Mokuhanga: Traditional Japanese Woodblock Printmaking

March 22, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus
19-4074 Old Volcano Road
Volcano, HI 96785
$80/$72 VAC Members plus a $40 supply fee

Mokuhanga: Traditional Japanese Woodblock Printmaking 

This workshop is an introduction to Mokuhanga: Traditional Japanese Woodblock Printmaking with Sensei Glenn Yamanoha.

Traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking is a relief printing technique that uses Japanese tools and natural materials. Instructor Yamanoha will introduce the basic process in four hands-on sessions. Attendees will learn the fundamental techniques of Mokuhanga such as cutting with chisels, preparing blocks and paper, registration, and printing with a baren (printing pad.)

The workshop will consist of five afternoon sessions at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus starting on March 8 through April 5, Thursday afternoons from 1pm – 3:30pm.

Course fee is $80/$72 for VAC Members plus a $40 Supply fee. No experience is necessary for this workshop.

Mokuhanga differs from western woodblock in that it is water-based printing with sumi ink, watercolor and nori (rice paste), so no toxic solvents are used; it is printed with a hand held baren rather than a press; and it employs the accurate “kento” registration method, cut directly into the block. By utilizing non-toxic, “green” materials, it readily combines traditional processes with new printing technologies.

Yamanoha studied woodblock printing in Kyoto, Japan on a Monbusho (Japan Government) scholarship between 1988-90. Glenn lives in Volcano Village and runs Volcano Gravel.


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