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Circle of Arts: Woodblock Printmaking

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June 27, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Charlevoix Circle of Arts
109 Clinton St
Charlevoix, MI 49720 United States
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Mary Brodbeck — Japanese Woodblock Printmaking Workshop
June 27-28: (Mokuhanga) / 9 am – 4 pm

Learn the basics of Mokuhanga – a rare Japanese printmaking process that uses watercolor pigment, woodblocks, Japanese carving tools, rice paste and Japanese paper – and create a multi-color woodblock print. Demonstrations will include layout and design, carving, and printing with a hand-held burnishing tool called a ‘baren’. No experience necessary. Artist Mary Brodbeck studied Mokuhanga with Yoshisuke Funasaka in Tokyo under the auspices of the prestigious Bunka-Cho Fellowship in 1998. Through the aesthetic lens of her studies in Japan, Brodbeck’s woodblock prints are inspired by the Great Lakes landscape she still calls home.

The trailer for her 2014 award winning documentary film, Becoming Made, (about the Mokuhanga process) may be seen online here.

Fee: $160.00 + $30 material fee. A $30 materials fee (payable to the instructor) includes one 6 x 8 block and all other tools and supplies needed for this workshop.


The Charlevoix Circle of Arts is now taking registrations for the summer kid’s art camps as well as adult workshops. “There are five camp experiences this summer and we are very pleased to be working with Lori Bolt, Laura Kelly, Caroline Smith and Frank Hasseld who are offering some unique camp programs,” notes Gail DeMeyere, Executive Director of the Circle. Lori Bolt from St. Mary School is teaching two classes, one called Puppet Theater and the other called Art from Found Objects in June and July. She is a well-respected and sought-after camp instructor. Her husband Frank Hasseld is adding something new in August called “Tool Time” where children learn the fundamentals of building with tools and creating wooden projects.

Board Member at the Circle of Arts, as well as chairperson of the Education Committee and teacher at St. Mary School, Laura Kelly is teaching two classes with the assistance of Caroline Smith from Charlevoix Elementary School. “The summer camp classes are an extension of the year-round arts education series that we are creating at the Circle,” continues DeMeyere. “We are focusing on bringing meaningful experiences to all levels of learning from youth to adult. Classes range from fine art pastel instruction to Japanese woodblock printing taught by Mary Brodbeck from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to fun evening sessions in hand lettering. Our program is growing with new offerings monthly. The best way to stay current is to visit our website which is getting updated daily with new details.”

The Charlevoix Circle of Arts is a nonprofit arts organization located in downtown Charlevoix. For more information, please visit the website at www.charlevoixcircle.org, call at (231) 547-3554 or visit the Circle at 109 Clinton Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720.