Engaging in Japanese Art

Engaging in Japanese Art photo

Students enrolled in Lauren Buckheit’s Studio Art class at Bayport-Blue Point High School recently drew inspiration from the traditional Japanese art form of printing fish, known as “Gyotaku,” in order to create their own pieces of art in the classroom.

Ms. Buckheit’s class paid homage to local fishermen by smoothing black or blue ink over all parts of the fish scales, and then transferred the impression of the fish onto rice paper. In order to complete their work, the students created a red “seal” by combining their initials with imagery to become a symbol to mark their work, similar to the practices of artists from Imperial Era Japan. 

Thanks to a generous donation from Seth Needelman of The Fish Store in Bayport, a number of fishes were donated for the class to recreate this technique which has been used by artists for thousands of years. 

Mr. Needelman will be receiving some of the student’s prints for The Fish Store as a token of appreciation, and Ms. Buckheit would like to acknowledge his generosity for making this project possible on behalf of her class and the Bayport-Blue Point Art Department.