Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Zentangle Hand Art


Medium:  Black Fine Tip Sharpies

Reason for Lesson:  Lesson was designed to teach the element of art - line using the artwork style of Zentangle.

Prep Time:  15 minutes

Preparation prior to the lesson:  Study the the art form Zentangle.

Black Sharpies for each student
White piece of paper for each student cut at 7 x 9 inches

Instructions to Lead Lesson:
Explain the art style Zentangle.

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.
The Zentangle Method is very different from regular drawing, painting and other art forms. It is meant to be a form of artistic meditation that anyone can do. The act of creating the Zentangle is just as important as the final outcome, which is appreciated for its unique beauty. Zentangle creations adhere to the following philosophical tenets:
  • Its creation is unplanned. When you begin creating a Zentangle, you're encouraged not to have an end goal in mind. Rather, allow the pattern to reveal itself as you draw.
  • Its creation of a Zentangle is deliberate, yet unexpected. Each stroke should be made deliberately, rather than hesitantly. Instead of erasing stray marks, the artist should use them as the foundation for an unexpected pattern.
  • Its creation is celebratory. Like meditation, the Zentangle Method is meant to feel freeing and healing. It's a way to celebrate the beauty of life.[2]
  • A Zentangle is timeless. No technology or special tools are used. Zentangles should connect those who make them to the timeless human endeavor of putting pen to paper.




We will begin our lesson by tightly tracing your hand with a pencil on white paper.  Trace sketched hand with a black sharpie.  Now it is time to tangle.  Tangling is the verb form of Zentangle.  Take a look at the sample zentangle designs and listen to your inner artist to decorate the inner space of your hand.  Use larger designs than you see on the sample paper so you will have enough time to complete our art project today.

Teach a few sample Zentangles.  found here.

The students will have time to complete the Zentangle hand art project.

Mat finished project with a bright color.

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