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 to work independently in watercolour woodblock printmaking and opens up opportunities to expand personal artistic expression.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 07.01.2025 - 11.03.2025

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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 a non-toxic method of relief printmaking. All pigments used are water-based and most materials and tools come directly from Japan. During the course you will learn how to use the carving tools properly and how to register a multi-colour print perfectly. In addition to the basic working methods, you will learn various printing techniques of traditional mokuhanga and you will have the opportunity to examine real old ukiyo-e prints from the teacher's collection.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Passing the course requires 80 percent attendance and completion of the exercises.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course is organized as contact teaching (70 hours) including demonstrations, lectures, exercises and personal guidance.

    92 hours independent work / time to think.


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:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Spring III - IV
    2025-2026 Spring III - IV


    Prioritization order for admission is based on the prioritization criteria established by Aalto ARTS:


    After the registration has closed, SISU conducts a raffle to allocate all the seats while considering the possible prioritisation order stated above. If there are more registrants than available seats, ten (10) students from the remaining applicants are drawn and placed on a waiting list in numerical order. On the first day of the course, these students may check for available seats in case of no-shows. Any available seats are then filled in numerical order.

    All applicants will receive an email containing details about the registration status, once the registration period has closed.

    Minimum amount of participants is 8 students, maximum 12.