Croton-Harmon Students Bring Nature to Art Class


Third- and fourth-grade students at Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School in Croton-on-Hudson got their hands dirty as they worked with local artist Joe Mullins on art printing projects.

Third-graders were introduced to nature printing, a technique that uses the surface of a natural object, like a leaf, to produce a print. They learned art printing was developed in the Middle Ages to help record medicinal plants. The project followed students’ study of plant cycles at Bear Mountain, where they observed and identified various trees and plants.

Fourth-grade students tried their hands at “gyotaku,” an art form that involves making prints of fish using a paint and rubbing technique. The work with fish tied into the students’ study of the Hudson River, including the specific species of fish native to the Hudson.

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The results of both projects were colorful, textured and detailed prints that students can display at school and at home. Mullins’ visits were funded by the PTA.

Photos courtesy of the Croton-Harmon School District:

(Images 1 and 2): Artist Joe Mullins (right) worked with Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School third-grade students to create leaf prints using local plants.

(Image 3): Croton-on-Hudson Joe Mullins visited Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School, where he taught fourth-grade students how to create prints of fish from the Hudson River using “gyotaku,” a Japanese paint and rubbing technique.

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Lecture and workshop at the East End Seaport Museum


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watercolors from my week in Colorado

Went to ski but brought my supplies along. I would like to say I stayed on the slopes till 4PM but that was hardly the case.  On a few afternoons I was able to paint outside with just a sweater at 2PM.  Yes when the east coast was in a deep freeze I was applying sunscreen.

Hope you enjoy the work.  All art is for sale.  Please inquire if interested.




























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Fish Printing (Gyotaku) Sessions


I’ll be doing fish printing, open to the public at the locations & times below.
All are welcome to create their own Gyotaku fish rubbing

April 26, 2014
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Vassello Park, Croton on Hudson NY

May 17, 2014
12:00 PM – 4:30 PM
31 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd Floor
White Plains, NY 10601

June 29, 2014
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Staten Island Zoo
614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY 10310


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Gyotaku Birthday Parties

Gyotaku: Japanese, from gyo “fish” + taku “rubbing”

Tired of the same old birthday party. How about having a “Gyotaku” Birthday Party

This method of  printing  is an exciting and creative option for birthday parties for all ages. In addition to learning about the ancient art of fish rubbing, each child will be able to go home with his or her one of a kind rubbing on a T-shirt or on rice paper.

I’ve presented these workshops in varied applications, from schools, camps, corporate outings and private parties. Below are a few pictures of recent parties and camps that I did. The T-shirts below were done by a party of seven year old’s.



And of course a gyotaku party can be done with paper prints. These prints can be framed and will last for years. They are an excellent gift for grandparents.

Below are a few examples of children’s work.

Below is a rubbing of a American shad that was done by a 3rd grader at Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School

american shad

Below is a rubbing of a Striped bass that was done at a workshop at St Marks Lutheran School, Yonkers NY


Below is a class at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich CT

Convent of the Sacred Heart

Below is a rubbing of a Bluefish that a 3rd grader did at Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School

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In addition, using silk screen, I can customize your child’s party by designing a template with all the personal info and leave a space for the child to create his or her one of a kind  fish print.



Below is a sample of how a custom T-shirt could work.


For information on details, please contact Joe Mullins at
or call: (914) 271-1214.  For more information go to:

Excellent references available.

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