Gyotaku Workshop

gyotaku workshopSaturday, August 1st
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center

This 4-hour workshop provides an introduction to the Japanese technique of fish printing called Gyotaku. Participants will have the opportunity to print different species of fish, shellfish and plants.

After an initial orientation and demonstration, participants will begin printing in monochrome (single color). The instructor will be available to critique each work with an eye to refining the participant’s technique. The goal of the workshop is to produce a work of art that you are wowed by.

This hands-on workshop will involve rice paper, acrylic paints, brushes and specimens to be printed. Participants should bring an open mind and enthusiasm to try something new.

The final portion of the workshop will focus on the crucial stage of painting eyes on the fish.

Instructor Bruce Koike first learned the technique 30 years ago and has printed over 400 different plants and aquatic life, principally fish. Koike has shown his works at venues such as the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, the Bellevue Art and Craft Festival, Newport Seafood and Wine Festival and the Blackfish Café (Lincoln City).  A Mahi mahi fish print currently hangs in the meeting room of the NOAA vessel, Bell M. Shimada that is home ported in Newport.

Workshop cost is $100 per person, and includes all materials. Historical Society members will receive a 10% Discount.

Space is limited to 10 people, so don’t wait to reserve your spot!  You can sign up by stopping by the Burrows House, Maritime Center, or by giving us a call at (541) 265-7509.