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Japanese Woodblock Printing

Summer Workshop Intensive: Japanese Woodblock Printing

  • Dates: Monday–Friday, August 15–19; 9:30am–4:30pm
  • Cost: $825 (no discounts apply for this special workshop); Class is full and running.
    Waiting list is full.
  • Registration: Deadline is Monday, July 15
  • Enrollment: Maximum 10; minimum 6
  • Ages: 18+; all skill levels welcome
  • Instructor: Keiji Shinohara

Woodcut is the oldest technique for printmaking media. Today’s new technologies can combine with the original processes in many exciting ways. This course explores the ideas of Western and Eastern techniques. Students will examine the print work of Rembrandt, Goya, Picasso and Munch along with the Japanese masters Hiroshige, Utamaro, and Hokusai. Students will learn about using various types of wood to obtain different effects. Carving techniques using knives, gouges, dremel tools, etc. will be taught, as well as surface-building techniques. Various printing processes will be explored: the Western use of rollers and the system of printing multiple color blocks at once and the Japanese Ukiyo-e techniques using watercolor, rice paste and a baren. All processes will be by hand; no presses will be used. Students will start with a black and white image, then transfer it to a wood block and print with multiple inking techniques. Students will also create a Japanese-style color woodcut with multiple blocks.

About the instructor: Keiji Shinohara currently teaches printmaking at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He has been a visiting artist at over 100 venues and has had 40 solo shows during his career. He studied the traditional Ukiyo-e technique at Uesugi studio in Kyoto, Japan for over 10 years. Mr. Shinohara has received grants from the Japan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and his work is in many private and public collections.

To register for classes, call Highpoint at 612-871-1326 or email info@highpointprintmaking.orgRegistrations are finalized upon receipt of payment. If payment is not received within one business week your place in the class will not be reserved.