Japanese Woodblock Workshop

Thursday 16th & Friday 17th June

Tutor: Elspeth Lamb   Venue: Gallery  10.00am-4.00pm


Moku = wood   Hanga = graphic or print


Learn the art of Mokuhanga Japanese woodblock printing which uses water-based paints and dyes to produce works of luminosity and intensity of colour. Seen in Japan as early as the 8th century in the form of woodblock-printed books, it is best known for its use in ukiyo-e artistic genre.

This intensive class is designed for those with some experience of fine art printmaking. Elspeth says: "Although we have only two days to achieve some finished prints I find that people can make a reduction print relatively quickly. My advice would be to keep the image simple with not too much tiny detail (unless you are very familiar with wood engraving and possess those relevant tools to make tiny cuts) and to aim for at least three cuts - one cut for each separation colour.  Everyone works at a different pace but I find most people produce a finished print with three to five colours."

Fee: £100 (can be paid in 2 installments). A small additional materials fee is also payable at the course. 

Elspeth Lamb taught Printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art for 21 years, latterly as Head of Department. She studied Mokuhanga – Japanese Woodblock Printing – with master carver printers in Japan and has visited Japan on several occasions, presenting a keynote speech in Tokyo at the Second International Mokuhanga Conference in 2014. In 2015 she took part in a Mokuhanga project near Mount Fuji. 

Supported By

Arts Council England