Events & Classes


SAGINAW, MI Feb 18 – March 15, 2019 | Then and Now: Keeping Japanese Woodblock Printmaking Alive at Saginaw Valley State University’s University Art Gallery.

Exhibition Dates: February 18th, March 15th, 2019
Lecture: February 28th, 3 – 4 pm
Reception: February 28th, 4 – 6 pm


In my Japanese woodblock printmaking workshops, participants learn the how to carve, print with water-based pigments, kento registration, and pressing with a baren – all hallmarks of the mokuhanga (wood print) printmaking process dating back to the 17th century.


CHICAGO, IL | April 13 – 14 | 2-Day Mokuhanga Primer at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative.

Located near Chicago’s Lincoln Square, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative is the City’s longest running printmaking workshop. For over 29 years, they have been educating the masses on the fine art of printmaking.

Email them at or leave them a message at 773-293-2070, please include your name, address, tel and method of preferred payment. Online registration will be open soon.

All tools and materials are supplied for this class.


INCLINE VILLAGE, NV | June 24 – 28, 2019 | Five Day Intro to Japanese Woodblock Printmaking at Sierra Nevada College. Registration is open.

Sierra Nevada College-Lake Tahoe hosts an extensive series of Summer Visiting Artist Workshops featuring artists renown in their fields. SNC is a private, liberal arts university located five miles east of the California border and is serviced by the Reno/International Airport.

SNC Students please bring:

  • An idea for your print. Your print design needs to fit within a 7” x 10” boundary (paper size will be 9” x 12”). Ideally, it will have clearly defined shapes (like in a coloring book) and may utilize two or more colors. Print Design Steps
  • Carving tools – recommend beginners set “Japanese detail carving tools”, $46 www.leevalley
  • Woodblocks – (One) 3/8” x 9” x 12” shina plywood, $11 www.immclains
  • Brushes –  One or two #8 or #10 watercolor brushes (old ones are fine) PLUS #8 Japanese Surikomi Bake $21 (printmaking brush), www.imcclains
  • “Standard Quality Baren” (medium #A6208 or large #A6209 – large is better), or high quality “Murasaki Baren” (medium #A6026 – the best) , www.imcclains


More 2019 workshops are still in the planning stages. Please check back again for further details.

Looking to host a workshop at your venue or have a private lesson? Please feel free to contact me.


“Mary Brodbeck’s mastery of mokuhanga is nearly as inspiring and beautiful as her patience and kindness as a teacher. I would recommend her workshop to anyone who wants to learn more about Japanese prints.” ~Trishelle J.

“Incredibly thorough! A workshop that engages all skill levels.” ~Ashlee M.

“Mary was great at showing step by step….I improved my process 100%.” ~Barbara M.

“Mary’s class actually exceeded my expectations, it was great.”” ~Dee B.

“Mary is that rare combination, a proficient artist and a great teacher.” ~Alex P.

“Mary’s class was a nice, easy introduction to an art that I am really interested in. She did a lot to make it really accessible.” ~Joe V.

“My experience of having Mary as a personal instructor was extremely helpful and inspiring. It allowed me the courage to work and experiment with a brand new art medium.” ~Sybil G.

“This was the most enjoyable art workshop I have ever taken.” ~Elizabeth G.

Mary Brodbeck Woodblock Prints

For those who value elegant design, the warmth of the hand made, and the restorative power of art.

610 W. Willard St., Studio D • Kalamazoo, MI 49007 • 269-344-6654 •

* Original Woodblock Prints * Guest Lecturer and Instructor * Documentary Film * Greeting Cards *
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