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Terry McKenna - Principal Teacher

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About Terry

The Karuizawa Mokuhanga School is run by Terry McKenna, professional mokuhanga artist. Now based in Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan, Terry also returns regularly to Australia and New Zealand to teach his popular workshops there. From 2014 to 2018 Terry ran the Australain Mokuhanga School, teaching workshops throughout Australia and New Zealand. More than a thousand people attended his workshops in that time and many hundreds of people of all ages were able to experience printing mokuhanga in his school and festival workshops. He has also led highly successful tours to Kyoto for the last several years. He made it his mission to pass on the skills he had learned to a wide range of people, and continues to do so from Japan.

 

"I have been concentrating on producing woodblock prints since 2006, and inevitably became inspired by the richness of Japanese woodblock prints which are rightly world famous. I love the marriage of art and craft that is needed to produce mokuhanga. I feel excited to be involved in such a historic and amazing technique"

Originally trained in oil painting, Terry has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts as well as many years experience tutoring art media to people of all abilities and walks of life in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and even recently in Singapore..

Terry has held numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1996, won awards, and has also been involved in community arts initiatives, writing reviews of other artist's work for newspapers and managed and taught at an arts facility for people with disabilities for 10 years..You can find full information about Terry's work and art career on his personal website

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At work in his studio...  Teaching...  Demonstrating carving to students...

 

 

 刀の刃教室 Tou-no-ha Kyoushitsu - The Knife School

Starting in 2011 Terry was fortunate to spend two years living in Kyoto, Japan and studying under established mokuhanga artist and teacher, Richard Steiner, who was taught by the Hiroshima mokuhanga master Masahiko Tokumitsu 徳光真散彦, one of the founders of the Independant Print Movement in Japan.

 

Richard received his teacher's license and artist's name 刀斉 Tousai (Flexible knives) from Mr Tokumitsu.

This is the traditional system in Japan, where the teacher decides whether the student has reached the appropriate level to work and teach others on their own.

At the end of his time with Richard, Terry was fortunate to receive a teacher's license and name 刀楽 Touraku, from him. 

 

About Richard Steiner

 

Richard Steiner in his studio

Richard Steiner has been teaching mokuhanga in Kyoto for the past 40 years to a variety of students: Westerners, Japanese, and children. As a Western artist who learned from a traditional Japanese teacher,  Masahiko Tokumitsu, he is able to teach mokuhanga in a way that is accessible for both Japanese and Western students. For many years Richard has taught from his studio in the heart of Kyoto.

 

You can find more information about Richard and his work on his personal website Richard Steiner's Home Page

 

You can find information about learning from Richard in Kyoto here Kyoto International Mokuhanga School. Studying with Richard in Kyoto is uniquely accessible for Western artists to learn mokuhanga while in Japan.

 

 

Contact Details:

〒 389-0111
Japan, Nagano Ken, Kitasaku-gun, Karuizawa-machi, Ooaza Nagakura 3631-4
Terry McKenna

Phone: +81 (0) 8041649865

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