Hiroki Morinoue
Mokuhanga
(Traditional Japanese Woodblock Printing)
Session One - June 11-17, 2017


Course Description
In this class we will investigate the traditional Ukiyoe print process, discuss its popularity in Europe and North America, and contrast the process to the contemporary individual print movement called Sosaku Hanga or creative print movement. Participants will work on two projects. The first is a printing exercise, working with already carved blocks of different types with generic surfaces. Students will then carve their own block of wood, adding shapes, forms, or linear details to their print. Basic carving and printing techniques will be discussed along with short demonstrations on both traditional or alternative approaches. Discussion and critiques on graphic sensibility and colors will be directed to each student.

Artist's Biography
A native of Hawaii, Hiroki received his BFA from California College of Arts with high honors in 1973, and studied Sumi-e Painting and Mokuhanga Printmaking in early 1980s. Over 40 years, he has worked in a variety of media and received numerous outstanding awards. He is one of the founders and a volunteer Artistic Director of Donkey Mill Art Center, the home of Holualoa Foundation for Arts & Culture. He was designated a Living Treasure of Hawaii by the Honpa-Hongwan-ji Mission in 1996 and was also designated a Distinguished Artist by the Honolulu Printmaking Organization at their 85th Annual Exhibition and the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce in 2013.

Artist's Statement
I have long been a patient observer of nature, in particular of its rhythms, patterns and cycles. For over fifty years I have explored painting, printing, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and mixed media. In much of my work there is a compelling sense of place: the shorelines, rocks, lava fields, skies, and rainforests of the Big Island. Lately, my concerns with the war, global warming, immigration, and the depletion of our natural resources are depicted in my work.

Supply List
A matt knife & 1/2" U gouge, and any other wood carving tools.

Watercolor pigments:

  • Red (Alizarin Crimson)
  • Yellow (Cad Yellow Light)
  • Blue (Thalo Blue)
  • Opaque White
  • Black
  • optional for a full color palette: Cad Red Light, Medium Yellow or Hansa Yellow, Ultramarine Blue

A bath towel (white)

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