The Artist and a Japanese Woodblock Print
The Artist and a Japanese Woodblock Print
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Events & Classes


HOUGHTON, MI | Through June 15, 2018 | Michigan Technological University-Great Lakes Research Center. Curated by Lisa Johnson de Gordillo.

ANN ARBOR, MI Through June 10, 2018| University of Michigan’s University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2.


At the onset of each of these 5-day Japanese woodblock printmaking workshops, participants will make a two-color print from prepared blocks using; 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. We will then move into carving and printing our own designs with thorough demonstrations along the way. At the workshops’ closing, we will have the option of exchanging prints with one another.


INCLINE VILLAGE, NV | June 25 – 29, 2018 | Five Day Intro to Japanese Woodblock Printmaking at Sierra Nevada College.

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 boarder 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 #A6206 – the best) , www.imcclains
  • Pens and pencils
  • Tweezers
  • Soft bristle tooth brush
  • Anything else you normally use in the studio: Apron, Notebook, etc.

An additional studio fee will cover the cost of paper, inks and other materials.


OMAHA, NE | July 9 – 12, 2018 | Five-Day Mokuhanga Workshop at University of Nebraska-Omaha via Frogman’s Press.

Frogman’s Press is a highly respected printmaking workshop that draws professional artists, educators, and workshop participants from across the United States and around the world. Frogman’s Press facilitates two one week sessions each year and since 2016, is hosted by the University of Nebraska-Omaha School of the Arts.

Frogman students: please contact host organization for supply details.


Further information and supply lists will be posted as we get nearer to these dates.


Other Recent Venues: 

Glen Arbor Art Association
Glen Arbor, Michigan

Oregon College of Art and Craft
Portland, Oregon

Ottawa School of Art
Ottawa, Ontario

“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.


Feel free to contact Mary with any questions!

 Mary Brodbeck Productions, LLC • 610 W. Willard, Studio D • Kalamazoo, MI 49007 • 269-344-6654 •

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