Teaching String Art {Resource}

This past weekend I was an art instructor at the YMCA Women’s Wellness Weekend located on Camp Orkila. I have been teaching different types of art classes there shortly after I fell in love with the mission behind WWW in 2008.

It was my pleasure to once teach string art, taking a break from quilling. My class was moved from the library to the studio. Can you see why?

The camp is on one of the San Juan Islands and my commute to work involves a ferry.


This is the one of best parts of the weekend, since it always includes surprises. Never to disappoint, the ride home had two dolphins that were starboard (two fast for my camera) and in the ferry line to the islands was a tiny house on wheels being delivered.

The sleeping arrangements are not the best since the camp is used for children the rest of the year, but the view from Mt. Constitution and local animal life more than make up for the bunk beds.

I was lucky to teach two classes and had so many great artists come to create masterpieces.  Here are a few photos I took during the classes. That is, when I wasn’t ziplining or reading on the beach, accomplishing the mission for the weekend: take time to get well.

First the students spent some time on the inspiration table, getting ideas. Then they were given paper and pencil to draw them out. I had some plain wood boards but some were painted with prewash paints (they dried faster then regular paint) I had received as a Plaid Ambassador, along with regular paint.

After the designs were complete, they received nails, hammers and protective tools and got to work. Yes, it gets loud!

Once the hammering was done, the paper is removed and the students started outlining their work.

After the outline is done, the inside is filled in. Or there other way around. Really, there are no rules in art.

The inside of the work can be calculated and pre drawn out.

Or filled in a random manner.

One student knew the design outcome, but wanted to play with color.

While another student knew the exact design because she was a collector of it.

Someone made wall art for a new baby on the way.

While other art was made simply to be created and left behind in the studio to be enjoyed by others.

It was such a lovely weekend and I hope to be invited to teach again. I have some friends whom I’ve enjoyed meeting on my daily walks.

To read step by step instructions on created your own string art, visit these tutorials.

Arabic Initial String Art {Tutorial}

Arabic String Wedding Decor {Tutorial}


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I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.