Mokuhanga: Japanese woodblock printmaking – R1212-17

Date: Aug 21 - 25, 2017

Skill Level(s): Open to All i

Instructor(s): Hiroki Morinoue

Mike Lyon

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $125
Registration Fee: $45


Engage in the Japanese printing process of Mokuhanga in this intensive workshop, emphasizing the rigorous carving and printing process that was used in 17th-century Japan, and is still used today by contemporary printmakers. We print using prepared blocks of wood, and move to carving and printing images of your own, focusing on registration and color mixing. We create a dialogue in storytelling as well as a relationship with color, form and space, developing a narrative between each print. Students compose printed images within this narrative format, where a dialogue emerges between the images.

Media & Techniques:

Students use traditional Mokuhanga (water-based Japanese woodblock printmaking) and its techniques and applications.


We begin by inking and printing with prepared blocks of wood with different types of patterns and surfaces. We then move on to carving and printing our own blocks. Demonstrations of printing and carving techniques take place daily.


Hiroki Morinoue received his B.F.A. from the California College of the Arts. He has taught at Anderson Ranch for over 20 years. He attended an intensive artist-in-residence program sponsored by the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory in Japan. Hiroki also attended the 2nd International Mokuhanga Conference in 2014 and Satellite Program in Tokyo.

Mike Lyon is a student of Japanese art and culture and 21st-century computer technology. Through his pen and ink drawings and woodblock prints, he pays homage to the past while being rooted in the present. His work is in numerous museum, corporate and private collections.

Hiroki Morinoue, Buddha Statue Chigasaki (detail)

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