Children’s Art: Japanese Woodblocks Ages 12 to 15

Art by Children  /   /  By William Rubel, Editor
Stone Soup Magazine
November/December 2016

This extraordinary selection of woodcuts is from a single school in Japan. We are not certain when they were made. We have had them for more than thirty years. Our guess is they date from the 1970s. Each print is a powerful work of art, and taken together they represent a staggering display of masterful woodcuts by students ages 12 to 15. The self-portraits are strikingly focused. They clearly capture the essence of the artist. We are fond of so many of these it is difficult to call out just one or two. An Old Man Moving Stones in His Garden and A Woman Roasting Tea Leaves offer a look at ancient Japanese traditions, though in fact this set of woodcuts itself represents the continuation of ancient tradition.

You can purchase prints of these images. We recommend using prints as art on the wall, classroom instructional aids, and inspiration for art projects.

William Rubel, Editor
About the Author

In 1973, I was twenty years old, teaching children's art classes at my college, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and came up with the idea that the best way to encourage children to write was to introduce them to the best writing by their peers. Stone Soup grew out of that idea. Along with co-editor Gerry Mandel, I have continued to edit and publish Stone Soup for all these years. I am also a culinary historian. I write about traditional foodways. My book, "The Magic of Fire," is about hearth cooking. My book, "Bread, a global history," speaks for itself. I am currently writing a 130,000-word bread history for a University Press. I publish articles on gardening and traditional foodways at Mother Earth News. I also publish on wild mushrooms and other food-related subjects.

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