Japanese woodcut

Course Dates: 28/01/20 - 03/03/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Carol Justin Wilhide

An introduction to Japanese Woodcut spread over six weeks. The process is water based, non-toxic and handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. No prior experience necessary.


What is the course about?

This is a six week evening course that covers various aspects of the traditional Japanese Woodcut printmaking process. The process is versatile and differs from western (oil based ink) woodblock in that it is water based and non-toxic, using watercolour pigment, woodblock, Japanese carving tools, rice paste and Japanese paper to create beautiful nuanced prints. It is done entirely by hand without a printing press.

What will we cover?

Each participant will learn how to design, carve and print an edition of multi-coloured woodblock prints to take home. You will learn the kento registration system. You will also learn the history of this fascinating technique and background to Japanese paper making from a tutor who studied in Japan from Japanese sensei. Previous experience is not essential.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Understand the key concepts behind Japanese woodcut, the history and artistic range
• Work from initial drawings and evaluate them for print
• Explore colour separation
• Cut woodblock safely and with increasing confidence
• Kento registration
• Learn the delicate printing process using water pigments, nori and a baren
• Explore the Japanese papermaking process and identify different washi papers.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for complete beginners. Prior experience of printmaking can be an advantage but it is not essential.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Demonstration and practical application. One to one and group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

It would be a good idea to come to the first class with some simple designs to work with. They can be drawings in a sketchbook, photographs or downloads.

Basic materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring any extra or special materials.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Japanese Woodcut will be continuing at City Lit. Alternatively you may wish to explore other related courses such as Experimental or large scale relief printing.


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A good introduction to Japanese woodcuts- provides all the relevant knowledge to develop further.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 02/10/2019)
Yes I would recommend this course
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/08/2019)
An excellent taster around Japanese woodcutting. This is a type of printing that it would be easy to set yourself up in at home as no printing press required.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/03/2019)
We covered a lot of ground in a very short space of time. The course was both fun and informative - we gained a great insight into the process.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/03/2019)
This is a brilliant course, the teacher was very informative and made the lessons interesting. A printmaking technique that doesn't use toxic materials or require a press
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 10/03/2019)
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Course Code: VS161

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Tue, eve, 28 Jan - 03 Mar '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £229.00
Senior fee: £229.00
Concession: £140.00

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