Chinese Woodblock Printing

Subject: Printmaking
Dates: 12 August 2019 - 16 August 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Wei Lizhong
Full price
£ 385

Unmissable. The master of Chinese block printing, Mr Wei Lizhong of Shizhuzhai Studio, teaches traditional techniques  in woodblock printmaking.

On this course, students will:

  • Transfer a design onto a block of wood (Note: Pear or jujube wood is traditionally used, but we will use locally available lime wood for this course. )

  • Use specialised knives to carve fine details and other metal tools for larger areas

  • Depending on your design, particularly if using colour, you may need to compose and carve onto multiple blocks.

  • Test and refine your carving

  • Learn to properly ink your block; Advanced students may wish to try and achieve colour gradations by experimenting with diluting ink.

  • Transfer the design onto paper using a baren for pressure.

To gain a better idea of the process, click here to view a video produced by UNESCO on this unique craft.

Who is this course for?

All levels of ability and experience welcome.

What should I bring?

All materials will be provided on this course.

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full-time students and OAPs.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

You can view our policy here.

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Tutor biography

Wei Lizhong

Wei Lizhong is a master block printer from Zhejiang Province, China. Master Wei has dedicated his practice to reviving the art of woodblock printing in China. He re-opened the historically important Shizhuzhai (Ten Bamboo) printing studio, and actively lectures about this important part of intangible cultural heritage.