Center for the Science of Human Endeavor (CfSHE) offers an opportunity to learn mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking) as well as related crafts and Japanese traditional arts.
It is a new project of CfSHE and MI-LAB (Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory Artist-in-Residence) which has, for the last thirty years, worked on the global dissemination of mokuhanga. The programs are designed to enable international artists to learn the fundamentals of mokuhanga and its related crafts within three or five days.
The programs provide practical instruction as well as the introduction of theory and methods, knowledge about tools, and their history. We promise to the artists the encounters with new expressive methods, which we hope will contribute to their future practice. Some courses also provide the guidance of Ura-uchi (paper mounting) technique.
The workshops will be led by Tetsuo Soyama.
5-Day Mokuhanga Workshop
In this workshop participants will produce a multi-colored print in two or three colors. We will also provide information about mokuhanga suppliers, exhibitions and shops so that you can enjoy the wealth of culture and creativity in Tokyo.
1st day & 2nd day
- Orientation and introduction of mokuhanga
- Tools and materials (Placing orders if requested)
- Tracing from the drawing and transferring it to the woodblock
- Carving instruction
- Paper preparation; how to dump papers
- Printing demonstration in various effects (Tsubushi-zuri, Goma-zuri, and Bokashi-zuri)
- Printing instruction with one color
- How to use Baren
- Multi-color printing instruction
3rd day: proceeding with 2nd/3rd woodblock under the guidance
4th Day: working on 2nd/3rd image and printing 5/6 editions each
5th Day: Working on 2nd/3rd image and printing 5/6 editions each
3-day Mokuhanga Workshop
In this workshop participants will produce a multi-colored print with a simple image. While this workshop has a similar structure to the five-day program, we will have less time for independent practice.
- Brief introduction of mokuhanga and its tools and materials (Placing order of tools, if required)
- Basic carving and printing techniques instruction using simple figures in various effects
- Tracing from the image and transferring it to the woodblock
- Carving and Printing under the guidance
- proceeding with 2nd/3rd woodblock under the guidance
- Carving and printing 5/6 editions each
3-Day Mokuhanga & Paper Mounting Workshop
This workshop offers an introduction to mokuhanga and the closely entwined technique of paper mounting (Ura-uchi). Paper mounting enables better conservation and presentation of work on paper. Learning the technique also enriches the understanding of water-based printing and the characteristics of washi.
*Participants will be requested to bring your own sketches for mounting.
- Introduction of mokuhanga, its tools and materials, and Washi and Ura-uchi (placing order of tools if required)
- Basic carving and printing techniques instruction using simple figures in various effects (Tsubushi-zuri, Goma-zuri, and Bokashi-zuri)
- Drawing for Ura-uchi, if required
- Tracing from the drawing and transferring it to the woodblock
- Basic carving practice
- Application of Ura-uchi to the participant’s own work
- Carving under the guidance
- Peeling off the Ura-uchi and Kesho-dachi (trimming)
- Printing and make final editions
*The program of each day is subject to be reviewed.
Number of attendees for each workshop: 2-4
7. Mokuhanga – 5 Days: 2nd to 6th April, 2018
8. Mokuhanga – 3 Days: 14th to 16th May, 2018
9. Mokuhanga – 3 Days: 21 to 23 May, 2018 *The content is subject to be changed
10. Mokuhanga – 3 Days: 20 to 22 June, 2018 *The content is subject to be changed
11. Mokuhanga – 5 Days: 2nd to 6th July, 2018 *The content is subject to be changed
12. Mokuhanga – 3 Days: 9 to 11 July, 2018 *The content is subject to be changed
Coming up soon also:
13. Mokuhanga 6-8 August 2018
14. Mokuhanga 13-17 August 2018
15. Mokuhanga 10-12 September 2018
16. Mokuhanga 17-21 September 2018
17. Mokuhanga 8-12 October 2018
18. Mokuhanga 15-17 Ocrober 2018
19. Mokuhanga 14-16 November 2018
20. Mokuhanga 26-30 November 2018
21. Mokuhanga 3-5 December 2018
22. Mokuhanga 10-14 December 2018
VENUE AND APPLICATION
These workshops will be held in Tokyo’s CfSHE Gallery. To apply for the course, please fill the form from here (open application form in new tab).
*PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INDICATED FEE COULD VARY DEPENDING ON THE FINAL NUMBER OF THE ATTENDEES
Please also contact us by e-mail for further information:
Arts Chiyoda 3331 B109
11-14, 6-chome, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 101-0021
TEL: +81-050-3304-9001 (13:00-17:00 UTC +9 only)
Toshio became interested in American Pop Art and printmaking technique while working as a graphic designer. In 1977, he became a printer of Fuji Art Printmaking Studio and specialized lithography and copperplate printing. He established the Fuji Graphics Printmaking Workshop in 1983 and printed for a number of prominent artists both from Japan and abroad, by silkscreen, lithography and copperplate printing. In 1983, he printed Toshio Arimoto’s publication “Issen Ichibyou Monogatari” and mokuhanga prints. In 1988, he invited Chicago based artist Ghita Hardimon to organize a Viscosity Printing workshop. In 2017, he established FUJI PRINT ART LAB for printing, workshop, teaching and research.
From 1972 to 1982, Tetsuo apprenticed to a printer Saito Kusuo at silk-screen workshop Saito Process and studied printmaking techniques including sliding, plate making, and photos through working with artists, designers, photographers and textile artists. In 1984, he co-founded Fuji Graphics Printmaking Studio in Tokyo with his brother Toshio Soyama, with whom he has printed for a number of international projects and commissions from high-profiled artists and designers. Through collaborating with artists with strong characters, he researched printing, plate-making, printing paper, ink and so on. His research particularly focused on paper and visited both European and Japanese papermakers from 1985 onward. He also studied washi, mokuhanga, paper mounting, bookbinding. He is currently teaching mokuhanga, paper backing, Japanese bookbinding techniques at MI-LAB.
5 days` Workshop ( September 27~October 1)
Yezid Vergara Gonzalez and Christine Dürr are participated in the workshop.