One Week Immersion into Authentic Japanese Watercolour Woodblock

One Week Immersion into Authentic Japanese Watercolour Woodblock


Tutor: Laura Boswell

Dates Available:

  • 16 - 20 May 2020

5 day course: 10am - 4pm

A comprehensive introduction to the history and technique of traditional Japanese watercolour woodblock printing from design to finished print, including lessons in preparing and getting the best from papers, tools and woodblocks.

The only five day course Laura teaches, this comprehensive introduction to the art of traditional Japanese woodblock printing will take you from the process of working up your ideas into a design drawing suitable for printing, through to making a finished print on a variety of European and Japanese papers. You will learn the Japanese registration system that allows accurate placing of your print for a multi-layered and multi-coloured print, along with traditional methods for cutting your blocks. You will study the art of shading and mixing colours on the blocks to create the delicate and painterly prints characteristic of this technique. Along the way you will look at the history of Japanese woodblock and its place in contemporary printmaking and there will also be short lessons on assessing and preparing papers, maintaining tools and working with different woods You will also dip into drying and ideas for framing your finished work. This is a press free method, ideal for the home printer.

You will leave with your blocks and finished prints along with a thorough grounding in the Japanese woodblock print process. A comprehensive set of factsheets will help you continue with printing at home.

What to bring: All tool and materials are provided but any sketches or photos that inspire you are welcome. We will work on your designs in class so no need to plan anything in detail. I supply basic watercolours, but you are welcome to bring your own tubes if you want a wider palette.

There will be a additional materials fee which is payable in cash to the tutor at the start of the course. This includes two blocks of lino (one professional, one student), inks and sundries. Additional lino blocks will be available to buy as well. Because of the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s exit from the EU and a potential rise in import tariffs we are unable to give an exact materials cost for the 2020 courses at the moment but it will be in the region of £25. We will confirm the exact amount as soon as we can.

“What worked so well for me was that Laura was able to devote plenty of one-to-one attention to each and every participant, catering for our individual needs. The size of class also made a big difference to this approach — eight to ten is just about right.“

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