I think the zentangles are a great way to start out because (1) it's nearly impossible to mess them up and they can be confidence boosters and (2) it's a good way for me to assess what these students already know about the elements and principles. At first, they seemed a little hesitant and not enthused by the idea of zentangles...but after their sketchbook assignment over the weekend, I think the ladies in the class really got into them! Right now we are three days into the zentangle unit and here is what we have done so far.
The first thing I did was make a packet with some vocabulary and all of the information students would need about zentangles. Unfortunately, I did not write down my sources (eek, bad teacher!) but if you're interested in seeing the packet, feel free to let me know and I can send it to you and the original documents I saved (some of the documents have links to websites and such). I picked and pulled my packet pieces from three different sources. (Vocabulary included the elements and principles, shading vocabulary and the zentangle vocab, including the four steps to zentangle: (1) Draw a border, (2) Draw the string, (3) Fill with patterns, (4) Add value).
We are going to mat these professional. Since one student was finished, I was going to help her mat them, but when I pulled out the mat cutter that was in the high school room, I discovered it was horribly sliced up and beat up! Luckily for me, I bought a brand new mat board cutter last year for the elementary room using the extended day grant money, so I sent to girls down to the other room and the finished student helped me put it together. Next class I anticipate that we will be ready to mat a bunch of these...the ladies seemed eager to get them done at home!
For the final project in the zentangle unit, I want students to bring in a random object. We'll prime it with gesso and zentangle it. Well, I was thinking of having them bring in an object or I might bring in bowling pins for each one to zentangle, as I have 10 boxes of 10 pins in my garage at home! Having them bring in an object would be pretty cool to do...but I think the bowling pins would look awesome zentangled too!