Japanese Woodblock Printing


Join us for another Japanese Woodblock Printing Workshop at Volcano Art Center! The workshop will consist of five two-hour classes at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus starting on January 14 through February 11 (Thursday afternoons from 1pm – 3pm: January 14, January 21, January 28, February 4, February 11.) Course fee is $80/$72 for VAC Members plus a $25 Supply fee. No experience is necessary for this introductory workshop.

Design, cut and print; seems simple enough. And it is! This workshop is an introduction to Mokuhanga: Traditional Japanese Woodblock Printmaking and Sensei Glenn Yamanoha will teach you how. You’ll even learn how Hokusai made his classic “Great Wave off Kanagawa”! This technique of woodblock print has inspired artists from French impressionist to modern artists.

Traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking is a relief printing technique that uses Japanese tools and natural materials. Instructor Yamanoha will introduce the basic process in five 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.)

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.

To register or for more information please contact Volcano Art Center at 808-967-8222 or


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