The Dollard Centre for the Arts is introducing a new drawing class this fall for teens between the ages of 12 and 17. Zentangle is a pattern-based drawing technique that requires no previous experience. The emphasis in on enjoying the process rather than being concerned about the final result.
The class is taught by Josée-France Girard, an artist and integration aide at the Lester B. Pearson School Board. She is one of three Zentangle teachers in Quebec. The drawings are created step-by-step on a 3.5-inch square piece of paper. Because the drawings are unplanned and can be whatever you want, it removes the stress of getting it “right,” Girard says. “Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns with a combination of dots, lines, simple curves, and orbs,” she adds.
According to Girard, Zentangle has something to offer everybody, from those with no prior art experience to seasoned artists. “Zentangle can unblock your creativity and remove the pressure of creating,” she says.
Zentangle was developed in 2003 by Maria and Rick Roberts who were inspired by the meditative qualities of pattern-based drawing. Since then, the method has become increasingly popular. There are now approximately 3,000 Zentangle teachers in more than 40 countries.
The eight-week-long class runs from Sept. 18 to Nov. 6, on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $105 for residents of D.D.O. or $115 for non-residents.
For more information, visit dollardartcentre.com.