Study day/Workshop Mokuhanga (Water-Based-Woodblock) Printmaking

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Arts
Three days
Course Director
Lucy May Schofield

Delivered by the Centre For Print Research

Page last updated 29 February 2024


Mokuhanga is perfect for anyone interested in a non-toxic, table-top printmaking technique. Over the course of three days, you will learn the process of transferring a simple drawing to Japanese plywood and carve various colour separation wood blocks with a 'hangi-toh' knife, following in the tradition of Japanese Ukiyo-e and Sosaku hanga printmaking.

With no mechanical press required, only a hand held 'baren', you will learn the techniques to achieve various nuanced print effects, from 'woodgrain' to 'sesame printing' and the well known 'bokashi' (colour gradation), synonymous with mokuhanga. You will register your mulberry paper (kozo washi) with your multiple carved blocks through the simple but brilliant 'kento' registration system.

View the Mokuhanga (Water-Based Woodblock) Printmaking flyer (PDF) for more information.

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in a non-toxic, water-based printmaking technique that doesn't require a mechanical press and can be practised at home.



Day 1

We will start with an introduction to the process and practice carving with the hangi-toh. We will then select our image and transfer it to the blocks.

Day 2

We will spend most of the day learning and practicing the techniques of carving the colour separation blocks.

Day 3

We will print each block with watercolour and rice paste on washi, discuss our results and troubleshoot any issues.


Study facilities

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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

  • Full price registration: £359
  • Concessionary price registration: £280

The course price includes all materials and PPE.


30 April to 2 May 2024 (10:00-16:00 on all days).

Please note the University terms and conditions of purchase for CPD.

How to apply

How to apply

To book your place, please apply online.

Extra information

About the tutor

Lucy May Schofield studied Japanese printmaking and paper making techniques whilst living in Japan for two years. She regularly returns to exhibit and attend residencies, last year completing the upper advanced training programme at the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory near Mt.Fuji. Lucy has taught book arts and printmaking nationally for over 12 years and regularly runs introductory workshops as well as masterclasses. She makes books and prints, exhibiting her work internationally. Her work is held in public and private collections from the Tate to Yale Centre for British Art. She was the 2020 recipient of the Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking from WYPW. She is currently based in rural Northumberland.

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