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Mokuhanga (PEARS/Printmaking)

ART 2000

The NDSU Art/PEARS seminar is co-led by Professor Kent Kapplinger and a visiting scholar who presents their specialization. In this hands-on workshop, participants focus on current trends, process, and theory in print-based media.

This year, Mary Brodeck introduces Mokuhanga (Japanese Woodblock Printmaking), a medium that combines individual expressiveness with collaborative experience to strengthen communication through competent design and deliberate handwork. 

No previous art or printmaking knowledge is necessary. Mokuhanga (Japanese Woodblock Printmaking) is a time-honored, earth friendly printmaking process dating back to 17th century Japan. This unique process utilizes three key elements: kento registration, brushed-on watercolor pigments, and pressing with a hand-held baren. During the first week, students will learn how to design, carve, and print with visiting artist Mary Brodbeck. After some practice, students will make their own 7” x 10” multicolor woodblock print. In the second week, PEARS director Kent Kapplinger will assist with each students’ production for inclusion into the final portfolio exchange.

Visiting Scholar Biography:

Artist Mary Brodbeck resides in Kalamazoo, MI and was educated in Industrial Design and worked as a furniture designer for many years. Craving a closer relationship with nature, she obtained her MFA from Western Michigan University in 1999 and received a five-month long BUNKA-Cho Fellowship to learn eco-friendly Japanese woodblock printing in Tokyo under Yoshisuke Funasaka. Since then, her landscape prints have gained critical acclaim far and wide with inclusion into collections at Detroit Institute of Arts, Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park, Muskegon Museum of Art, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and others. More of Brodbeck’s creative practice and inquiry can be seen in her award-winning documentary film,  Becoming Made.

Objectives/Course Goals:

  • Develop skills for collaboration and for functioning in a diverse studio environment.
  • Enhance ability to effectively compose design imagery for effective communication and visual pleasure.
  • Learn and utilize unique Mokuhanga relief print media.
  • Strengthen verbalization and writing skill to effectively produce, present, and promote design work.
  • Establish professional studio maintenance skill through shop duties.

Required Student Resources -- Bring to Workshop:

  • Ballpoint pen, pencil, eraser and notebook for taking notes
  • Soft toothbrush
  • Spray bottle (small)
  • Water color and/or gouache tube paints (Daniel Smith is good)
  • Assortment of Prisma colors and/or Prisma color sticks.
  • Containers with lids (one per color + paste) and one larger container (water) -ziplock brand best
  • #8 or #10 inexpensive watercolor brush, any style
  • Tweezers