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Fish + Ink = Gyotaku Art at Liberty

Posted on: October 21, 2016

Liberty 5th graders were recently introduced to an unusual art form.  Gyotaku (Japanese 魚拓, from gyo “fish” + taku “rubbing”) is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish, a practice which dates back to the mid-1800s. This form of natural printing may have been used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also become an art form of its own.

At Liberty, the activity was the final piece of a unit of study concerning biomes, healthy rivers, and fish dissection.  All 5th grade students were able to produce a print, using three rainbow trout that had evaded the dissection lesson, on a piece of muslin cloth.  The finished pieces will be taken home by the students.