Melbourne 10 Week Evening Course, April - June 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 10 weeks (20 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 19th April to Wednesday 21st June 2016

Time - 7pm to 9pm

Duration - 10 weeks

Venue - Glen Eira Cheltenham Art Group Studio, 

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


Cost: $340 (10% discount for Glen Eira Cheltenham Art Group members and second time students - $316)

Materials: Included


Venue Map




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 Beginner / Intermediate



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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Residency Learning Option

Study with Terry to study and learn, getting one-to-one tuition, access to professional eqipment and the resources of a professional mokuhanga artist and teacher.


Suitable for beginners through to professional artists, you will be able to produce your own work with assistance and guidance from Terry in all aspects of mokuhanga.



A variety of accomodation is available in Ocean Grove or nearby, from camping, camp ground cabins, bed and breakfast, Air B&B, through to holiday home rental.


There is no smoking allowed in the studio.


Study and Stay Prices


Option  2 Days (minimum)  3 Days      5 Days      Per Week*
Private Study  $500 $650  $750  $900
        *price will reduce after 3 weeks 


Tea and coffee provided 

Ocean Grove

Ocean Grove is a seaside holiday town located on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. With full amenities, it is also just 1 1/2 hours to the centre of Melbourne. The studio is only a short walk to the beach, shops, supermarket, restaurants, bars and cafes.





Payment Options - How to Pay for Your Course

There are several convenient ways for you to pay, including Credit Card through PAY PAL, Direct Bank Transfer and Cheque..


(If the course you wish to attend is being managed by another organisation, please contact them directly on the link provided in the article above.)


Step 1. Fill out the form to the right, and indicate your preferred method to pay. We will check that a place is still available on the course you have chosen and then send you the details and payment method.


Step2. Proceed to pay using the details we have sent you. Please note that we are not able hold a place indefinitely, courses are filled on a first come first served basis, so prompt payment will secure your place.


We look forward to hearing from you!


If you just want to enquire, use the form at the bottom right, we will respond as soon as possible.


Payment methods:


Payment Method


Direct Transfer to our Bank Account

 * Preferred Method* Pay direct to our bank account through internet banking. Convenient, instant and no fees.


Pay Pal

Our confirmation email will contain a link to Pay Pal and the amount for the course you have chosen. Once you click the link you will be re-directed to the secure Log in page of Pay Pal. Log in and pay with your Credit Card. The entire transaction is handled securely by Pay Pal. At no time are your Credit Card details shown to or stored by the Australian Mokuhanga School. On successful payment you are notified by email of the transaction.

Upon receipt of notification of payment from Pay Pal, we will issue a receipt to your nominated contact. 


Pay by cheque made out to:

Australian Mokuhanga School

And posted to:

2 / 1167 Geelong Road, Mt Clear, Ballarat, VIC, 3350

You will be notified when your cheque is cleared.



 Pay in person, by cash if you are able to before the course begins. Available only in Ballarat or by meeting prior to course commencement.

Course Options for Adult Beginners / Intermediate

We offer a range of courses to suit individual schedules.

  • 2 Day weekend intensive workshop, usually 10 am to 4pm each day
  • 2 Day split weekend intensive workshop, usually 10 am to 4pm each day, split over two weekends.
  • 1 week workshop, usually 10 am to 4pm each day over 5 days
  • 10 week class, 2 hours weekly over a term

Learn the basic principles to design carve and print your own multi colour, multi block woodblock print project. Course materials are provided along with helpful notes and information on where to buy materials as you need them. Once you join one of our courses you will be given a log-in to this website where you can participate in the Forum, promote your work on the Gallery and create your own profile.


The aim of these courses is to introduce the technique, providing you with the knowledge and skills to independantly produce your own woodblock prints after completing the course.


For Intermediate / Advanced students:

As your skills advance you might like to take advantage of some further skill development:
  • Master more printing skills - bokashi, gomazuri, barensuji and other amazing effects, colour, paper preparation and handling, printing editions, managing large works
  • Master more carving skills - line work, traditional image transfer techniques, working with other timbers, alternative carving techniques, tool sharpening
  • Equipment maintenance - construct / repair your own baren, advanced care of brushes
  • Hanko - design and make hanko from stone, wood or other materials

Advance your skills you have learned to a higher level. Gain ability to bring your ideas more fully to life in mokuhanga and master the different aspects of producing high quality prints.


For Professional Artists

Individual tuition is available to integrate your ideas and current practice with mokuhanga techniques


Children and Schools

kids-printing2We love teaching children. In Japan children at school learn mokuhanga, much like children here might try lino printing. Whether it is a part of art classes or for cultural / language studies, please feel free to contact us to arrange a workshop. Of course we have a clear Victorian working with children check.

  • Taste of mokuhanga - experience mokuhanga as part of cultural studies / celebrations
  • Beginners course - Students learn the basic skills to produce their own print
  • Contact us to start a discussion about the possibilities

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