Thursday, July 9, 2009

Zentangles and Art as Meditation

I've been toying with introducing "zentangles" to my students as a "line" exercise, but also as a way to slow everyone down/bring thoughtful intent into even the simplest creative action (i.e. drawing a line)...I thought about this more today, after my graduate seminar in watercolor was drawing to a close. A few of the students (all teachers) had expressed stress over using watercolor, but then found some relaxation in the repetitive process of layering color. So, how about layering line in zentangles? A related quote:
"When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: 'Only stand out of my light.' Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light."
-John W. Gardner (1912 - 2002).

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