Japanese Woodblock with Ralph Kiggell ARE

2 day course
2 & 3 June 2020
10am to 4pm

£195 including all materials

Japanese Woodblock with Ralph Kiggell ARE

Ralph Kiggell originally studied in the early 1990s at the atelier of Toshi Yoshida, son of Hiroshi Yoshida, where he learned the fundamentals of the traditional water-based Japanese woodblock technique, known today as mokuhanga. He was later able to learn more contemporary woodblock methods in Kyoto with Akira Kurosaki, before continuing his studies to MA level at Tama Art University, Tokyo. Ralph’s work is held in many private and public collections, including the British Library & the Ashmolean Museum.

On this two-day course we will explore the basics of the classic art and craft of Japanese water-based woodblock printing, which is non-toxic and does not need a press.

Course structure
• Introductory talk and looking at examples of Ralph’s original work.
• Introduction to the tools, materials and basic methods used in mokuhanga.
• Learn about block preparation and how to cut the blocks with a range of knives.
• How to mix and apply water-based pigments with horse-hair brushes to blocks.
• How to prepare and dampen Japanese washi paper.
• How to register prints using the Kento mark, and print by hand with a baren.
• Embrace discovery and experimentation along the way!

Experience level
No previous experience necessary.
Pre-course information
Any image preparation notes will be sent 2 weeks prior to the course date.

Maximum 10 places

How to book
• By email using the email button below
• By phone 01223 892380


Payment / Terms and Conditions

For all courses except CPSC Certificate course

Full payment of the course fee is required when booking a place. A reserved place is not secure until full payment has been received. If full payment is not received within 10 working days of a place being reserved, the booking will be assumed to be void.

If for any reason you are unable to attend, we will refund monies paid minus a £10.00 admin fee, as long as you cancel your place more than 10 working days before the course start date. Cancellations received less than 10 working days before a course starts will require the full course fee to be paid.

Curwen Print Study Centre reserves the right to cancel courses – a full refund will be made in these circumstances.


For CPSC Certificate course

Payment of the deposit for Term 1 is required when booking a place. A reserved place is not secure until this deposit has been received. If the Term 1 deposit is not received within 20 working days of a place being reserved, the booking will be assumed to be void. The outstanding balance for Term 1 is due before the start of Term 1.

If for any reason you are unable to attend, we will refund monies paid minus a £10.00 admin fee, as long as you cancel your place more than 20 working days before the course start date. Cancellations received less than 20 working days before a course starts will require the full course fee to be paid.

Curwen Print Study Centre reserves the right to cancel courses – a full refund will be made in these circumstances.