Japanese woodblock printing
Saturday April 28, 2018, 11 – 19 o‘clock – Ausgebucht! / Booked up!
(for beginners and advanced)
Teaching in English by Motoharu Asaka
Ill. in the title: The big wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai (Reproduction of the original from about 1830)
Ukiyo-e (japanese „Images of the Floating World“) is a collective name for a specific genre of Japanese painting and printmaking, which is often misunderstood to be the Japanese color woodblock print. The beginnings of Japanese monochrome woodblock printing dating back to 770, these were later hand colored, and the development of multi-color printing around 1720 in Edo (Tokyo) resulted in a craft of thousands of woodcutters and printers, who produced millions of prints by the end of the Edo period in 1868. Characteristic is mixing or grading. In Europe and the United States around 1850, they influenced the great impressionists and later also the Expressionists, who were inspired by their layout, lines and colors. One of the most famous works of Japanese art is Hokusai‘s (1760-1849) picture „The big wave off Kanagawa“ from the cycle „36 Views of Mount Fuji“. Hiroshige (1797-1858) is another acquaintance next to Hokusai.
During this one day workshop you will carve and print your own small woodblock print using traditional water-based Japanese woodblock printing techniques. Learn from a master ukiyoe carver who has studied in a tradition stretching back 400 years. Motoharu Asaka is one of a handful of people left who are traditionally trained in this craft. This is a rare opportunity to learn master skills and try woodblock printmaking for yourself. Asaka apprenticed for 17 years, but you can pick up the basics in this intensive workshop! Japanese woodblock printmaking (mokuhanga) is water based and completely non-toxic. It requires only basic tools that can be assembled at home without a workshop. Begin your woodblock journey with this primer!
5 hrs Participants carve their own image, maximum 2 blocks with size of 128x190mm.
2 hrs Motoharu Asaka demonstrates the basic printing techniques and the participants print the blocks they have made the same day before . and can experiment.
1 hrs Break in the middle of the workshop
7 hours Teaching in English by Motoharu Asaka, master woodblock carver, and Louise Rouse, M.F.A., Adjunct Professor
6 – 10 Participants
Material: wood, paper (10 sheets) and paint are included, Tool is provided
paid: 95,00 € (including 19% VAT)
. Transfer please by 18.04.2018 at the latest
. at Account E. Hartwig, IBAN: DE90100500004184611317,
. Berliner Sparkasse, BIC: BELADEBEXXX,
. Intended use: Jap. Wood April 2018
Registration: binding by statement of pay and please send me an email to Eberhard Hartwig, firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the button:
Motoharu Asaka was born in Shizuoka prefecture in 1951, but moved to the western suburbs of Tokyo as a young boy. He commuted to a school in the northeast corner of the metropolitan area where he tried woodblock printing for the first time around age 10.
During middle school he progressed to multi-plate printing under the supervision of his teacher and finally, while in high school he studied under the ukiyoe publisher Tadao Takamisawa.
This connection led him to one of the foremost carver’s workshops in Japan, in Kyoto under Kojiro Kikuta. He spent 17 years training as an apprentice there until his level of carving skill reached the highest level—around 0.3mm lines that are needed for carving the hairline in a traditional ukiyoe portrait print.
After 17 years in Kyoto, Asaka returned to Tokyo and worked for Takamisawa publishers as their exclusive carver. Later in 1999 with ukiyoe printer Satoshi Hishimura he established an independent workshop receiving commissions.
Asaka has been commissioned for work spanning many genres of visual art. Beginning with painstaking hand carved and printed reproductions of ukiyoe, shin hanga and Taisho era illustrators Takehisa Yumeji, Junichi Nakahara etc he has also created print reproductions of national treasure nihonga scroll paintings, sumi-e master works as well as in collaboration with contemporary artists such as Masami Teraoka, Moira Hahn, Takeshi Kitano and others.
Asaka is Head of the secretariat for the Ukiyoe Carving and Printing Association, authorised by the Minister of Education, On the board of directors for the Tokyo Dento Mokuhanga Kogei Kyodo Kumiai (Tokyo traditional woodblock print craft cooperative partnership), Officer of the Tokyo Mokuhanga Kogei Kumiai (Tokyo Woodblock Print Crafts Association). He is certified as a Japanese Traditional Craftsman by the Minsistry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Besides his tireless efforts to spread the word about traditional woodblock printmaking skills in Japan, he has also conducted international tours where he hosts workshops, demonstrations and lectures. These venues include: Aalto University, Helsinki; Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris; Joop Stoop, Paris; City and Islington Colllege, London; City and Guilds London Art School; Central Saint Martins, London; Camberwell College of Art, London; Spike Print Studio, Bristol, UK; University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; Brighton University, UK; East London Printmakers; Firenze Palazzo Coppini, Italy; Centro di Cultura Giapponese, Milan, Waverley College Connecticut, New York Academy of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Tyler School of Art, Kala Art Institute, School of Visual Philosophy and more.
Louise Rouse is an adjunct professor for printmaking at Temple University, Japan, where she has taught relief printmaking including Japanese woodblock in the undergraduate art program since 2013. She first went to Japan aged 12 with her family on holiday. Her mother is a Japanese translator. Louise studied illustration in Bristol and Tokyo, and has continued to work as an illustrator, printmaker and book artist since graduating MFA at Tama Art University in 2011. While attending Asaka’s workshop in Tokyo, Louise also acts as interpreter and co-teacher for incoming students from overseas wanting to study woodblock with Asaka for the short or longer term. She also inteprets for Asaka in overseas tours.
Her work can be found here: louiserouse.com