The best way for serious students to develop their skills and at the same time have the opportunity to enjoy and absorb the diverse Kyoto environment is to select a long term of classes. .
Studying for up to 90 days is possible on a Tourist Visa. Longer terms require a Cultural Visa (it gives you the option of earning some slight income while studying; but difficult to get).
Students can choose the number of days each week that they want to attend the school. There are no classes on weekends or on Fridays.
Cost: ¥10,000 per day; classes are from 1:00pm to 6:00pm including the workshop clean-up.
What you get: a moderate quality 8-knife set, use of the workshop equipment and facilities, the baren and its brace, tracing film (polyfilm), wood, proof paper, sharpening rouge and its stand, thumb stalls, taxi gloves, oil sponge, hanko seal making instruction (off workshop), instruction, and some other materials and tools.
Additional costs: pure pigment set, professional carving knives, ball bearing baren, handmade washi.
Accomodation and food: Students arrange these by themselves. No eating meals in the workshop. The School is not a lounge; we study hard, deeply, intensively.
"Over the last 45 years I have taught to hundreds of students, both Westerners and Japanese, the great art/craft of Japanese waterbased printmaking, called Mokuhanga."
Richard Steiner has been teaching mokuhanga in Kyoto for the past 45 years to a interesting variety of students, Westerners, Japanese, children, deaf adults, mice in the studio ceiling. As a Western artist who studied 10 years 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 15 years Richard has taught from his studio in the very heart of Kyoto.
You can find more information about Richard and his work on his personal website Richard Steiner's Home Page, www.richard-steiner.net
Located close to the heart of Kyoto, with easy to train and bus services, the school is convenient and easy to access. It is also ideally located to get to all of Kyoto city's facilities: art galleries, museums, shops and tourist destinations.
The new, larger studio is close to the world famous Shimogamo Shrine, near to the peaceful Kamogawa river, and is a great place to visit and study.