Japanese Woodblock Printmaking Course

12 - 14 August 2015

Tutor: Peter Brown     Venue: Sidney Nolan Trust    FULLY BOOKED!

This course sold out very quickly. We may run more Japanese Woodblock later in the year. To be kept informed please send an email.

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This three day course is an introduction to the beautiful tradition of Japanese woodblock printmaking, in which the softness of the pigmentation provides the prints with a unique quality. You will learn and practise the skills of cutting and printing to create your own distinctive images, using key techniques such as mixing pigments with rice paste (nori), moistening the paper and making the unique registration marks (kento) for multicolour designs. This is a wonderfully tactile process, in which the printing is done by hand using a bamboo pad, called a baren, and all the pigments are water based. The absence of machinery and harsh chemicals combine to make Japanese printmaking a reassuringly eco-friendly and thrillingly simple alternative to Western methods. Tool sharpening, appreciating the qualities of different Japanese papers (washi) and a historical context will also be covered.

This course is suitable for those who practise at least a little drawing, as you will need to provide your own images from which to make your print. The image size will be 11x17cm. When planning your image, try to keep areas of detail to a minimum. There is no need to have any previous experience of printmaking.


Course fee: £135The fee can be paid in installments if required (deposit £55 on booking followed by 2 payments of £40, final payment to be received by 6th July). 

To book please send an email to check availability. 

There may be a small additional charge for materials and paper. Details of what to bring will be sent on confirmation of booking. Residential accommodation available.  

Workshop days run from 10am-4pm. Tea and coffee provided; bring a packed lunch. Map


Peter Brown's summer workshops at The Rodd are a highlight of our printmaking year. Peter gained a post-graduate diploma in illustration from St Martins in 1992. Since then he has worked as a freelance illustrator and printmaker. He is a visiting lecturer in further education and also teaches printmaking workshops at Gainsborough's House, Dulwich Picture Gallery and Central St Martins. He specialises in wood engraving and Japanese woodblock and has illustrated a weekly wildlife column for the Times newspaper for the past 15 years. Peter is a member of the Society of Wood Engravers and exhibits with the Society of Wildlife Artists. 

Supported By

Arts Council England