Watch as the founders of Zentangle Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas tell their unique story about how they discovered this art form that excites, relaxes and is easy-to-learn.
The Opus paper "tiles" on the left are 10.5" square and are being worked on by students during the Nature Tangle section of the spring class at the Art Institute of the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum- "Zentangle at the Desert Museum." This class is offered at other times too.
Students working on tiles
All ages tangling on gourds.
see detailed class descriptions below
Introduction to Zentangle Basics: Level I *
Building on the Basic: Level II *
High Focus Tangles: Level III *
New Fangled String & Colored Backgrounds for Tangles*
Reticula & Fragments*
The Expanding Boundaries of Zentangle*
Scratchboard Tangling *
Zin & Zen: Wine & Zentangling with your Friends**
A Tangle of Kids**
Family Affair: Mixed Generational Fun**
Team Building for Businesses**
For more information contact me:
Gale Sherman, CZT
Introduction to Zentangle Basics: The Zentangle Method® is an easy-to-learn, relaxing way to create beautiful abstract images by repeating a variety of structured patterns. With no preconceived idea of the final results creativity just happens. People who don’t draw discover the artist within them while those with art experience find new creativity and focus. All supplies are included in the $40 fee; except a sketchbook (approximately 5x8” or 6x9”) that lies flat when opened and has medium weigh paper.
Building on the Basics: This second level class includes: a review of the first 7 tangles you learned by deconstructing some tangles and drawing a new tile with some twists, some “string” theory, 7 more tangles for your palette, and individual and collaborative work. Bring your pens and a sketchbook (approximately 5x8” or 6x9”) that lies flat when opened and has medium weigh paper. The $40 fee some tiles, a Graphic pen, and a Zentangle Resource document.
High Focus Tangles: The third level class includes: 7 more tangles (5 are “high focus) for your palette, more about shading and “enhancers,” and how to draw “pearls” and “dew drops.” Bring your pens and a sketchbook (approximately 5x8” or 6x9”) that lies flat when opened and has medium weigh paper. The $40 fee includes tiles and a Zentangle Resource document.
Reticula & Fragments: (R&F) were introduced in 2016 by the Zentangle founders. Reticula are just shapes which form a network/grid creating blank spaces where you can insert drawings. (Think squares, circles, oblongs, etc. and tangle patterns you already know such as #Tripoli, #Cadent....) Fragments are little pieces of patterns, which are drawn in the reticula spaces. They can be drawn in the same direction, rotated, mirrored.... Creating tiles this way is a great exercise in mindfulness and focus. And though it often looks complicated, it really isn’t; it's "just one stroke at a time." The $40 class includes some R&F games, a Catalog of the established R&F and their codes and lots of practice. Remember to bring your Zentangle tools and sketchbook.
Renaissance Tiles: During the Renaissance period artists drew on neutral toned paper with white pencils, black ink, graphite and, often, earthy colors like brown, sepia and terra cotta. Since then artists around the world (including those using the Zentangle Method) have used that iconic style of drawing. Bring your Zentangle tools and sketchbook to class. The $40 fee includes tan tiles, a brown and white pen, a white charcoal pencil and a tortillon to use with the white pencil.
New Fangled Stings & colored Backgrounds for Tangling: Come and experiment with these six easy, fast and FUN ways to add color and zip to your tiles and strings. You’ll use stains, juices, inks and dyes to create unique tiles for your next tangle creations. Magic is guaranteed! The $40 fee includes 12 official tiles and all the STUFF to make the magic. Please bring other tiles you want to experiment with and/or paper you want to tangle on but need to cut; I've got the paper cutter.
The Expanding Boundaries of Zentangle: The founders and devoted practitioners of Zentangle are endlessly exploring and creating new and interesting twists to working with tangles. Come for an afternoon of exploring Dingbatz, Articulated Molygons, Double Spirals, MapTangling, TranZending, TZs, dynamic strings, and more.
Black tiles: This is another medium for students to explore using tangles they are already familiar with while focusing on new materials. Bring your a sketchbook (approximately 5x8” or 6x9”) that lies flat when opened and has medium weigh paper. If you have any metallic pens, please bring them also. The $40 fee will include some black tiles, a white Gelly Roll pen®, a Zenstone Chalk®, and a white charcoal pencil.
Scratchboard Tangling: If you are already like scratchboard AND Zentangle, you can learn some short cuts to combining the two art forms in this class. Some patterns are easier to execute than other. Learn what they are and try them out. Please bring your scratching tools, a practice scratchboard and any inks or watercolors you choose for adding color and a sketchbook (approximately 5x8” or 6x9”) that lies flat when opened and has medium weigh paper. An Ampersand scratchboard tile (3.5” square) is included in the $40 fee.
Zentangle on Desert Gourds (This class is taught at the Desert Museum in the Fall) The popular Zentangle Method® of drawing is often done on surfaces other than paper. Tan gourds (locally grown) are a lovely surface for drawing "tangles" (patterns) in black, brown, red, and white inks. Students will learn about selecting and preparing gourds as well as techniques for working on their surface. After students plan their projects, they will work directly on gourds with ink. The gourds and some other supplies are included in this class. Perquisite: Some experience drawing Zentangle patterns on paper.
Nature Tangles: Once you have a good background in the Zentangle Method, you can learn many more tangles in a single class. Using my Nature Tangles Catalog, we will deconstruct some of the 80+ tangles and practice them in your sketchbook. After considering options students will begin tangling on an Opus (10.5"x10.5" tile.) Bring your pens, pencils, sketchbook, etc. The $40 fee includes a copy of the Catalog and an "Opus" tile. (See the slides below for photos of students working on Opus tiles.)
The popular Zentangle Method® of drawing is an easy-to-learn, relaxing way to create beautiful images by creating a variety of structured patterns called “tangles.” The work is done on small (3.5”x3.5”) paper “tiles” and can be completed in as little as 15 or 20 minutes. Though patterns are created with only 5 basic pen strokes, most patterns only use 2 or 3. The tools are simple and portable; they and can fit in a pocket and you can do it most anywhere.
Students exploring the Zentangle art form discover an antidote to stress, an increased ability to focus, and the artist within them. Since tanglers don’t have a preconceived idea of the final results they are freed of expectations which lead to interesting abstract creations. Creativity happens in the process and no one ever creates what someone else has created; it is personal and the possibilities are limitless.
The structured patterns are great substitutes for traditional pen and ink and scratchboard practice. Students in those disciplines need to develop the same control with their tools as Zentangle students need to with their pens. While practicing and learning control through Zentangle, all students get a sense of accomplishment by creating unique tiles.
As a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) I combine my love of art and of the Zentangle Method with my Zen meditation experience and my decades of teaching all ages from babies to university students. In addition to teaching the classes below, I can create a program to meet your individual needs or the needs of your group.
@ the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
March 8,9,10 2019 (10am-4pm)
This is art for everyone! The Zentangle Method® has become popular because it is an easy to learn, relaxing way to create beautiful abstract images by repeating a variety of structured patterns made with simple strokes. Dozens of patterns, including many inspired by nature, are introduced and students receive a Nature Tangle catalog to use and keep. Both beginners and expereinced tanglers are welcome to learn and/or hone their tangling skills. Some supplies are included in the cost for this class.
Registration: (520) 883-3024
These assembled mosaics were created by beginning students in different classes.
Notice how unique each tile is.
Lost Starr Art
New Fangled Strings & Colored Backgrounds for Tangles
@ My studio
Friday, January 11, 2019 (1-4PM)
Come and experiment with these six easy, fast and FUN ways to add color and zip to your tiles and strings. You’ll use stains, juices, inks and dyes to create unique tiles for your next tangle creations. Magic is guaranteed! The $40 fee includes 12 official tiles and all the STUFF to make the magic. Please bring other tiles you want to experiment with and/or paper you want to tangle on but need to cut; I've got the paper cutter. (Well actually I have 7 ways featured here :-)
Students drawing Nature Tangles on Opus (10.5" square) tiles.
To be announced...
Examples of patterns used in beginning classes.