Gyotaku is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish, a practice that dates to the mid-1800’s. This form of nature printing was used by fishermen to record their catches but has also become a popular art form of its own.
In this class, we will use latex molds as our printing plates – not real fish! There will be a variety of different fish molds to choose from, as well as other sea creatures such as starfish, seahorse fish, and seaweed. Students will learn about composition, color, and how to create a monoprint using Sumi ink and washi paper.
Students should bring a sketchbook for practice and taking notes. All other tools and materials necessary for this class are provided. Individuals may also bring a tee shirt, apron, tote, or other materials if you would like to experiment printing on fabric. Lunch will not be supplied. Please feel free to bring a bagged lunch or something to snack on.
Janet Nye Vedder has experience as a graphic artist, product illustrator, and art educator. With a Masters in Education and twenty-two years of experience teaching art, she looks forward to teaching a variety of art classes on the Roycroft Campus.
As a Roycroft Artist-in-Residence, Janet currently has a studio in the Roycroft Print Shop where she creates her artwork. Janet works primarily in watercolor and Chinese brush painting; however, she has a strong background in fiber arts and collage.