I started a Zentangle club at school on a Monday lunchtime so students can learn about creating Zentangle doodles, edging into mindfulness occasionally, but also just sitting quietly and drawing of a lunchtime.
I started by making a poster and offering lunch passes so people could get through the dinner hall quickly.
The first two weeks, we watched the videos that came with the Zentangle Apprentice kit, all the way from America!
The week after that I made this card to show all that we had learned. The third week, loads more people came, so this card was really useful! I will have to photocopy more when we get back to school.
I think after half term I will go back to basics and show the videos again for the new people.
My only criticism of the Zentangle Apprentice materials is what to do after the children have learned the first 8 tangles. There is clearly lots of potential from just the first ones, but what do we do after that?
At first I thought I would show some more of the Zentangle videos on Youtube in subsequent weeks, and I wondered about borrowing the departmental visualiser and projecting live images of me making tangles.
Then I wondered about making a few cards like this to project in subsequent weeks which give a bunch of new tangles with instructions.
This didn’t work massively well – perhaps we just need a bit of time working on how to understand the instructions?
Ultimately, I would like to have a huge selection of tangles, each one drawn on a blank 8×5 index card, so that students can pick and choose from the instructions and see what they would like to draw today. Before long, the students should be able to help make the cards themselves, but until then, I’ve had a very happy half term making designs of my own. Each card I have made has the step-by-step instructions and then a sample completed tile using the new tangle.