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Obangsaek art

First suggested by 25th World Scout Jamboree United Kingdom Contingent
Learn about the Korean art of Obangsaek, and have a go at creating your own piece of artwork

You will need

  • Craft materials (for example, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, stickers)
  • A4 paper
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Something to protect surfaces (for example, newspaper or tablecloths)
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue
  • Tables (optional)
  • Chairs (optional)

시작하기 전에 (Before start)

  • Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional help to carry out your risk assessment, including examples can be found here.  Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.
  • If you’re using tables and chairs, put enough out for everyone to have a seat. Next, place the protective materials and a mixture of the craft materials on each table.

디자인을 선택하고 만드십시오. (Choose a design and create it)

  1. Have a chat with everyone about what Obangsaek is.
  1. Ask everyone to think about what the colours and the elements mean to them.
  2. Ask everyone to then choose a design they’d like to create on their paper, taking inspiration from each colour and element. For example, they might choose a tree for blue or flames for red.
  3. Once everyone has decided on their design, they should draw these out on their paper.
  4. Everyone should then choose what art/craft items they would like to use. They can lay them out on the paper, and stick them down with the glue.
  1. When everyone is finished, place the pictures somewhere in the meeting place to dry.
  1. Ask everyone to help clean up the craft materials. Once everything is tidy, everyone should have the opportunity to share their design with the group.


This activity gave everyone the opportunity to try something new and learn about a different type of artwork. Was this type of artwork any different to the artwork that you can create at school or home? The colours in Obangsaek represent different things. Can you remember what they are? The activity is about expressing colours in an exciting and unique way. Did the group find anything particularly challenging about this activity?


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.


Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.

Glue and solvents

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.