Learn Mokuhanga - Japanese Woodblock Printing




Make traditional or contemporary woodblock prints using the amazing Japanese water-based woodblock print technique..."Mokuhanga"

  • Easy to fit in to your schedule - choose a course that suits you

  • Develop skills in a new print media

  • Connect with Japanese Art & Culture

  • Easy to learn - make a print even if you are a complete beginner

  • Interesting and casual social atmosphere - relax and enjoy the learning experience

  • Immediate start - get started on your own project and idea on the first lesson

  • Ongoing skill - work at home on your own with simple equipment

  • Understand how these fantastic prints were made in the past



Students' works
- a selection
Contemporary Artists
- a selection
Workshop and Classes
- various
Tutor Terry McKenna's
Work - a selection


   Formerly The Australian Mokuhanga School, we are now based in Karuizawa, Japan and return regularly to Australia and New Zealand to take workshops....


Mokuhanga is for Everyone

You don't need to be a professional Artist to learn and enjoy mokuhanga. Anyone can learn and enjoy the fulfilling experience of producing their own original woodblock print.

In Japan people from all walks of life have learnt and still make mokuhanga for their own enjoyment, from schoolchildren, to hobbyists, to professional artists.


The traditional Japanese woodblock printing technique is highly versatile, environmentally friendly and inherently beautiful. In our courses you will learn to create your own multi-colour, multi-block print using the traditional registration system and carving and printing techniques. Try out and learn about the beautifully crafted tools and equipment of this historic tecnique.

Mokuhanga is also a diverse and flexible medium for professional artists to add to their skills or even to focus on as a professional printmaker. We believe it should be the medium of choice for eco-conscious printmakers throughout the world and we want to share our knowledge with Australia's creative people through our school and courses.





Browse this Website...

Find out about workshops near you where you can enrol and join the thousands of creative people throughout the world discovering and using these environmentally friendly techniques to create beautiful art.

Workshops are listed below, or click the menu link to go to the Workshops page.


What is Mokuhanga?


Detail of traditional print "Haru Nano Higashi Genji" by Kunichika Toyohara


Mokuhanga is the traditional water based printing technique, originating in China and perfected in Japan.

A print is created through design, carving blocks for each colour, then printing each colour successively until the print edition is completed.


Mokuhanga is the Japanese word for wood block print. The Japanese characters 木版画 are 木 wood, 版 block and 画 picture.


In Japan its meaning is the print itself, but in general contemporary use it means both the print and the technique. Mokuhanga is growing in popularity worldwide as learning becomes more accessible to people outside of Japan.



Kunisada Printmaking tripty




Mokuhanga is chemical free, non-toxic, environmentally friendly, uses relatively simple hand tools and equipment and requires little space to produce beautiful work. The natural beauty of the materials - wood, pigment and hand-made paper are all retained and enhance each other. A great choice for Artists or any creative person!


no-poisons no-press




Residency Availability


Check Residency and Tuition availability here...

Terry McKenna Mokuhanga

This is a short video showing teacher Terry McKenna making one of his mokuhanga...

You can find more about Terry's work on his dedicated website at www.egaku.com.au

Kyoto Mokuhanga Tours

kyoto torii

 Find out more about these exciting, small-scale and unique tours

Kyoto Mokuhanga Brochure (PDF)

Students Login Here