Mokuhanga, the Baren & Printing at Home – R1313-19

Date: Aug 26 - 30, 2019

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Hiroki Morinoue

Tuition: $985
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


This dynamic printmaking workshop focuses on mokuhanga: water-based Japanese woodblock printmaking. This unique process involves hand carving, is environmentally friendly, doable at home, on any scale at any time and in any place. The class discipline is to work in a narrative concept, creating a dialog in both storytelling and relationship with color, form and space as a narrative in a diptych or long format. Students compose printed compositions to create complex images printed from beautiful shina wood onto traditional Japanese mulberry paper.

Media & Techniques:

Traditional and modern mokuhanga (water-based Japanese woodblock printmaking) are explored as well as its techniques and applications.


Printing exercises followed by specific carving techniques and refined printing techniques take place. There are also demonstrations and explorations of materials, including the baren and how to improve upon a store-bought student-grade version, and various types of wood used for carving and papers for printing.


Hiroki Morinoue received his BFA from the California College of the Arts. He began teaching mokuhanga at Anderson Ranch Arts Center more than 20 years ago. Hiroki has traveled to Japan for an intensive artist-in-residence program sponsored by the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory and attended the 2nd International Mokuhanga Conference and Satellite Program in Tokyo.

Paper provided by Paper Connection.

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