Thursday, September 1, 2011

SMU alum to host upcoming children’s workshop

SMU alumna Emerald Hulsing will lead an upcoming children’s workshop on Goyataku, the art of fish printing Saturday, Sept. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Boats and Bluegrass Festival on Prairie Island. No preregistration is required.

The event is open to all children and their parents. Children under the age of 8 must have a parent/adult accompanying them.

Children will learn the basics of relief printing using rubber fish. Traditionally done using real fish — dead ones — Goyataku is a traditional form of Japanese fish printing, dating from the mid-1800s. Originally used by fishermen to record their catches, Gyotaku is now practiced as an art form, and is very popular among young children both in Japan and Western countries.