of the block using traditional Japanese tools, how to print a multi-color woodcut on Japanese paper using a tool called a baren, and how to apply the kento registration system. Information about the culture of Japan will also be shared as a part of the process. Beginners as well as students with some experience will benefit from this workshop. All supplies and media will be provided by the instructor as a part of the workshop materials fee.


Instructors

Linda Beeman

Instructor of Visual Arts, Interlochen College of Creative Arts

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