Mokuhanga: Japanese Printmaking

Print & Book Arts

Mokuhanga: Japanese Printmaking

Learn the basics of Japanese woodblock printmaking by carving and printing your own image in this two-day beginner workshop.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 2/3/2024 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  2. Sun, 2/4/2024 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sat, 2/3/2024 - Sun, 2/4/2024

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No Prerequisite, Class

Print & Book Arts Studio

Book Arts, Carving, Printmaking


Mokuhanga is a technique dating back to the 8th century (moku meaning wood, and hanga meaning print). Made famous during the ukiyo-e era of Japanese woodblock printmaking, mokuhanga stands out from other printmaking processes with its use of water-based pigments, brushes to apply the ink, and hand printing method. 

You'll explore the basics of mokuhanga by carving woodblocks and hand printing images. This process is completely non-toxic. With the experience gained in class, you can expect to be able to continue at home with your own practice. 

The Great Wave of Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai in 1831 (Woodblock Print)


Bring a lunch or snack. There is a refrigerator and microwave available in the lower level. 


You'll carve and print a multi-color woodblock print. Some students may carve multiple images, and there will be ample supplies provided for experimentation in color and printing styles.


  • A $65 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers all of the materials you will need.
  • It's helpful if you come to class with an idea, drawing, or copy of a simple 6"x9" image you'd like to produce.

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Charles Spitzack

Charles received a bachelor of fine arts degree with a focus on print arts and drawing from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in 2010. He's currently teaching woodblock printmaking across the Pacific Northwest. Committed to communal aspirations, equality, labor rights, environmentalism, and leveling the playing field, he's found woodblock printmaking to be an excellent way to express his thoughts and feelings. Drawn to this medium by its practical process, boldness, and direct mark making, he's found freedom within its walls, and aspires to share this with others through education and art sharing.
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