Past Program

Japan: Papermaking, Temples, and Prints

Printmakers as well as many other artists use paper as one of their main materials, yet have little opportunity to learn much about this material and its history, how it is made, and the materials that go into its production. In their sophomore year as print majors, RISD students study Japanese woodblock printing techniques in depth, a technology dependent on Japanese papers and their specific qualities

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • Osaka, Japan
When
Winter 2013

Course Dates: Jan 5, 2013 — Jan 28, 2013

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Faculty
Academic Credits
6
Department
  • Printmaking
  • Architecture
Course Numbers
  • PRINT-4525
  • ARTH-H525
Cost
$3596

Includes accommodation, field trips, local transportation, all meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

Full Course Description

Printmakers as well as many other artists use paper as one of their main materials, yet have little opportunity to learn much about this material and its history, how it is made, and the materials that go into its production. In their sophomore year as print majors, RISD students study Japanese woodblock printing techniques in depth, a technology dependent on Japanese papers and their specific qualities. Other artists and designers habitually use fine quality Japanese washi for a wide variety of applications. This course will introduce RISD students not only to the traditions and history of Japanese paper and the corresponding tradition of printmaking, but also to paper fabrication through a two week workshop at a traditional paper manufacturer. The class will then proceed to Kyoto for a three week stay to study in depth the historical sites and artistic collections of Kyoto, Nara and Osaka, with an overnight trip to study the art and architecture of the mountain monastery village of Koya San for an in depth appreciation of the continuing importance to Japanese art and culture.

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