The art of zen
Carriage House Day Care on Shaw Avenue in Cranston hosted a Zentangle art show on Friday, Jan. 20, where school-age children who chose to participate in the 15-week program displayed the Zentangle squares theyâ€™ve been working on.
Artist Mary Jane Bohlen, who is a certified Zentangle instructor, has been working with the students over the 15 weeks, creating different Zentagle creations, like ornaments, culminating in last weekâ€™s art show.
â€śItâ€™s an expression of all the feelings they were having that day,â€ť said Assistant Director Tammy Donohue, as she looked over the final products.
Bohlen was drawn to Zentangle in part because of the calm process involved in creating it. When she was going through treatment for breast cancer, she would bring blank tiles with her so she could work on her Zentangle.
â€śItâ€™s just a wonderful process,â€ť she said. â€śIt really took my mind off things.â€ť
She says Zentangle helps young people with handwriting, creativity, concentration and even anger management. Most of all, it helps artists of all ages relax and meditate.
â€śYou have to be really quiet during the sessions,â€ť explained young artist Karla Rodriguez.
Bohlen believes Zentangle can be a positive experience for young people in particular because thereâ€™s no right way or wrong way of doing it.
â€śItâ€™s very affirming for them,â€ť she said. â€śThereâ€™s no mistakes and I think thatâ€™s the beauty of it.â€ť