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Create Zentangles

Teach the Zentangle Method to teens.

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.


8" x 8" white card stock


super fine black sharpie

good music for focus (classical Spanish guitar)



10" x 10" black card stock for mounting (optional)

glue stick

clip board, paper and pencil


  1. A small lesson on pattern before starting is good.

  2. Very lightly with a pencil, draw a ¼ border around the white card stock.

  3. Very Lightly draw a haphazard line starting from one end inside the border across the paper to the other end. Do not exceed the border.

  4. Uncap your sharpie and start making patterns and shapes. Remember to fill in black in some spots for contrast.

  5. Work for 40 minutes then take a break.

  6. Take a 20 minute break. Make a trip to the gallery in the Museum with a clip board and have students draw any patterns they encounter along the way. When they return they will share with the class their discoveries.

  7. Talk about how it is okay to copy another’s idea. We need each other for inspiration.

  8. Return to drawing for another 40 minutes.

  9. Sign your name when completed.

  10. Mount your art on the black paper provided with glue stick and photograph.

  11. Talk about how you felt while making the zentangle.

Student Work

My son working on his zentangle.

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