Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Zentangles in Education

As a retired educator from the Salt Lake City School District, I was invited by my artist/teacher friend, Trish Clay, to teach a zentangle workshop for art educators.  There were 10 participants who used the ideas in their classrooms.  East High School (yes, the REAL High School Musical setting) produced two fine bulletin boards at the District Office.  Three different activities are presented here;  single black and white six inch squares, large 9 x 12 inch background watercolor wash with zentangles added afterward, and small panels of four by a single artist.   The best thing about this type of lesson is that it's something everyone can do and feel excited about.  I only wish the teachers had put the student's name on the work.   Everyone deserves to be recognized for their accomplishments.
Here is a gallery of some of the pieces.  It is only limited by my very poor photography skills.


Kass said...

What a wonderful way to free the mind of students.

Paul C said...

This is art with much potential to unleash the imagination of students.

lori vliegen said...

fabulous zentangles....i love them in black and white, but wow, the color is stunning!!!! :))))

Jonathon said...

When I see stuff like this, it makes me wish I was an art teacher.

When I was in college, my aesthetics professor taught me that children cannot make true "art," because what they make does not have deliberateness, intention, and skill. That has always struck me as wrong. As a matter a fact, I believe the opposite, that no one without those qualities of honest expression, creativity within basic guidelines, an eschewing of self-consciousness, can make true art.

I admire the masterful skill and disciplined techniques of the great masters like Michelangelo, Monet, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh. But their art is more than skill and discipline. It is a joy not unlike that of the birth of a child brought forth after much travail.

Kass said...

Wow, you've added more pictures. Fantastic!

Snippety Gibbet said...

Hi........I posted a link to this post on my blog, Bulletin Boards to Remember. http://bulletinboardstoremember.blogspot.com/2011/03/zentangle-bulletin-board.html

I hope you don't mind. If you do, let me know.

What a great bulleting board!