We have engaged Zentangle to address many different aspects of our students’ development. Focus, creativity, relaxation, ceremony, empowerment, abstraction, fun and discovery are just a few of the many benefits of this elegant activity. We know that the development of intentional mark making – writing – needs an element of drill and practise to become embedded in muscle memory. The repeated patterns of Zentangle engage muscles and hand- eye co-ordination in creating a memory and a strength to support all fine motor tasks that are encountered.
Focus on the task of tangling clears the mind and gets rid of noise leaving the tangler ready to learn and engage with new ideas and concepts. Ursula, our Middle School/College maths teacher, has reflected that maths lessons after tangling are more productive than those not.
Tangle patterns require seeing not only the whole, but the parts of the whole, thus allowing for greater understanding. Tangle pattern step outs break seemingly complicated and impossible patterns into easy doable steps. A lesson in life perhaps?
Seeing patterns in the world around us helps us not only to understand but create something new by changing and or combining patterns.
The strategies, tools and techniques that are learnt when tangling are those you need to draw and create in other mediums. Success and empowerment is a powerful motivator when attempting new things.
The patterns combine to create images pleasing to the brain. Thus confidence in being a creative person is restored and transfers to other forms of art.
Zentangle reminds us that ‘Anything is possible, one stroke at a time’. So at Bold Park Community School we have chosen to tangle with our students, to utilise the benefits of tangling to support the development of our students.
Want to know more? Read Gill’s article: “Why Zentangle?”