The power of pattern: zentangles, mandalas and more: FULL
Who is this course for?
This course may suit you if you have an interest in learning about patterns and ways to create them. This could be for interest and pleasure, for application to self-directed making projects or custom printing, or perhaps for taking some time for the self and calming a busy mind. These are short interactive online live courses aimed at building your skills and knowledge for developing your understanding around art and creativity. They include practical elements and an opportunity to have live discussions with your tutor and others on the course. This course is suitable for anyone, this is a course for all abilities.
You will be working with your tutor in a virtual learning environment using an online video platform called Zoom. You will be accompanied in your virtual class, with other learners. Your tutor will give practical demonstrations, have discussions, set tasks, give feedback and will support you throughout the course. Patterns are everywhere and can be fascinating, fun and intriguing to explore and make. Create patterns for pleasure or fun, for relaxation, or maybe for application onto products and in self-directed projects. Look at patterns from different cultures, learn simple techniques including hand drawing (Zentangle and mandala patterns), tessellation, block printing and (optional) use of digital art software. Gain skills in visual research and generating ideas, creating motifs, repeat styles and methods. Explore potentials for using patterns including print-on-demand products and getting your own fabrics printed. There will be the opportunity to explore your own ideas and follow set practical tasks.
Support and feedback
Your tutor will support you throughout the course through online face to face discussions and feedback on your progress where appropriate. You will work with your tutor on your personal goals within the structure of the course.
Additional costs and requirements
You will need a laptop / PC / phone / tablet with a camera and microphone/headphones and a good internet connection. You will need paper (any size/type will be fine), pencil, ballpoint pen or black fineliner pen (something like a Sharpie or a Uni-ball AIR), a range of coloured art materials (pens, pencils, paints) would be useful,
access to some visual reference images – either from real objects (plants, shells, sweets – anything that catches your eye!) or from things like magazines or online research, possible use of a camera* (phone camera would be fine), possible access to a simple digital art software app/programme* (like Paint, Procreate or Photoshop). *=optional resources, these are not necessary for you to take a full and active part in the course
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Your tutor will suggest ideas on what to practice in your own time and will signpost you to other opportunities to support your learning. The tutor may set some optional tasks for individuals or the whole group, both within the sessions and to do in your own time
About the tutor
Franca Westaway has been teaching art and design since she came to the South West in the 1990s. Franca is passionate about helping others to gain creative skills and confidence, whatever their area of interest. She has a wide range of experience both in schools and with people of all ages within the community and is particularly keen on 3D and practical techniques across many materials and disciplines, as well as the use of art for personal development and expression and as a therapeutic tool.