To say that is has been one of the greatest pleasures in my life to have had many opportunities to tangle along with children is an understatement. It truly has been a gift. Many years ago, when I started teaching The Zentangle Method I assumed I would only teach adults. After only a few classes I was approached by a woman in my town and asked if I would teach a group of kids. Initially, I thought that I was not trained to teach children and that I wouldn’t be very good at it. I am not sure why I thought that, after all I was a kid once and I had my own children, so I guess I had a little experience. I suppose I was second guessing myself and maybe a little nervous. With a little self-persuading I decided to give it a go but since I was little nervous, I asked the woman if for the first class the parents could stay. She was fine with that. Then I thought, if the parents were going to be there anyway it would be silly for them to sit around and watch. So, I insisted that they too take the class. It ended up being wonderful. It was this really cool mix of kids of different ages, some siblings and their moms.
Once we were all there tangling, it did not seem to matter what age everyone was, we were just an amazing group of artists creating. The moms were thrilled, and we went on to do it few more times. After that experience my perspective totally changed. I realized that I didn’t have to change who I was as a teacher when I was teaching kids, I just had to be myself. Since then, I have tangled with hundreds of kids and teens. Many of them I have had the opportunity to work with for multiple sessions and some that went on for years. It has been a joy to see their creative minds blossom and also a priceless and calming way to get to know a young person. I have learned so many things from the children I have taught.
In the last year the world saw a shift in the way most of the children in the world were educated. So many of them went from sitting in classroom with a teacher to sitting at home in front of a screen. Though many have returned to the classroom, many still have not. This has been a challenge for all, but we are figuring it out and making the best of it. Here at Zentangle, we wanted to create content that would be accessible to all these kids at home. On January 19th, we launched our very first Zentangle Apprentice Project Pack series. We were so happy to share this with young tanglers worldwide, and it warmed our hearts to see kids viewing the videos and creating along with us.
You can view all of the videos in this series here.
Did you or a young tangler in your life participate in the videos?
Let us know what you liked best about the series and if you would like to see a Zentangle Apprentice Project Pack No. 02 in the future. Comment on this blog and we will randomly choose three commenters to receive a Zentangle Apprentice Kit (ZAK).