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Keiko Hara

Expressive Mokuhanga: Water based Woodblock Printmaking
Session Three - June 16-22, 2019

Course Description
Through the expressive Mokuhanga printmaking process, with traditional and new techniques, participants will experience creative and versatile image making. Incorporating stencil and collage printing processes, participants will learn and begin to see the endless possibilities for the layering of marks and colors to create variation of Mokuhanga prints.

Artist's Biography
Keiko Hara moved to the USA from Japan to pursue her career as an artist and earned an MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1976. In 1983 she was granted United States permanent resident status as an artist. Hara lives and works in Walla Walla, Washington, where she is Professor of Art Emeritus at Whitman College.

With over fifty solo exhibitions nation-wide since 1976, Hara has also been included in numerous invitational group exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Among museums that include Hara's work in their permanent collections are the National Gallery of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Detroit Institute of Arts, Portland Art Museum, Library of Congress, Jundt Art Museum, and many others.

Artist's Statement
“Topophilia “is the term I use for grasping the beauty and sadness of life’s passing moments. I use Topophilia as a title because it conveys a sense of that place within each of us where an exceptional inner power exists. I see that our individual topophilia connects us across cultural and political boundaries that would otherwise separate us. As an artist, I strive to transform this topophilia into art. It has been an ongoing theme in my work for over 30 years.

"Verse" is the title I've given to explorations of various stages in my artwork.

“Memory” is the term associated with a powerful inspiration which has been coined in my life span.

Website: Keiko Hara



Supply List:
(all supplies will be available from the instructor or the Shakerag store)

  • Woodblock: Japanese Shina-Woodblock 9x12 inches 2 blocks
  • Carving tool: Six Tool Set (for right handed) or Six Tool Set (for left handed)
  • Washi Paper and Stencil Paper
  • Pigments
  • Hake (Water brush)
  • Keiko will order a baren and printing brush for participants


2019 - Session 3 Faculty Work

Michael Brennand-Wood


Christel Dillbohner


Keiko Hara


Sandra Johnson


Sylvia Plachy


Valerie Maser-Flanagan


Ron Roy + Liz Willoughby


Jason Schneider

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