Popular EAC instructor Sara Myrick will lead a workshop, Gyotaku-Inspired Aquatic Prints, from 1-4 pm, Saturday, February 12, at Eastport Arts Center. (The program has been moved from the originally planned date of January 22). In an exploration of monoprinting with gelatin plates, participants will learn to create multi-layered prints, starting with aquatic background imagery, then adding images of fish on top. Rather than the traditional fish bodies (the Japanese gyotaku technique, which dates back to the 1800s, was originally used by fishermen to record their catches), Myrick’s students will use textured rubber and wooden forms, stencils and cutout silhouettes to create images of underwater worlds on paper or blank cards. 

All materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own textured printmaking materials or items to print on, such as fabric, to augment the available supplies. This process can be as fast paced or detail-intensive as the participant wishes. 

The workshop is geared towards participants age 12 and up; interested younger children may participate alongside an adult caregiver. Covid precautions require a limited class size, so please register early to guarantee your space by emailing Alison Brennan at alison@eastportartscenter.org. Materials fee is $20; a sliding fee scale is available by request. Support for this workshop has been provided by Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. 

This example of a layered gyotaku-style print was shared by instructor Mrs. Impey on the room104.blogspot site.

Myrick teaches K-12 art full-time in the Eastport schools, and has led workshops beyond counting at EAC and Peavey Library, and also via a Facebook group, ‘Art with Ms. M,’ where she shares her demonstration videos for an array of fun projects using commonplace materials. She is also owner of Coastal Whims, a home-based art business celebrating her love of nature and handcrafting. 

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport and eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines. Additionally, at this time, patrons are required to wear masks when in the EAC building. Weather-related program postponements will be announced by 11 am on the day of the event, on the EAC site and Facebook page, and on the Center’s answering machine: (207) 853-4650.