String artist Anne Glover spent some time in Prince Rupert over the last week teaching young students the ins and outs of turning ordinary string into a variety of shapes. (Matthew Allen / The Northern View)

Prince Rupert students learn to make art on a string

String artist Anne Glover taught Prince Rupert students about string art this week

In a time where technology commands so much of our attention, Anne Glover is proving that the simple things can still be captivating.

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Glover, a string art performer, has been giving a series of workshops on her craft in the city’s elementary and middle schools. She was in Roosevelt Elementary School on Jan. 24 where she showed Grade 4 and 5 students how to transform a simple piece of string into different shapes using nothing but their hands.

“Whether I have a group of 15 kids or a theatre full of 800 kids everybody is totally engrossed in the stories that are simply illustrated with this very low tech, and very old art of string figures,” Glover said. “Kids are naturally fascinated and excited to get strings on their hands and start to do it.”

Glover has been giving performances and workshops for more than 30 years both in B.C. and around the world. The chemistry she had with the class was evident from the start of the workshop.

“They’re more occupied and more into this right now than when we have iPads,” said James Zlatanov, vice-principal at Roosevelt Elementary School.

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