My Year 10 students in the Drawing, Painting and Printmaking class have started off the year in great fashion with these Zentangle Animals. In the past I have always followed the original Zentangle intention of abstract images, but I wanted to give the students more than just random patterns to focus on – this variation of the task requires them to plan how the ‘tangles’ or patterns can enhance the design, creating texture and detail that supports the animal design. Some did that more successfully than others, but they all look great, especially en masse – but some of them are absolutely stunning as individual artworks!
Before I post current projects from this years class, I thought I’d showcase some of the work I have done at this level in the past. The subject is Drawing, Painting and Printmaking, and usually I try and do 2 tasks of each medium. Last year we completed a mural project for the school yard, so we had to cut right back on individual tasks, and the students have voted to do that again this year. Its great they can leave a lasting legacy of their work at the school. One of the fun projects I have introduced at this year level is Zentangles – almost unheard of in Australia, I stumbled across the concept online and have used it with year 7’s also. This year we are building on it again, doing figurative drawings of animals with zentangle details, but originally we stuck to the abstract concept… We also do Heidelberg School (Australian Impressionists) paintings and both lino printing and dry point etching.
Heidelberg School Paintings
Printmaking – Lino Cut and Dry Point Etching
Collaborative Murals – These are displayed around the school in Locker Bays and on the wall of the Canteen.