Gyotaku Workshop, Saturday, August 1st, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm At the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center –
This popular 4-hour workshop provides a hands on introduction to the Japanese technique of fish printing called Gyotaku. Everyone who attends this workshop will have the opportunity to print different species of fish, shellfish and plants.
After an initial orientation and demonstration, participants will make their own monochrome (single color) print. Instructor Bruce Koike will then be available one-on- one to critique your print with an eye to refining your technique. The goal of the workshop is for everyone to produce a one of a kind work of art that they are wowed by, and that is indeed suitable for framing.
Provided at the hands-on workshop are the necessary rice paper, acrylic paints, brushes and, of course, the 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 just 10 people. Koike’s Gyotaku workshops generally sell out quickly. If you are interested waste no time in signing up
at the Burrows House, Maritime Center, or by calling the Historical Society at (541) 265- 7509.