Smithsonian Classes: Fish and Leaf Prints


This spring I’m teaching for the first time at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.!

Fierston watercolor

On April 27, I’ll be teaching watercolor and printmaking in a 5 hour workshop called Leaves Two Ways.    First you’ll transform contour drawings of leaves into transparent watercolor paintings.  Then you’ll use the same leaves to make leaf prints using a walking press.  You’ll leave the workshop with several 8 x 10 inch watercolor paintings and botanical leaf prints.  The cost is $105, which includes all supplies.

Come learn the Japanese art of gyotaku  in Fabric Printing Using Natural Materials on Saturday May 4 as you print with actual fish on linen in a 5 hour workshop.  Experiment with hand printing on fabrics using colorful Akua printmaking ink on muslin, and take home a hand printed canvas bag. The cost is $110, which includes all fish and other supplies.

For more info or to sign up for a class, go to or call 202-633-3030.

Gyotaku II: the Japanese art of printing fish Hawaiian Style
April 23, Saturday, 10-1 PM
White-line woodcut
May 7, Saturday 10-1 PM
Fabric printing with natural materials
May 21, Saturday 10-1 PM
The Sketchbook Habit: The art of everyday life
…returns September, 2022
Happy Isles Art | Yosemite National Park,  California
Yosemite Art and Nature Center


fierston watercolor print 1