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Mokuhanga and Me – Jennifer Mack-Watkins

July 26, 2021 - August 6, 2021

| $150 – $500

Mokuhanga and Me with Jennifer Mack-Watkins

Dates: M/W/F July 26 – August 8, 2021
Studio: Online Workshop
Tuition: Sliding Scale, $150-$500
Materials fee: $200
(a note that this covers the purchase and shipping of professional-grade tools that can be used to continue your practice after the workshop. See the list below!)
Class limit: 8

Enrollment for this class is full. To be placed on the waitlist, please email [email protected] or call 845-658-9133.

In order to reserve your space in the class, we require a deposit. Registration is on a first-come first-served basis, and you can read about our refund and cancellation policies here.

During this two-week intensive virtual workshop, participants will learn the basics of mokuhanga. Mokuhanga is a water-based Japanese woodcut printing process which uses a handheld tool called a baren instead of a printing press. Participants will learn image preparation and transfer, carving methods, multi-color registration techniques, basic printing, pigments and papers. Throughout the virtual workshop, live class session will be held on Zoom. Sessions will include a mix of demonstrations, material discussion, and both group and one-on-one feedback.  Shared online mokuhanga resources and community building activities will help to make connections with the instructor and other participants in the workshop. This class is suitable for both beginners and intermediates.

Session 1:
Monday, July 26 ( 10am-1pm)

  • Introduction to the class, students and instructor.
  • Review materials, research, and additional resources
  • Demonstrations: planning a print, color separations, preparing a sketch, registration techniques, transferring images, tools/carving techniques

Session 2:
Wednesday, July 28 (10am-1pm)

  • Open share of work: reflections, thoughts, and challenges
  • Online Resources: intro to papermaking history, Japanese papermakers, rare pigment, Washi makers, contemporary international mokuhanga printmakers
  • Demonstrations: basic level printing process overview, paper prep and storage, pigment variations, Nori

Session 3:
Friday, July 30 (1-3pm)

  • This Friday session is for group and one-on-one feedback. The instructor will be available by appointment to address any questions and provide additional demos and feedback.

Session 4:
Monday, August 2 (10am-1pm)

  • Open share of work: reflections, thoughts, and challenges
  • Online Resources: baren-making process
  • Demonstration: types of brushes, types of barens, drying prints/storage

Session 5:
Wednesday, August 4 (10am-1)

  • Open share of work: reflections, thoughts, and challenges
  • Demonstration: carving tool techniques, sharpening tools.

Session 6:
Friday, August 6 (1-3pm)

  • Large group share and reflection of work completed during the course. Saying goodbye, sharing contact information and other resources.

Materials fee will include:

  • Namisei Hira To (Straight Registration Chisel)
  • Surikomi Bake (Printing and Stenciling Brush)
  • Maru Bake (Round-cornered Brush)
  • Disk Baren
  • Shin Torinoko (Washi Paper)
  • Nori (Paste Adhesive)
  • Black Bokuju (Ink)
  • Holbein Paste Pigment Set (Primary Colors)
  • Two 8×10″ Shina Blocks
  • Shipping for above materials

Participants should have:

  • 9×12″ pad of newsprint
  • 9×12″ pad of tracing paper
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Containers to store pigments
  • Optional Any additional Holbein colors you may want to work with (Black, White etc)
  • Optional Any additional size brushes you want to have
  • Wood carving tools – a few sizes of u-gouge tools (one larger, one smaller), and one v-gouge is sufficient to start





Jennifer Mack-Watkins

Jennifer Mack-Watkins holds an undergraduate degree in Studio Arts from Morris Brown College, a Master’s degree in art education from Tufts University, and an MFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute. She has exhibited in several galleries and museums including the Newark Museum in New Jersey, the International Print Center in New York, Rush Art Galleries, the Brooklyn Museum, and Mason Murer Gallery in Georgia. She was a recipient of “The Elizabeth Catlett Printmaking Award” given by Hampton University Museum. Agnes Scott College, The Newark Public Library, and Clark Atlanta University have acquired her work, adding to their permanent collections. In 2014, Jennifer was selected and lectured at the 2nd Annual International Mokuhanga Conference at the Tokyo University of the Arts in Tokyo, Japan. Recently, Jennifer was selected to participate in the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory artist-in-residence program in Yamanashi, Japan in the summer of 2015. Mack-Watkins was selected by Dr. Sarah Lewis, participated in the Rush Arts Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibition and Print Portfolio that was exhibited in Brooklyn, New York and at Miami SCOPE. The Joan Mitchell Foundation nominated her as a 2015 Emerging Artist. In 2017, Mack-Watkins presented at the International Mokuhanga Conference at the University of Hawaii. In 2019, Jennifer contributed worked with writer Fayemi Shakur and worked collaboratively with fifteen Newark-based, female-identified writers, poets and visual artists to create an artbook titled “A Womb of Violet: An Anthology” a  collection of poetry and original prints along with fifteen Black women writers and artists from Newark, New Jersey. Jennifer also collaborated with the collective she is a founding member of, Black Women of Print, to produce the print portfolio titled “Continuum”. Nigel Freeman, Director of  African-American Fine Art at Swann Auction Galleries, curated Mack-Watkins first solo gallery exhibition titled “Mokuhanga and Me” at Valley Arts Community Art Gallery located in Orange, New Jersey.The spring of 2021 Jennifer is expecting her first solo museum exhibition at The Brattleboro Museum located in Brattleboro, Vermont. Jennifer Mack-Watkins currently lives and works in New Jersey.


July 26, 2021
August 6, 2021
$150 – $500
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