Before the winter break Year 6F had the great opportunity to meet and participate in a workshop with the Korean illustrator, Yu Jung Bae, who recently won the "New Horizons" award at the 2018 Bologna Children's Book Fair for her book, Tree Dancing.
Our school received the invitation from Biblioteca Centrale Ragazzi, the only council library in Rome with a total focus on literature for children from 0 to 14 years old. This fantastic library planned a series of workshops dedicated to Korean and Italian illustrations about trees and nature, highlighting how the pictures are a universal language that permit different cultures to meet and talk.
The author presented her very interesting and unique book, Tree Dancing. It is a leporello picture book that can be read vertically. The illustrations are completely unique. At first sight they look abstract but looking closely you can recognise different shapes and forms such as butterflies, insects, flowers, etc.
Everything started from a log. The author explained, with the help of a video, that Korea has trees all around the city which look dead. She once stopped to observe one closely and this is when she realised that a little new branch was growing from it. The tree was still alive. From that image she started to draw the nature that is hidden around the world, which, in her book, lives under the log.
Year 6F was very involved in guessing which animals were hiding in the pictures and to ask questions on how the author decided to make the book.
The second part of the workshop was about creating a class picture book. Each student had the opportunity to make their own illustration using acrylic colours. The "painting-game" was to make coloured shapes on a plastic sheet, press it on a blank paper, and little by little create an abstract drawing, where the second stage using a marker, we needed to find hidden natural figures.
Meeting an international illustrator is always a stimulating experience and the author herself found our students really creative and very good inquirers.
I invite all of our parents to visit this library and to look at the activities they organise for children. It's always an enriching experience visiting a new library! https://www.bibliotechediroma.it/opac/library/biblioteca-centrale-ragazzi-centro-specializzato/RMBBR