Inspiring the Young Artist: Classroom Presentations for Children
Eujin greatly enjoys visiting schools and considers it a privilege to interact with the children and get feedback from them. As a mother of two children, she has focused on building a program with educational value and parallels to their curriculum as well as inspiring the young artist. She encourages students' active participation in cozy discussions of the different steps in illustrating a book. She also brings many visual materials to support her presentation for easy understanding. Her program runs in two parts. After participatory discussion of storybook illustration, the students are guided in creating individual art projects.
Storytelling: An Introduction to Dragons
Eujin's presentation is based on her book Imagine a Dragon (written by Laurence Pringle). Her storytelling and readings from the book introduce the students to many types of dragon stories from around the world.
Each dragon, from countries as diverse as Egypt, Norway and Greece, is illustrated in a style inspired by the art and traditions of its culture of origin. Eujin also focuses on comparing the contrasting nature of Western and Eastern dragon myths.
The Three I's of Illustration
The story readings are intermingled with her presentation on the process of storybook illustration, which emphasizes the importance of imagination, inspiration and information.
In illustrating her favorite Korean folktales, Eujin used vivid mental images first formed during her own childhood reading. Students share their own visualizations of a story read aloud by Eujin.
Eujin simply defines inspiration as "any kind of help to create something new." Examples discussed include reflection of the Great Pyramid, Viking motif and Greek vase in her paintings.
In order to give accurate information to the reader, Eujin researches the subject before she illustrates. She explains what kind of background details would be needed and how and where to search for it.
Step by Step: The Stages of Illustration
Eujin describes the process of illustration from the initial reading of the manuscript to the completion of her paintings. She shares examples from her sketchbooks to demonstrate what it takes to plan a final illustration. Then she shows a step-by-step process of the mixed-media method used in her paintings.
Student Participation: Sharing Their Inner Dragons
After the discussion, the student project begins with a guided visualization exercise. Eujin has the kids close their eyes and listen to a dragon story. She asks them to pay attention to details while imagining the dragon's shapes and colors. Next, she hands out a sheet of geometric shapes and a simple dragon outline and asks the students to draw what they saw, adding shapes and colors to the outline. Eujin also asks students to write a sentence describing their dragons. If time permits, the whole class shares their dragons with each other.