[themestudio_title title=”What is Zentangle®?” align_title=”text-left”]The creators of Zentangle, Rick & Maria, say “ The Zentangle method is an easy to learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns which are called ‘Tangles’ “. When attending a class with a Certified Zentangle Teacher, called a CZT, you will be shown how to create ‘Tangles’ using very basic shapes which everybody can draw onto Tiles, which are small pieces of paper. By focusing on one stroke of the pen at a time you will slow down and focus on drawing the ‘Tangles’. During this class each student will be shown the process from start to finish and will take home their own Tiles to display.[/themestudio_title]
[themestudio_title title=”A little bit about your tutor, Hannah Geddes” align_title=”text-left”]I have been a CZT since 2014 and since then have taught a lot of people all over Europe with different backgrounds, ways of life, health conditions etc and am overjoyed when I see the reaction of people learning Zentangle. I’ve seen the benefits for children with ADHD, adults suffering from stress management, groups in schools, retirement villages, social workers for the council, all of which have gained a benefit of slowing down using ‘One stroke at a time’.

I have written several books and magazine articles and have worked on the live TV craft show Hochanda, which I really enjoyed.[/themestudio_title]

[themestudio_title title=”What are the benefits of Zentangle?” align_title=”text-left”]Zentangle can help with focus,
Be Calming and mediative,
Can encourage dexterity,
Assists with Mindfulness,
Aids creativity and imagination[/themestudio_title]
[themestudio_title title=”Content of the Introduction to Zentangle class” align_title=”text-left”]Introduction to the zentangle method of drawing and its basic terminology.

Students will be assisted to complete their first tile with the following learning objectives:
• Gain a basic understanding of the zentangle method of drawing and its basic terminology.
• Have an awareness of the equipment required to follow the Zentangle method.
• Understand how to start and follow the steps of the Zentangle method.
• A chance to experience the slowing down and calming effect of Zentangle.
• Learn three/Four Tangles and how they can be broken down into their component shapes for students to master.
• Students will experience the sense of wonder as they achieve beautiful pieces of art often realising, they can achieve more than they ever thought possible.
• Know how to stop and appreciate beauty for a moment of mindfulness.
• Awareness of the available next steps which will be offered in future follow on classes.

A kit of pens and other materials will be provided by the tutor for £5.[/themestudio_title]

[themestudio_title title=”What is a Mandala / what is Mandala Art?” align_title=”text-left”]The word “Mandala” comes from the ancient language Sanskrit and can be loosely translated to mean ‘circle’. Circles have been used in history as sacred symbols and can represent the cycle of life, infinity, harmony and wholeness.

Mandalas are traditionally spiritual in both the Indian and Buddhism religions and are a tool for meditation. Monks would create Mandalas using coloured sand, then once completed they would destroy the Mandala. Mandalas can be found in nature, architecture, art, stone carvings, church Windows, dream catchers, fabrics and more.

Mandalas can be used to help to look inwards and connect to our inner balance. There is no right or wrong way to create a Mandala so the art form appeals to all ages and abilities.[/themestudio_title]

[themestudio_title title=”What are the benefits of Mandala Arts?” align_title=”text-left”]Encourages Mediation and relaxation
Aids with Mindfulness
Helps to increase Focus
Stress relieving
Harmony & balance
Increases Creativity
Can assist to reduce anxiety and depression
A journey of recovery and healing[/themestudio_title]
[themestudio_title title=”What’s involved in the Introduction class?” align_title=”text-left”]Students will learn:
• The materials needed to start making Mandalas.
• The terminology of Mandalas.
• How to start, grow and finish a Mandala.
• Different methods for creating a Mandala substructure.
• Colouring, painting & displaying.

Mandalas can be drawn, painted, etched onto most surfaces but during this class we will be using pens, pencils and paper/card.

A kit of pens and other materials will be provided by the tutor for £5.[/themestudio_title]

[themestudio_title title=”How to book”]

The Zentangle and Mandala classes will run as occasional half-day sessions on Saturdays, whenever we have enough people on the waiting list to run one. If you would be interested in coming along please let us know by calling 01376 323280, emailing info@braintreecommunitycentre.org.uk, or filling out our online form. Once we have enough students to run a class we’ll be in touch!