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Class #4

Moku-hanga, an Introduction to Japanese Woodblock Printmaking

Alfred Stark

June 23 & 24 | 9 - 4


Moku (wood) Hanga (print) is an age-old technique for making nontoxic watercolor woodblock prints using simple hand carving and printing tools. Alfred was drawn to Japanese woodblock printmaking through his study of Japanese kites where the delicately applied and boldly colored designs on many Japanese kites were made using the Moku-Hanga method. This method of printmaking method is free of solvents and power tools and requires only a tabletop-sized space. You will learn to make your own watercolor woodblock print in Japanese style, no experience necessary. Please bring a smock, or apron as we will be working with some permanent black ink. You are welcome to bring your own carving tools and watercolors or gouache if you have them, but it is not necessary.

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.

Tuition: $195 (lunch included each day)
Materials Fee: $35 payable to The Clearing at registration for paper, wood, ink, use of instructor’s supplies
Location: Jens Jensen Visitor Center
Web: www.alfredstark.com



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