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British royal institute opens workshop on ancient Chinese artform


02-23-2017 08:49 BJT

Woodblock prints are often recognized as a Japanese art form, but the practice actually began in China more than a century before Japanese adoption. Now, a special workshop at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts in London invites students to explore the art of Chinese woodblock prints with an established master.
A chance to not only appreciate the woodblock printing art pieces, but also get some hands on experience.

Here at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts, the master of Chinese woodblock printing, Mr Wei Lizhong, exhibits a wide array of prints from the famous Shizhuzhai studio in China’s Zhejiang Province.

Works include historically and artistically renowned pieces such as the Chinese version of the Buddhist Diamond Sutra.

And Wei is also excited about introducing the technique to more foreigners.

"Chinese woodblock printings are found in the British Museum, and through this workshop in The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, I hope to introduce the art to more people in Europe," Wei said.

Students who sign up for the workshop get to dive into the oldest printmaking process with master Wei Lizhong.

They will learn the basics of designing and transferring an image to the block and how to safely use the tools to cut the block to produce a relief image.

Students will then learn how to transfer the image to paper, printing by hand and by press.
The Prince's School of Traditional Art was founded in 2004 by Prince Charles.

With other organizations and charities, the institute aims to support peace in troubled ethnic-minority communities, through such simple activities as teaching children to create artworks and decorations for their schools' new faith centers.

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