Note: This class is open to anyone who has previously taken an Introduction to Zentangle class with me or another Certified Zentangle Teacher.

During the Renaissance a drawing technique called chiaroscuro emerged in the fine art world. These types of drawings were done on subtly coloured or toned paper, usually grey or tan. Using the paper as a neutral starting point, the artist would then use white pencil or paint to work towards light or create highlights and then use black ink and graphite to work towards dark or create shading. This technique opened up opportunity to exemplify the juxtaposition of light and dark. You will also find drawings from this period subtly incorporating the use of earthy colors such as brown, sepia, terra cotta, warm grey, and cool grey.

This style became iconic in referencing art from the Renaissance, and the approach to drawing and painting transcended far beyond the time and remains a quintessential art technique used by artists today.

This Tile Introduction class will introduce students to how the Zentangle Method and components of this Renaissance drawing technique come together. Students will become familiar with the techniques that will give their work that recognizable Renaissance look and feel, exploring tangles from a new angle. Working on tan Zentangle Square (3.5″/89mm) paper tiles, students will use brown, black, and white pens to work the surface, and continue to create shadows and highlights with graphite and white charcoal pencils.

“Introduction to Tan Tiles” student tiles