Students experimented with a variety of different shapes for their blossoms. Some students created smaller dots and dabbed their brush around to create smaller buds. Others pressed the brush down on its side to create petal shapes and overlapped these to create full blooms. Some students also painted petals falling off the flower, as they do in nature. Below are examples of our work:
|Kaylee O., 2nd Grade (Pearse)|
|Camryn, 2nd Grade (Pearse)|
|Muntaha, 2nd Grade (Pearse)|
|Okasha, 2nd Grade (Pearse)|
|Sophia, 2nd Grade (Pearse)|
|Urmi, 2nd Grade (Pearse)|
For our own gyotaku printing experience, we used rubber fish, instead of real ones -- they smell a lot better! We watched a demonstration to understand the steps involved and then each table made prints of their rubber fish.
We pressed the paper down to get all the different parts of the fish and capture the textural details. Then we lifted the paper off to reveal the fish print! We put our finished prints in the drying rack. Everyone printed one with black paint, and then another with color. We experimented with different colors to emphasize the shape and different parts of the fish.
As a final step, we added a chop, or signature, to the bottom of our painting using red marker. We looked at examples of this in traditional Japanese paintings. Many students chose to use their initials or nickname, or a symbol that represents them as an artist. Students used the same signature on both their gyotaku artwork and cherry blossoms painting. Below are examples of our finished gyotaku projects!
|Aaron, 2nd Grade (McIsaac)|
|Abena, 2nd Grade (McIsaac)|
|Darya, 2nd Grade (McIsaac)|
|Elizabeth, 2nd Grade (McIsaac)|
|Anna, 2nd Grade (McIsaac)|
|Jashua, 2nd Grade (McIsaac)|
|Mera, 2nd Grade (McIsaac)|