Something fishy is going on at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts
Gyotaku is a traditional form of Japanese fish printing, dating from the mid-19th century. Experience this centuries old art form at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts Saturday, June 16 by painting a t-shirt with fish. Yes, fish. Real fish. This program will be offered as a free art experience for both kids and adults from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. No pre-registration is necessary –just stop by the arts center at 28 Main St. North in downtown Hutchinson anytime that afternoon.
There are two methods used in traditional gyotaku. In order to make a gyotaku print, one places the subject (e.g. fish, crab, scallop shell) on a wooden bench and paints one side with sumi ink. Modern gyotaku artists often substitute acrylic or other painting material for the traditional sumi. Gyotaku is also practiced as a form of art, and is very popular among young children both in Japan and western countries.. Sometimes, rubber fish replicas are used.
At the HCA, non-toxic acrylic paint will be used. The paint is applied to the fish with a foam brush, then the fish is pressed onto a t-shirt, paper or virtually any material.
The arts center held this event last year and it was a huge success.
Adults can participate too – it’s not just for kids.
The most common question – do the fish smell?
No. We are using fresh fish – caught right here in McLeod County. They won’t smell, be gross and slimy, no guts will spill out. After you put the paint on the fish, you forget it’s a real fish – it feels just like rubber stamping. But the designs are so much more interesting.
The purpose of the program is to expose the public to new art experiences, to expand their thinking past standard painting methods, to expand their cultural experiences by offering an artistic style from another culture, to bring more residents of McLeod County in to explore the arts; and to encourage people to use items found in nature as an art source to introduce the concept of EcoArt.
Bring a t-shirt to paint on, or shorts, backpacks, hats, jackets, scarves or any material, new or used. The art center will have a few t-shirts available to purchase for $2 while they last. Sizes will vary though, and may not all be available all day. Paper will also be provided to make posters.
We will also have foam stamps in various sizes and shapes to use with the fish or instead of, for those who are grossed out by using real fish.
For more information email Kathy@HutchinsonArts.org or call (320) 587-7278.