Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The First Class was Fantastic!

I had 17 people sign up and 21 showed up.  It went really well.  I was told by a few that I am a good teacher. Just what I needed. I even had a student design her own tangle. Another student had purchased some books (which I don't have yet) and I was able to show them around the room.  All in all it was a great first class.  Many of them said they would be attending the second "church" class I will give this Thursday and some voiced interest in the workshop I plan for August.  I'm happy!
I don't have times for other classes yet because I won't be in my new place until after the first of August.
I plan on getting with other artists in the area and creating a sort of walk around workshop in the future. Spend a couple hours with me, then move to the next teacher and learn watercolor or collage or anything they want to share.  There are many opportunities in the mall where I have my studio. Stay tuned.

Friday, July 12, 2013

First Class

Well, tomorrow I give my first Zentangle class.  It is for the Women's Circle at the Center for Spiritual Living in Dallas.  I am both excited and scared.  Best thing about this class is I'm pretty sure I know or have at least already met all of the 17 women who have signed up.
I've been working all morning to make a checklist list, assemble my class kits, make a signup sheet for my workshop in August, practice the tangles I will be teaching, practice some of the words I will be saying, look through the notes I have from Providence, get my for sale items set up and, and, and...
It will all work out, it will all work out, it will all work out. I love to teach, I love to teach, I love to teach. I know my stuff, I know my stuff, I know my stuff. I'M EXCITED!!!!

Friday, July 5, 2013

On Becoming a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT)

I met Sandhya Manne CZT when I joined an art group in my area.  She had just completed the zentangle seminar given by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, originators of the zentangle method, when she was asked by the group to give a workshop on this new and wonderful art form.  I attended the workshop and have been hooked ever since. That was 2 years ago.

Becoming a CZT myself had been out of reach due to the fact I am in Texas and the training takes place in Providence, RI. I had all kinds of excuses: I can't leave work, I don't have the money, it's too far to travel, I don't want to go by myself, etc., etc., etc. But recently, my wishes were granted and I was able to attend CZT 11in June 2013. AND...I traveled with my closest friend and turned the trip into a vacation enhanced by the fact that I am originally from the area. We left 4 days before the seminar and enjoyed traveling around the area.

The seminar was an amazing journey into the world of Rick and Maria.  I met an amazing group of soon to be CZTs. Students had traveled from places such as South Africa, India and Taiwan. (I thought Texas was far away) I can't even give you a glimpse of my excitement when the seminar was over and I could finally say I was a CZT!  WooooHoooo!

 You can better understand what all this excitement is about by visiting the official zentangle website:  Then find a CZT in your area, take a class and begin your tangling journey.