Reticula & Fragments

February 3, 2018 (1-4PM)

(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 class includes some R&F games, a 6 page catalog of the established R&F and their codes (used by the worldwide Zentangle community) and lots of practice.  The cost is $40 and please bring a sketchbook (approximately 5x8” or 6x9”) that lies flat when opened and has medium weigh paper. 

After a couple of hours, students become more creative with their tangles.

Zentangle at the Desert Museum

March 2, 3,4 2018 (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. Some supplies are included in the cost for this class.

Registration: Desert Museum/Art Institute  or call (520) 883-3024

Fee: $170 museum members; $220 non-members

​​Students working on tiles

All ages tangling on gourds.

 Open Studio  

These sessions are for students who want help working on Zentangle patterns and/or projects.



• Space is limited so please contact me if you want to come.

• Fee: $15 per session

Examples of patterns used in beginning classes.

These assembled mosaics were created by beginning students in different classes. Notice how each tile made in each class is unique.

The popular Zentangle Method® of drawing is an easy-to-learn, relaxing way to create beautiful images by repeating 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 your pocket or purse and you can do it most anywhere.


Creativity happens in the process. People who don’t draw discover the artist within them while those with art experience find new creativity and focus. Tanglers don’t have preconceived ideas of their final results. This unusual approach frees them from expectations and leads to interesting abstract creations. No one else will ever create what you have 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 with 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. I teach Zentangle Method classes, including Zentangle Meditation. I can create programs to meet your individual needs or the needs of your group. 

Students drawing Nature Tangles on Opus (10.5" square) tiles.

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."

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Student comment: "It was another wonderful afternoon with you and the other Zen beings! It was the perfect antidote to a stressful week.  Thank you for offering your talent and your guidance to further our exploration. I am so grateful for having discovered this wonderful outlet for creativity and centering......I get totally lost for hours and can empty my mind of all the other stuff that pulls on me." (Val B.)

 Introduction to Zentangle Basics: Level  1

February 17, 2018 (1-4PM) 

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.

​​Zentangle Method 

Class Descriptions:

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 class includes some R&F games, a 6 page catalog of the established R&F and their codes (used by the worldwide Zentangle community) and lots of practice.  The cost is $40 and please bring a sketchbook (approximately 5x8” or 6x9”) that lies flat when opened and has medium weigh paper.


Renaissance Tiles:
During the Renaissance period, artists drew on neutral toned paper (tan or gray) with white pencils, black ink, graphite and, often, earthy colors like brown, sepia and terra cotta. Artist throughout the world have used that iconic style of drawing ever since. In the Zentangle Method we use uses brown, black and white pens for drawing and graphite and white charcoal for shading on tan Renaissance tiles. Bring your Zentangle tools and a sketchbook (approximately 5x8” or 6x9”) that lies flat when opened and has medium weigh paper. The $40 fee will include some tan tiles, a brown and white pen, and a white charcoal pencil.

Introduction to Zendalas:
These circular tiles combine the Zentangle Method with the Hindu and Buddhist mandala art form dating back to 700BC and steeped in a symbolic representation of the Universe. Over time the art form has been adopted by many cultures and redefined. It is believed only the artist and the viewer can define the meaning of a mandala… or a Zendala. Bring your pens and a sketchbook (approximately 5x8” or 6x9”) that lies flat when opened and has medium weigh paper. The $40 fee includes Zendala tiles.

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 on an Opus (10.5"x10.5" tile.)  Bring your pens and a sketchbook (approximately 5x8” or 6x9”) that lies flat when opened and has medium weigh paper. The $40 fee will include a copy of my Nature Tangle catalog and an "Opus" tile. (See the slide show at the bottom of this page for photos of students drawing Nature Tangles on Opus tiles.)


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Questions?


​​Class Catalog

see detailed class descriptions below


Introduction to Zentangle Basics: Level I *
Building on the Basic: Level II *
High Focus Tangles: Level III *

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Nature Tangles*
Reticula & Fragments*
Renaissance Tiles*
Introduction to Zendalas *

Black Tiles*
Scratchboard Tangling *


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Zin & Zen: Wine & Zentangling with your Friends**
A Tangle of Kids**
Family Affair: Mixed Generational Fun**
Team Building for Businesses**
Zentangle Meditation**


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NOTES

  • The first 3 classes on this list need to be taken in sequential order.
  • Detailed class descriptions are at the bottom of this page.
  • There is no prescribed order for the rest of the classes.
  • Class size is limited to 6 students in the classes followed by a single asterisk (*). Each session is 2½ -3 hours long and cost $35-which includes some supplies. 
  • Private lessons are available and students may request other classes to meet their interests.
  • The 5 classes at the bottom of the list, followed by 2 asterisks  (**) have NO prerequisites, no set class size, and no set fee. They are held in a location of your choosing. Depending on your group and your goals, it can be very low key and mostly social or more structured and collaborative. Contact me to discuss options.

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For more information contact me:
Gale Sherman, CZT

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