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Gyotaku Fish Prints

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Second graders learned all about printmaking and Japan during this unit and created dazzling Gyotaku artwork. We began by watching a couple of videos about the art form.

We also looked at a few pictures of under-the-sea-scapes and students noticed that they were mostly cool colors. With that knowledge, they got to work on their background. Using cool colored crayons and watercolors, they created a watery background.

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The next week was messy and a whole lot of fun. Students used an assortment of round objects to dip and stamp bubbles with blue tempera paint.

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Meanwhile, in small groups students created a Gyotaku print at the printing table with warm colors.

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The last week was spent collaging the fish onto the background and adding details.

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These turned out to be absolutely fabulous and really brighten up the hallway where they are hanging. Which one is your favorite?

The one that is all twisted up:

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The one with some crabs:

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The royal one:

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The rather girly homeowner:

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The one that swims with sharks:

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The one with some little babies:

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The one that is straight chillin in the sand:

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The one that is straight chillin in the seaweed:

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The one that is straight chillin in the reeds:

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The one with a serious shark:

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The one who lives in a pineapple under the sea:

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The one with realistic bubbles:

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The one with an electric eel:

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This was dolphinitely a reely great project! 🙂

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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!

6 thoughts on “Gyotaku Fish Prints

  1. A VERY tough call on a favourite. Might be the one chillin in the reeds… Or the one taking her babies to visit the Eiffel Tower… 🙂

  2. They don’t look quite like real fish on the table. What are they? Very interested to try this with the kids at school.

  3. OMG these are great! I love your photo captions. GIGGLE!!!

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