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Japanese Woodblock Printing Masterclass with Wuon-Gean Ho

Sat 18 June 2022 @ 10:00 am - Sun 19 June 2022 @ 4:00 pm


Japanese woodblock printing is a beautiful, non-toxic art-form, which relies on using watercolour, glue and hand burnishing to transfer an image to specially dampened paper. Brangwyn was an amazing watercolourist, and Urushibara was able to make his images into prints because Japanese woodblock printing allows for similar washes of delicate colour and watery depth.

The Workshop

Over the two days, you will learn how to ink and print from some pre-carved blocks, and then develop and carve and print multi-coloured images of your own.

The workshop will start with a short presentation on Brangwyn and Urushibara and what it means to create a Japanese woodblock print. There will be a video showing elements of how to print, with footage in real time and slowed down four times with pointers to help guide how the technique is mastered. After watching a live printing demonstration you will be able to practice printing some pre-carved blocks, using all the different brushes for ink, water and glue.

Once you’ve got a feeling of what it is like to print from wood with all these new materials and tools, in the afternoon you will then learn how to use the carving knives. By the end of the first day you will have designed and started carving a small block of your own. Carving will finish on the second morning, and the afternoon will be a chance to print your new creations!

Please bring glasses if you need them. An apron, empty jam jars x 2, watercolour brushes and a sketch book are useful as well, though please do not worry about purchasing these specially if you don’t have them as there will be supplies.

Tickets include materials, lunch & refreshments and your own set of Japanese carving knives for you to keep.

The Workshop Leader

Wuon-Gean Ho is an artist printmaker who studied Japanese woodblock printing in Japan in 2000 with Kurosaki. She has been teaching Japanese woodblock for many years, most recently in the British Museum in connection with the Hokusai show. Wuon-Gean’s work has been exhibited and awarded recognition in the UK and abroad.



The Victoria and Albert Museum just made this short film about Wuon-Gean.


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