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Underwater Gyotaku

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will learn about the ancient Japanese art of Gyotaku and how to create a bubble print. Students will create a Gyotaku fish print on a bubble printed background using paint.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will demonstrate craftsmanship in use and care of printmaking materials.

Students will use ancient and modern printmaking techniques.

Students will create an underwater scene and add printed collage elements.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Demonstrate how to create a Gyotaku print.
  • Demonstrate basic bubble printing techniques.
  • Demonstrate drawing details to create an underwater scene.
  • Review expectations for material usage and clean-up.

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National Standards


Create

Demonstrate quality craftsmanship through care for and use of materials, tools, and equipment.

VA:Cr2.2.5a

Apply knowledge of available resources, tools, and technologies to investigate personal ideas through the art-making process.

VA:Cr1.2.3a

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

VA:Cr2.1.5a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

15 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour and 30 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Black tempera and washable tempera in cool colors
  • Cup of water, dish soap, and liquid glue
  • Shallow bowls, straws, and paint brushes
  • 9” x 12” watercolor paper and 9” x 12” rice paper
  • Rubber or fresh fish
  • Crayon or oil pastel
  • Scissors
  • Bubble wrap (at least 2" x 4" per pair of students)

National Standards


Create

Demonstrate quality craftsmanship through care for and use of materials, tools, and equipment.

VA:Cr2.2.5a

Apply knowledge of available resources, tools, and technologies to investigate personal ideas through the art-making process.

VA:Cr1.2.3a

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

VA:Cr2.1.5a

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Steps

Prepare Printing Surface and Fish

Choose fish. Clean the surface with water. Pat dry.

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Printmaking Vocabulary

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History of Gyotaku

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Summative

Gyotaku Printmaking Reflection

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