Summer Course for Beginning & Advanced Students



August 12 - 16, 2019

2pm - 6pm

$390 (includes materials) + HST

Instructor: Elizabeth Forrest

Max: 8 students

Register by: Aug. 2nd



Course Description

The chief characteristic of this medium is that it employs water-based pigments printed on Japanese papers using authentic Japanese printing brushes and handheld barens. All tools are provided.


Beginning students will be taken through the complete process from designing to printing a small edition of their colour woodblock print on a variety of Japanese papers. In this course you will carve a key block, transfer the key block image to another block to carve second and third colours (hanshita technique). Students will learn how to prepare their paper for printing each print in perfect registration.

Materials included: imported Japanese shina plywood woodblock, various Japanese washi papers, tracing paper, newsprint, pigments, rice paste, miscellaneous studio supplies. Registered students will be requested to prepare ideas for their woodblock before the course starts.


Advanced students are welcome to register and work on their own project under the teacher’s guidance. Students may have questions about printing consistency, colour mixing, levels of rice paste, use of papers and so on.


If you have questions about the course please contact Elizabeth:



Please register by August 2nd by contacting Gerrard Art Space

at (416)778-0923.


Artist/printmaker, Elizabeth Forrest, graduated from printmaking at the Ontario College of Art where she later taught print for seven years. She moved to Kyoto, Japan in order to learn the art of  Japanese woodblock printmaking also known as “mokuhanga” and subsequently has specialized in the medium.  Her print work recently received a government of Hawaii purchase award at the International Mokuhanga Exhibition in Honolulu.  Since 2014 Elizabeth has also shown at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Open Studio Gallery, Toronto, The Stuart Jackson Gallery, Toronto and as a member, has held two solo exhibitions at the Gerrard Art Space. Please see www.elizabethforrest.ca

for additional information. 






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