Japanese Woodcut

Learn the basics of mokuhanga, the traditional Japanese art of water-based woodblock printmaking and its techniques. In this day workshop you will be introduced to carving a block, inking with brushes and water based inks and hand printing your image with a baren. Mokuhanga is ideal for artists wanting to learn a non-toxic method of printing with little equipment.

What experience do I need?

Some previous experience in relief printmaking will be helpful, but not essential. This is a mixed ability course for complete beginners as well as those with previous experience. You will be guided through the process in a friendly studio environment.

What will I make?

You will produce an edition of at least 10 woodcut prints on A4 paper. There will be the option to carve two separate blocks to print from throughout the day.

Who is my tutor?

Julia McKinlay is an artist based in Leeds and is currently working on a PhD at Leeds Beckett University. Working in print and sculpture Julia has exhibited widely and recently participated in residencies in Japan and Iceland. Her teaching experience includes being based at Newcastle University as a Teaching Fellow in Printmaking 2016-2017. Julia is also a member of print collective Printers’ Symphony.

Do I need to bring anything?

All materials and equipment will be provided. You may find it useful to bring along sketchbooks, or images to use as inspiration and a small folder to take your prints away in.

If I can’t attend can I get a refund?

We will refund you in full if you cancel no less than 14 days before the start of the course, after which no refunds will be issued. Once booked, you cannot transfer to another course.

What if the course is cancelled?

We reserve the right to cancel the course for any reason (for example, insufficient bookings or adverse weather conditions). We will endeavour to give at least 7 days notice if the course is cancelled and in the event of cancellation we will, of course, issue you a full refund.


Our aim is to bring printmaking to as many people as possible but, due to the nature of the building, Leeds Print Workshop is not wheelchair accessible. There is a step up into the building and four steps down to the toilets, and no accessible toilet facilities. Should you have any questions, or wish to discuss accessibility before booking, please don’t hesitate to email us at hello@leedsprintworkshop.org

Please note, we regret that, for safety reasons, only those over the age of 16 will be permitted to undertake the course.


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