We're wrapping up a semester with a Japanese Intern. I've been
"inspiring" with Japanese arts and cultural traditions since September and
will use all of the projects for our send off program in two weeks--that is
to say I will masking tape the @#** out of the gymnasium with as much of
the best stuff possible...oh you get the picture!
Anyway...we had alot of fun with the new gyotaku fish replicas from
Nasco....I used tempera paint with no.7 brushes right on the fish, placed
the paper on the fish, held it firmly and rubbed gently, then pulled the
print. Kindergarten and first graders added underwater backgrounds with
the tempera, second and third grades were encouraged to design patterned
frames. Today my student teacher is having the fourth and fifth graders use
acrylics to print on fabric squares and t-shirts.
It's been along time since I made my first fish print as a child at
girl scout camp, but the memory of printing a "real fish" sticks with me!
I have shared my childhood experience with my students, discussed the
posiibilities of trying what they have learned here when fishing in the
future and explained the smelly implications of using real fish at school;
not to mention using food for art when many of my students are living well
below poverty and their families hardly have enough resources to put food
on their tables...a whole other topic for discussion:(
Enjoying faux-fish! Anything's better than shoveling!
P.S. Last September I did web search on Gyotaku and found a couple of good
sites, the only one I bookmarked is:
http://www2a.meshnet.or.jp/~gyotaku/index_e.html , I noticed it's been
updated as of November '98...I also found an elementary school that had
their gyoyaku experience on their web site!