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RE: [teacherartexchange] Zentangles...& the 7 Motifs


From: Sears, Ellen (ellen.sears_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jun 15 2010 - 12:19:25 PDT

thanks for the 7 motifs - once a long time ago I had a book called 'patterns in nature' - by Kim Taylor. The patterns in the book were:
ring, spiral, radial, overlapping, repeating, stripe, branching and symmetrical.... good for the doodling/zen thing too...

From: Amy Broady []
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 11:42 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Zentangles...& the 7 Motifs

Thanks for responding, Terrence. I think that that it's important to give
kids the opportunity and "tools" to learn how to generate abstract design in
addition to representational images. And how to embellish a recognizable
image to make it more expressive, ornamental, individual, etc.

I enjoy teaching my students "the 7 Motifs" (straight line, zigzag, circle,
half circle, S-curve, wavy line, and spiral) that American Artist Walter
Anderson employed, based on A Method for Creative Design by Adolfo Best

I think that the Zentangle method, when I start to use it, will be a
perfect way to employ the 7 Motifs and teach my students how to generate
variations of patterns.

Looking forward to other responses about Zentangles.
Amy in TN

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