Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Art as Meditation: Explorations in Zentangle®

From 2013 Zentangle Workshop
Summary
Workshop Number: 
36
Leaders: 
Sadelle Wiltshire, Ann Coakley
Who may register?: 
Intergenerational (50% HS and young adults, 50% older)
Worship/Worship-Sharing: 
20%
Lecture: 
10%
Discussion: 
10%
Experiential Activities: 
60%
full-time attenders only

A meditative art and play week with pen, pencil, and paper, learning the Zentangle method of drawing. Create and share beautiful images from structured patterns, with magical and surprising results. Learn a new way to center down and build community with no art skills needed!

Workshop Description

A meditative art and play week with pen, pencil, and paper, learning the Zentangle method of drawing. Create beautiful images from structured patterns, with magical and surprising results. Learn a new way to center down and build community with no art skills needed.
Zentangle is an easy to learn, relaxing and intuitive way to draw extraordinary pieces of black and white abstract art. This is truly an art form ANYONE can do and is for all ages, with no expectations, and no mistakes…
Zentangle's simplicity appeals to both non-artists and artists alike. Explore the potential of pattern and line, using simple tools while learning a new mindfulness practice and another way to focus, center oneself and joyfully explore creativity. Throughout our week-long art-making and sharing, we will foster a playful group experience, mutual encouragement and collaboration.
On the first day all workshop attenders will learn the basic Zentangle method, which is traditionally done on small paper tiles. This begins with a drawing framework using a series of simple patterns that are broken down into individual deliberate strokes, progressing to more focused patterns. As particpants learn the same patterns at the same time, they will quickly come to appreciate the unique talents that each individual brings to their finished piece.
Each day will begin or end with worship or worship-sharing. As the week goes on, we will move into group projects, including a large mosaic made of individual 'tangled' sections designed to fit together as well as a Visual Journaling project and small group collaborative art exchange. While embracing and appreciating our imperfections and special talents - we will explore sharing this art as a nurturing and spiritual gift to ourselves and others, as well as learning a new way to bring art-making into conflict resolution and peace work within community.
Skills required: Be able to write your name :-)
Supplies needed: We will be asking for a small materials fee in class of $10 for very specific paper plus handouts that we are bringing**.
Please bring the following or make plans to purchase in Pennsylvania:
1. One small (5.5" x 8") blank journal (unlined), Bristol Vellum or Mixed Media (Strathmore Visual Journals or Canson Mixed Media Journals are good)
2. Pens:  Sakura Pigma Micron Pens, Black Ink: sizes 01, 08 ** (you will need both)
**We will have on hand extra pens to purchase beyond the materials above if you run out of ink or forget a pen.

If you would like us to purchase pens or sketchbooks on your behalf or if you need any other accommodations, or have further questions, please contact us by email (gathering@fgcquaker.org). We are willing to pick up items upon request, to be reimbursed at class.
You may want to purchase the book, "The Joy of Zentangle", however this is only suggested. We have asked the Gathering Bookstore to stock it.

Participants are encouraged to visit the Zentangle website at www.zentangle.com to learn more about the form. Sadelle and Ann's website can be found at www.tanglevermont.com. The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas of Whitinsville, MA.

About the leaders : Both Sadelle and Ann are Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZTs) and have been actively teaching art workshops together since the beginning of 2012. Sadelle is an  experienced fiber arts teacher and artist, adult education instructor in digital media and makes her living as a web designer and internet consultant. Ann, has worked in a public middle school and The Putney School, a private residential high school. She has also worked with young adults at risk. Ann currently works as a clinical social worker for a community agency, working with children, teens, families and adults.
 

Leader Experience

Sadelle and Ann co-led a workshop at FLGBTQC in 2002 on the topic of radical inclusion and have facilitated workshops on social activism in wider secular venues. Sadelle presented Zentangle as an interest group at FLGBTQC in 2012 (Wisconsin) Mid Winter Gathering. Both Sadelle and Ann are Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZTs) and have been actively teaching art workshops together since the beginning of 2012 to a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Sadelle is an experienced fiber arts teacher, and has also taught web and software skills as well as internet and social media workshops. Ann, previous to graduate school, was a para-educator in a middle school setting and also taught and led workshops occasionally at the Putney School. She also was a work-skills trainer to young adults at risk. Her training as a clinical social worker has given her further opportunities to lead and co-lead groups.  In 2013, they led this workshop at Summer Gathering in Greeley, CO, as well as leading two workshops integrating Zentangle and Spirituality in Art, in more secular settings.