Mary Brodbeck

Intro to Japanese Woodblock Printmaking

June 24th – 28th, 2019


At the onset of this 5-day Japanese woodblock printmaking workshop, 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. Prerequisite: 2D design or equivalent. Additional materials may need to be purchased at the workshop. Info will be sent to registered students. Questions about Mary’s workshops? More info may be found at


Mary Brodbeck Bio

Mary Brodbeck, a native of Michigan, has studied, employed, and taught the traditional methods of Japanese woodblock printmaking since learning these techniques in Tokyo from Yoshisuke Funasaka in 1998. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Western Michigan University in 1999. The calm aesthetics of her landscape prints have received widespread acclaim and can be found in many public and private collections including: the Detroit Institute of Arts, Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Muskegon Museum of Art, and Hunterdon Museum. Mary’s passion for the Japanese woodblock print medium is exemplified further in her 2014 award-winning documentary film, Becoming Made