JAPANESE WOODBLOCK (MOKUHANGA)
In mokuhanga, separate blocks are cut for individual or related colors. Participants will work from a simple sketch in three colors. They will learn how to transfer the color areas of the sketch to the wood blocks, and how to cut away the areas of the block surrounding the lines and shapes that will print. Participants will use brushes to apply water-based inks and rice paste to their blocks. They will learn the kento method of paper registration to print the inked blocks, one over another onto Asian papers, using hand pressure and a bamboo baren.
With this method of printing one block is used to print multiple colors. The whites are cut out of the block and then the first color is rolled on the block surface and printed. The second color is then printed over the first after the areas are cut away from the same block to reveal the first color. This process is repeated with each color until only the last color portion remains on the block. During this workshop students will cut and print a small woodcut based on a color drawing they provide. Since time is limited a maximum of three colors is recommended.
MARGOT ROCKLEN lives and works in Connecticut. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MS in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She studied printmaking at CMU and Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy. Margot was a graphic designer and illustrator before beginning her teaching career. She is on the arts faculty at Gateway Community College, and previously taught at the Paier College of Art and the Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School, all in the New Haven area.
A founding member of the Printmakers’ Network of Southern New England, Margot has helped initiate and coordinate many of their projects, including INKLING, a program of printmaking activities and exhibits designed for hospital patients, and the group’s Visions/Revisions 25th anniversary exhibit and demonstration program.
Margot is a Board Member of the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, and a member of the Monotype Guild of New England and the Enamel Guild North East. She exhibits her prints in the eastern U.S., and internationally. She has conducted demonstrations, presentations and workshops for high school and university art programs.
SHIRLEY BERNSTEIN creates works on paper. She primarily uses printmaking and oil pastels as her media. She received her BFA in Printmaking from the University of the Arts and her MFA from Indiana University.
Shirley has extensive exhibition experience, showing nationally and internationally. Her work is in the collections of Pacific Rim International Prints, Newport Museum, Robert Blackburn at the Library of Congress, Slater Museum, Indiana University Museum, National Museum of women in the Arts, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Union Carbide, Neiman Marcus, Arjo Wiggins, Eastern CT State College, Wheaton College, Staubiz Design, Dodd Center at UCONN and Fairfield University, as well as private collections in the US, Europe and the Middle East.
She is a founding member of Printmakers’ Network of Southern New England, a signature member of Oil Pastel Society of America, member of Boston Printmakers, Wood Engravers’ Network, Center for Contemporary Printmaking and Los Angles Printmakers. Visit Shirley at www.shirleybernstein.com
Image: Shirley Bernstein, Balloon Cloud, Woodcut