Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The course qualifies the student for independent work in watercolour woodcut and opens up opportunities for expanding personal artistic expression.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 10.01.2022 - 21.03.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sakari Tervo, Tuula Moilanen, Ari Björn

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Japanese woodblock printmaking is non-toxic method of relief printing. All pigments used are water-based and most materials and tools come straight from Japan. During the course you will learn how to handle carving tools properly and how to register a multi-coloured print with perfection. In addition to basic working methods, you will learn various printing techniques of traditional mokuhanga.You also have an opportunity to examine genuine old ukiyo-e prints from teacher s collection.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Demonstrations, lectures, exercises and personal guidance

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course is organized as contact teaching.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Puupiirroksen taito, Öljyväripuupiirros ja japanilainen vesiväripuupiirros, Kari Laitinen, Tuula Moilanen, Antti Tanttu, TaiK/Ilmari Design Publications, 1999, ISBN 951-558-025-0

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Minimum amount of participants is 8 students.
    Two places are reserved for exchange students.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring III-IV

    2021-2022 Spring III-IV

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture:


    A student registering for the course must confirm participation by being present in the first meeting of the course at 9 am. Without confirmation, the place will be given those present. Passing the course requires 80 percent attendance and completion of the exercises.

    Minimum amount of participants is 8 students.

    The order of priority for admitting students:

    1. Exchange students in Aalto ARTS, 2 places (applies to courses taught in English)
    2. Minor students (applies to compulsory courses in the minor)
    3. Degree students in Aalto ARTS