Posts Tagged ‘fishprinting’

Printed Tenugui on a wall

January 29, 2010

Printed Tenugui on a wall

Originally uploaded by SOFennell

I also like the way this sensei decorated the walls of the school hall with printed “tenugui” (also this week).


Matcha Green all lined up

March 23, 2009


Originally uploaded by SOFennell

This morning, first thing, I washed out the excess dye and hung 75 small squares on the line. They measure about 12 x 13 inches. I’m not sure all of them will be used in the final project. It was a pleasant task though. Hanging them in the cool and light of an early spring morning with bird and insect call in the background. I heard traffic too, but tried not to pay too much attention to that. I much prefer hanging pieces on the line as opposed to the dryer.

Wendell – Gyotaku

December 11, 2008


Originally uploaded by SOFennell

Once again, I’ve been on the road with my fish this week. This time, I’m in Wendell. It’s roughly a half hour drive when the traffic is good. I make a point of leaving early to avoid heavy traffic. I’ve been arriving a good hour or more early some days and it has afforded me time to take short walks with some picture taking. I’ve found it a refreshing way to begin the day especially when the world is still waking up. The countryside is wonderfully still that time of day.

Of course, once the students arrive, the intensity begins. I tend to talk too much in the beginning as there’s a lot of information to give and then I also give a short demo. It’s an area that I feel needs some work. Sometimes I teach a little vocabulary, a few greetings, topical vocabulary along with the cultural explanation.The students work quickly, too quickly for my taste, as I want them to enjoy the process.

Before I know it they’re finished, ready to clean up and move on. I’m seeing four classes a day at this school.

It goes without saying that the regular art room teacher is also there to give aid, support and many other things that are needed to keep things moving smoothly. He knows his students and has his expectations. On the whole, I think it’s going well.


November 25, 2008

Once again, I’m gearing up for another workshop. This time it’s a residency-3 days broken up between my regular teaching days.  It’ll be a full week.  I’ll see roughly 400 students, so I’m cutting that many hachi maki.  Last weekend, I think I bought Jo-Ann Fabrics out of all of their 1.49/yd. bolts of muslin (at least the one store where I shop).  I spent one full day watching movies and cutting.  I have 200 now, 200 more to go.  The big event isn’t for another 2 weeks yet, so I’m in good shape.  I’d like to get the rest done though before Thanksgiving.

This workshop is probably moving me toward developing the kind of thing I’d like to do more of.  I haven’t been doing this for very long, so as I do it, I think of other things I can do to develop it.  The school where I’m going this time wants a little more, so it’s helping me to think more in that direction.  I’ve put some time into thinking much more about the significance of fish (symbolism) and fishing in Japan.  I’m thinking about imagery, maps and other materials.  There’s a lot of potential.  Fortunately, my resources as a Japanese language teacher help as well.

30 seconds

June 26, 2008

Buddy bits
I guess this is my 30 seconds of fame or something like that. I knew that the page was coming and have been looking for it, but now it’s up for a little while. I love the presentation-student work. This was a great place to be and it was my first United Arts teaching experience. Working on the elementary school level is different from high school, of course, but no less enjoyable. Observing the teacher in this classroom was a great help, but the students were attentive, respectful and I enjoyed being around them-great fun!

Mukashi Mukashi

June 19, 2008


Originally uploaded by SOFennell

Last summer at Artspace, I did a workshop with rising 3-5th graders called “Mukashi Mukashi,” which means “a long time ago….” We might also say “once upon a time.” I read an old folktale, Urashima Taro, they did fish (and turtle) printing on paper as well as strips of fabric to make head wraps (hachi maki). Then we launched into small Edo kites which they accomplished very quickly. I was surprised. It left time on the last day for origami. So, this year I’m doing the same, but with a much smaller class. We’ll only have 6 students. My prep isn’t taking as long and I’m certainly a lot more relaxed about it. I still need to cut dowels to size for the kites and pick up a few last minute things, like small plates to serve as palettes. The class starts Monday and I’ll be doing it all week.

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