Workshop Schedule

Studio Workshops are listed on the Home Page, and are found to the right of the page.  You’ll have to click “see all” to see the entire workshop calendar.   You can also visit the Nature Printing Society natureprintingsociety.org for workshop listings.   For detailed descriptions please visit the workshop tabs.  To register for a studio workshop please call 541-270-9697 or email fishprint@gmail.com

 

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  If you can’t come get to a workshop, you are welcome to download the handouts that I have developed for these workshops:

 

Workshop Hand outs & PDF Downloads

A step by step guide to creating beautiful Gyotaku

Gyotaku (gyo (fish) taku (rubbbing)) is a Japanese art form that creates an image of a fish or other marine object with exacting detail. The name is descriptive of the technique of using ink and a rubbing motion to transfer the features of the fish to paper or silk. The following instructions refer to the direct method of printing, in which ink is applied directly onto the body of the fish.


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Hawaiian Style Gyotaku

Gyotaku artists in Hawaii have developed a method of gyotaku that ensures that the fish remains cold and safe to eat after the printing process. In this workshop we will be creating gyotaku Hawaiian style, using sumi ink and adding color to the print with watercolors.


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Papers for Fish Printing

The traditional paper used for gyotaku is “rice “ paper. A more proper name might be handmade or oriental paper, because rice paper is not made of rice. One early type of paper was made from the inner bark fibers of the rice pa- per plant, (Tetrapanax papyifer), a tree native to Taiwan.


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Gyotaku- The Art of the Fishprint

The Eye of the Fish
You have just taken a print from your fish, and did not ink the soft membrane of the eye. As a result there is an empty orbit in the head of your gyotaku. These instructions will lead you step by step to recreate the eye with both a water and a drawing medium. Although painting the eye with diluted printing ink is a common choice, there is no rigid medium for this final touch.

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