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Ukiyo-e “Japanese Woodblock Printing”

February 10 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for an in-person Woodblock Printing Course! 2 Classes included. No experience necessary. All levels welcome.

Join us at the Japanese Culture Center for a special 2-week course ( Saturday, Feb 10 & 17) on Japanese Woodblock Printing! No experience necessary. All levels welcome.

Japanese Woodblock Printmaking:

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 Japanese printmaking techniques, and have at various times integrated the skills I learned from working with these techniques into my practices.

This workshop introduces students to the most compelling of these processes: Ukiyo‐e, a genre of Japanese woodblock prints with multiple carved woodblocks produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries. Known for dynamic compositions and color gradations by multiple woodblocks, 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 two-day workshop on February 10 & 17 from 3 – 6 pm, participants will curve a simple design provided by the instructor to two postcard-size linoleum blocks, as well as learn the smooth coloring and color gradation technique unique to the process. The workshop will include presentations of traditional and contemporary Ukiyo‐e print and demonstration. Through this workshop, students will gain knowledge of the multiple block printing techniques that can explore their future concepts and ideas.


About the instructor:

Mami Takahashi is a Japanese multidisciplinary artist and a scholar working at multiple citiesincluding Portland, Chicago 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/

With ongoing artistic research, practice, and teaching, Takahashi explores different approaches to actualize Japanese aesthetics to enhance cultural perspectives to many U.S. communities. At JAF, she is expanding her creativity to incorporate more specific discourses around society, past and present via a lens of Japanese art. Takahashi also aims to connect between Japan and communities in Chicago by teaching traditional and modern art-making techniques.