Breaking Down Creative Barriers with Zentangle®!
Certified Zentangle instructor, Jeannie Mahood, talks a bit about this unique method enjoyed all over the world.
How would you describe Zentangle?
The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over the world, across a wide range of skills, interests and ages. It was created by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts to break down the barriers that people have to being creative, relaxed and focused. Just a few, but excellent, materials and a one-step-at-a-time process are all that's needed!
How did you get involved with and certified to teach Zentangle?
I got to take a Zentangle workshop with Rick and Maria in 2009. Later that year Joan Payton and I traveled to Rick and Maria's hometown of Whitinsville, MA for the teacher seminar - where we became CZT's (Certified Zentangle Teachers)! We started teaching together about a month later and have taught about 500 students from Baja, Mexico to Nova Scotia, Canada since then!
Do have a background in art?
Yes - although artistic experience is NOT necessary for Zentangle! Joan is always creating something. For years she designed, made and sold jewelry. Now, when she's not doing Zentangle, she designs and makes primitive style hooked rugs.
I have a BFA in Studio Art, and an MA in art therapy. I used art therapy with children and families for several years, and then worked in graphic design. I've loved drawing and painting since I was a kid, and have added photography and Zentangle to my list of favorite things to do.
How did you get involved with teaching at BINDERS Art School?
I really enjoyed taking Anne Elser's Calligraphy classes at Binders and eventually I got to thinking that it would be a fun place to offer Zentangle.
We worked with the Education Director and made it happen! Joan and I have really enjoyed the students at Binders (not to mention the fun materials that are right outside the classroom door!).
What can folks expect from a Zentangle class?
Joan and I design most of our classes so that a beginner can come and feel comfortable from the start. We ground the students in the basic process of Zentangle first. The process of Zentangle is SO important - it's what makes Zentangle unique and so accessible. But learning the process online or from a book is just not the same as learning in a class from a Certified Zentangle Teacher.
We always teach some extra tangles (patterns), and then we usually go into the world of "Zentangle Inspired Art" and create something larger, or use color, or work on dark paper, or... Joan and I have so much fun thinking up new things to teach! Our classes tend to be jam packed because we really want students to get their money's worth. We like to be a little bit silly, too!
“Joan and I design most of our classes so that a beginner can come and feel comfortable from the start. We ground the students in the basic process of Zentangle first.”
For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Jacob Gunter