I had a great afternoon at the Icarus Creative Arts Studio, on the grounds of the Bernardo Winery, this past Sunday. Six of us gathered to create “Dr. Seuss-inspired” gardens.
I presented a few new patterns to the group, then we proceeded to create our over-sized ZIA’s. The class included Judy Jankauski, CZT, and her daughter and 7 yr. old grandson. He was adorable! He’s been learning Zentangle from “Nana”, and even presented drawing a tile as part of his school’s “Talent Show!” He went up, drew his four dots, border lines, string and proceeded to tangle. No speaking, just drawing! How awesome is that. I should have asked him to arrive a bit earlier and he could have presented his “talent” to the rest of us. It was a real pleasure to have him in this class. He was absorbed for the full two hours, and drew a very playful garden, complete with a garden gnome (all of his own creation!)
The highlight of this class was learning how to put different tangles together to create “objects” for the garden, such as Squid+Btl-joos makes an awesome tree! Adding orbs, curlie-q’s, auras, stripes, darkened lines – all add to the “whimsical” appearance. I put out colored pencils in the final 1/2 hour to add a bit of color. Some didn’t quite finish their work, but are well on their way. This was a very fun class and I’d highly recommend it as a class to share or a class to take!