The school where I work has a wonderful program called P.A.W.S. (Participating After-school With Success). It is organized by our amazing PTA and it runs twice a year. Students sign up and go to a six-session series based on a fun theme, like Cooking or Kickball...or Hip Hop...or Legos...or Duck Tape! One year I taught an Origami P.A.W.S. class, but my family schedule doesn't always allow me to be part of the P.A.W.S. class offerings. This fall, however, I found a way to make it work. I've always thought it would be neat to do a hands-on art class that parents could enjoy right next to their kids; since I love tangling with my daughter, I thought Zentangle would be ideal. And so I proposed Family Zen Zone. I had three families sign up and we have been meeting on Mondays to tangle together since late September. We had a fourth family participate for few sessions, too. I taught 4 or 5 new tangles each week, except last week I only taught one: Auraknot--a complicated tangle, but so worth exploring! At that class, we didn't even do a tile, we just explored Auraknot on paper, and I challenged everyone to do a tile at home over the course of the week.
I have enjoyed this class immensely and am sad that tomorrow will be our final official session. But I am so glad for the time we have spent together!
The students and their parents did beautiful work.
Here are some of our class mosaics:
|This is the grand mosaic of everything they have done so far!|
I am sharing all this to encourage others to seek opportunities for parent/child tangle sessions. Perhaps a CZT in your area could offer a workshop or series of classes. How fun it is for parents to learn the skill of tangling right next to their son or daughter!
Can you believe that she has been tangling less than two months?!
Thank you, Nancy!