The Korean culture is unique and beautiful and learning about it can be an unforgettable experience for any foreigner visiting or living in Korea. The Koreans’ love for art is especially notable and includes many techniques and forms unknown to the western world.
In the five years I stayed in Korea, my great discovery was Hanji, traditional Korean paper. Hanji is made of the inner bark of Paper Mulberry, a tree native to Korea and found on its rocky mountainsides. Hanji paper is used for many purposes, my favourite being making Korean paper dolls.
During the second and third term this year, secondary students were able to learn about this creative art form by making dolls in the Korean Paper Doll ECA. It was an enjoyable and productive ECA and our efforts, after months of work, were rewarded with the beautiful dolls.
For those interested, have a look at the display in the secondary foyer. I look forward to more creations next term.
- Maria Pantasoulas, Primary & Secondary EAL Teacher