Mokuhanga: Japanese Watercolor Woodblock

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Mokuhanga: Japanese Watercolor Woodblock

January 19 @ 10:00 am - January 21 @ 5:00 pm

Friday-Sunday, January 19-21, 10 AM-5 PM


Mokuhanga (literally “wood print”) is a term for the ancient Japanese technique of watercolor woodblock printing—an environmentally friendly low-tech process that can be done at home at any scale and that combines well with other media. This workshop will introduce all aspects of making a mokuhanga woodblock print: transferring an image to wooden blocks, carving with Japanese tools, using the Kento registration system, and printing with brushes and a baren. We will also focus on a few of the printing techniques particular to mokuhanga, especially how to create a bokashi (color gradation). Students will leave the workshop with a small edition of prints, the blocks you carved during the weekend, and the basic skills to keep working at home.
The workshop is suitable for beginners as well as students who have already learned mokuhanga and want to sharpen their skills. Note that students will need to purchase and bring their own carving tools. A complete materials list will be sent upon registration.


We are grateful to McClain’s Printmaking Supplies for their partial sponsorship of this workshop.
About the Instructor

Annie Bissett (Providence, RI) began her art career as a freelance digital illustrator, working with clients such as National Geographic Society, The Wall Street Journal, Time-Life Publications, and a wide range of magazines. Her woodblock prints have been exhibited throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom.



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January 19 @ 10:00 am
January 21 @ 5:00 pm
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Zea Mays Printmaking
(413) 584-1783
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Zea Mays Printmaking
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Florence, MA 01062 United States
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