Gyotaku: The Art of Fish-Printing with Chris Bonelli

Gyotaku Fish Print

Learn the traditional Japanese art of fish-printing.

Create appealing and colorful images on paper through the traditional Japanese art of Gyotaku:  “gyo” fish + taku “rubbing.   This form of nature printing dates from the mid 1800’s and may have been used by fishermen to record their catches.  Today it is an artform on its own.   We will create your piece with paper, ink, rollers and fish. No two gyotaku paintings are the same and none is perfect, yet each presents an honorable, dramatic, and artistic memory of the fish.  Simple enough for beginning fish printers….no experience required.

Maximum class size: 5

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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