Monday, September 27, 2010

Fish Printing

Quite honestly, this is the most fun I've possibly ever had as an art teacher. Which says a lot, because I really love my job! In other schools, we've made gyotaku prints with the Nasco replicas. Which turned out nice and all that. Little did I know how much more fun and exciting it was to use REAL fish.

I bought six tilapia from a local fish market, because the only other whole fish available was three times more expensive. This way, no fighting over which fish they used. With using real fish, you don't want to extend the printing to an additional class day. My pre-K through 2nd grade did this project, all doing a great job. And having a blast!

Kindergarten and up worked with a partner, which allowed us to move pretty quickly. I advise having names already on paper for the prints, which gives you assigned partners and less for the kids (or you) to do during the lesson.
All of the student work looks good, though this is one of my favorites.
A few kids were a bit squeamish about printing the fish themselves, and I heard a lot of "ews." My room was stinky and a big mess. As another classroom teacher pointed out, these kids will always remember printing fish!


  1. That is a lifetime memory experience. You are a brave soul to use real fish. . . Def makes me want to throw away those creepy fake ones I have. And the prints are gorgeous!

  2. Wahoo! I did this myself this summer just to see what it was like. Very stinky but beautiful! Your kids are so lucky to have this experience! I love daring art teachers.

  3. Another blogger posted about doing this recently, and I left a comment about my experience with this from many years ago. I don't want to write the story all over again, but you can check out the post and comments at:

  4. What a hoot! I love it! Have to try it with my home based art class!!!


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