Zentangle in Education

easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images
Zentangle® is a  good approach to meditative drawing especially for children not confident with visual expression

 

In addition to creating beautiful images and expressions of creativity the Zentangle method is an empowering process which calms, relieves stress, develops fine motor and hand eye co-ordination. The art of Zentangle enanbles a form of expression for both younger and older children.

Characteristics of Zentangle: intuative, fun, relaxing, unexpected, ceremonial, timeless, portable, quality, non-technical, empowering 

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Since first hearing about Zentangling over a year ago, I was always very interested but never really had a deep enough understanding to be confident or passionate. Since coming to our Tangle Tuesdays I have been opened up to this huge world of Zentangling through your clear and simple instructions and an environment where I am encouraged to have a go, as I now know that you can never really ‘be wrong’ when Zentangling. As someone who has always struggled with art, I now have a hobby that is very achievable and has great results from the simple combination of different patterns. I am going to miss our Tangle Tuesdays but now know that I have the confidence and passion to continue it and experience the wonderful benefits of Zentangling.

Zentangle at Bold Park Community School

 

Gillian introduced BPCS to Zentangle, encouraging a creative, reflective activity for the students. Read the article from 2015 explaining the basics and benefits of Zentangle in the school:

 

As a parent at Bold Park you may have heard your children or your children’s teachers talk about Zentangles. But what is this, and why do we encourage our students to focus on the structured patterns which make up the Zentangle Method?

 

We have engaged Zentangle to address many different aspects of our students development. Focus, creativity, relaxation, ceremony, empowerment, abstraction, fun and discovery are just a few of the many benefits of this elegant activity. We know that the development of intentional mark making, writing, needs an element of drill and practise to become embedded in muscle memory. The repeated patterns of Zentangle engage muscles and hand eye co-ordination in creating a memory and a strength to support all fine motor tasks that are encountered.

 

Focus on the task of tangling clears the mind and gets rid of noise leaving the tangler ready to learn and engage with new ideas and concepts. Ursula, our middle school/college maths teacher, has reflected that maths lessons after tangling are more productive than those not.

 

Tangle patterns require seeing not only the whole, but the parts of the whole thus allowing for greater understanding.Tangle pattern step outs break seemingly complicated and impossible patterns into easy doable steps. A lesson in life perhaps?

 

Seeing patterns in the world around us helps us not only to understand but create something new by changing/ combining patterns.

 

The strategies, tools and techniques that are learnt when tangling are those you need to draw and create in other mediums. Success and empowerment is a powerful motivator when attempting new things.

 

The patterns combine to create images pleasing to the brain. Thus confidence in being a creative person is restored and transfers to other forms of art.

 

Zentangle reminds us that ‘Anything is possible, one stroke at a time’. So at Bold Park we have chosen to tangle with our students, to utilise the benefits of tangling to support the development of our students.

 

During my recent Long Service Leave I attended a course to become a Zentangle Teacher. I had the great pleasure of meeting the founders of the method, to listen to the stories of others and understand the method at a deeper and more respectful level. Like all other elements of your child’s development; Zentangle will work best if it is supported and understood by parents and families.

 

Personally I have found another special thing about Zentangling. I look forward to tangling with my daughter every Sunday. At 20 she is an independent soul but being able to create together is a very special gift.