Kim Kohler with Zentangle wingsKim Kohler, CZTzenAgain 2016 | Zentangle Wings and Clouds by Maria Thomas

 

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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. 

2020 Zentangle Workshop Schedule

December 11, 2019  •  1 Comment

Zentangle Workshop Schedule for 2020

I look forward to bringing you into the wonderful world of Zentangle. If you are already hooked, I hope to bring new techniques, tangles and enjoyment to your practice.

I teach at two locations:

University Art, 2601 J Street, Sacramento
Cost: $35, materials included
Time: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Dates: Below
Sign up: Click on the 'Register for Class' button on the right.


Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, 9683 Elk Grove-Florin Rd, Elk Grove, 916.685.5992
Cost: $35, materials included
Time: Noon to 3:00pm
Dates: Below
Sign up: Follow the link for the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center or call them at 916.685.5992.


**Classes are all on hold right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.**

As soon as this is all behind us, I will update my class schedule.

In the meantime, if you place your focus on your tangle practice, it will take focus away from all the craziness.


Basics Classes

If you have just heard about Zentangle, been working through the many books out there, or have been tangling for years, this Basics class is just for you. You will get the history of Zentangle and we will work thru the 8 Steps of the method as you learn up to 8 tangles and complete 1-2 tiles. There is absolutely no experience required. You do not need to know how to draw. With this step-by-step pattern drawing method, there are no mistakes. Learning from a Certified Zentangle Teacher in person is a unique experience and you will soon be completely in love and crazy for Zentangle.

 Date  Location
 January 18th  Elk Grove Fine Arts Center
 January 26th  University Art
 March 21st  Elk Grove Fine Arts Center - CANCELLED
 April 26th  University Art - CANCELLED
 August 15th  Elk Grove Fine Arts Center - CANCELLED
 August 30th  University Art - CANCELLED

Basics TileHollibaugh, Printemps, Cubine and Crescent Moon tangles


Beyond Basics

Zentangle Basics is a pre-requisite for all of these classes.
If you are ready to stretch your Zentangle practice and learn new techniques, these classes are for you. I will be teaching several new classes this year that I'm sure you will enjoy.


Bijou Tips/Tricks

We will be working on our smaller 2" tiles in white, tan, black and the new GRAY! We will be adding some decorative spice to enhance your tangles, talking about shading, and using different pens, chalk pencils and other tools to make your tiles pop.

 Date  Location
 February 15th  Elk Grove Fine Arts Center

Bijou Tips/TricksLet's take Bijou for a spin and learn some new techniques.


Found Poetry

This is one of my new favorite things to do with Zentangle. I will supply a page from a book and you will choose words from that page that speak to you. After that, we will tangle around the words, shade the paper to make the words pop, and tadah, you will have a beautiful Found Poetry piece.

 Date  Location
 February 23rd  University Art
 April 18th  Elk Grove Fine Arts Center- CANCELLED

Found PoetryUse found words to create poetry and then add to that with Zentangle.

 

 


Tea Stains

This is a wonderfully creative way to give your string life! We will create a string using tea to stain our tiles. Then we will tangle using that string as inspiration.

 Date  Location
 May 16th  Elk Grove Fine Arts Center - CANCELLED
 May 31st  University Art - CANCELLED

Tea StainsUsing tea, we will stain the tiles to create a beautiful string to hold our tangles.


Romanancy Style on Renaissance Tiles

You are going to love the look you get with this style. We add a few lines, draw a few fragmented tangles and then the magic happens. When we add the shading and highlights, right before your eyes your tile is transformed into columns of art!

 Date  Location
 June 20th  Elk Grove Fine Arts Center - CANCELLED
 June 28th  University Art - CANCELLED

Romanancy StyleUse fragments of tangles and then shading and highlights to pull out the magic of these columns.


Keith Haring Inspired Black Tiles

Keith Haring used bold, thick lines in his art. We will do the same as we work with white Gelly Roll® pens on black tiles. This is not your usual Zentangle class. We will stray from creating tangles and I will show you some strokes and designs you can use to create your own Haring-ish art tile. If you want to make a bold statement or just try something new, this will be a fun class. 

 Date  Location
July 26th  University Art - CANCELLED

Keith Haring StyleUsing bold art lines, create a Keith Haring inspired tile.


Save the Dates!

So I am going to zenAgain in May! Rick, Maria, Molly, Martha and the rest of the Zentangle HQ team always shows us some really awesome techniques and usually a new tangle or two. So I am reserving the below dates for to pop in some classes that will be inspired by zenAgain.

 Date  Location
 July 18th  Elk Grove Fine Arts Center - CANCELLED
 September 19th  Elk Grove Fine Arts Center - CANCELLED
 September 27th  University Art - CANCELLED

 


Pumpkins

Um, yes! The most creative class of the year. I provide you with craft pumpkins and colored IdentiPens to draw on them. We practice a bunch of Halloween type tangles on paper first. Then we talk about how you want to map out your string on the pumpkin. Once that's done, it's all about putting the ink on that pumpkin. This class is so much fun!

 Date  Location
 October 17th  Elk Grove Fine Arts Center - CANCELLED
 October 25th  University Art - CANCELLED

Pumpkin WorkshopLet's have fun with spooky tangles!
 

* November/December - No Classes scheduled.

 

 


2019 Zentangle Workshop Schedule

October 08, 2018  •  1 Comment

Zentangle Workshop Schedule for 2019

I learned some awesome new tangles and techniques at the CZT reunion, zenAgain2018, in November and I can't wait to teach you everything I have learned.

I teach at two locations:

University Art, 2601 J Street, Sacramento
Cost: $35, materials included
Time: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Dates: Below

Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, 9683 Elk Grove-Florin Rd, Elk Grove, 916.685.5992
Cost: $35, materials included
Time: Noon to 3:00pm
Dates: Below

 

Saturday, January 12th - Renaissance (Tan) Tiles at Elk Grove Fine Arts Center

Zentangle Basics is a pre-requisite. Please visit the EGFAC website or call them at 916.685.5992 to sign up for this class.
The Renaissance tiles offer so much diversity. Please join me as I take you through black and brown pens, black and white pencils and we create magical tiles.

Renaissance (tan) TilesRenaissance (tan) TilesRenaissance (tan) Tiles

 

January 27th - Zentangle Basics at University Art

If you have just heard about Zentangle, been working thru the many books out there, or have been tangling for years, this Basics class is just for you. You will get the history of Zentangle, we will go thru the 8 Steps of the method as you learn up to 8 tangles and complete 1-2 tiles. There is absolutely no experience required. You do not need to know how to draw. With this step-by-step pattern drawing method, there are no mistakes. Learning from a CZT in person is a unique experience and you will soon be completely in love and crazy for Zentangle.

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Saturday, February 9th - Zentangle Basics at Elk Grove Fine Arts Center

Please visit the EGFAC website or call them at 916.685.5992 to sign up for this class.
If you have just heard about Zentangle, been working thru the many books out there, or have been tangling for years, this Basics class is just for you. You will get the history of Zentangle, we will go thru the 8 Steps of the method as you learn up to 8 tangles and complete 1-2 tiles. There is absolutely no experience required. You do not need to know how to draw. With this step-by-step pattern drawing method, there are no mistakes. Learning from a CZT in person is a unique experience and you will soon be completely in love and crazy for Zentangle.
 

February 24th - 3D Stand-Up Tiles at University Art

Zentangle Basics is a pre-requisite.
I just saw this technique at zenAgain2018 and immediately knew I had to teach a class...lucky you! These 3D Stand-Up tiles are super easy to make and have tangles on both sides of the tile. You will learn the newest tangles from my retreat and make these cool 3D tiles.

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Saturday, March 9th - Black Tiles with Color at Elk Grove Fine Arts Center

Zentangle Basics is a pre-requisite. Please visit the EGFAC website or call them at 916.685.5992 to sign up for this class.
Using white pens and colored chalk pencils, we draw on black Zentangle tiles. If you love contrast and dramatic results, this workshop is one you won't want to miss.

Black Tile with ColorBlack Tile with ColorWhite ink with colored chalk pencils

 

March 31st - DingBatz & DingSplatz at University Art

Zentangle Basics is a pre-requisite.
DingBatz & its new relative DingSplatz are the newest rage among Tanglers. In the typography world, "dingbats" are a type of scrolled printer's ornament normally added to cards and stationary. Maria has turned that little gem into a small, self-contained frame that you can fill with tangles. I was at a seminar in October 2018 when Maria, Rick, Molly and Martha rolled out the new DingSplatz, which is a loopy-loop container for you favorite tangles. We will dibble and dabble with these two methods!

DingSplatzDingSplatzKnightsbridge tangle

 

Saturday, April 13th - Frame Tiles at Elk Grove Fine Arts Center

Zentangle Basics is a pre-requisite. Please visit the EGFAC website or call them at 916.685.5992 to sign up for this class. Starting with a regular Zentangle tile, we will create a frame for smaller Bijou tiles or a small picture. You will be excited to see just how many tangles make great frameworks.

Frame TileFrame TileRegular Tile with Bijou


April 28th - Zentangle Basics at University Art

See description for January 27th.

 

Saturday, May 18th - Zentangle Basics at Elk Grove Fine Arts Center

Please visit the EGFAC website or call them at 916.685.5992 to sign up for this class.
If you have just heard about Zentangle, been working thru the many books out there, or have been tangling for years, this Basics class is just for you. You will get the history of Zentangle, we will go thru the 8 Steps of the method as you learn up to 8 tangles and complete 1-2 tiles. There is absolutely no experience required. You do not need to know how to draw. With this step-by-step pattern drawing method, there are no mistakes. Learning from a CZT in person is a unique experience and you will soon be completely in love and crazy for Zentangle.

 

May 26th - Renaissance (Tan) Tiles at University Art

Zentangle Basics is a pre-requisite.
The Renaissance tiles offer so much diversity and I have new tricks up my sleeve! Maria taught us a new technique at zenAgain2018 that she called, 'Marginalia". I'm excited to show you what it's all about. Please join me as I take you through black and brown pens, black and white pencils and we create magical tiles.

Renaissance (tan) tileRenaissance (tan) tileMarginalia Method

 

Saturday, June 15th - Renaissance (Tan) Tiles at Elk Grove Fine Arts Center

Zentangle Basics is a pre-requisite. Please visit the EGFAC website or call them at 916.685.5992 to sign up for this class.
The Renaissance tiles offer so much diversity. Please join me as I take you through black and brown pens, black and white pencils and we create magical tiles.

Renaissance (tan) TilesRenaissance (tan) TilesRenaissance (tan) Tiles

 

June 30th - Zentangle Batik Style at University Art

Zentangle Basics is a pre-requisite.
Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to cloth which originated in Indonesia. We will use Sakura Glaze pens as a resist on our Zentangle tiles and then add some color. This is another new technique I learned at zenAgain2018 that I am sure you will love.

Resist & ColorResist & Color3Z Tiles

 

July 28th - Zendala & Chakra at University Art

Joined by my wonderful friend and yogi, Ann DaPrato of Rise Wellness, we will use a Zendala to draw out the Chakra's. I will take you thru the tangles, while Ann takes you thru the Chakra's. It's a match made in heaven and you don't want to miss it.

Zendala & ChakraZendala & ChakraExploring the Chakra, Zentangle Style

 

**ADDED BASICS CLASS - NEW LOCATION**

Sunday, August 11th - Zentangle Basics at Just for Fun Art

Please sign up for this class by following this link: Register for ClassJust for Fun Art is located inside 'Balloon Creations by Carolyn' at: 4700 Northgate Blvd #155, Sacramento, CA 95834. The class is from Noon to 3pm.

If you have just heard about Zentangle, been working thru the many books out there, or have been tangling for years, this Basics class is just for you. You will get the history of Zentangle, we will go thru the 8 Steps of the method as you learn up to 8 tangles and complete 1-2 tiles. There is absolutely no experience required. You do not need to know how to draw. With this step-by-step pattern drawing method, there are no mistakes. Learning from a CZT in person is a unique experience and you will soon be completely in love and crazy for Zentangle.
 

Saturday, August 17th - Sea of Zen at Elk Grove Fine Arts Center

Zentangle Basics is a pre-requisite. Please visit the EGFAC website or call them at 916.685.5992 to sign up for this class.
We are going to channel the artist Ernst Haeckel and draw a Zentangle inspired jellyfish.

Jelly FishJelly FishJelly Fish

 

August 25th - Zentangle Basics at University Art

If you have just heard about Zentangle, been working thru the many books out there, or have been tangling for years, this Basics class is just for you. You will get the history of Zentangle, we will go thru the 8 Steps of the method as you learn up to 8 tangles and complete 1-2 tiles. There is absolutely no experience required. You do not need to know how to draw. With this step-by-step pattern drawing method, there are no mistakes. Learning from a CZT in person is a unique experience and you will soon be completely in love and crazy for Zentangle.

 

Saturday, September 21st - Zentangle Basics at Elk Grove Fine Arts Center

Please visit the EGFAC website or call them at 916.685.5992 to sign up for this class.
If you have just heard about Zentangle, been working thru the many books out there, or have been tangling for years, this Basics class is just for you. You will get the history of Zentangle, we will go thru the 8 Steps of the method as you learn up to 8 tangles and complete 1-2 tiles. There is absolutely no experience required. You do not need to know how to draw. With this step-by-step pattern drawing method, there are no mistakes. Learning from a CZT in person is a unique experience and you will soon be completely in love and crazy for Zentangle.
 

September 29th - Labyrinth at University Art

Zentangle Basics is a pre-requisite.
My friend and fellow CZT, Dorian Eng, created an easy to follow method for creating a Zentangle labyrinth. I will use her method to guide you through making your very own. I can't wait to see what you come up with in this new workshop.

Picture coming!
 

Saturday, October 19th - Pumpkin Class at Elk Grove Fine Arts Center

Zentangle Basics is a pre-requisite. Please visit the EGFAC website or call them at 916.685.5992 to sign up for this class.

This is a favorite for many students. You will learn fun & spooky tangles and then use them on a craft pumpkin that you can use for many years to come.

PumpkinsPumpkin Workshop
 

October 27th - Pumpkin Class at University Art

Zentangle Basics is a pre-requisite.
This is a favorite for many students. You will learn fun & spooky tangles and then use them on a craft pumpkin that you can use for many years to come.

PumpkinsPumpkin Workshop

 

* November/December - No Classes scheduled.

 

 


2018 Class Schedule

November 26, 2017  •  6 Comments

Woot Woot, it's time to unveil the Zentangle Class Schedule for 2018!

Where: University Art, 2601 J Street, Sacramento

Cost: $35, materials included

Time: 12:30pm to 3:30pm, free street parking

Dates: The following Sundays...

January 28th - Zentangle Basics

If you have just heard about Zentangle, been working thru the many books out there, or have been tangling for years, this Basics class is just for you. You will get the history of Zentangle, we will go thru the 8 Steps of the method as you learn 8 tangles and complete 1-2 tiles. There is absolutely no experience required. You do not need to know how to draw. With this step-by-step pattern drawing method, there are no mistakes. Learning from a CZT in person is a unique experience and you will soon be completely in love and crazy for Zentangle.

February 4th - Reticula & Fragments

If you have the 'Zentangle Primer vol 1' book, you know that Reticula & Fragments can lead to exciting patterns. For those that do not have the book, Reticula is a type of grid, but it doesn't have to be a square or rectangle. The definition is "a fine network or netlike structure." This is the net that lets you contain your Fragments. Fragments are pieces of tangles that you can turn this way and that to create very cool patterns. Joining me in your introduction to this great process is CZT Jodi Ballenger.

March 18th - Shades of Gray

CZT Sonya Yencer created a lesson called "14 Shades of Gray". I will guide you through this process which focuses on shading, gradation and attention to detail. And, you get to use an eraser without feeling guilty!

April 29th - Zentangle Basics

See description for January 28th.

June 24th - Morphing and Comingling Tangles

This class will help you let your tangles loose from their strings. Tangles will talk to each other and they will have deep conversations. Tangles will start out alone on one side of the tile and by the time they get to the other side, they will have many friends. You will morph one tangle into another and interweave different tangles. This is a very freeing class and will push your limits if you are used to drawing within the lines.

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July 29th - Zendala & Chakra

Joined by my wonderful friend and yogi, Ann DaPrato of Rise Wellness, we will use a Zendala to draw out the Chakra's. I will take you thru the tangles, while Ann takes you thru the Chakra's. It's a match made in heaven and you don't want to miss it.

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Saturday, August 18th - Zentangle Basics ADDED BASICS CLASS

This Basics class will be held at the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center from Noon to 3pm. Please go to their website to register for class.

 

August 26th - Zentangle Basics

See description for January 28th.

 

October 28th - Pumpkin Class

This is a favorite for many students. You will learn fun & spooky tangles and then use them on a craft pumpkin that you can use for many years to come.

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November 11th - Cards & Tags (and more for the Holidays)

We will tangle cards and tags for all occasions, including getting a head start on the holiday season.

 

* May and December - No Classes scheduled.

 

ZenAngelZenAngelWings by Maria Thomas

 

Thanks so much for your support!

K2

 


The Halloween Class is Almost Here!

October 04, 2017

That's right Tanglers, it's time to sign up for the Halloween Tangle Class!

This year we are switching from real pumpkins to craft pumpkins. Why? Because the real ones have a waxy coating and our pens do not like them at all. I have craft pumpkins in different colors and sizes waiting for your arrival on the day of class. First come, first serve!

As usual, I will have multi-colored Identi-pens for each table to share. We will start by tangling some new patterns and old favorites on practice pumpkin paper and then switch to the craft pumpkins when you are comfortable.

This is seriously the best class of the year, I hope you can make it!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

Where: University Art, 2601 J Street, Sacramento

When: October 29th, 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Cost: $35 includes materials

**Zentangle experience is required**

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Tangle on!

K2


Launch of Traveling Tangle Project is a HIT!

February 20, 2017  •  2 Comments

Somewhere around Christmas, I asked my students if they would be interested in participating in a Traveling Tangle Project. After explaining what this meant, a few students got to work and the results are below!

The Traveling Tangle Project starts when Tangler A grabs a tile and starts it off with a border, a string, and a tangle or two. Then they send this tile to Tangler B who completes the tile by adding their own tangles. At the same time, Tangler B is starting off a new tile the same way to send it off to Tangler A. As far as shading, each tangler can shade their own tangles or the first Tangler can leave it up to second Tangler to shade the entire tile. The main rule is that when you receive a Traveling Tangle tile, you take a Before picture and when you are done you take an After picture, then send them both to me.

This collaboration is always exciting! We have Tanglers that like curvy lines paired up with Tanglers that like grids...think of the possibilities! There are Tanglers that use thick pens to draw, but what happens when that tile is sent to a Tangler that normally uses a thin pen? It's all magic and exciting!

If you want to join our Traveling Tangle Project, send me an email with your name and address and I will get you started.

Hover over each picture below for the tangler's names!

Enjoy!

Cynthia and LynneCynthia and LynneCynthia's start

Cynthia and LynneCynthia and LynneLynne's finish

Deb and LynneDeb and LynneDeb's start

Deb and LynneDeb and LynneLynne's finish

Lynne and DebLynne and DebLynne's start
Lynne and DebLynne and DebDeb's finish

EllynRose and CynthiaEllynRose and CynthiaEllynRose's start EllynRose and CynthiaEllynRose and CynthiaCynthia's finish

EllynRose and KimEllynRose and KimEllynRose's start EllynRose and KimEllynRose and KimKim's finish

Jodi and DebJodi and DebJodi's start Jodi and DebJodi and DebDeb's finish

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Kim and EllynRoseKim and EllynRoseKim's start Kim and EllynRoseKim and EllynRoseEllynRose's finish

Lynne and CynthiaLynne and CynthiaLynne's start Lynne and CynthiaLynne and CynthiaCynthia's finish

Lynne and EllynRoseLynne and EllynRoseLynne's start Lynne and EllynRoseLynne and EllynRoseEllynRose's finish

Lynne and KimLynne and KimLynne's start Lynne and KimLynne and KimKim's finish

Cynthia and LynneCynthia and LynneCynthia's start Cynthia and LynneCynthia and LynneLynne's finish

Jodi and KimJodi and KimJodi's start

Jodi and KimJodi and KimKim's finish

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