Moku Hanga: The Art of the Japanese Woodblock (five-session workshop)

In this workshop, you will learn the traditional Japanese woodcut printmaking technique Moku Hanga. This course covers drawing and transferring your image to your wooden block, safely carving the image with chisels, preparing Japanese paper for printing, mixing inks, and printing three colors by hand.

Please take note that while this class meets on Thursdays, the last session will meet on Friday, March 9.

If you are interested in further exploring Japanese art, consider History of Japanese Art and Design, a tuition-free class led by Rob Buscher, on Thursdays, January 11-February 8.

What you will learn in this workshop:

  • Creating a drawing appropriate for a moku hanga print

  • Transferring the drawing to the woodblock board

  • Safe carving practices

  • Preparing Japanese paper for printing

  • Techniques for mixing ink

  • Registering colors using Japanese registration

  • Techniques for printing three colors by hand

Required supplies for this workshop:

  • Starting out, students will need pencil and ballpoint pen

  • Midway through the workshop, students will need Japanese paper, newsprint, and three small, inexpensive paint brushes