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.

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.

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.

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.

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