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Japanese Woodcut

Monday 6⎥13⎥20⎥27 February 2023
2 – 6pm

The Mokuhanga Technique
With Robin Frood

Mokuhanga is the name of the Japanese woodblock printing technique used in the first half of the 19th century by the artists Hokusai, Utamaro and Hiroshige. Unlike western woodcut, it uses water-based inks and rice starch, which are spread on the plate by brush. The print is done by hand using a bamboo covered disc called a baren.

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Recently Mokuhanga has seen a great international renaissance among contemporary artists who appreciate its versatility and simplicity as well as the fundamental fact that is the use of natural and ecological materials.

Each participant will have the opportunity to create a series of prints on Japanese paper, exploring in particular the expressive possibilities of the technique.

The Scuola will provide a wooden tablet, the pigments, the materials for the creation of the inks and a sheet of Japanese paper for printing. (If you have tablets already processed with the xylographic technique, they can be reused).

Participants are invited to bring with them:

  • Flat brushes of different sizes;
  • Soft brushes for polishing shoes;
  • Japanese paper (not Chinese because it is not resistant to water) alternatively it will be possible to purchase it at the Scuola.

Terms of Particpation

• The maximum number of participants admitted is 12.
• If the minimum number of participants is not reached, the Workshop may be cancelled. In this case, the participants will receive a full refund of the participation fee.
• The Scuola Internazionale di Grafica is a School and Studio for Artists. All of our participants are expected to abide by the rules that are provided at the beginning of each workshop.
• The use of presses and working tools is strictly prohibited without the supervision of our qualified staff. The Scuola is not responsible for any injuries that may occur as a result of not following our rules.
• Lunch is not included in the cost of the Workshop

• The Scuola Internazionale di Grafica provides all materials and tools needed for the Workshop.

Registrations cancelled up to 20 days before the start of the Workshop will receive a refund equal to 50% of the participation fee. Thereafter, no refunds will be paid by the Scuola. Cancellations must be communicated by email to