Whether I am drawing on pottery, paper, or on my iPad—I am almost always using the Zentangle® Method to create my designs. This art form was developed by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. It is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. All of the tangles, or designs, are built using basic elements such as a line, dot, circle, or curves. You can learn more at zentangle.com.
In 2015, I attended a training seminar to become a CZT—or Certified Zentangle Teacher. I have taught classes to both individuals and groups. When I was a fourth grade teacher, I spent the first ten minutes of math class teaching the students a new tangle. It fast became the favorite part of the day for all of us! Not only did many of my students enjoy the opportunity to draw, they also showed greater attention to task, increased persistence when engaging with difficult content, and acquisition of a skill that is useful for reducing stress and inducing calm.
Reach out if you are interested in learning Zentangle in a private class or as part of a group.