Melbourne 9 Week Evening Comprehensive Course, July - September 2017

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Learn the basic skills to produce your own woodblock print in this relaxed and convenient weekly course. Make a multi-block, multi colour print of your own design using the traditional Japanese printing process. Over 9 weeks (18 hours of tuition - great value!) you will step through the entire process, from design, carving and printing.


Class limit is 10 people.

The venue has convenient and easy parking - no hassles finding a space!


"I am very happy that I took Mokuhanga 10 week course. After every lesson which lasts two hours there is a week to do the homework, time for cutting and thinking over the knowledge which was received at the lesson, formulating questions to ask Terry at the next lesson. Terry is very generous with information and sharing his skill. I found such pace of work less stressful than the pace of the weekend workshops, with its time constrains, and more conducive of deeper learning of the subject.  

   I find this 10 week course really informative and skill building.  I am also happy that I took a couple of weekend workshops, as the previously received knowledge certainly helps now to better understand what is going on at the lessons. It created a base for acquiring more knowledge and skill. It also helps to find the direction were to move with the work between lessons . "

- Margarita Riaikkanen, 2016


Dates - Wednesday 26th July to  Wednesday 20th September 2016

Time - 7pm to 9pm

Duration - 9 weeks

Venue - Glen Eira Cheltenham Art Group Studio, 

Moorleigh Community Village, Room S2-Bob Flavell Wing
92 Bignell Road, East Bentleigh 3165


Cost: $306 (10% discount for Glen Eira Cheltenham Art Group members and second time students - $270)

Materials: Included


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Materials - Weekly Workshop

Course Materials Provided


All neccesary materials for making your first print are provided in the course.

Materials provided in the course are:

  • Tracing Paper & Carbon Paper
  • Tape
  • Wood block
  • Non-slip Mat (for carving and printing)
  • Printing Paper
  • Pigment (Gouache)


Carving Tools

Students will require their own carving tools. A set of ordinary lino-cutting tools is sufficient to begin with. If you dont have any carving tools, I can supply a reasonable quality and priced set.


The First Day

On the first day students should bring:
- pencil (3H or similar), ruler, paper, set of carving tools if you have them. (If not I have some available for purchase.)


As the course progresses

Later in the course you will need:

  • small brushes for applying pigment
  • small jars for mixing pigment
  • a plastic spray bottle such as an empty cleaning bottle
  • a wide brush for dampening paper
  • plastic bag or sheet to keep printing paper moist

Course Description - Weekly Comprehensive



In ten weeks students are briefly introduced to the history and concepts of Mokuhanga and taught the three main processes in mokuhanga – design, carving and printing. The end aim is to have produced a finished print of one or more colours and gained an understanding of mokuhanga.


Week 1 – 2 In the first class students will begin to develop their design idea and transfer it to the wooden block, ready to be carved.
Week 2 – 5 Safe, ergonomic and effective carving techniques are introduced to students who proceed to carve their design until it is ready for the printing stage. Key principles of carving related to mokuhanga printing are covered. The use of different tools are shown and sharpening of tools is also taught.
Weeks 5 – 7 Printing is introduced, with a focus on overcoming common mistakes for beginners to produce an acceptable quality print. The use and handling of paper, various brushes, pigments, baren and other equipment is taught.
Week 7 – 10 Revisiting all three stages students are taught to correct common faults and produce a finished small edition of prints.

Depending on the speed of work the student can finish a print of one to four colours. There is plenty of time for discussion and individual tuition.


7 or 8 week courses-

The same content is included, there is just a bit more emphasis to finish carving earlier.




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