"When we all think alike, then no one is thinking." — Walter Lippman
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I am teaching my drawing students how to design mandalas and fill them with zentangle patterns. As usual, I enjoy making examples of the project too. Here are some that I have completed using pen and graphite.
With the exception of the circle, which is traced from a cut paper template, everything else is drawn freehand. The beauty of this method is that you learn to use spatial judgement as you map out the pattern areas, turning the paper and repeating elements as you develop the symmetrical design.
There are two things in my life that have been constant, no matter what: art and the need for unstructured time to play. I am a compulsive maker-of-things who believes that every day must have some time set aside to feed the creative spirit. This would include making art, looking at art, reading about art, experimenting/playing with materials, learning new skills, and general studio art-play. To support my habit and spread the joy, I have been an art educator for 38 years. I have recently retired from public education. I will try to share some of my adventures in both art and play here in this space.