Japanese Woodblock Printing

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Japanese Woodblock Printing

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Richard Hamilton Building, Headington Campus, Headington Hill site


Beginners Course

This one-week summer school gives a good working knowledge of the Japanese waterbased woodblock method. Famous for the iconic prints of Edo period, this technique requires no press to produce complex, accurately registered multicolour prints.

In this course you will learn how to design for woodblock and how to transfer designs to blocks, work with the Japanese Kento method of registration for aligning multiple blocks, and gain hands-on experience cutting and printing and using watercolour and rice paste. You will also learn about tools, paper preparation, and different woods and consider further directions for experimenting with these techniques. By the end of the week you will have a print and, more importantly, a skill which will allow you to continue to make beautiful prints wherever you can find a table and some water.

Laura will provide each student with an itemised bill at the end of the class for expenses. The usual cost is about £25 for all materials. In addition to this Laura also sells a starter kit for £65 and has greetings cards available for sale.

About the Course tutor

Laura Boswell

Laura is a freelance printmaker who specialises in lino and wood block printing, often working with landscape and multi-layered pattern-making. She recently completed a public art project which is now the biggest hand painted enamel artwork in Europe. Laura has also recently completed an invitation-only residency in Japan and learned traditional woodblock printing techniques from Japanese master craftsmen.

For more details about Laura, please visit: www.lauraboswell.co.uk