Item #91038 Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]. Kitazawa Teiichi 北沢定一.
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]
Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]

Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3]

Item #91038

Kitazawa Teiichi 北沢定一, editor. Sukō Gakudō Hanga Sakuhinshū 須高学童版画作品集1・2・3 [Woodblock Prints by Schoolchildren in Sukō Vol. 1, 2 and 3].Kamitakai Zukō Kenkyūkai 上高井図工研究会, publisher. Sukō, Nagano-ken. Showa 35 - 37] 昭和35~37年 [1960-1962].
3 brown cardboard portfolios 38 x 28cm have roughly cut title slips with はんが [hanga, prints] in hiragana on washi (Japanese handmade paper) and a second slip on the bottom with a printed number (1, 2 or 3) to indicate the volume. The rear of vol 1 has a similar type slip with the name of the publisher, Kamitakai Zukō Kenkyūkai 上高井図工研究会 [Kamitakai Drawing Research Group]. Inside each is a handmade washi folder with fabric ties and decorated covers with charmingly printed title, volume number and publisher on the front. Inside the folders are 36×25.5cm sheets with tipped-in prints, as well as an index sheet and colophon sheet in each folder. Prints are numbered underneath. The volumes were published over 3 years - from Showa 35 [1960] - to Showa 37 [1962], one per year and it appears that each print was done by a different student.

There are 98 prints total; mainly b+w with some color and sepia prints. One of the color prints in volume 1 is notable as it is abstract. Vol 1 has 30 prints on 29 sheets (3 in color) plus 2 prints on the index sheet and 2 additional prints in a folded white sheet of paper (34 prints total), Vol 2 has 29 prints on 29 sheets, 2 prints on the index sheet and 1 print on the colophon (32 total) and Vol 3 has 31 prints on 31 sheets and1 print on the index sheet (32 total). Japanese text throughout. The 2 loose sheets with prints are numbered 31 and 32 - likely late submissions to Vol 1. One has handwritten Japanese at the bottom with the title and student name. There is no print #24 in Vol 3 - it is either missing or was never submitted for inclusion.

The level of artistry is nothing short of astounding. The two youngest students in Vol 1, a 1st year elementary school student (6-7 yrs old) and a 2nd year student (7-8 yrs), created the 1st and 2nd prints respectively and the level of skill at these ages is remarkable and continues throughout the 3 volumes. The teaching methodology is revealed from the progression of prints by student year; certain techniques are used by students in the same year or years. 1st and some 2nd year students used what was likely a linocut technique, then progressed gradually to woodcut, stencil print and then onto other techniques, though no details are given. 3 prints, at least, appear to employ a collagraph plate: one shows a toy shop and incorporates a print of a length of lace, 2 others have snips of yarn.

Not just art, the prints are a record of children’s indoor and outdoor activities and environments as seen through their own eyes. It appears they were given latitude toward their subjects and illustrated what interested them. They often portray action: playing in the snow, walking the dog, jumping rope, playing cards, juggling balls, building a structure, cleaning the house. A number of artists turned the focus on themselves in self-portraiture and on family members or peers in portraiture. Repeated titles reveal important themes - friends, fathers, workers, the classroom, animals (cows, pigs, chickens) are seen most often. One very young artist goes further to portray an aspiration in Mada Minai Dobutsuen [A Zoo Not Yet Seen]. While the artwork is professional, the subject matter is personal; as such we have an endearing peek into the lives of schoolchildren in rural Japan in 1960-62.

Further study may include the history and passing down of print techniques from teacher to student, the support of art and technique by prefectural authorities, and perhaps even direct contact with the child artists themselves, now aged approx. 68 - 77, who may continue to live in Nagano-ken. Art educators might follow the teachers’ lead with print instruction and portfolio production.

Vol 1 Showa 35 昭和35年 [1960]

Vol 1 has 30 prints on 29 sheets (3 in color) plus 2 prints on the index sheet. Single prints per page except for one sheet with two images. The tipped-in print 10.5 x 25.5cm at the top of the index sheet illustrates insects in brown and black. Below it is an Index to the 30 prints, with title, school, school year and artist name below. The title reads Sukō Gakudō Hangashū 須高学童版画集. #1-19 are by elementary school children (ages 6-12), #20-28 are by middle school children (ages 13-15) and #29-30 are by teachers. #29 is by the compiler, Kitazawa Teiichi 北沢定一 and #30, an intricate etching, is by Matsubara Chūshirō 松原忠四郎 (1893-1974), an art teacher who worked mainly in woodcut and mezzotints. Well-known as a printer in Nagano prefecture, he taught at what is now named Suzaka Elementary School 須坂小学校. The colophon sheet has a small, laid-down blue and black print 5.3 x 9cm in the center of the page with an afterword at the top and the colophon at the bottom. The colophon lists the 32 members involved in the production and printing; Kitazawa is given credit for the cutting and binding/cover design (カツト, 装幀; cut, sōtei).

Vol 2 Showa 36 昭和36年 [1961]

Vol 2 has 29 prints on 29 sheets, 2 prints on the index sheet and 1 print on the colophon (32 total).The index sheet has a laid-down botanical print 9.5 x 19cm at the top. Below it is an Index to the prints, with title, school, school year and artist name. At the bottom is a b+w laid-down print 3.3cm x 18.5cm of a (school?) building roof. The colphon sheet with afterword is tipped-in to the back board and has a b+w print 5.7 x 11.5cm of a cat. The title reads Sukō Gakudō Hangashū 須高学童版画集. #1-18 are by elementary school children (ages 6-12), #19-27 are by middle school children (ages 13-15) and #28-9 are by teachers Moriyama Meiji 森山明治 and Matsubara Chūshirō 松原忠四郎. Moriyama’s dedication to printmaking education was not limited to children. He became the first director of the Suzaka Print Museum and taught several groups of adults, including senior citizens in their late 80s. One of Moriyama’s teaching principles was Rokujū Narai 六十の手習い “Never too old to learn.”

Vol 3 Showa 37 昭和37年 [1962]

In this volume, the title, number and publisher are printed directly on the washi cover. There are 31 prints on 31 sheets and1 print on the index sheet (32 total). The index sheet has a laid-down 13.6 x 19.5 color print of sea creatures at the top. Below it is an Index to the prints, with title, school, school year and artist name. The title reads Sukō Gakudō Hangashū 須高学童版画集. #1-22 are by elementary school children (ages 6-12), #23-30 are by middle school children (ages 13-15) and #31-32 are by teachers. #31 is by established Nagano-ken artist and teacher Moriyama Meiji 森山明治 and #32 is by Matsubara Chūshirō 松原忠四郎.

The colophon sheet is tipped in to the bottom of the washi folder and has an afterword by the publishing committee as well as the colophon. The woodcuts on the Index sheets in Vol 1-3 are attributed to Kitazawa: Vol 1 Insects (praying mantis カマキリ, bee ハチ, moth ガ), Vol 2 Plants (thistle アザミ, coltsfootフキ, wild soybean ツルマメ), Vol 3 Sea creatures (jellyfish クラゲ, crab ガザ三, angelfish エンゼルフィッシュ, sea anemone イソギンチャク, Octopus タコ [the last is listed but doesn’t appear in the print]).

Small areas of foxing, most not affecting prints, and allover to washi covers of vol 2 and 3. Toning to introductory sheets and some sheets. Folds on rear of washi folders. Rare - no copies located in OCLC or National Diet Library online searches.

Price: $2,850.00

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