On & Off the Press: Japanese woodcut – R1514-18

Date: Sep 10 - 21, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Hiroki Morinoue

Tuition: $1,400
Studio Fee: $175
Registration Fee: $45


Delve into the fascinating tradition of Mokuhanga (water-based Japanese woodblock printmaking) in which the linear details of the image are created first and color plates are produced later. We focus on Mokuhanga – a handmade, environmentally friendly, do-it-at-home, scalable craft. We also get the opportunity to use the press when printing drypoint plates – an intaglio process where we draw on plexi using a stylus. We find creative ways to merge the two processes and create a complex, multilayered image. Students compose, and then recompose printed images into a narrative format, coming away from the course with a new understanding of this ancient art.

Media & Techniques:

Techniques include creating linear detail with drypoint methods, working on a printing press, hand printing color plates in the traditional Mokuhanga style, and adding subtle surface detail and contrast.


We engage in daily demonstrations on inking, plate wiping, carving and printing techniques, and we invite one-on-one discussions about image making, personal style and visual vocabulary.


Hiroki Morinoue began teaching Mokuhanga at Anderson Ranch over 20 years ago. He has traveled to Japan for an intensive artist-in-residence program sponsored by the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory and attended the 2nd International Mokuhanga Conference 2014 and Satellite Program in Tokyo.


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