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

Concept:

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.

Activities:

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.

Faculty:

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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