Printing from Life

Gyotaku is a traditional form of Japanese art that began over 100 years ago as a way for fishermen to keep a record of the fish they caught. They would apply sumi ink to one side of a freshly caught fish, then cover the fish with rice paper and rub to create an exact image of the fish. The ink was non-toxic and allowed for the fish to be processed for eating, while preserving records of fish species and sizes.  Catherine Sutera, Smithsonian Institute.

Our Year 9 Visual Arts students spent a double period exploring this Japanese process. The students not only used marine life to create prints they also used a range of vegetables and flora too. The messy experimentation produced some outstanding prints which will be collaged for a future concertina.