Chinese Color Woodblock Printing: Workshop and Lecture

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Join professors David Barker of the Muban Foundation, London, and Wang Chao of the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, for a discussion and demonstration of Chinese woodblock printing techniques. They will explain the processes of multi-color printing (douban) that was perfected in the early 17th century, and show how simple tools and materials can be used to create prints that closely mimic painting.

10-11:30 am – Powerpoint presentation by David Barker and Wang Chao @ Botanical Auditorium.

11:30-1 pm – Lunch break

1-3 pm – Wood carving and printing demonstration by Wang Chao, with translation and commentary by David Barker @ Banta Hall.

Wang Chao王超 is associate professor in the Print Department of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. He entered the China National Academy of Fine Arts in 1994, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 1998 and a Master’s degree in 2007 with a specialty in woodcut printmaking. He is currently the deputy-professor responsible for The Purple Bamboo Studio. His works have been exhibited and collected internationally.

David Barker is a graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London 1961-66. He studied Chinese at the People's University, Beijing and at Leeds University in the 1980s. He retired from the post of Reader in Printmaking at the University of Ulster in 2005, to take up the voluntary post of Secretary to the Trustees, The Muban Educational Trust 2005-2015. He is currently the Senior Research Fellow in the Muban Educational Trust 2015. His work includes many books and journal articles published in the UK, USA and China. He is currently working to complete a Chinese-English-Chinese Glossary of Woodblock Printmaking Terms. He is Honorary Professor of Printmaking in the China Academy of Fine Arts and a Member of their International Exchange Committee.


The Huang Family of Block Cutters: The Thread that Binds Late Ming Pictorial Woodblock Printmaking” David Barker, Honorary Professor of Printmaking in the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, and Senior Research Fellow in the Muban Educational Trust November 22, 2016 (Tuesday) 7:30 pm Free; no reservations required. Rothenberg Hall In this lecture, Prof. Barker will consider the importance and contribution of the famous Huang family of artisan block cutters from the Shexian area, near Huizhou in Anhui, in the pictorial printing of the late Ming dynasty.

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