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Gyotaku Fish

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To meet the standard for printmaking, 2nd graders created beautiful fish collages. They looked at traditional Japanese artwork called “Gyotaku” which means “fish-rubbing” and were inspired to create their own colorful underwater artwork. We watched videos of  Gyotaku Printing and used watercolor paints and salt to create a bubbly background.

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The next week was insanely messy and by the end of class the art room looked like it was underwater with all of the blue paint everywhere. Students used a variety of circular objects to create “bubbles” on their backgrounds.

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“Dip and stamp. . .dip and stamp. . . dip and stamp. . . ”

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Meanwhile, a few kiddos at a time worked on their Gyotaku prints at the counter. They carefully painted a rubber fish with tempera paint and gently rubbed a piece of newsprint to make a print.

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The last step of the process was to cut out the fish, some coral/seaweed, and a jellyfish to complete a cool collage.

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We used scrap strips of paper from our roller coaster hats to cut out shapes for plants and whatever else the students could imagine!

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This project made quite a splash, I’m sure you can sea! 🙂

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Author: artwithmsk

Hello! My name is Ms. Katzin and I am an art teacher at an elementary school near Atlanta, Georgia. Teaching art is my passion and I love what I do!

One thought on “Gyotaku Fish

  1. Great. Now I want some Swedish fish candy.
    Really cool project! 🙂 Great pun at the end!!!

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