We began by learning about the country and looking at artwork that features the tiger. In Korean history and culture, the tiger is a guardian that drives away evil spirits and brings good luck – a symbol of courage and power. It appears in many Korean myths and folk stories, and is a favorite subject of Korean painting and sculpture. The mascot of the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul was a tiger and the recent 2018 Winter Olympics had a white tiger mascot.
Below are examples of our artwork, inspired by South Korea, on display at International Night in May.
The last project was a fan design. Fans, or "buchae" in Korean, come in many different shapes, including a leaf, oval or a half-moon shape, and are made with different materials such as silk, bamboo, and feathers. Fans were used for special ceremonies, musical events, to exchange greetings, and to show your status. We also watched a video of a Korean fan dance, before designing our own fans using marker.