Japanese woodcut

Japanese woodcut is one of the most ecological technique in printmaking. It has gone unchanged from the golden era of Ukiyo-e till today, when it’s getting more and more used by artists worldwide for its practicality in printing with a press and its non-toxicity, both factors that make this technique unique among other modern printing activities.

Purpose: to learn the bases of Japanese woodcut technique.

During the course all the passages to realize a polychrome print will be introduced and explained, from transferin the sketch on the wood matrices, to the carving and the use of the gouges, the use of the register, the inking technique of the matrices with watercolours or temperas and the print process by hand with the baren. After a short introduction about the various technical aspects, every student will realize, under the guide of the teacher, a polychrome print with different matrices.

The artistic and technical material is at the trainee’s expense.
Tracing paper (one or two sheets);
carbon paper (one or two sheets);
temperas or watercolours (in tube, not godet colours, not acrylic colours);
paper for sketches;
containers to mix colours (jars are to be preferred);
some short school stick brush to prepare colours;
a spray bottle for water;
a square;
a roll of baking paper;
paper scotch tape;
some duster;
an apron (optional).

The tools to carve and to print (brushes and baren) will be all provided on loan by the teacher for the duration of the course. The kit of the material to use (wood matrices and Japanese paper on which to stamp) will be purchesed the first day of lesson (the cost is about 15,00 €).

It is recommended to wear comfortable clothes.
Left-handed students should inform the School upon registration (the teacher has two tools to engrave for left-handed, in case of the presence of more than two left-handed trainees it will be necessary to share them).

Date Timetables
29 Apr 2019 09.30 – 19.00
30 Apr 2019 09.30 – 19.00
01 May 2019 09.30 – 18.00

Location: Centro Sociale di Rugolo

Price: 230 euro

Deadline for entering : The enrolment deadline is one month before the beginning of the course, unless otherwise specified. Late enrolments will be accepted dependent upon available places.