Woodcut Printing Workshop

Learn the art of an ancient print form at this London workshop.

3 hours - 4.5 hours Class size 1 to 8 (public classes), 1 to 10

label £85 - £125 (price varies across dates)

The workshop is about learning the use of traditional Japanese hand tools, the process of inking wood blocks, printing on different types of handmade printing paper and developing a new understanding of various techniques in woodcut art. All of these enable you to make numerous fine art prints to take away at the end of the session!

Printing Class Structure
Intro - Cups of tea, coffee or soft drinks followed by some words from me on my printmaking career and a round-the-table 'meet and greet' from everyone to begin the workshop.

Stage one - We will cover the use of hand tools to design, draw and cut woodblocks and explore the process of hand printing using traditional Japanese barens (circular discs wrapped in bamboo) and rollers on three types of paper.

Stage two - Delve a little deeper, showing you how to use multiple blocks and reduction-cutting techniques to create more complex multi-colour prints.

Stage three - This a perfect opportunity to make multiple prints through editions, ending the final part of the session by experimenting with your favourite design or playing with various colours.

Stage four - I'll be collecting everyone's individual prints, wrapping them in sheets of tissue paper and rolling them up into tubes for safe passage home.

Please feel free to leave your email addresses at the end of our workshop, so I can forward a tools and materials list from my suppliers I use for the studio.

My studio is at the end of an industrial estate, past the cement works on your right, past Bow Bunker to your left and in a building with large letters LAF on the outside.

Do call me if you’re feeling uncertain about directions or if travelling you’re alone I can always meet you outside the Beehive on Towcester Road.

Knowledge required
Suitable for beginners - no previous printmaking experience needed, just a curious mind!
What you'll get
Everyone will be provided with:
  • Sets of Japanese hand tools
  • 1 x A4 Shina ply woodblock (slightly small blocks for evening sessions) - both sides of the block can be cut and printed
  • 3 x types of printmaking papers (including Japanese Hosho paper)
  • water-based inks, pencils etc.
  • Pre-cut shapes and pattern blocks you may use in your compositions.
  • Tubes provided for all prints created to take safely away.
What to bring
Any material or inspiration for your prints to help create your designs - Alex is often inspired from photography, old postcards and personal drawings for his own work.
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday or hen do.

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 10 years old).

An adult must accompany any attending kids. The adult may observe at the class for free.

This would also be a unique gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift, Father's Day gift or birthday gift.


Towcester Road, London E3 3ND

This venue is within walking distance from Bromley-by-Bow tube station (700m).

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Alex Booker
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Join London-based printmaker Alex Booker and create your own artwork using a Japanese wood block printing method.

Draw and cut your own woodblock using Japanese Shina plywood and traditional tools and explore the process of hand-printing on different paper types. Then learn how to use multiple blocks to build colour and design, as well as reduction-cutting techniques to create more complex prints.

Both sides of the wood as useable so you will have plenty of time to create one or two designs. You will be able to make multiple prints and even create your own editions if you wish! Prints will be safely rolled ready to carry home.

Suitable for beginners. All equipment and materials will be provided as well as non alcoholic refreshments.

Alex recommends bringing material or inspiration for your prints to help create your designs - he often draws inspiration from postcards, photos and drawings for his own work. There will also be plenty of art books and prints from previous workshops to show this exciting and varied art form!

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