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Gyotaku Fish Printing (Grades K-12)

Fish Print on T Shirts

Originating in Japan,  Gyotaku (pronounced Gee-oh-tak-oo) was first used by fishermen to record their catches. Students will learn the traditional art of Gyotaku and make their very own fish print to take home using our high quality rubber replicas.
Fish printing is a great way to teach basic fish anatomy. During the activity, we will discuss location of the fins, gills, and other features (depending on age group).
Students can produce their prints on paper or t-shirts (extra $6 t-shirt fee per student).
**This program can run at either VIU Nanaimo Campus or Deep Bay Marine Field Station**


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