K-Culture Workshop (Gayageum and Minhwa)

The Korean Cultural Centre UK is bringing back their K-Culture Workshops which give the UK public a chance to learn the art of Minhwa Folk painting and lessons on how to play one of Korea’s most famous instruments, the Gayageum.

Image credit to KoreaFilm.co

Image credit to KoreaFilm.co

We wrote about these lessons last year during the first ever term of workshops and this year the Gayageum course will run for 12 weeks with two options: Beginners and Intermediate level classes. The Gayageum is a 12 string zither and is played by plucking the strings with the right hand whilst vibrating the strings near the moveable wooden bridges with the left hand. The Gayageum has a delicate sound and is said to have a tone most like the human voice than any other instrument. Find out more about the instrument and the classes in our Gayageum Lessons post. Last year required applicants to have a basic understanding of music reading, however this has not been stated in this year’s requirements but please do make sure you double check with the KCCUK to avoid disappointment and make sure you apply for the correct level!

This Gayageum Course will present a delightful journey into the traditional music of Korea where students will learn typical musical scales and various playing techniques. 

Image credit to KoreanFilm.co

Image credit to KoreanFilm.co

Next we have the Minhwa Folk Painting course which will be a 10 week course. Minhwa/민화 means ‘painting of the people’ or ‘popular painting’ and this style of art concentrated on subject matters related to nature, and have symbolic meanings, for example, the most prominent and frequently used images were of tigers, which symbolised power, and magpies which symbolise good news being sent. These paintings were also thought to benefit the owner by helping to protect them from malevolent forces. For example, dragons were an image thought to protect one from evil spirits. So here’s your chance to learn how to draw in some good luck (you see what we did there?). You can find out more about this art style in our Minhwa painting post.

Our free painting course, ‘Minhwa’ refers to the Korean folk painting of mythical and magical figures and other objects in a plain, straightforward and naive style often representing health, happiness and scenes from everyday life.

Image credit to tkdbible.com

Image credit to tkdbible.com

Application for these courses are now OPEN and did we mention that both courses are free! These courses will run from February to May 2014 and are an excellent chance for you to take part and get a hands on experience with aspects of Korean culture not normally available in the UK! Details of courses and how to apply below:

Details of the Gayageum Class

Details of the Minhwa Class

1) Date 26th Feb ~ 14th May 2014(12 Weeks)2) Time

– 18:30~19:30 (Intermediate Level)

– 19:30~20:30 (Beginner Level)

3) Venue

– Multi-Purpose Hall at the KCCUK

4) Minimum Age: 18 years & over

1) Date27th Feb ~ 1st May 2014(10 Weeks)2) Time

– 18:30~20:30

3) Venue

– Seminar Room at the KCCUK

4) Minimum Age: 18 years & over

Application period ends:
***5pm on 15th February 2014***

All application forms must be received by this time, any applications received after this deadline will not be taken into consideration, so if you plan to post in your application, please allow delivery time!

Application form: Download from the KCCUK link HERE.
(Bottom of page titled Attached file, there is a seperate form for each class, Gayageum Beginner, Gayageum Intermediate and Minhwa classes, please make sure you fill in the correct application!)

You can either email, fax, post or hand in your application form to the KCCUK:

Email: info@kccuk.org.uk  /Fax: +44 (0)20 7004 2600

In person or post:Korean Cultural Centre UK,
Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW

Good luck to all applicants! If you are a 2013 student, please do let us know if you’ve written any posts or taken any photos of your experience so we can share with our readers :)



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