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Japanese Woodblock Printing

Duration: Weekend course
Dates: Sat 7 Sep 10:30 - Sun 8 Sep 2024 17:30
Location: Print Studio

Step back in time into the intriguing world of Japan’s Edo Period, and gain an insight into the mysteries of ‘Ukiyo-e’ woodblock prints.

The course starts with an introduction into the history of Japanese woodblock printing and culture. The tutor will discuss the different materials and equipment used and show examples of both ukiyo-e prints and works using the techniques in a more contemporary way.

You will learn how to prepare your woodblock and make a design for your print using a traditional brush. You will then transfer your design onto the wood and learn how to utilise the Japanese cutting tools when carving your block. Cutting down handmade Japanese paper and dampening it overnight prepares it for the exciting process of inking up your block on the second day with water-based pigments in order to create beautiful, colour woodblock prints. No press is required, but instead a baren (a hand burnishing pad) is used to burnish the paper against the surface of the inked block.

I learned so much about the context and culture of this iconic woodblock printing.

Campbell’s class was inspirational and intensely relaxing.


Print Studio Terms & Conditions

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Need to know

  • What to bring

We provide everything you'll need, just bring yourself. You are welcome to bring along any inspiration, images or sketchbooks to work from.


  • What to wear

We'll provide aprons and gloves but recommend wearing old cloths as printmaking can be messy. Please note that open-toed footwear and sandals are not allowed.


  • Food & drinks

A sealed water flask or drinking vessel is permitted but other food and drinks are not allowed in the studio.

Meet your tutor

Campbell Sandilands showing an example of Japanese Brush Calligraphy

Campbell Sandilands

Campbell Sandilands is an artist who has been sharing his knowledge of Japanese woodblock printing and brush calligraphy in DCA since 1999. He was taught by Masters of these artforms in Japan and has a wealth of experience in teaching both 'Shodo' and 'Ukiyo-e'.

In partnership with Freelands Foundation

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