RISD 2016 wintersession: Chinese Woodblock Print / Mubanshuiyin
Course Description: Mubanshuiyin, Chinese water-based woodblock printing, began around the 600s AD. Rongbaozhai Studio in Beijing continues producing prints using this tradition which remains largely unchanged since its inception. This hand printing process requires no press and is non-toxic, which means students can take this knowledge and print just about anywhere. Alongside a master carver and master printer from Rongbaozhai Studio, students will gain an understanding of the three components of this process, color separation, carving and printing. As the world's first print technique, it had a profound affect on the development of all printing and especially the Japanese woodblock process which influenced so many artists.
Woodblocks and printing process
3 different design ideas for the prints