Printmaking: Japanese Woodcut


COURSE DATES: Tuesdays, 30th July – 20th August 2024

TUTOR: Carol Wilhide Justin ARE


TIMES: 6:00pm – 9:00pm


FEE: £160

LOCATION: Mermaid Court Campus, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

Japanese Woodcut or Mokuhanga is a relief printmaking process that is completely non-toxic in that it uses watercolour pigments and nori (rice starch) instead of oil-based ink. The prints are handprinted using a baren – a disc-shaped printmaking tool used to hand burnish a print by rubbing it over the surface of the paper when it is in contact with the inked-up block. No presses are necessary for this technique, making this a process that can be done at home.

The course explores the history of the traditional Japanese prints as exemplified by Hokusai and Hiroshige and follows the teaching that the tutor Carol Wilhide Justin herself received from Japanese sensei on her residency in Japan.

Throughout the course you will learn how to:

  • Design and plan your wood plate
  • Use a variety of specialist printmaking equipment and materials
  • Use and apply watercolour pigments and nori to create your prints
  • Use a baren
  • Apply your new knowledge of traditional Japanese printmaking techniques to your own work

Suitable for all levels of printmaking experience. Students are required to join from day one, it is not possible to rejoin the course if a session (or part of it) is missed.

The studio has dedicated printmaking facilities for professional hands-on learning. Once you have completed the course we recommend signing up to one of our other Printmaking courses to learn a new technique, or join us for Open Access sessions on Wednesday evening and Saturdays during the day, giving you the opportunity to further develop your printmaking skills. After completing this course students will be given one free Open Access session.

Recommend booking by: July 16, 2024

All Levels

All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish. This means an student from the following experience levels can join this course:


Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience.

Beginner +

Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium.


Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.


Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

It is a good idea to bring some images to work from for this workshop, sketchbook drawings, photos, downloaded printouts. The image should be simple with flat colour areas and no very fine lines please! Printing material costs are included in your course fee. 


Carol Wilhide Justin a printmaker working mainly in relief printmaking – woodcut, linocut, Japanese woodcut and bookbinding. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2017 with an MA in Print. In 2014 she was awarded a residency by MI-Lab to learn Mokuhanga (Japanese woodcut) in Fujikawaguchiko, Japan from Japanese senses and it has become her main practice. In Mokuhanga, the delicate nuance of watercolour is married to the certainties of the woodcut. The prints are hand printed using a baren on Japanese paper.

Since her MA Carol has been on a residency to Finland to work with Tuula Moilenen, an internationally renowned Mokuhanga printmaker and specialist. Her work has been exhibited at Clifford Chance, Travers Smith (where she won the CSR RCA Award), Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2017 and 2018 where she won the Intaglio Printmaker’s Prize, National Open Art Exhibition and the West Yorkshire Print Workshop Show ‘Japan’.

Her work is held in print collections at Clifford Chance, RCA, CfSHE Tokyo Japan, Awagami Awa Japan and the V&A Museum in London.

She teaches Japanese woodcut, bookbinding and relief printmaking at Morley College, the City Literary Institute and Art Academy London.


Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street London SE1 1HR tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

We cannot store your bikes at the Academy, however there is on-street bike parking near our Mermaid Court site.

Students are welcome to use our Common Room during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

You are also welcome to make tea or coffee.

Terms and Conditions

  • By booking onto one of our courses you agree to our Short Courses Terms and Conditions.
  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.

Materials & Equipment

  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of each session where possible, with the exception of oil paintings and sculpture works.
  • We cannot store materials at the Academy, so please take these to and from your sessions.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you a week before the start of your course.

Concessions and Discounts

We offer a number of concessions and discounts, please find more information on what we offer here.

Gift Vouchers

If you would like to purchase a gift voucher to be used on our courses then you can purchase these here.


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Image / Carol Wilhide Justin from her new book Japanese Woodcut: Traditional Techniques and Contemporary Practice, published by Crowood Press.