Fall 2007
Fully Enrolled

ARTS 618
Japanese Woodblock Printmaking


09/13/2007 - 12/13/2007
Thursday 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Art Workshop 105

This traditional art form, more than 1,000 years old, relies on hand-pressing techniques, watercolors, and rice paste. Quite distinct from Western printmaking traditions, it uses no oil-based inks or presses. In this course, we will learn the core techniques of Japanese woodblock printing and carving. In order to understand these techniques, we will begin by practicing simple black and white printmaking techniques (of modern, Western origin), and jigsaw-cut square plate printmaking. Students will make all prints by hand, will apply color with watercolor and rice paste, and will practice advanced techniques using gradation (bokashi). In addition, we will study traditional design, composition, and techniques of wood block carving. To contextualize our work in the studio, we will study the history of ukiyo-e printing, using the outstanding print collection at the Davison Art Center, to understand the evolution of printing techniques and changes in design and image-making from the 11th century to contemporary work.

Students will make series of prints using 4 to 5 techniques, and will be graded on weekly assignments, a midterm critique session, and a final project created from their best work in each technique.

Students will supply their own paintbrushes and may purchase paper directly from the art department. Ink and printing blocks will be supplied. Students should have previous image-making (drawing/painting) experience, but no previous printmaking experience is necessary. Solvents may be used, and individuals with chemical sensitivities should consult the instructor before registering. This form of printmaking relies on the hands and upper body; consult with the instructor if you have questions about the physical abilities needed for the course.

Enrollment is limited to 14 students.

Additional fee: $105

Keiji Shinohara, a master Ukiyo-e woodcut printmaker, is artist in residence in art and East Asian studies. His work has been exhibited at the Library of Congress, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Worcester Museum of Art, the Asia Society, and the Smithsonian. He is known for highly sculptural landscape prints, which speak to the spirit of Ukiyo-e in a modern voice. His Sumi-e paintings were featured in the collaborative artists' book, The Language of Her Body, with photos by Derek Dudek, fragments of text by Amy Bloom, and typography by Robin Price. Click here for more information about Keiji Shinohara and click here for more information about his work.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Studio

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 14

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