Japanese woodblock is a beautiful non-toxic printmaking style with a long and rich history. Increase your proficiency in carving wood and build confidence with printing using traditional brushes, watercolor paints and glue. Look at inspiring woodblock artists in depth and study traditional Japanese colors to create dynamic images from simply using wood, paint and water. This class is aimed at beginners with some previous experience of Japanese woodblock and at more advanced printmakers who are keen to expand their printmaking repertoire. Workshop will include a review of woodblock tools and printing as well as group and individualized discussions on use of color, refining carving techniques and optional advanced effects such as layering, gradations, and embossing. Each student will create a multicolored print with the use of 2 shina blocks.
About the Instructor
Wuon-Gean Ho earned a degree in art history before taking up a Japanese Government Scholarship in 1998 to study traditional woodblock printmaking in Kyoto. She has since held residencies in various countries, notably Caldera Arts Center, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in the United States; the Bluecoat Arts Centre and Aberystwyth School of Art in the United Kingdom; and the castle of Montefiore Conca in Italy. She is the recipient of awards from John Purcell Paper and the Printmakers’ Council, and she was awarded the Birgit Skiöld Memorial Trust Award of Excellence.
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