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Not Quite Light – Japanese Woodcut

Weekend Course

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Tutor: Lucy Schofield

About the course:

Teaming up with the Not Quite Light photography festival in Salford, and inspired by the beautiful 12 Scenes of Tokyo series of woodcuts of Hasui Kawase (of the 1920’s Japanese shin-hanga movement), Lucy May Schofield will guide you through creating a variety of bokashi (gradations of colour) made famous by these Japanese artists. With minimal carving you will focus on the captivating printing techniques of layering watercolour pigments through several passes with the baren to build up your image, creating atmosphere and subdued light.

This is an opportunity to experiment with larger scale woodblocks as your canvas to master the inking and printing elements of Mokuhanga. Ideal for those who have been on a Mokuhanga/Japanese woodcut course before.

This will be the second Not Quite Light Weekend, following on from the award winning event in 2016.

Working across various venues the weekend; [May 18th- 20th], will see a series of events involving art, architecture, literature, music and debate.

Run by Simon Buckley and supported by salford City Council, “Not Quite Light was inspired by walking in Angel Meadow, just off the city centre of Manchester, where 40,000 people are buried beneath the grassed surface.

It’s where Marx and Engels did their research into the impoverished lives of the working classes. From the glassed new CIS building just across the road, I watched a steady glow fall onto the gravestones of St. Michael’s Flags in the park below.

This caused a simple question to form in my mind: “If this light could magically bring these souls back to life, what would they make of their city today?”.

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Not Quite Light – Japanese Woodcut at Hot Bed Press

Maximum of 8 people