Delightful 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, February 9, 2024.
- This studio arts program is a Zoom Meeting to allow for patron and instructor interaction online.
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