*This class will be an in-person/virtual hybrid. There will be 4 spots for those who wish to take the workshop in-person at the JCC, as well as 11 virtual spots for those who prefer to take the workshop remotely at your home via zoom.
Learn Japanese Woodblock printmaking techniques with multiple linoleum blocks
**Using sharp chisels for carving
From the earliest points in my artistic practice to the present, I have always had an affection and an interest in the beauty and precision in traditional printmaking techniques, and have at various times integrated the skills I learn from working these techniques into my own practices.
This class introduces students to the most compelling of these processes: Ukiyo-e, a genre of Japanese woodblock prints produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries. Known for dynamic compositions and color gradations, Ukiyo-e’s influence on both major artists of the western canon such as Paul Gauguin and Van Gogh will be explored alongside traditional and current Japanese artists revisiting the techniques and practices.
In this introductory class, participants will make a color by using two to three carved blocks, as well as learn the smooth color gradation technique unique to the process. The workshop will include a presentation of traditional Ukiyo-e print and design. This is a workshop for beginners and the design of the image will be very simple ( for example, geometric shapes) to make sure the students can study basic process/method first.
Through this class, students will create postcard size works derived from the block printing techniques demonstrated to explore their own design.
*Please note that each student, whether in-person or virtual will need to purchase their own materials and have them for the workshop.
Ukiyo-e Class materials: Recommended art materials for online participants (If you the student already have some of these items, you don’t need to buy).
- 2 or 3 Wood Blocks (up to participants for how many blocks, but a minimum of two blocks are required, $18.70/block)
- Water-soluble ink-set ($22.86)
- Linoleum Knife Set ($30.75) or Blick Lino Cutter Set ($8.57)
- Printing paper ($2.66)
- Tracing Paper ($2.75)
- Pencil and eraser
- Pair of scissors
About the Instructor
Mami Takahashi is a Japanese multidisciplinary artist and a scholar based in Portland and Tokyo. She received her MFA in Contemporary Studio Practice from Portland State University in 2013 and earned a BFA in Japanese Painting from Joshibi University of Art and Design in Japan. For more details, visit https://mamitakahashi.art/