“We think of this as the Art Studio Classroom of Salisbury,” Scott said of her 134 Beach Road location.
But, it’s not just the artistic format of Zentangle — a registered trademark — that enthralls Scott. It’s the meditative aspect that she finds so beneficial. That the results are so beautiful is a plus.
“I could never meditate because my mind’s so busy,” Scott said. “But, if you can’t sit on a pillow and meditate, you can hold a pen, and that’s where Zentangle comes in.”
During the class, lighting is gentle and the music is soothing as Scott stands at an easel quietly explaining the technique, while students follow her lead. The patterns drawn aren’t difficult, but as the design progresses, smiles appear on faces as confidence grows and students realize, “Wow, I can do this.”
Designs are made on small 31/2-inch squares of high-quality paper with smooth, flowing felt-tip pens. In classes, Scott provides high-quality materials that promote the best results. She sells supplies, as well.
“It reminds me so much of doodling I’ve done in classes,” said Lisette Kaplowitz, a Newburyport resident who decided to take a lesson after seeing Zentangle drawings during her watercolor classes with Duke. “I’ve been looking at these pictures on the wall for weeks. They’re just beautiful.”
During class, students learn the various structured patterns, called “tangles,” and play with combinations, shapes and shading, Scott said.
“There is no need to worry about making mistakes,” she said, “because what we may initially see as a mistake is our personal new tangle.”
The first class provides an introduction to the Zentangle Method, which is mindfulness and the creation of beautiful patterns on fine white paper tiles, Scott said. In subsequent classes, students experiment with black paper and white ink, shading with white charcoal pencils and soapstone sticks called Zenstones.