Visual Arts

Zentangle

I am amazed at the incredible things our students can do, especially when it's something I've never heard of and I learn something new myself through their creations.  This is freshman Kylea Alley and she is showing off her Zentangle creation.
I had no idea what Zentangle was, is, or could be, so I looked it up and it's pretty interesting.  Essentially, the Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  These patterns are called tangles and you create tangles with combinations of dots, lines, simple curves, S-curves and orbs. These simple shapes are the "Elemental Strokes" in all Zentangle art. These patterns are drawn on small pieces of paper called "tiles." They are called tiles because you can assemble them into mosaics.
Zentangle art is non-representational and unplanned so you can focus on each stroke and not worry about the result. There is no up or down to Zentangle art. If fact, you can most easily create Zentangle art by rotating your tile as you tangle -- always keeping your hand in a relaxed position. You don't need to know what a tangle is going to look like to draw it. You just need to know the steps. The result is a delightful surprise.
As you use the Zentangle Method to create beautiful images, you likely will enjoy increased focus, creativity, self-confidence and an increased sense well-being.  Great work, Kylea!
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