In honor of AAPI, the Goose Grease family wanted to highlight some of the many projects we've worked on that have been inspired by several Asian and Pacific Island cultures. These are fun art activities that can be done at home with your kids that can also help them learn about art in different cultures!

Today's blog is highlighting our lesson on Minhwa, a form of Korean folk art. Minhwa is a term coined by Yanagi Muneyoshi meaning "painting of the people."

The style was adopted from fine art techniques and implemented by unknown artists with no formal training. It was an art form that anyone could do which contributed to its popularity.


Minhwa are categorized by their subject matter. Some of the most common categories are paintings of peonies (Morando), paintings of books/ stationary (Chaekgeori), pairings of flowers and birds (Hwajodo), the ten symbols of longevity (Sipjangsaengdo, and paintings of Tigers, Magpies, and Pine Trees (Hojakdo) which is the category being recreated in this lesson!

Tigers were used to symbolize the government and were often depicted as silly or ridiculous as a way for the common people to satirize and express their feelings towards the government.

Learn more about Minhwa here:

Click this link to see the full video tutorial for the Minhwa activity: 

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