What is it? (painting, collage, sculpture, print, film, textile…)
What words does the artwork make you think of?
Does the title tell you anything more?
Is the work about a particular place?
What is printing?
Printmaking can be both simple or complex. The essence of the printmaking process is ‘repetition’ , you can make many copies from one block or plate. A printmaker will design their artwork and then transfer it onto a flat surface (block or plate), ink is then applied followed by transferring the design onto paper or fabric.
Subject Specific Vocabulary: overlap, contrast, tonal, mark, experiment, sample, blend, uniform, enhance
|Title||Under the Wave off Kanagawa, better known as ‘The Great Wave’ series of 36|
|Dimensions||25.7 cm x 37.8 cm – there are estimated to have been 8000 prints made|
|Period||Edo Period (Japan)|
|Notes||Initially prints from Japan were made with the blue dyes indigo and dayflower blue. |
The Great Wave was one of the first to use the new Prussian blue, a new manmade pigment that did not fade. This was imported from China.
The woodblock print has inspired many generations of artists.
|Education||At the age of 12 he began work in a book shop, at 14 he was an apprentice to a woodcarver and at 18 he entered the studio of Katsukawa Shunsho (painter and printmaker).|