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Accessible Art coming to Campbell River

Barb Round will teach zentangle at Sybil Andrews Cottage on Saturday. - Photo submitted
Barb Round will teach zentangle at Sybil Andrews Cottage on Saturday.
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Barb Round, Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), is presenting a several classes in Campbell River.

She refers to Zentangle as “Accessible Art” as it appeals to all ages, and can be mastered by just about anyone who can  hold and pen and write their name. Zentangle was created by artists Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas as a tool to be used by artists and non-artists alike. It combines ancient patterns (like the Greek key), patterns from nature (leaf shapes) and newly-invented “tangles” and invites innovation and recombination by those who practice it.

Round’s background is in nursing, and she taught many levels of health education in her career, from informal sessions to community college instruction, but says she has never had so much fun as she has with her Zentangle classes.

“It is so exciting to see people who walk in saying: ‘I have no talent... I can’t even draw a stick man.’” amaze themselves by creating a beautiful art piece in just one session.

Zentangle has therapeutic value as well. Drawings are created using structured designs in repetitive patterns, a very absorbing process which takes your complete focus, creating a sense of calm...hence the “zen” part of the name. It has been found to be very helpful in developing or maintaining eye-hand coordination and is used by professional artists as a warm-up, or to incorporate into their work.

Coming up this weekend, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 Round is teaching two introductory classes at Sybil Andrews Cottage. The morning session is open to children over 10, accompanied by an adult as Round sees Zentangle as very much a family activity, having enjoyed teaching her  seven and nine year old grandkids over Christmas. The afternoon session is for adults. In February a three-part series will run at the scrapbooking store, She Runs with Scissors, which includes basic instruction, then advanced skills in shading and complex patterns.

A Campbell River resident, Round plans to offer additional program year-round, and hopes to travel and teach in other Island Communities as well. For more information, or to register for class: contact Barb at 250-923-0739  or email:

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