Japanese Water-based Woodcut Printmaking (Mokuhanga).


27th - 31st August, 2018
Tutor: Lucy May Schofield
Course Fee: £360

Fully Booked!

We are delighted to welcome back Lucy May Schofield to our visiting tutor line-up for 2018. We've been trying to pin her down since she was last here in 2016, when she taught book and box making and Mokahanga printmaking in just 1 week! The feedback was that it would be great to get her back to spend a whole week on each subject. Even though it has taken two years to deliver, we are thrilled to be offering back to back weeks with Lucy May in Japanese Book and Box-making and Mokahanga printmaking. Lucy-May studied Mokahanga with master printmakers in Japan. She is an excellent teacher and inspirational artist with an infectious enthusiasm for this printing process. Enjoy!


Mokuhanga is perfect for artists interested in a non-toxic, table-top printmaking technique. Over the course of 5 days, you will develop your skills in water based woodblock printmaking.

You will begin by experimenting with a reduction print process and go on to learn the skill of transferring and carving a 'key line' and series of colour separation blocks in the tradition of Ukiyoe printmaking. With no press required, only a hand held barren, you will learn techniques to achieve various print effects, sesame printing (goma zuri) to various gradations (bokashi), embossing and mica (kira zuri). 

You will use both the traditional registering system known as kento, and a floating kento (kento-ban) to create a complex multi-block image. You will be sure to fall in love with both the captivating process and results of this accessible, water-based printmaking method which provides endless possibilities and accessibility to working away from a printmaking studio.

All courses run from 9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. All materials and equipment are supplied, with a simple lunch provided daily. It is important to wear old clothes as art is a messy business!