Class #40

Introduction To Japanese Woodblock Printmaking

Alfred Stark

August 29 - September 4, 2021

instructor imageMoku-Hanga means “wood print.” It’s a simple, centuries-old Japanese technique that employs water-based ink, basic carving and rubbing tools, beautiful Japanese paper and fine-grained wood. Many western printmaking methods involve complex printing presses, oil-based inks and toxic solvents. In contrast, Moku-Hanga uses only a few simple tools, a small work space and is entirely water-based.

In this class, you will learn to hand-carve and print your own unique drawing from fine-grained Shina plywood onto beautiful Japanese paper. Alfred’s goal will be for you to acquire the skills, materials and desire to continue making Moku-Hanga prints. This class is intended for all skill levels. No previous experience is necessary.

Please bring photos or drawings that you’d like to use to help create your prints. Also bring an apron or smock, protective gloves and a Japanese woodblock printmaking kit (Item #E5900). This kit costs about $70 and is available from McClain’s Printmaking Supplies at The kit includes gouges, a brush, ink, paste, oil, two blocks of wood, instructions and other supplies. If you have questions about this, or about anything related to the class, feel free to contact Alfred. (Contact The Clearing to get his contact information.)

Alfred Stark was first drawn to Japanese woodblock printmaking through his study of Japanese kites. The delicately applied and boldly colored designs on many Japanese kites were made using the Moku-Hanga method. He was excited to find a printmaking method that was free of solvents and power tools, and that required only a tabletop-sized space. Through Japanese woodblock printmaking, he has been able to explore his love for nature and portraiture. It allows him to pare down his subjects to what he finds essentially beautiful about them. Alfred has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Northern Illinois University. His work has been featured in regional, national and international shows, and can be found at the Long Branch Gallery in Mineral Point, Wisconsin and the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. Alfred lives in DeKalb, Illinois.

Alfred will contact students prior to class.

Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $40 for paper, glue, watercolors, ink, additional wood and other supplies

Pricing (per person):
$1120 Dorm Room Package*
$1220 Two-Person Room Package*
$1835 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$625 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 5 meals