We received our 100 Rainbow Trout eyed-eggs from Bow Habitat Station in early February. This fits in well with our study of clean water and it's importance to all life. Once again we are involved with FinS (Fish in Schools). By raising trout from eyed-eggs, to alevins, to the fry stage, students gain an understanding of fish and fish conservation. They discover that trout are 'barometers' of environmental health. See our pictures of the 2005-6 FinS Project.

After studying the physical features of fish we tried making fish prints of various species of trout.

Gyotaku (guh-yo-tah-koo) is the Japanese art of fish painting. It was developed over one-hundred years ago as a way for fishermen to record the size and species of their catch. Freshly caught fish were painted with a nontoxic ink, and covered with a piece of rice paper. The paper was carefully smoothed down, and then removed to produce an exact size replica of the fish. Once the print was finished, the fish could be washed and prepared for a meal.

In the United States, it has been practiced as an art form for about 25 years.

Our grade 3 students painted black tempera paint on a real rainbow trout and then covered it with newsprint and rubbed the fish carefully, trying to get as much of it as possible on the paper.

After it dried, we added an outline and any missing fins. Students decided which kind of trout they liked (brown, rainbow, cutthroat, bull or brook) and added colour and spots, with chalk pastels, as was appropriate for that species.

Below are some examples of our work.

 

Copyright © 2006 J. Grimm, N. Klinger and L. Ranta

Copyright for students' work remains with the authors.