Experimental Japanese vinyl printing with Wuon-Gean Ho


Ref: SLW12510

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About this course

Japanese vinyl for printmaking is a smooth and beautiful material to work with. Explore experimental carving and inking in order to achieve a range of colourful relief, viscosity and intaglio prints.

Course Description

Japanese vinyl for printmaking is similar to traditional linoleum. It is a smooth surface to draw upon and carve. It can be worked boldly and cut deeply, yet also holds a fine strong line. During this course we will explore experimental carving and inking using Japanese vinyl in order to make a range of colourful and experimental prints.

You will be introduced to the tools and materials and have a chance to see what other experimental prints have been made. You will work with Japanese vinyl as a relief print (where the ink sits on the surface of the block). The focus will be on broadening your range of mark-making at the carving and printing stage and exploring quick and beautiful ways of developing half tones on the surface of the blocks.

You will then work with the material as an intaglio print (where the ink sits in the grooves of the block) and learn a way of floating multiple layers of colour on the same block, this is called viscosity printing. The transparent layers of colour will combine to make stunning effects.

You will also work with reduction printing, learning how to make a multi-coloured image with this technique that was popularised by Picasso. It’s a chance to enjoy making fluid marks and develop a care-free attitude to printmaking.

The stunning setting of West Dean may inspire you to develop works that respond to the house and gardens. By the end of the course, you will have learned various ways of using Japanese vinyl and have made lots of colourful works.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course the College will supply most of the materials including: three 15 x20cm Japanese vinyl blocks, relief inks in yellow, red, green blue and black, reducing medium, intaglio inks in red, blue and black, Hosho paper, Somerset paper 250gsm, tracing paper, newsprint, rags, scrim and a set of cutters.

What students need to bring

  • Some sharpies, pencils and coloured pencils.
  • Old credit cards or store cards, combs
  • An apron

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • General art materials are available from the shop subject to availability.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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