Japanese woodcut printmaking: developing next steps
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VO227
Duration: 5 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is a next stage course deisgned to support continuing students who have the basics and are familiar with Japanese Woodcut/Mokuhanga. This course will introduce more complex and higher level techniques such as flat colour (betazurie) graduated colour (bokashi) or texture (gomazuri).
You will look at the work of contemporary Japanese woodcut artists for inspiration, experiment with different carving methods and explore the many variables that make this such a fascinating technique. The course is designed to encouragepeer group support and the exchange of ideas along with one-one support from a specialise tutor who has trained at RCA and MI-Lab in Japan. Alongisde technical knowledge, you will develop skills, personal visual language and critical decision making as part of your art practice.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- An exploration of the key concepts behind Japanese Woodcut in more depth.
- Research/Context for traditional and contemporary Mokuhanga printmakers
- Different cutting techniques/looking after tools
- 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...
- Demonstarte a 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.
- Demonstrate different methods of using the Japanese tools and employing different techniques for effect.
- Use tools safely and with increasing confidence
- Produce different nuanced printing effects such as betazurie, bokashi and gomazurie using watercolour and hand pressure.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for students with previous experience and will be taught at an Intermediate level. Students should be able to demonstrate good working knowledge of the processes of Mokuhanga.
It is essential that students have previous experience as you will be experimenting and exploring with different methodologies.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a live online course and sessions will take place online on Zoom. The course will involve Powerpoint presentations, group discussions, demonstrations and time to work autonomously. Students are encourgaed to use googleclassroom to support the direction of eachothers work. You will receive ongoing one-one support throughout the duration of the course.
Extention activities and tasks outside of the taught course hours will be set as a group or individually dependant on the student’s progress to ensure the classes are beneficial. Homework could be finishing off work started, writing short artist statements, researching online, uploading photographs onto Google Classroom, identifying issues to share with the class etc.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
For the first session, please have some reference images, photographs/drawings that you will use to influence your initial designs.
Please ensure you have a suitable working space where you can lay out your work and carry out printmaking techniques in a safe way. You will need:A table to work on with an angle-poise lamp
- A set of Japanese woodcutting tools
- Shina plywood 22.50 x 30.00cm
- Hosho washi paper (sheets or pad)
- A bamboo-sheathed baren
- Japanese inking brushes
Please visit https://intaglioprintmaker.com for specialist resources
You will also be required to have as part of the course:
- Watercolour pigments in tubes
- Western brushes
- A Non-slip mat
- Sheets/Pad ofTracing paper
- Sheet ofCarbon paper
- A Zip- lock A3 plastic project bag
- Small Spray bottle.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Our Japanese printmaking courses run online or in the studio termly. For more information on dates, times and details please visit www.citylit.ac.uk.
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: email@example.com
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.