Archives for November 2013

Zentangle Class Success

Well, my first Zentangle® class went well. There were seven students and it was great fun to see how they embraced the method. Like student Marilyn said, they all received the same instructions yet each tile is unique to the artist.

Zentangle tile drawings
Student work Introduction to Zentangle

I’ve scheduled two more classes for next week. First a shout out and thank you for my friend Laura who put the word out to her large mailing list and to our local newspaper – The Clearwater Tribune.

Here’s what I’ve written for our local newspaper about the upcoming classes –

Due to the success of the first Zentangle® drawing class offered, artist Susan White, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), has scheduled two additional classes in November. Zentangle is a fun and easy to learn method for creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It can be a technique for promoting a relaxed and focused state of mind whenever or wherever it is needed. Susan is one of only three CZTs in Idaho.

Two questions are commonly asked about the Zentangle method. The first is often “Isn’t that just doodling?” Susan explains that “doodling” is one of many approaches to drawing, the Zentangle method increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. Artwork completed through the Zentangle approach is often revered and shared while doodles are often lost or discarded. For certain, there is no shortage of opinion on the answer to this question.

The second question is often “Why should I take a class from a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT)?” Susan explains “A CZT has taken the training to learn the Zentangle method and approach. It’s true that there are books and information on the internet that people can go to. However, a book will never convey the same sense of approach and application that a trained instructor will. In many of the online videos, it’s clear that the non-CZT presenters have missed some of the core values of the Zentangle artform. Also, we often make more progress by setting aside the class time for ourselves.”

Introduction to Zentangle Part 1 class will be offered Tuesday, November 19 at The Wild Hare from 1:30-3:30 pm. Students will be introduced to the Zentangle drawing method and the steps for creating original Zentangle artworks at 3.5” by 3.5”. No artistic experience is necessary. Each student will produce unique artworks that develop as each new stroke is added.

Introduction to Zentangle Part 2 class will be held Tuesday, November 19 at the Wild Hare from 6:00-8:00 pm. Students will learn additional tangles and techniques for creating their artworks and should bring supplies from the first class with them.

The recommended age for attendees at these two classes is teen through adult. The number of students will be limited to 12. Supplies are included in the class fee. Students are provided with clear, simple instruction in a safe, judgement free environment.

Pre-registration is required for all classes. Please contact Susan for more information, to inquire about arranging classes in other settings, or to arrange for private lessons. Stop in at the The Wild Hare downtown Orofino to pre-register.

Short Notice, First Zentangle® Class Offering

Short notice… My first Zentangle® class will be offered Thursday, November 7 at The Wild Hare from 6-8 pm. I will introduce participants to the Zentangle drawing method and the steps for creating original Zentangle artworks at 3.5” by 3.5”. No artistic experience is necessary. Each person will produce unique artworks that develop as each new stroke is added.

The recommended age for attendees at this class is teen through adult. It is a great way to get started and the number of students will be limited to 10. Supplies are included in the class fee.

Pre-registration is required. Please contact me for more information or to inquire about arranging classes in other settings. Stop in at the The Wild Hare downtown Orofino to pre-register.

Here is the rest of the story…. In September I flew to Berkeley, CA and took the train up to Sacramento to meet with textile artist Merle Axelrad. I had two special hours with her in her studio and plied her with questions about her work. http://www.axelradart.com/

I traveled back to Berkeley, CA to work with Mona Brookes for 6 days of certification training in her EduArts teaching methods. Mona is the author of 3 books about drawing as an important learning tool. Her methods for teaching drawing were the basis for much of what I taught as a volunteer art teacher when our kids were in grade school and for everything since then. http://monart.com/about/mona-brookes/

In October I traveled to Providence, RI where I took the certification training for Zentangle® with Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. There are very similar parallels between both methods. http://www.zentangle.com/

Mona’s emphasis is on drawing realistically while the Zentangle method focuses on relaxed and focused drawing using structured patterns. Either way – it’s all very teachable and learn-able in a safe, non-competitive and non-judgmental environment. I’ve taught kindergarteners through senior citizens and have yet to find someone who isn’t able to draw. It’s such an easy way to promote eye hand coordination and enhance the usual methods of education for kids. It’s also a powerful personal boost to learn that you really can draw!

Drop me a line or give me a call if you’re interested in setting up a class or series of classes. I’m currently working with Tina Harper at the Wild Hare to get a few sessions started.