Congratulations!

 
I can’t help taking this opportunity to brag on one of the artists who was featured in our recent show at Carroll Square. If you visited the show, you saw a lot of really nice work, and one of the most outstanding pieces had also been entered in the Scholastic Art Awards competition. Congratulations, Amanda Johnson, for the well-deserved recognition for your Zentangled Zebra! See the official award notification email below:
CONGRATULATIONS! On behalf of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, we would like to announce that you are a Regional Scholastic Art Awards Winner! The following work/s received recognition:
 
Amanda Johnson, Age:15
Dominion High School, Grade:9
Zentangled Zebra, Art
Honorable Mention, Drawing
Natasha Chahin, Educator
 CS13-Zebra
 

Zentangle

I recently attended an art therapy workshop where I learned how to Zentangle!

What is Zentangle you ask? It is an easy- to- learn method of drawing beautiful patterns using a fine- tip pen. One of the reasons why Zentangle is so relaxing is that drawing repeating lines and shapes can help the artist enter into “flow”- a timeless, focused feeling of well-being.

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I have to admit, however, that at first glance Zentangles appear very complex as they are composed of hundreds of little lines and shapes.  The first time I saw a Zentange I thought, “I can’t make that!”. Many of the patients and their parents who we shared Zentangle with at Georgetown this week had a similar reaction to my own. Fortunately, we have a lot of brave artists who gave Zentangle a try and ended up really enjoying it!

In many ways, Zentangle is much like the obstacles in our lives that we think we can’t get through. For families coming to our clinic, cancer treatment may feel overwhelming and the long road ahead impossible to navigate. However, as with most of life’s challenges, if we break our challenges down into manageable steps we can get through them.

Focusing on getting through one doctor visit, one blood draw and one hospitalization at a time can be a less overwhelming way to approach a long- term medical treatment. Similarly, starting a Zentangle with one line, adding another, then another without thinking about how the entire picture is going to turn out allows for the creation of an intricate work of art.

A lotus inspired Zentagle

To learn more about Zentangle, visit www.zentangle.com