Arab Festival 2013

Recently, I had a booth at the Arab Festival, which occurred at the Seattle Center.  While my sales were low, I was really excited to try out my new grid wall unit.

I had gotten eight walls at a sale this summer, along with about a dozen six inch hooks, four tshirts holders and a lamp that was broken.  When I was at my monthly Crafting at Crossroads event, I mentioned to my friend Kacey (the super mom over at OnAWhimm) my excitement at using my new walls.  I also expressed concern at what to need to buy to be able to use the walls with my crafts.
So Kayce offers up her grid wall baskets to borrow.  How awesome is she?
I got to play around with layout of the wall for a few days.  I even payed my friends Laila, Oraib, and Jill in snacks and products to come over and re-arrange.  The best part of the brainstorm session was little adorable Maya, who just turned two, was reciting the animals on the Arabic Alphabet poster, in Arabic no less, in front of Jill, who spent over a year drawing them.  It was an amazing full circle moment.
After the grid wall unit got to where everyone was happy, I grabbed suitcases and packed it all with only a day to spare.  I didn’t end up using all the baskets and hooks, and also left two walls at home, but here is the finished product.
I’d love to hear what you think about it.
And if you want to come see it in person, consider this your reminder that the 7th Annual Homemade Harvest is coming up second Saturday in November.


Startalk Arabic Camp (2013)

This past week I had the pleasure of once again teaching Arabic art to the Seattle Public School Startalk 7 Camp that was held from June 20, 2013 – July 3, 2013.  This year we were in a new school, Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, that was really beautiful. It was in the Atlantic neighborhood of Seattle and had breathtaking views of valleys and green.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that we had 22 enrolled this year and that we had two classrooms of kids who wanted to learn the Arabic language.  I had the same budget to cover supplies for all 22 children, instead of the five children we had last year.  So I keep choose paper crafts to remain inexpensive.

Then I was told that due to the overwhelming success of the cross cultural exchange with the Chinese classes last year, the teachers have asked that I return for another Arabic lesson in their classroom also.  I was excited at the prospect of teaching the children in the Chinese language about Arabic art, however, my joy turned to panic to find a craft I can teach an additional 50+ children, that would last for half an hour divided over three classrooms.  Again I turned to paper crafts.

On my first day in the Arabic lanague classrooms, we talked about Eid and made lanterns with vellum inserts.  They were basically miniature version of the Eid lanterns we made last year here.  I was so impressed with what the children created and have included photos of these lanterns.


The next day, the children in the Arabic language camp made paper dolls from the Arab world.  I brought in ribbons, fabrics, sequins, colored pens, hole punches, cardstock, and all kinds of other fun things and let them at it.  At the start of the lesson I showed them various outfits from the Arab world, including men’s galabia and children’s dresses.  These are the photos from the various students at the end of the day.


The final day, I went in to teach the Chinese kids about Arabic art and culture.  We also talked about Arabic clothes, but their lesson also included other information about the Arab world, such as the number of Arab countries (22), what is Ramadan (a month of fasting for Muslims) and how we say hello (Marhaba) and thank you (Shukran) in Arabic.  With that final lesson, we created Shukran cards for the kids to make.   These cards had a little Egyptian man, wearing a galabia and a fez hat.  Inside the cards, which of course open the correct left to right direction, we wrote the word Shukran in Arabic.  These are some of the photos of the kids and their little Shukran cards.



This camp is turning into one of my favorite events for teaching Arabic art for kids in the Seattle area.  I really hope they ask me to teach it again in 2014.

Oops, I almost forgot the craft the little ones made on the first day.  Some of them had a hard time with the lanterns, and they created these beautiful Eid stars to hang from the ceiling of the classroom.


Startalk Arabic Camp

Today was my last day teaching Arabic art at the Startalk Arabic Camp at Aki
Kurose Middle School Academy in Seattle.
Seattle Public Schools Startalk 5 offered Beginning Arabic summer language
camps for elementary school students, grades 3-5 June 28-July 8 with July 4
off. The Arabic camp was designed for beginning speakers of the language and
students were introduced to modern standard Arabic and progress through
thematic units designed for young, beginning Arabic learners.

Since I concentrated on the Arabic arts, I decided to do an emphasis on
Ramadan, since it’s due to start next Friday. Here are the crafts we did at the
camp. I’ll be offering tutorials for these projects as part of the 2012 – 30
day Ramadan Crafty Challenge, so be sure to follow this blog to see them!

On our first day we made an Arabic clock

We also made a Star and Moon Mobile

For paper crafts, we made both Hanging Stars and Paper Lanterns

And today we finished off our crafty week  with some Eid lambs