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Japanese Woodblock Printing | Botanical Prints

Events Temporarily Postponed

Sat 18 Apr 2020



£110* (£96*)


10.30am - 4pm

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Japanese Woodblock Printing | Botanical Prints

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Events Temporarily Postponed

In response to the developing coronavirus situation in the UK, Exeter Phoenix is currently closed to the public. This is a temporary measure and we reviewing this on a month-by-month basis. No events will be taking place during April – the vast majority of events will be rescheduled for later in the year.

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Japanese Woodblock Printing | Botanical Prints

Two Day Weekend Workshop

Session Dates:

  • Sat 18 Apr: 10.30am – 4pm
  • Sun 19 Apr: 10.30am – 4pm

With a Focus on floral and botanical shapes, form, and abstraction this short course is ideal for both those trying this beautiful traditional Japanese technique for the first time and for those who wish to learn more.

Learn the process of designing for woodblock, with emphasis on botanical shape form and composition considerations that give you a solid foundation for any artistic practice, though the thrill of carving and creating your own custom prints might be hard to beat!

Work with the wood to carve curvilinear shapes and learn how to create stark and clean prints that have a precise and professional finish. Explore the possibility of working with watercolour inks, producing both vivid and subtle hues that give your work a lasting luminous quality.

Numbers are limited to ensure that you will experience a unique and engaging workshop in which you can experiment and develop your own ideas and style.

Day 1 will begin with a walk around various areas of the city picking up ideas and inspiration. We will then back to the studio for group work focusing on drawing and carving of the woodblock.

Day 2 will be focussed on printing and you will have plenty of time to create a set of prints to take away with you. There will be lots of opportunities to experiment with colour and different papers and you will learn all about how to treat your paper before and after printing.

Skills/Techniques Covered;

  • Designing for woodblock
  • Piecing out the design onto wood
  • Using cutting tools safely for a clean print
  • Managing paper, rice and paints
  • Printing and aftercare

Materials: All materials will be provided by the tutor. The items you will need to bring with you are listed below.

Please bring with you:

  • Any sketches or photos that inspire you, but this is not compulsory (Keep ideas simple!!!)
  • you might like to bring your own watercolours (which must be in tubes) as the tutor will just have basic colours
  • Any of your own paint brushes you want to use.
  • Wear something that can be splashed without disaster, (although it is not a particularly messy process)
  • A cushion for your bums

Course Tutor: Adrian Holmes

Adrian is a multi disciplinary artist whose primary focus is woodblock printing. He fell in love with the art of printing when living in Japan and began to study this beautiful craft and its various techniques.

Cafe Bar Discount

All workshop attendees are eligible for a 10% discount on hot drinks and food from our café.


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