Learn Japanese Woodblock Printing at Volcano Art Center

February 26, 2018, 4:57 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 4:03 PM
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The tools of traditional Japanese woodblock printing. Photo courtesy of Volcano Art Center.

Volcano Art Center will present a class series led by Sensei Glenn Yamanoha teaching traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking from Mar. 8 through Apr. 5, 2018.

Known as Mokuhanga, the art is a relief printing technique using Japanese tools and natural materials including sumi ink, watercolor and nori. With non-toxic materials, Mokuhanga readily combines traditional processes with new printing technologies.

Instructor Yamanoha will introduce the basic technique in five hands-on sessions. Attendees will learn methods of cutting with chisels, preparing blocks and paper, registration and printing with a printing pad.

Yamanoha studied woodblock printing in Kyoto, Japan on a scholarship from the Japanese government between 1988 and 1990. He now lives in Volcano Village and runs Volcano Gravel.

An example of art created using Mokuhanga. Photo courtesy of Volcano Art Center.

The classes will be held at Volcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus every Thursday afternoon during these dates: Mar. 8, 15, 22, 29 and Apr. 5, 2018. The course fee is $80, $72 for VAC members plus a $40 supply fee. No experience is necessary to attend.


To register or for more information, contact Volcano Art Center at (808) 967-8222 or visit

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