What is "gyotaku"? It is Japanese for "fish rubbing." Japanese fishermen used fish rubbing to record the size and number of their catch. Gyotaku has become one type of nature printing.
The direct method calls for ink or paint to be applied directly to the fish. Fabric, watercolor paper, or Japanese paper is then pressed onto the painted fish to make a print. Messy? Yes! Fun? Absolutely!
When and where can you get a "taste" (pun intended)? SouthShore artist Grace McKee will be the instructor for the following events:
Thursday, January 27, 10 am to noon --The Art Studio at Arianna's (across Hwy 41 from MiraBay in Apollo Beach behind the M & I Bank) will host a Gyotaku session . Stop by Arianna's Rugs and Decor by January 24 to sign up. Art supplies and one piece of fabric furnished. $35
Saturday, February 26--MiraBay residents* will be rubbing fish at the clubhouse at 10 am. Hurry and sign up as the class will fill quickly! Residents can have a non-resident friend sign up with them on a space-available basis. Art supplies and one piece of fabric furnished. $35
*Residents should sign up by February 22. Non-residents will be admitted after that.
Hope to see you there!