Sunday, October 26, 2014

Wow! Great time at the Anastasia Branch Library

Yesterday, I presented a program on Zentangle at the local library. About 35 people showed up! Wow! 

I had prepared a Power Point with pictures and videos, but the room wasn’t large enough to accommodate the people and the visual equipment. I just talked and drew on an easel instead.

I started the program with a drawing of the pattern Fassett by Lynn Mead. Everyone had 2 half sheets of cardstock and a ballpoint pen. As participants would walk in, I asked them to draw the pattern or their best rendition. There was not a sound in the room until I started the program about 15 minutes from the time the first person started drawing. Some people figured out there were three triangles nested with the center one being colored, but no one could figure out how to get the final design.

I started the program with a slightly modified definition of Zentangle. I included the words ”fun” and “easy”. I asked the participants if they found drawing the pattern easy and fun. Needless to say, I didn’t get many head nods.

From there, I taught them to draw Fassett and had them draw along with me. Everyone could do it and everyone got the pattern!

I am learning that teaching Zentangle as a drawing process that everyone can do and which happens to relax you more effective than teaching Zentangle is a meditative drawing process. The difference is almost insignificant, but it seems to make a difference in getting the word about Zentangle out to the people of St. Augustine.

We had a great time. I love to teach. I do hope that I will get some customers out of this presentation.

Happy Tangling!