Welcome to my blog. I am a Certified Zentangle Teacher® and I'm having a blast teaching Zentangle® to anyone that will listen.
The Zentangle art method is not all about the art. It's a moving meditation that taps into your creative flow producing a beautiful piece of art. Each stroke of the pen gets you out of your head and into the present moment where openness and joy dwells.
Zentangle is the culmination of Maria Thomas' art background and Rick Roberts meditation background. He is the Zen and she is the Tangle. Learn more about the method at zentangle.com.
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May 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment
You know, I can be having a really difficult morning with body pain, hand pain, headache, whatever....but the moment the students start walking in for the class, it just uplifts me! The students are so open and curious and ready for discovery that it brings those same things up for me. That's why it never gets old teaching the basics. Each person brings something new to the playing field.
Almost all of the ladies in this basics class said they had never used the Zentangle art method before! At least one, had just seen the email blast from University Art (which displays a couple of my tiles) and said, what the heck, I'm going to take the class!
That's all it really takes to learn this wonderful, deliberate, meditative drawing process...a little curiosity, and about 3 hours. Trust me when I say the 3 hours flys by and you won't want to stop!
Take a look at this class' beautiful tiles! Then go to my Zentangle page and sign up for a class. You won't be sorry!
A regular tile is 3.5"x3.5" and we have used a 'Z' string to fit 4 awesome tangles (patterns). Tangles are: Hollibaugh, 'N Zeppel, Knights Bridge and Crescent Moon
The Bijou tile is 2"x2" and is just the right size for a mono-tangle (single tangle pattern on one tile). We used a tangleation of Aquafleur for these tiles. A tangleation is when you draw a tangle with your own twist on it.
I'd love to see you at my next Basics class. You need to take the Basics class to then take the Beyond classes. I've got some great Beyond classes coming up too: Black Tiles, real pumpkins for Halloween, ornaments and cards for the holidays...you don't want to miss it!
May 07, 2016 • Leave a Comment
When I went to Rhode Island to become a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher), I had a heartwarming experience. It opened my eyes and heart to what this art method has to offer. Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, and their whole family are such wonderful and giving people. I seriously either wanted to move into their home, or take them home with me!
We were asked if we wanted to be in a video about what ZT means to us, so I volunteered. I've been waiting patiently to see if they would put it up on their YouTube channel and it finally happened!
Here is 'A Conversation with Kim Kohler, CZT'
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Note: I was going to do a separate blog about the new products that ZTHQ is coming out with, but I can't good pictures of them. If you are interested, keep an eye on the Zentangle website above and click on NEW items. I will have some samples at my next class if you want to see them in person!
May 01, 2016 • Leave a Comment
So, I have to start out by saying that I had never actually completed a Zendala before prepping for the class on April 24th. Yes, even when I was in Rhode Island becoming a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher), I had only done a partial tile. As with the black tiles, they intimidated me a little bit. I knew I couldn't just wing it when teaching a class, so I settled in with my black micron 01, my graphite pencil, my tortillon and a couple of Zendalas.
I looked at some of the beautiful work others were doing online and started to think about my lesson plan, then I remembered that Molly created a lesson plan for Zendalas, so I scurried on over to HQ, zentangle.com. I followed her lesson with a few alterations and lo and behold, I had created not one, but two Zendalas and they were awesome!
The students really loved creating their own Zendalas and I think they turned out beautifully! Below, you can see the first tiles that they created.
By the way, ladies, if you have finished your second tile, please share it with me so I can add it to this post!
Keep Calm and Tangle On!
April 18, 2016 • Leave a Comment
This is why I don't identify myself as a Blogger. I have had three classes and this is the first post since 03.12.16.
Anyway, let's get on with it shall we!
On 03.12.16 I taught a Basics class at University Art. We had a tangling good time! I usually use the same tangles for Basics, but I threw cadent in there and it went over very well. Lots of fun!
On 04.03.16 I taught a private class for teachers at the Shalom School in Sacramento. It was quite a bit of fun! I definitely changed up the Basics tangles as Nancy and Ruthie had taken the Yoga class already and Nancy had also taken a Basics class before with me. Oh, yes, Nancy is HOOKED on Zentangle...specifically Bijou! That reminds me, I need to wrap up more Bijou tiles for the Beyond class coming up because these ladies just about cleaned me out!
And finally, I had a class on 04.16.16 at the Wackford Community Center in Elk Grove. Small class of two, but that just made it nice and intimate. Brynn and Savannah (8) did a great job on their tiles! Savannah is thinking about coming to the Zendala class next Sunday at University Art! Another student HOOKED on Zentangle. I just LOVE it!
I PROMISE to do the blog more timely after the Zendala class! Until next time, Tangle On!
March 13, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Yesterday I taught a class with my yogi friend, Ann, combining Yoga with Zentangle. Ann owns Rise Wellness (RiseYoga.com) in the Greenhaven/Pocket area of Sacramento. This is the 2nd time we have taught this class.
It's obvious that Zentangle and Yoga are a perfect duet! Ann likes to call Zentangle a Moving Meditation and I can't agree with her more.
We had a small class of 6, and after a brief introduction to Zentangle, Ann led the class in some breathing and stretching. Then I took over and we started our first tile. After a few tangles, we switched back to Ann for more fantastic stretching and breathing exercises which really kept everyone nice and loose for more drawing. We went on like that until the tile was finished!
A student, Nancy, who has been in a prior class of mine, brought some of her wonderful Bijou art to show. Everyone was drawn to her Phicops tangle! So when we were done with our last stretch, I asked her to be a guest teacher and show everyone how she creates this beautiful tangle. The results were awesome as you can see by the pictures.!
As always, it was a nice relaxing day with Zentangle and Yoga.
Kim Kohler | CZT®
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