• Ms. I. Centofanti

Animal Zentangles

Updated: May 13, 2020

Students learn the Zentangle Method in an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way.

This lesson invited students to select a favorite animal to draw either on their own or with a template.

The students drew their animal on white paper in the form of a simple, empty outline. No realistic details allowed!

Then the fun began!

They’d learned a bit about Zen (the practice of enjoying the present moment) and a lot about Tangling (creating structured patterns called tangles), and were ready to Zentangle!

The Zentangle method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images without the stress of possibly “doing it wrong”. This is because Zentangles are non-representational designs made up of a combination of dots, lines, simple curves, S-curves, and orbs.

There is no single way to create Zentangle designs.

So, instead of coloring in their animal or adding zoological details in an effort to imitate reality, the students filled their outlines with repetitive, calming patterns from their own imagination, focusing on each stroke rather than “what the whole thing was going to look like” in the end.

When completed, each unique project showed a simple animal outline filled with creative designs drawn in black marker. Backgrounds were either painted with watercolor or filled with more Zentangle designs in a different color.

Visitors to the Zentangle Zoo are in for a treat!

Featured artist in this article: Jacob S. ,7th grade

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