Japanese woodblock prints, known as Ukiyo-e, constitute one of the most spectacular and original achievements in printmaking history: its origins root back to Chinese block books as well as multiple color prints that Saint Francis Xavier brought in Japan in 1549. The production of Ukiyo-e was a complex process involving whole range of people, each contributing diverse skills to the final result. It was reliant on an independent publisher who oversaw the entire project, liaising artists, block cutters and printers.
This system often yielded designs of utmost refinement, as well as imaginative, earthy expressions of the lives of the commoners: included beautiful women, geisha, courtesans, young lovers, erotica, domestic scenes, cityscapes, landscapes, nature scenes (especially birds and flowers), actors, military scenes, historical allegories, parodies, ghosts and demons, genre scenes, and still life.
This course offers a rare insight into one of the most ancient and subtle print processes, all with original materials and tools.
All Instructors are Award Winning Artist, professionals in their field and widely respected.
This teaching center does not affiliate with state education facilities and provides courses without examinations for enthusiasts.
Starting from Summer 2008, there will be a special program to invite artists from Italy, Europe and overseas to come over to the workshop and hold special topics courses. The aim is to offer our students a wide variety of approaches and to strengthen inter cultural understanding through the arts.
By confronting printmaking with other media, tutors, artists and students will be able to develop professional projects or ambitious bodies of work and to understand the practice of being an artist or to relate with the art business. Visiting Artists in 2008: Irene Woodbury, American artist; Ann Swan, English botanical artist; Zara Matthews, English photographer and painter.
The studio currently has facilities for: etching, relief printing, screen printing, digital, binding, paper-making. Studio facilities are provided at reasonable cost for any artist who wishes to work with an "open access formula", by previous appointment. We also support applications from visiting artists.
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M17525 is a small not-for-profit guild that provides educational resources in the graphic arts for artists, community organizations, education institutions and the public. Founded in 2005, the project is dedicated to the diffusion and development of printmaking, as well as visual arts in general. M17525 aims to promote...
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