Saturday, June 29, 2019

Teens and Santee Library

After a couple of U-turns, I finally found it.  Today was my first visit to share the Zentangle Method at Santee Library, San Diego, CA.  This quaint little library is nestled in the corner of a shopping center.

I've been teaching at SD city/county libraries for three years and was not aware of a program like the one I attended tonight.   Tonights program was called Zentangle Enigma from the summer reading program.

When I walked into the library at 5pm, the librarian made an announcement, the library is closing. I thought to myself , "did I get my time wrong"?  I consider myself to be a very punctual individual  What was actually happening was the library closes and then re-opens an hour later for a private class for the 6th-8th graders. Parents drop off the kids and the library caters food (today was Mexican - churros and all) - YUM.  The kids get to feast and attend a class of some sort. after.  Today was their lucky day, they were going to start their Zentangle journey.

I choose the tortoise Zentangle workshop to teach the teens. This class works well with any age, even adults.  There were four teens, and two library staff (Tiffany and Tony).  Unfortunately we were competing with the San Diego Fair (still want to call it the Del Mar Fair).  The lucky few had a great time learning how easy art can be with the Zentangle Method. Zentangle was created for those intimidated by art.  No rulers, no erasers, no mistakes.

Kids are so much fun to teach.  Look at this art piece below.  She added a name for their tortoise and also a cactus to the landscape.

The next students art was by "Jefurryie".  I hadn't seen that spelling before.   He was a hoot. Notice the mustache and halo, dinosaur type back fins with long tail he added to his art piece.  Terrific  

Before class, Tiffany, the teen librarian, said that art wasn't her thing, but she had an artist friend that would probably enjoy Zentangle.  I invited Tony (library assistant) and Tiffany to joined class.  After class, Tiffany said she text her art work pic to her artist friend.  Tiffany's friend couldn't believe that was her art work.  
                                          You don't get "it", till you do "it"

On a side note:  Right next door to the Santee Library I was surprised to see Janet's Café & Deli.  I've been know to drive 40 minutes to the Alpine Janet's Café, located in the mountains outside of San Diego.  The portions are huge (note to self- share a meal).  The menu is like going to grandma's for dinner.  If you live near Santee, or going to visit the library soon - stop by and see for yourself.  Yummy food for the taking, great breakfast meals too.


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Tortoise vs Central Downtown Library

Once again, I was asked to teach a Zentangle class to the teens at San Diego Central Downtown Library.  This seven story wonder is such a treat to visit. If you haven't already, make a date with a friend and go check it out.

Stopping at the gift store before class, I noticed they had entire table of "where's Waldo" books for sale. My youngest granddaught LOVES Waldo. The friendly staff told me that during the month of July, 36 city libraries will have Waldo hiding inside each library. If you find him, you will receive that branch's exclusive button.  Collect all 36  designs to win prizes.  Be on the look out for the one-of-a-kind GOLD button to unlock super-secret deals & prizes,.  Visit all the city libraries and "look for Waldo".

If you don't have one already, sign up for a library card and receive a passport to collect stickers and a lanyard to hold pens you collect.  Collect all 36, receive prizes, and get your name in to win the big prize.  

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Class today was to create a ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) and create a tortoise using the
Zentangle Method.  Alexis, library assistant, had no idea what Zentangle was before class today.
                                       You don't get "it", till you do 'it".
It is magical how easy the co-founders designed the art method to take the hard out of art.  Alexis was pleasantly surprise at the results of her art piece today.   Zentangle looks complicated and intricate yet easy enough for kids to complete.  

Great job Alexis.  Thanks for joining me today.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Summertime with Tangles

In San Diego, everyone heads to the beach in the summertime.  However these days, you might find me at the beach, but not in the water.  I'm deathly afraid of sharks for the past 10 years. I can't believe it myself.  I have been living in San Diego since I was five and being a water sign (July), I love the water.

In the late 60's, during the summertime,  my high school friends and I spent most days hanging out at "the clam" in La Jolla, Ca, jumping off this 30 foot high cliff, then climb up a vertical rock wall to do again.  Often, after jumping, some of us would venture into a swim thru the  dark "Lion's Cave" directly underneath the clam.  We were told there were eels in the cave.  Isn't it crazy when you are young you have no fear?  I call myself a pool girl now.              
                  FYI:  this behavior is prohibited now and a fine/citation comes with the act.

 Our class today:  Ocean Terrarium Zentangle Workshop.
We had four new people join the Zentangle fan club today at Kensington/Normal Heights Library.  

Using the Zentangle patterns, we filled our terrarium with low, medium and high tangles to give that 3-D effect learning to go "behind".  I like the little sea horse I found to add to today's project.

Patti and Bernardo, their first ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) class.

Monica and Aliece

Kathy, a seasoned tangler.  Kathy told her friend she was going to a Zentangle class and invited her as she has brought many friends to class.   Her friend asked her "how many of those classes are you going to go to"?  Kathy replied "they are so much fun".  
You don't get "it", till you do "it".
This fresh, new art method takes the "hard" out of art.
 Rick and Maria, the co-founders, design the method for those intimidated by art.

Each Zentangle class taught by a Certified Zentangle Teacher, you will learn something new and/or a new technique.  So many tangles, so little time. 

I teach more than 30 different classes with the Zentangle Method in mind.  From basic Zentangle, greeting cards, bookmarks, journaling, lettering, labyrinth's, tangled animals, dreamcatchers, mandala's, organic gardens, faux leather mudd cloth's, black tiles, tan tiles, landscapes, postcards. From kids to seniors - everyone enjoys Zentangle.

Thanks to my life long friend, Susan Bowden CZT,  for putting the ocean in a terrarium.  Great idea.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Oasis Serves Up Ice Cream

With summer in full bloom at Oasis/Grossmont, San Diego, So Cal, it was the perfect day to bring to  Zentangle Club Meet Up, a delicious Zentangle ice cream cone. I was right!  They all loved it.

Whether black & white (chocolate & vanilla) or adding color to our Zentangle cone, they all looked yummy after we finished.  Great job ladies all ten of you.

Zentangle is always more fun when you come to class with a friend.  Look at those smiles. 

I wonder how many of them went to Dairy Queen after class. What flavor will your cone be?