Relief Printmaking: A Japanese/German Comparison

by  Cleveland Museum of Art

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In this presentation on the history of relief printmaking participants examine the varied techniques and tools used by Western and Asian artists to create their works. Additional topics include the change in function of prints, from religious aids during the Middle Ages in Germany and elsewhere to the use of Japanese prints as part of popular tourist culture in the 19th century. We will compare origins of both printmaking traditions and learn about the sequence of Japanese woodblock printmaking.

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Point to Point: $145.00
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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, Ohio
United States

Distance Learning for adult audiences at The Cleveland Museum of Art allows lifelong learners to connect with the CMA and enrich their studies of history and visual arts through our collection of art and artifacts from around the world. Through live, interactive videoconferencing, students participate in conversations with museum educators that are two-way and fully interactive.

Virtual learning for PreK-12 students offers connections
with the CMA collection through live, interactive video sessions with a
CMA educator. Explore artworks through discussion, writing, drawing,
and movement.

Lessons are designed for grades Pre-K–12 and are designed to support standards.

Arielle Levine

Program Details


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Students will learn or understand…
• The varied techniques and tools used by Western and Asian printmakers to create relief prints.
• The change in function of prints from mostly religious use to a commercial endeavor for later artists in Germany and Japan, while also adapting to the themes and ideas upheld by these artists.
• The ideological focus of German Expressionists artists, shown in their adoption of the traditionally Northern European medium of the woodcut and their interest in spirituality and human experience in their images.
• The use of Japanese prints as tourist images of popular culture, important sites in Japan, and, in the 20th century, genre images related to the exchange of ideas with Western artists.
• The stylistic differences between German Expressionist and Japanese Ukiyo-e prints.

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