The Shortgrass Arts and Humanities Council and the Altus Public Library are sponsoring a Zentangle Art Workshop. This mini-workshop and will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 rom 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost of the workshop is $30 and is for anyone over 16 years of age.
A Zentangle is an abstract drawing created using repetitive patterns. It is usually structured within a certain shape. Drawing a Zentangle is entertaining, relaxing, and a great way to express yourself creatively.
Shortgrass Arts Institute is pleased to introduce Certified Zentangle Teacher “CZT”, Renee Sheridan, for this workshop. Doodling on the margins of homework papers and the occasional drawing of the school mascot for pep rallies was all the exposure to art Renée had in her hometown of Guntersville, Alabama. Then a move to Merritt Island, Florida the summer before her senior year gave her the chance to take classes in a high school with an entire wing devoted to art. This experience motivated her to study commercial art at Auburn University while working as an illustrator for NASA to pay college expenses. After marrying and beginning a family, Renée kept her hand in art by doing free lance illustration, portraits of children and pets and attending workshops by nationally known portrait artists, Ben Konis, John De La Vega, and Herb Mays. Also workshops with naturalist and plein air watercolorist, Robin Whitfield and encaustic artist, Kat Fitzpatrick.
Renée and her family lived in Altus for two years in the 80s where her husband Greg flew the C-5. “My memories of Altus are all good. Sue Messerly and I became best friends and we had many adventures painting the unique landscapes of Southwest Oklahoma. I make a pilgrimage back every few years to paint the Wichita Mountains, which hold a special place in my heart.”
“Zentangle caught my attention two years ago when my sister took a class and then introduced me to the art form. I found the ability to make complex patterns, just one stroke at a time to be calming and relaxing and the results were beautiful and no two alike. To be able to do all this even if a person has no drawing skills is probably the most valuable aspect of the art.” Renée has taught Zentangle at the Rosenzwaig Arts Center, Mississippi State University and from her home studio in Columbus, Mississippi. You can view Zentangle and other artwork on her Facebook page Hillsong Studio/Renee Sheridan.
This workshop is funded in part with a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council. For more information, please contact the Southern Prairie Library System at 477-2890.