Variations: Tweaking a Tangle: Some tangles are ripe for artists to alter with just a few strokes and some experimentation. As a group, we'll work on some of the same variations and then each person can put their own spin on another variation. The sharing is amazing!
Reticula & Fragments (R&F): Reticula are shapes which form a network or grid of blank spaces where you can insert drawings. (Think: squares, circles, oblongs.., and some tangle patterns such as #Tripoli, #Cadent....) Fragments are little pieces of patterns, which are drawn in the reticula spaces. Draw them in the same direction, rotated, mirrored.... This class is a great exercise in mindfulness and focus.
Black and Black & White : Using tangles you are mostly familiar with, we use white gel pens, black pens, regular pencils and white charcoal pencils to create unique drawing on two-toned paper.
Nature Tangles & Working Large: Explore the various ways to approach large piece of paper (10"x10," 6"X14," etc). Using my Nature Tangles Catalog (100+ thumbnail sketches with an appendix) we draw an organic Zentangle nature land or sea scapes.
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 have used that iconic style of drawing.
Spirals: Petroglyphs to Zentangle
Zenbossing & Embossing
Zendalas: Working in the Round
The Expanding Boundaries of Zentangle
and many more ....contact me to see what the current classes are.
The following classes are only taught at the Desert Museum
What is Zentangle? (Summer/Fall) This one-day (5 hour) class is a relaxed introduction to the Zentangle method, a mindful technique using repetitive patterns to create beautiful images. (No experience necessary!)
Zentangle at the Desert Museum (Spring) This 3-day class includes an introduction/review of beginning to high-focus Zentangle patterns. Following those sessions, students will use a Nature Tangles catalog, created for this class, to tangle land or sea scapes. (No experience necessary!)
Zentangle on Desert Gourds (Fall) Locally grown gourds are a lovely surface for drawing "tangles" (patterns) in black, brown, red, and white inks. Learn about selecting and preparing gourds as well as techniques for working on their surface. (Perquisite: some experience drawing Zentangle patterns on paper.)
ABRACADABRA! Simple backgrounds for journals, pen & inks, collages, clay boards, notecards…There are lots of interesting, simple, and FUN ways to work “behind the scenes” other than watercolor. This two day class includes hands-on exploration AND a day for creating projects with inks, stains, marbling, printing and inventing new techniques. (No experience necessary!)
Introduction: The World of Patterns (winter/spring) We'll look back at two important period in history (20,000 and 1,000 years ago) when patterns reigned supreme and then immerse ourselves in the patterned art of two artists- one from the 19th and one from the 20th centuries. While exploring this art history, we'll discuss what patterns then and today inspire you and how could you create patterns art of your own.(No experience necessary!)