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Japanese Woodblock Printmaking: Create a London Scene


Printmaking, Arts of the Book


23 January 2023-
27 January 2023




The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts


Create a woodblock print in colour depicting your own London scene, inspired by the print, ‘Buckingham Palace, London, seen across Green Park’ by Makino Yoshio.

This course employs slightly different techniques to our other Japanese Woodblock Printing courses, and does not require the use of a key block.

Instead, we use a more contemporary approach to create a design as Makino Yoshio would have done. You will also learn bokashi, a technique for achieving a gradation of tone in a colour or multiple colours.

Includes a guided visit to the exhibition, Japan: Courts & Culture on view at The Queen's Gallery.

Image: ‘Buckingham Palace, London, seen across Green Park’ by Makino Yoshio Ⓒ Akinori Makino


In collaboration with Royal Collection Trust

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Who is this course for?

While not required for this course, students are encouraged to try printing in black and white, which can enhance your understanding of colour printing in this method.

You must be aged 18 or over to participate in our programmes.

What days do I attend?

  • Monday - Friday, 23 - 27 January at the School of Traditional Arts
  • Monday 23 January, 18:30 - 20:00, private curator-led visit to the exhibition at the Queen's Gallery

How many students can attend?

8 people

Where will this course take place?

At The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG

What should I bring to class?

Students should bring with them a set of at least 12 pencil colours. All other materials will be provided.

Wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting slightly messy. Avoid wearing baggy clothing (especially sleeves), loose jewellery, high heels or open-toed shoes.

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full-time students and OAPs.

Concessions cannot be applied in retrospect. To receive a concession, please apply via our online form. We will then send you a discount code to use when booking your space.

Terms & Conditions

The School reserves the right to discontinue or suspend a Course up to fourteen (14) calendar days before the advertised start date of the Course. This course requires a minimum number of enrollments to run.

Our normal terms and conditions apply, with the addition of the following:

  • Please don't attend if you feel unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms. We will be happy to refund your fee or put your fee towards a course on a future date in the next 12 months.

  • If we are unable to hold a session in person due to a change in conditions, e.g. another UK lockdown, this course cannot be held online.

Tutor Biography

Hiroko Imada

Hiroko Imada studied at the Slade in printmaking and while she was there she started to teach Japanese Woodblock Printing. She established the course at the British Museum in 2000 and the PSTA in 2017 and has been teaching there since then. She was commissioned by the British Museum to create a woodblock print inspired by Hokusai’s drawing and its process was recorded to create a film to run at the exhibition ‘Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything’ from 30 September 2021 to January 2022 at the British Museum.

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