What a difference an eye makes! I printed these ocean perch on silk and painted in the eye with a brush afterwards. You too can learn to print with fish and leaves at three nature printing workshops this fall at the Smithsonian Associates art studios here in Washington, DC.
I’ll be teaching the Japanese Art of Gyotaku on Saturday Nov. 16, Fabric Printing with Natural Materials on Saturday, Nov. 2, and Painting and Printmaking on Saturday, Oct. 26. If any of the classes sell out, I will be teaching them again in January / February 2020.
You’ll be printing from real fish using Japanese rice paper in the Gyotaku class, and will take home 3 to 5 prints. In the fabric printing class, you’ll start by printing on muslin, but you will take home a printed bag and, if you bring a cotton shirt to class, you can print on that too. The third class combines media: in the morning learn contour drawing and watercolor painting using leaves as models, and in the afternoon, use a walking press with those same leaves to make several prints on rice paper.