Last weekend I taught the Basic Zentangle Class to group of mixed media artists that I had never met before, at the art studio of one of the students.
Before a class I always wonder what the students will be like, what the layout of the space will be and if I will forget to tell them to sign their work (again!)
Before we started drawing, I asked them to put themselves in a beginner’s mind set, as if they had no training in any art.
It seems like an easy enough instruction but if you are a parent or know any kids at all you most likely have heard, “I know, I know” at some point. It’s harder to be open to anything new if you already know it.
Where is the space for growth?
Starting as a beginner there are no preconceived expectations.
Without expectations, there are no disappointments.
The idea behind a beginner’s mind is to move away from the fear of mistakes and toward freedom or in the case of a creative project, freedom of expression and exploration. Playfulness.
The women all did beautiful work and once again I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to teach this artform.
This week I learned a new tangle from I am the Diva called Undine. It’s the honeycombed section that spans the center of the tile.
Where can you have “beginner’s mind” this week and what can you see with fresh eyes?