Art Workshop with Paula Nishikawara

 Next Workshop: October 23, 1:30 p.m.

Looking for a fun afternoon learning a new art form?

This summer the Vancouver Maritime Museum launched an exciting new exhibition, If I Lived in the Ocean, featuring gyotaku prints by artist Paula Nishikawara. Gyotaku is a Japanese art form that involves using fish to create an impression on rice paper. In Japanese, “gyo’ translates to “fish” and “taku” means “stone rubbing.”

It’s a fascinating, fun art form, and you can learn about it from an expert. Artist Paula Nishikawara will share her knowledge about the art of gyotaku at a workshop on  Saturday, October 23 at 1:30 p.m. During the two-hour workshop at the VMM, Nishikawara will teach a step-by-step lesson on how to create gyotaku prints. The lesson will be followed by Q&A . The workshop includes all supplies needed for this art technique–including the fish!

paint-covered fish on newspaper
girl holding a fish print
person painting a fish

Paula Nishikawara’s gyotaku work has been shown throughout the United States, Canada and Australia as part of a Smithsonian Institute Exhibition, and she has shown work in Europe, the United States, Germany, Nigeria and Canada. She is a graduate of the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC and most recently has spent three years in art practice in Berlin, Germany and seven months in Nigeria at her Creative Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.

Tickets for Learn Gyotaku are $35 per table, with a maximum of 2 people per table.

Each table will have:

  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • Rice Paper to make your prints
  • 1 fish!
    *Please note that we will be using real fish during this workshop.

All ages are welcome, but children will need supervision. There are limited spaces available, so book now to secure your spot.

If you have any questions about this event, or if you have difficulty booking, please email

Ticket cost includes free admission to the museum.