Japanese Woodblock Tour – Europe Spring 2018

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Japanese Woodblock Workshops and Lectures in Your Town

In 2011 Motoharu Asaka opened his workshop to committed students, and travels internationally to spread the word about woodblock printing.

Asaka began his apprenticeship aged 17 and has continued over the ensuing 47 years to refine his skills to the highest levels of the craft.

He takes on contemporary commissions as well as hand-made ukiyoe reproductions. In addition to carving he has studied printing for over 10 years with his associateSatoshi Hishimura.

The tools and materials used in woodblock are simple but very high quality. The ink used is water-based, following centuries of tradition in Japan and as such is completely non-toxic and can be undertaken in the simplest of facilities.

Although the image-content has changed, woodblock printing has stayed a popular medium over the course of the 20th and into the 21st century and artists today continue to reinvent the tradition bringing their own ideas and experience.

Multicolored woodblock printing reached its zenith in Japan, beginning in the mid 18th century, and the skills, techniques and imagery endured, providing a rich visual culture that charmed the world.

Asaka will be accompanied by Louise Rouse, adjunct professor in the art program at Temple University, Japan. She will interpret into English. If you require interpretation into another language please contact us to arrange. Prices for the workshop vary depending on whether you are a university or private printmaking studio. Please get in contact via the contact page to request further details.

Why not learn from a true Japanese master in your town this Spring 2018.

 

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Contact us to arrange a program at your venue

Workshop options

Full Carving and Printing Workshops

(A) Two-day Carving/Printing Workshop

Day 1

Carving (max 3 plates). Participants will carve their own image. Traditional ukiyoe style is a colored line drawing, but it is possible to do layers of tones without lines also. Water based inks have transparency so a red layer and yellow layer can combine with overlapping to make orange.

Day 2

Participants will print the blocks they made the day before.

Asaka will demonstrate the basic printing techniques as well as various special printing techniques for gradient printing etc. which may give you new ideas about how to arrange colors in your final print

 


(B) One-day Carving/Printing Workshop

5 hrs

Participants will carve their own image, maximum 2 blocks.

2 hrs

Participants will print the blocks they made the day before.
Asaka will demonstrate the basic printing techniques and participants can experiment.


Short 1-2hr activities - build a custom program

(C) Carving demonstration

20-30 mins

Asaka explains and demonstrates the highest level of achievement for a woodblock carver — the fine hairline carving seen in portrait prints like courtesan and actor prints.


(D) Demonstration of the last 5 stages of Hokusai’s wave print being printed.

1hr

Asaka will bring his plates for the famous “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa” which he carved in reproduction of Hokusai’s original.
He will demonstrate the printing of the final plates
The full breakdown of printed stages will also be available for viewing.


(E) Print postcard sized prints from Asaka’s blocks

1-2 hrs

For those who want just a small taster of the printing technique, this short workshop uses postcard-sized blocks, carved by Asaka, featuring traditional ukiyoe motifs.


(F) Demonstration of extra print techniques e.g. different types of ukiyoe gradient, non-traditional techniques

30 mins

Asaka will demonstrate various special printing techniques for gradient printing etc for attendees to watch


(G) Workshop for extra printing techniques using Asaka’s blocks

2hrs

Asaka will demonstrate various special printing techniques for gradient printing etc and invite attendees to try the various techniques using his pre-prepared blocks.


(H) Portfolio viewing of Japanese woodblock prints from Asaka’s extensive collection

20 mins-1hr

The experience of seeing/touching hand-printed water-based ink woodblock prints is very different from the images seen in books or on the web. The prints become beautiful objects in themselves and the mastery of the techniques can be fully appreciated. A rare opportunity to touch these prints first hand.

Discussion/talk about Asaka’s work/ukiyoe in casual or formal style.


(I) Lecture by Louise Rouse , adjunct professor at Temple University, Japan

Various topics on Japanese woodblock printmaking in the collaborative system, through the creative print movement and significance today.



Contact us to arrange a program at your venue