What started two centuries ago as a means for Japanese fishermen to accurately record their catches will now be taught to local kids as a fun adventure into the arts. Gyotaku reproduces the unique features of an individual fish by covering the fish in ink or paint and then pressing paper against it, which causes the image to transferred onto the paper. The Japanese word gyotaku comes from "gyo" meaning "fish" and "taku" meaning "stone rubbing."
Kids will have the opportunity to create their own gyotaku prints at a free children’s workshop on Saturday, July 30th at the Modernism Museum Mount Dora. In lieu of real fish, rubber fish replicas will be used for the process.
The downtown workshop is for kids from five to ten years of age and begins at 11 a.m. Space is limited for the hour-long event. Children will need to bring their own smocks. To register call (352) 385-0034.