Gyotaku - Japanese Fish Printing

01/14/2023 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM ET




  • $65.00


Gyotaku (魚拓, from gyo "fish" + taku "stone impression") is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish, a practice which dates back to the mid-1800s. This form of nature printing was used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also become an art form of its own.


Dates: Saturday, January 14, 2023

Times: 10AM - 2PM

Instructor: Christine Mitchell

Member: $ 58.50

Non - Member: $ 65.00


The gyotaku method of printmaking uses fish, sea creatures, or similar subjects as its 'printing plates'. It is rumored that samurai would settle fishing competitions using gyotaku prints. The original form of gyotaku, as a recording method for fishermen, is still utilized today, and can be seen hanging in tackle shops in Japan.

Join Christine Mitchell in experimenting with this simple but beautiful printmaking technique utilizing both whole fish and also silicone cast fish forms. There will be opportunity to embellish your prints, and print on fabric, so be sure to bring other supplies and materials to innovate with your prints!


Christine enjoys nothing more than engaging others in the exploration and appreciation of art-making from materials not always considered media for creation. Thirty years as an art teacher and art therapist, she has taught in Montessori and public schools, psychiatric facilities, and museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and The New Britain Museum of American Art. In her own work, she derives inspiration from the amazing shapes of cast off steel, very much like one creates creatures from little snips of the clouds. Items and objects normally disregarded as trash and add to our landfills.become animals, people and objects of nature for everyone to appreciate.


All  Basic Materials, including Fish and Rice paper will be provided by the instructor. Participants  have the option to bring their own silk scarves, silk dyes, watercolor paints, watercolor pencils, assorted fabrics or papers for printing on.


Weather Cancellation Policy

In the event Five Points Arts cancels a workshop due to an inclement weather forecast every effort will be made to re-schedule the workshop. If the workshop cannot be re-scheduled, or the new date does not accommodate the registrant's schedule, that person will be offered the opportunity to apply the cancelled workshop fee toward a future workshop. If preferred, Five Points will offer a full refund instead of a rescheduling option.Every effort will be made to announce weather related cancellations 24 hours in advance; however, registrants are advised to check their e-mail on the morning of the scheduled workshop for any cancellation message.



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