Zentangle is a method for creating beautiful images using repetitive patterns. These were created by Dawna Petersen.

What is Zentangle? Where did it come from and how did it get that name? On Thursday (July 26) the Arizona Senior Academy hosts a combined lecture/hands-on introduction to a meditative art of drawing, unique in philosophy and method, led by Academy Village resident and Zentangle instructor Dawna Petersen.

“One day, not so very long ago, Maria – a professional calligrapher – told Rick Roberts –  many years in a monastic community – what she experienced as she drew the background patterns on a manuscript she was creating: feelings of timelessness, freedom, wellbeing, and complete focus on her drawing with no thoughts or concerns about anything else. “You’re describing meditation,” Rick told her. They wondered if they could create a simple system so others might enjoy a similar experience. Thus began the journey toward designing the simple, elegant practice called Zentangle”

 Margaret Bremner, CZT, WHOLifE magazine

NOTE: Due to audio-visual upgrades in the Great Room, this lecture will take place in the North Seminar Room, across the lobby from the Great Room.

Zentangle is a method for creating beautiful images using repetitive patterns. It is easy to learn and do, fun, relaxing and meditative. The materials are low-tech and inexpensive. One line, one small circle, one dot, one stroke at a time, anyone can create Zentangle art. 

In this presentation you’ll hear the story of the beginning of Zentangle, learn the benefits of creating with the Zentangle method, and experience creating your very own “mini masterpiece”.

Dawna Petersen

There is no eraser in life and there is no eraser in Zentangle. When you make what seems to be a mistake, you’ll find a new opportunity. You cannot fail in creating a Zentangle.

Early this year, Dawna Petersen and husband Doug returned to Tucson where she “left her heart” 47 years ago. She is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) and loves sharing the Zentangle drawing method. 

Zentangle is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc

Written by Laurie Sherman and Dawna Petersen, Academy Village Volunteers



Zentangle—A ‘Relaxing, Meditative’ Way to Draw:July 2018
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