Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Something's Fishy!

Students in Art for Two and Art Adventures Saturday art classes learned about Japanese culture and art by exploring The Cummer Museum’s current exhibit of Japanese wood block prints. After a discussion of Japanese culture presented in the prints they learned about the tradition of Gyotaku - the art of Japanese fish printing.

The art of Gyotaku has been used in Japan for more than a century to record catches of sports fish. Fishermen would take their catch, paint their fish then press fabric or rice paper on top of the fish to record the size. The artist’s print showed how large the fish was so there was no doubt that thier “fish story” was true!

The images shown are of our special artists creating their own Gyotaku. The short video shows the process the students followed to create them.