3-day Intensive Carving for Japanese Woodblock Workshop in Tokyo, Tokyo 23 Wards, 金曜日, 10. 5月 2019

¥54,000 + Eventbrite fee (Early-bird price) Until March 31
¥58,500 + Eventbrite fee (regular price)
Special 3-day Intensive Carving for Japanese Woodblock Workshop
May 10-12, 2019 (Fri-Sun)
Max 12 people
This spring learn Japanese woodblock printmaking skills in depth with a two-part workshop over two workshop can be taken separately or together as a whole.
In the first workshop we will cover woodblock carving from start to finish using professional artisan carving tools used since the Edo period to produce the most sensitive lines.
You'll learn with Motoharu Asaka, one of the last traditionally trained woodblock carvers at the highest level of the profession. Asaka began his apprenticeship in Kyoto aged 17, and studied for 17 years before becoming fully independent as a professional carver. He can carve 3 lines/ mm which is a level of finesse required to produce the hairlines in traditional ukiyoe portraiture.
English translation and co-teaching will be provided Louise Rouse, Adjunct Professor in the art program at Temple University, Japan, who has worked together with Asaka producing workshops around the world with him since 2015.

Day 1 (Studio)
Apprenticeship - we will guide you in practice for the most important and skilled knife in the ukiyoe carver's kit - the kogatana knife. Asaka spent years in self-disciplined study to master this tool but we will go through with you carefully over the course of the day to accustom you to the hand positions needed to get started with this tool.
Continue your apprenticeship
Before the close of the day - we will explain the different ways an image might be split into different blocks both in traditional ukiyoe and 20th century woodblock printmaking. We will introduce you to works from Asaka's collection and previous student work to give you ideas for what you'd like to carve in the subsequent days of the workshop.

Day 2
Image transfer and demo on registration carving
Demonstration of hairline carving by Motoharu Asaka
Kogatana stage for your own blocks.

Day 3 (Studio)
Practice using traditional carving tools
Bring your blocks to a finish with larger chisels and hammers
Aisuki chisels and final finish


All tools and materials needed to do the workshop
Blocks that you carve on
Vegetarian lunch

Not included:

Any tools you want to keep, please purchase at the end of the workshop

Any fancy paper or materials you wish to purchase, please purchase separately

* Please Note
* Cancellations up to 1 month before will receive a refund
* This course requires 50% occupancy by April 10 to run the course. In the case that 50% occupancy cannot be completed by this date, the course may be cancelled or run at a different location.
* The workshop will be held within the 23 wards of central Tokyo, precise location TBC.

3-day Intensive Carving for Japanese Woodblock Workshop in Tokyo