A winter afternoon of Gyotaku fish prints led by one of our favorite area art instructors, Sara Myrick, began with a lesson about how this Japanese art form came to be. All fishermen love to share their stories about the size of their catch. Before the invention of cameras, the Japanese fishermen found that covering the fish with paint and transferring the paint on the fish to paper gave them the bragging rights they sought. As time went on, the fish prints evolved to become more beautiful and detailed.
Myrick joyfully brought this tradition to EAC on February 12, when a classroom full of participants practiced with both commercially made and Sara’s homemade gelatin plates, using rubber fish and frogs, wooden fish, various textured recycled materials and art tools. With a colorful array of printing inks available, many paper prints for framing and cards were produced. Lots of exclamations of delight were heard as the art students made creative discoveries with the historic technique.
EAC’s workshop series will continue next month!