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Watercolor Printmaking: Mokuhanga (Japanese Woodblock)
This intensive workshop covers various aspects of the traditional and rare Japanese printmaking process – mokuhanga. The process is versatile and differs from western (oil based ink) woodblock in that it is water based and non-toxic, using watercolor pigment, wood block, Japanese carving tools, rice paste, and Japanese paper to create beautiful refined prints. It is done entirely by hand without a printing press. Each participant will learn how to design, carve and print an edition of multicolored woodblock prints. They will learn the kento registration system. At the end of the workshop a print exchange will occur offering each student the opportunity to go home with a print from each classmate.
Materials included: two 8 x 10 woodblocks, Japanese paper and use of instructor’s tools, pigment, and miscellaneous supplies. Additional supplies will be available for purchase.
Linda J. Beeman is a multi-award winning Michigan artist who works exclusively in the ancient art of mokuhanga – Japanese woodblock printmaking. She attended the Dundas Valley School of Art in Ontario, Canada. Primarily showing wilderness landscapes and waterscapes, Beeman showcases the beauty, diverse ecology, geography, and the healing value of our world. Linda is one of only 100 professional mokuhanga artists outside Japan. She was an Artist in Residence at Mt. Fuji. She is also the founder and director of Art From the Lakes, an artist exchange program between Shiga, Japan (our Sister State) and Michigan. www.lindajbeeman.com
Workshop Dates: August 14 – 16