Freshwater Fish Printing Discovery Kit®


Freshwater Fish Printing Discovery Kit®

Fish printing, the Japanese art of Gyotaku, is an excellent way to combine science and art. This kit contains everything you need to create fish prints of three freshwater species! Includes three fish (green sunfish, young carp, and young salmon), three 1¼ oz tubes of block ink (green, light red, and brown), a 2" ink brayer (rubber roller), three plastic plates for mixing ink, three sheets of rice paper, fish descriptions, and complete directions. All materials are conveniently packaged in a useful storage box. A fun, hands-on learning activity for ages 6 to adult (grades 1 and up).


Freshwater Fish Printing Discovery Kit
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Freshwater Fish Printing Discovery Kit

Introduction (from the activity booklet that comes with this kit):

Fish printing is a perfect way to combine science (fish diversity, anatomy, ecology), art (create colorful displays), math (measure fins, proportions, count fin rays), reading (combine with fish stories), and writing (write fact or fiction about the fish) while practicing the ageless art of Gyotaku, or fish printing. Before cameras, fishermen often recorded large or unusual specimens by making ink block reproductions of their catch. Now your students can develop beautiful, scientifically accurate prints without having to locate real fish. All you need is block ink, an ink roller, newspaper, and any art paper. For dramatic prints, ink a replica with multiple colors. Kit contents: This kit contains a replica of a green sunfish, young carp, and young salmon; green, light red, brown block ink; ink brayer; three plates; three sheets of rice paper; and an activity booklet.

For a helpful video demonstrating fish printing techniques please click here!


Receive 10% off when ordering 10 or more of this item. Upon checkout, discounts for all items are added together and collectively subtracted from the total.

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