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Wednesdays, Apr 12 - May 24 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-PRINT-4403
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $20


Japanese woodblock printmaking, a traditional thousand-year-old process,
combines ink or paint and nori (rice paste) with hand-pressing techniques to create prints and -- distinct from Western techniques -- does not require a press. Students begin by practicing both carving techniques and printing with sumi ink. More advanced applications of color follow, including color gradation (bokashi) and making multiple block prints. Registration and numbering the prints are also discussed. To be true to the classic art form, design and composition are integral considerations in the development of individual imagery. An overview and brief history of the ancient craft and a visit to the RISD Museum to view its impressive collection of Japanese woodblock prints are combined with actual practice to provide students with rare insight into this timeless and elegant tradition. Japanese prints exerted an enormous influence on the West, inspiring artists and -- as the prints were inexpensive and plentiful -- providing one of the first opportunities for affordable art collecting. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this class. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E

  • Name: Kenneth Fontaine (Bio)
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