Japanese Woodcut or Mokuhanga is a relief process that is completely non-toxic in that it uses watercolour pigments and nori (rice starch) instead of oil-based ink. The prints are handprinted using a baren, no presses are necessary making this a process that can be done at home. The workshop explores the history of the traditional Japanese prints as exemplified by Hokusai and Hiroshige and follows the teaching that the tutor Carol Wilhide Justin herself received from Japanese sensei on her residency in Japan.
The Art Academy’s printmaking studio is a low-toxic environment with dedicated facilities for professional hands-on learning. Students benefit from the diversity of attendees, taught by internationally renowned printmaker artists at a central location, offering a unique educational experience in London. There is a maximum of eight to ten students per course. The Art Academy supplies all materials, including Awagami Editioning paper. We advise that you book early to avoid disappointment.
This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish.
Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.
Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.
Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.
These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.
Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.
Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.
All attendees must be aged 18 or over.
What should I bring?
It is a good idea to bring some images to work from for this workshop, sketchbook drawings, photos, downloaded printouts. The image should be simple with flat colour areas and no very fine lines please! Printing material costs are included in your course fee.
About Your Tutor
CAROL WILHIDE JUSTIN
Carol Wilhide Justin is a printmaker working mainly in relief printmaking – woodcut, linocut, Japanese woodcut and bookbinding. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2017 with an MA in Print. In 2014 she was awarded a residency by MI-Lab to learn Mokuhanga (Japanese woodcut) in Fujikawaguchiko, Japan from Japanese senses and it has become her main practice. In Mokuhanga, the delicate nuance of watercolour is married to the certainties of the woodcut. The prints are hand printed using a baren on Japanese paper.
Since her MA Carol has been on a residency to Finland to work with Tuula Moilenen, an internationally renowned Mokuhanga printmaker and specialist. Her work has been exhibited at Clifford Chance, Travers Smith (where she won the CSR RCA Award), Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2017 and 2018 where she won the Intaglio Printmaker’s Prize, National Open Art Exhibition and the West Yorkshire Print Workshop Show ‘Japan’.
Her work is held in print collections at Clifford Chance, RCA, CfSHE Tokyo Japan, Awagami Awa Japan and the V&A Museum in London.
She teaches Japanese woodcut, bookbinding and relief printmaking at Morley College, the City Literary Institute and Art Academy London.
All students have access to a common room and kitchen. Here you will find tea and coffee, a fridge, kettle, microwave and eating area.
There is a wealth of supermarkets, shops and cafes in the area as well as the world famous Borough Food Market just moments from our Mermaid Court location.
We are always striving to improve our facilities but due Mermaid Court being an old building we have limited disability access. Should you have any access requirements please speak to a member of the Academy team before booking the course.
You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment.Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course.
Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of.
Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silentduring the class.
Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some of our classes in progress. If you would like to not be photographed please let the photographer know!
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