Developing Japanese woodcut techniques
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VS049
Duration: 4 sessions
What is the course about?
This course is only for those students who have already completed the beginners class and is for the student looking to develop next steps into more advanced mokuhanga.
This four week course will be ideal for the student who is fully familiar with Japanese Woodcut/Mokuhanga and would like to explore techniques such as hanshita (traditional drawing transfer) flat colour (betazurie) graduated colour (bokashi) or texture (gomazuri) as well as more advanced ways of cutting.
We will look at the work of contemporary Japanese woodcut artists for inspiration, as well as the traditional ukiyo-e prints of the Edo period. We will experiment with different carving methods and explore the many variables that make this such a fascinating technique.
The class is designed to be one where peer group support and the exchange of ideas are welcomed.
The course tutor trained at RCA and MI-Lab in Japan and Mokuhanga forms her central art practice.
What will we cover?
Exploration of the key concepts behind Japanese Woodcut in more depth.
Research/Context for traditional and contemporary Mokuhanga printmakers
Exploring different cutting techniques/looking after tools
Learning betazurie/bokashi and gomazurie
Developing and building on technical skills.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Develop critical understanding of Mokuhanga.
Experiment with other practitioners’ methods and evaluate outcomes.
Work from initial visual prompts- drawings, photographs, textiles etc. to design Japanese Woodcut print and make colour separations.
Explore different methods of using the Japanese tools and employing different techniques for effect.
Using the tools safely and with increasing confidence
Learn how to achieve different nuanced printing effects such as betazurie, bokashi and gomazurie using watercolour and hand pressure.
Develop skills, personal visual language and critical decision making as part of your art practice
Engage in group crits, demonstrations and discussions around technique, artists’ work and other students’ work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Intermediate level course for students who will already have completed a Japanese Woodcut beginners course and have a good working knowledge of the processes of Mokuhanga.
It is essential that the student has a good foundation to access this course because we will be experimenting and exploring with different methodologies, building on existing practice as well as developing more advanced techniques.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Demonstration and practical application, Power-Point presentations , one to one and group discussion.
Time is set to explore this process further in depth, in a relaxed and friendly studio environment.
Students are also encouraged to do their own research outside the class, with simple guided homework tasks.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring any extra or special materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Japanese Woodcut:Developing next Steps will be crepeating at City Lit, alternatively you may wish to explore other related courses such as
Experimental or large scale relief printing.
Cut, stab and Etch linocut class (twice termly)
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on
Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.
Carol Wilhide Justin graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2017 with an MA in Print. She was awarded a residency to study Japanese woodcut in Japan from Japanese sensei. building upon her experience and training, she now makes Japanese woodcut prints exclusively using her own digital photographs and drawings taken from the natural world. The camera’s ‘decisive moment’ and the woodcut’s lengthy interpretation of the same image allow for the subject be crystallised in an emotional and atmospheric way. Since graduation she has won the Travers Smith CSR Award (RCA) and has been in many exhibitions notably regularly showing at the RA Summer Exhibition and the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair where in 2018 she was awarded the Intaglio Printmaking Prize and last year exhibited her 16 metre installation ‘Water’. In 2021 she is due to deliver a paper to the Mokuhanga International Conference in Nara, Japan. Her work is held in the Clifford Chance, RCA, CfSHE ,Tokyo, Awagami, Japan and V&A Print Collections. Website: www.carolwilhide.com Instagram: caroljustin1 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.