"The traditional Japanese technique is highly versatile, environmentally friendly and inherently beautiful. The school follows, to an extent, the ukiyo-e method, but is solidly in the Independent Printmaker Tradition. We strictly follow the difference between being an artist and being a craftsperson.
"You can study for a short or long term. The very short courses, however, have been dropped. No more one-day, three-day one-week classes. The lengths available now are ten-day, two-week, one-month, three-month, one- or two-year courses. These year-long courses end with a teacher's license and an artist name. There are no classes on weekends or Wednesdays. Classes begin at 1:00pm and end about 6:00pm after a studio clean up.
Courses for 2017 and 2018 are all booked. 2019 still has openings. But they are few because of preparations for my 50 Years of Printmaking exhibition in 2020."
The school has moved from the Nijo Castle area to the Shimogamo Shrine part of Kyoto. The address is:
Tadekura-cho 65-6, Shimogamo, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto; zip code is: 606-0806.
The building is bigger and much brighter. The area is more quiet than the previous location. The Takano River is very close, as is the Shimogamo Shrine. Classes will resume from May.
"I came to Kyoto to study with Richard and it's been a great experience. From him I could learn so much that's just not possible from books or the internet. My prints have improved so much!" - Terry McKenna 2012