In this class participants will improve their fish identification skills through the application of art and science. Fish taxonomy is a brand of science that involves identifying and classifying organisms. Before photography, illustrations were used to document different types of marine life. Gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish printing, is one type of art form used to document fish. Participants will practice Gyotaku* and will learn how to use a dichotomous key to identify different types of preserved fish species.
*Bring a cotton or canvas item to create an art piece on using techniques inspired by the Gyotaku process.
This class is part of the Winter Science Series, an environmental education course for adults at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium. The series consists of three classes that focus on studying fish found in Georgia’s coastal waters. Topics include fish biology, morphology, taxonomy, and diversity.