Study day Advanced Mokuhanga (Water-based woodblock printmaking)

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Art and Design
City Campus (Bower Ashton)
Three days
Course Director
Lucy May Schofield

Delivered by the Centre for Print Research

Page last updated 11 October 2022


This three day Advanced Mokuhanga course will focus on advanced carving techniques, such as shallow carving for textural effects, carving fine lines and using resist methods on the woodblock. You will deepen your knowledge and experience of more sophisticated printing techniques, such as achieving expanded gradation styles, blind embossing, woodgrain effect and mica printing. You are encouraged to bring your own carved blocks with you to develop your printing and Lucy will provide Japanese shina plywood to use to test carving effects to create various samples of line and shape.

This is an opportunity to troubleshoot any carving/registration/printing issues you may have experienced and to gain further confidence to achieve higher quality, consistent prints in your mokuhanga practice.

Who is it for?

This Advanced Mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking) course is intended for those who have some experience of Mokuhanga and want to develop their skills in water-based woodblock printmaking. It is ideally suited to artists, educators, printmakers, and illustrators who would like to gain an advanced understanding of the Mokuhanga, (water-based woodblock printmaking) process.

View the Advanced Mokuhanga flyer (PDF) for further information.



Day 1 will act as a refresher on the entire carving and printing process of mokuhanga, troubleshooting any issues you may have experienced. New carving effects on new plywood blocks will be demonstrated and explored.

Day 2 there will be the opportunity to test these new carving effects through printing a series of test prints.

Day 3 will be an opportunity to see new printing techniques (as outlined in the course overview) and to experiment with these throughout the day.

You will gain a deeper understanding of the mokuhanga process, and expand your knowledge of carving and printing and the endless possibilities these offer. You will leave with the confidence to achieve prints of a higher quality with advanced techniques and greater consistency for editioning your prints.


Study facilities

Our new state-of-the-art Design Studios at Bower Ashton feature flexible workshop spaces, design studios, the Fabrication Centre, the Centre for Print Research and dedicated collaborative learning spaces.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

  • Full price registration: £349
  • Concessionary price registration: £279

The course price includes all materials, PPE and catering.


19 to 21 July 2022 (09:30-16.30 each day)

How to apply

How to apply

To book your place, please apply online.

The course is limited to a maximum of eight participants, please sign up early to secure your place.

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

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 Mount 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 West Yorkshire Print Workshop. She is currently based in rural Northumberland.

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