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Gyotaku: The Japanese Art of Printing with Fish

Weekend Studio Arts Workshop

Saturday, April 22, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1V00SK
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By Sue Fierston

Delightful and detailed prints on paper can be made using real fish. Using direct printing and water-based printing inks, create realistic looking schools of fish or a single artistic print simply by inking a whole fish and pressing it to paper.

The result is a gyotaku, a term derived from the Japanese words for fish (gyo) and print (taku).

Before cameras, Japanese fishermen used this technique to document a big catch when they were out at sea: They applied sumi ink to a fish, pressed it to newspaper, and then rinsed the fish in the water so it could be eaten.

Discover the wonderful shapes and patterns of fish and create several 12-by-18-inch gyotaku. Learn how to paint realistic fish eyes to bring your print to life, and cut masks to create realistic compositions.

Special Program Information

  • The instructor is Sue Fierston.
  • This program includes one 3-hour session.
  • NOTE: Registration will close for this program at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, April 21, 2023.

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  • This studio arts program is a Zoom Meeting to allow for patron and instructor interaction online.
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