How to Make a Fish Print

Happy Tuesday, All.

Today is like my Monday because it’s the first day this week that students have been at school.  Even though we are in session, it’s a special week because it’s Bering Sea Days; a time in which all things Science are explored in relation to life and the Bering Sea are explored.  Scientists from around the country, and beyond, travel here to share their knowledge and experience with our students.  Many of the professionals in the Science world are Field Scientists, so they have much hands-on experience.  This is my second year being part of this magnificent experience.

To start out Day One, the majority of the events focused on the Elementary School, so it was left up to the Secondary Teachers to find something interesting to keep our students occupied.  I wasn’t quite sure what to do as this is not my field of expertise, so it was suggested we do fish prints.  I have done something similar to this with different types of tree leaves: paint one side of the leaf, press it onto paper and once you lift the leaf, you have an beautiful art project.  In theory, I thought this would be ideal.  In practice…well….


1. Get a bucket of frozen fish.

2. Paint the fish with multiple colors.


3. Press fish on a piece of construction paper

3.  Press paper towel over painted fish.

4.  Carefully peel back the paper towel.


One thing I didn’t account for was the smell.  Almost enough to lose your lunch.

Another thing was that the first that we used, while not your average breeds from the Michigan area (Bass, Rainbow Trout, or Herring) and therefore interesting to me, were preserved in the freezer.  Imagine trying to get a print of a three-dimensional object on a two dimensional surface.  It wasn’t very easy.

A final thing that I hadn’t realized was that it does not take an hour to slap some paint on a fish and then full it on a piece of paper.  It takes as much time as it took me to type the sentence.  Keeping fourteen middle and high school students occupied for the next fifty-five minutes was a bit of a challenge.



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