Course Code E2301PR02
Tutor Carol Wilhide Justin
Course Dates Fridays: 22nd September to 1st December 2023
Times 10:30AM - 4:30PM
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £630 + £40 + extra plate costs

This course focuses on the reduction relief printmaking; a flexible and creative approach to printmaking that provides plenty of scope for experimentation and invention. Printing repeatedly using one block requires understanding of how to apply colour layers, giving interesting opportunities for different colour and inking effects. Beginning with Reduction Woodcut using a press, your tutor will go on to demonstrate Reduction Woodcut using hand printed traditional Japanese or Mokuhanga techniques. The tools used for both are Japanese woodcut tools. This course is ideal for developing your colour skills, learning how to apply multiple colour combinations to wood blocks to expand your printmaking knowledge and develop a self-led project.

Processes will be demonstrated week by week. Your tutor will support you fully throughout the course in both group sessions and one-to-one support, providing very regular feedback, critique and constructive advice. Although the course has a general theme and approach there is no fixed or prescriptive methodology and individuals are encouraged to blend their own experience with all aspects of this course.

By the end of the course you will be able to: 

  • Plan and create prints considering graphic printmaking and illustrative aesthetics. 
  • Develop and apply carving and cutting skills. 
  • Develop and apply skills in mixing ink, rolling up, registering and printing blocks.
  • Explore the differences between press based and hand printed printing.
  • Work with oil based inks and water based pigments.
  • Understand some of the history of Japanese Woodcut and its cultural heritage.
  • Contextualise woodcut and linocut in Western Art History.
  • Understand the difference between working with wood using a press with oil based pigments and hand printing with water based pigments, selecting the relevant one for desired aesthetic results, or combining in a hybrid way for different effects.
  • Understand and apply the reduction method of working with colour in creating prints.
  • Understand and develop workshop etiquette and cooperative studio practice skills.

This course is suitable for all levels.

Carol Wilhide Justin is a printmaker who works in relief printmaking- woodcut, linocut, Japanese Woodcut and book arts. 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 or Japanese Woodcut in Fujikawaguchiko, Japan from Japanese sensei. Mokuhanga has become and remains her main practice. In Japanese woodcut the delicate nuance of watercolour is married to the certainties of the woodcut. The prints are hand printed using a baren on Japanese washi paper. 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 2017-21 where she won the Intaglio Printmakers Prize, National Open Art Exhibition and the West Yorkshire Print Workshop Show ‘Japan’ as well as abroad at Reutlingen Kunstmuseum, Germany and IMPC Nara 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 The Art Academy in London and is an accredited lecturer for The Art Society. She has recently written a book for the Crowood Press on Japanese Woodcut, due out soon.


Materials for this course must be paid for, including plates, paper, inks, chemicals, grounds and various sundries. The basic materials cost for the course is £40 per student, payable at the start of the course.  The tutor will advise on extra costs depending upon how many plates you create.

You must purchase your own materials for the self-led projects. Art Academy London provides tools, presses and etching sundries in the Print Studio and there is availability for you to purchase individual paper and plates. You can choose to supply your own inks and extender or pay a service fee of £10 per session to access the available colours stocked and extender stocked by AAL.

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”.

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

Students will also be able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available.

Students are encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs and water bottles where possible.

  • 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.
  • 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 purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
  • 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 MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
  • 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 at the beginning of your class.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some images of our classes in progress. We will typically inform you beforehand if photography is taking place during your class; if you do not want to be photographed please let the photographer know!
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Fee: £630.00

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