Watercolor Printmaking: Japanese Woodblock 2019 with Linda Beeman

Start Date:
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
End Date:
Friday, April 12, 2019
Location:
Mallory-Towsley Center, Interlochen Center for the Arts
4000 Hwy M-137
Interlochen, MI 49643
United States

With the end result resembling a refined watercolor painting on paper, this workshop will offer participants a rare insight into the ancient Japanese printmaking process known as moku hanga, as taught by Linda Beeman, an award-winning artist in the field. Moku, meaning wood, and hanga, meaning print, is a traditional method which uses watercolor pigment, wood block, Japanese carving tools, rice paste and Japanese paper to create beautifully cultivated prints. The process is versatile and non-toxic and can be done entirely by hand without a printing press. Participants will learn how to transfer an image of their choosing onto a small wood block, how to carve their image out of the block using traditional Japanese tools, how to print a multi-color woodcut on Japanese paper using a tool called a baren, and how to apply the kento registration system. Information about the culture of Japan will also be shared as a part of the process. At the end of the workshop, a print exchange will occur offering each student the opportunity to go home with a portfolio from their classmates. All supplies and media will be provided by the instructor. All skill levels are welcome.