Students studied the Japanese art form of Gyotaku (pronounced Gee – oh – tak – oo), which is where prints are made from fish. These prints were made as a way to show off the size of a fish before they were cleaned, prepared, and eaten for dinner. Students made the connection that this is not much different than today’s fishing fanatics taking a selfie with their big catch.
Students used a variety of rubber fish molds to create their own Gyotaku fish print. Using the dry fish prints, students had the choice of how to make a finished piece of art such as, drawing on the fish, adding 3D paper collage details, painting a background, painting on the fish, drawing the background, collage for the background, and making other fish from other media.