Last night's class at the Arlington ArtLounge included a cohort from Boston College and their professor--twelve people. Another nine people not affiliated with that group also attended, so it was a very large class. None of them had ever done Zentangle® before. All 21 participants were very attentive. Here was the class mosaic.
[Oh, and does this group look like a bunch of beginners to you? I wouldn't think so.]
The 11 Boston College students were all from a program called Capstone, a comprehensive series of courses for juniors and seniors designed to help them prepare for post-college life. This particular group was taking a Capstone course called "Mindful Storytelling." I hope you'll take a moment to read the class description HERE. It's so inspiring!
Below is a photograph of the Mindful Storytelling students with their professor (Paula Mathieu, 3rd from the left), all holding up their tangles. Next to Paula, one student is holding a tangled picture frame I made several years ago.
Wouldn't you love to have had a chance to take something like this during your senior year in college? I know I would have. Kudos to to Professor Paula for creating this particular course and for thinking to make my class a part of it. I enjoyed meeting all of them, as well as the other nine students who came, and I really hope they all had a great time learning the mindful process of Zentangle.
Just before the class, one of the co-owners of the ArtLounge showed me a photo of a very large tangle done by a student from my original class there. I was astonished. He has been tangling like a (very talented) fiend since taking his first class. If I can get permission from him to share it here, I will; his work is phenomenally well-done.
It's so exciting to see students take off on their own with this art.
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society