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Robin Frood Scuola Internazionale di Grafica

Mokuhanga with Robin Frood

Friday 7 October 2022
10am – 5pm

With Robin J. Frood
Assistant Alessia De Bortoli

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.

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.


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The workshop will begin with a short demonstration of the process. 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 Participation

• 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

• Materials are included.

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