Woodblock printing workshop with Master Motoharu Asaka

On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September, we were pleased and excited to host a two day workshop in traditional ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock carving and printing run by Master Woodblock Carver Motoharu Asaka.

Motoharu Asaka is one of the last remaining Master Woodblock Carvers in Japan, with more than 45 years experience and commissions from national museums and world-renowned contemporary artists. This exclusive opportunity was offered to students and alumni of the Art School, and while the demand was huge, only a dozen were lucky (and fast!) to secure their spots.

Participants spent the first day of their workshop learning to carve images on their wood blocks, while the second was dedicated to learning basic printing techniques, including gradient painting.

We were honoured to host this workshop, and we hope Master Woodblock Carver Motoharu Asaka will join us again soon for more masterclasses.


About Motoharu Asaka: At the age of 17 Motoharu Asaka moved to Kyoto to begin an arduous 10 year apprenticeship to learn the 400 year old process of ukyo-e Japanese woodblock carving and printing – a process never fully introduced into the formal education system, but passed down form Masters throughout time. Since 2011, he has dedicated his time to making sure these ancient skills do not die out. Wanting to spread his knowledge as widely as possible he opened his studio to the public and is currently on an European Tour teaching workshops in selected Institutions.


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