You can learn how to make your own classic image with Sensei Glenn Yamanoha at Volcano Art Center’s “Mokuhanga: Traditional Japanese Woodblock Printmaking” starting on March 8 through April 5 (Thursday afternoons from 1pm – 3:30pm: March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5.).
Do you remember the Great Wave off Kanagawa or Red Fuji? They are classic images immediately recognizable but did you know they are fine examples of Mokuhanga? This Japanese style of woodblock printing 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.
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.
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.)
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.
Course fee is $80/$72 for VAC Members plus a $40 Supply fee. No experience is necessary for this workshop.
To register or for more information please contact Volcano Art Center at 808-967-8222