Make a Chinese Wood Block Print at the China Exchange
Award-winning artist Dr Weimin He hosts a demonstration and workshop of traditional Chinese woodblock printing. After a talk about the methods involved, Weimin will demonstrate printing techniques before participants can print their own pieces from the blocks provided under his expert guidance. Materials are included. The workshop is accompanied by a small display of prints and woodblocks from the Muban Educational Trust.
Traditional woodblock prints were produced in China as book illustrations and auspicious New Year prints. In the 1920s and 1930s, European realism was introduced to China and printmaking became an efficient medium for mass education and propaganda. With the open door policy and the reforms of the 1980s, artists have developed a greater variety in their styles and subject matter to express a growing modernism.
Weimin He, trustee of the Muban Educational Trust, a small charity dedicated in promoting Chinese woodblock printmaking, currently teaches drawing at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford. He has extensive experience as an artist, teacher and curator. As a printmaker, Weimin has practiced in both woodblock printmaking and lithography. His work been exhibited internationally and is represented in many public and private collections, including The British Museum, The Ashmolean Museum, The Portland (Oregon) Museum and The China National Gallery in Beijing. He is a Member of the Royal Society of Printmakers.