Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Midwest Art and Lettering Retreat

Another retreat!! Now that my Un-Tangle Retreat is packed full and closing in fast (next week!!!?) I think it is time to let you all know about another opportunity for you to come and tangle with me. I apologize for not giving you all the details sooner, but I didn't want to confuse anyone... Maine... Minnesota... if you are really weird (or immature) - you may be entertained to see what word you can create from the letters that are left over when you remove "Maine" from"Minnesota." Ew. [Why, yes, I did just have a Mommy Marathon with my kids]. Ok, back to the important stuff...

I'll just give you the info from the website since it sounds really great. You might also be interested to see that Cherryl Moote is another of the instructors! Her new Zentangle® book, All Tangled Up, is getting lots of great reviews on Facebook and Yahoo and where ever distinguished Tanglers hang out. :-)

AUGUST 9 - 12, 2012

You are invited .....

to join the MIDWEST Art and Lettering Retreat for four full days of art exploration and creation. The quiet campus setting of Carleton College in Northfield MN provides a perfect opportunity to "find yourself in a new, great and wonderful place" as is described in the quotation that embodies this year's retreat theme.  

THE MIDWEST ART & LETTERING RETREAT was conceived with the intention of bringing a time-extended, focused workshop to the Midwest area of the US.  The small size of the retreat ensures that you will have personal attention from your instructors.  The quiet atmosphere of the retreat will be focused on the process of finding your own voice and expressing yourself in your personal artistic style.

FIVE PRESTIGIOUS INSTRUCTORS will be guiding you on your journey to that “new, great, and wonderful place:” Roz Stendahl (Color Theory), Georgia Deaver (Stylized Writing), Carrie Imai (Foundational), Cherryl Moote (Bookmaking), and Sandy Steen Bartholomew (Zentangle).  

ALL WHO ARE INTERESTED in the arts are invited to participate in this retreat. The classes in bookmaking, in color theory, and in Zentangle are open to anyone who has an interest in studying those topics. You do NOT have to be a calligrapher to join any of these three classes. You also do NOT have to be a member of the Colleagues of Calligraphy organization. The cost of the retreat is the same for all. Each class runs for the full four days. When registering please give us your first, second and third choice. Class placement will be based on the date your registration is received. Class size is limited to 13 students per class. So, register early to be assured you will attend the class you prefer!

OK, if you are thinking of signing up so you can study with one of the other teachers, I forgive you. They are rather amazing artists! I'm a little floored to be listed in the same sentence with these pros. If you are thinking you'd like to take MY class - YAH! So I will snitch my class description for you and paste it here:


I hate exercising as much as the next person, especially on a retreat. But this class is all about getting your couch potato brain up off the floor. Whether your creativity muscle has a bulging sixpack or a bulging beer belly - you can whip it back into shape with Zentangle.

Zentangle is a method of creating complex drawings using repetitive patterns. It is used for stress reduction, meditation, improving focus, pain management, making time pass quicker in doctors' offices or at boring meetings, and for impressing the heck out of family and friends.

We'll start with the basics of "tangling." All the foundations and rules of traditional Zentangle will be presented as a short, hands on demonstration. Once you have mastered the moves the fun will begin. We'll (1) play some tangle games, (2) tackle some fancy, more complex tangles, (3) learn how to deconstruct and create patterns, and (4) delve into the darker side of shading.

A sketchbook-journal will be our home-base for most exercises and projects (like easy printmaking and transfers...), but we'll also attack some other surfaces such as fabric and vinyl. Yes, we will tangle... lots of "stuff"! If you look at any of these pictures and think, "I could never do that!?" Then you definitely need this workshop. ABSOLUTELY NO DRAWING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED (no kidding!). All who are interested can register for this class. If you can hold a pen and not poke yourself in the eye, I can help you be happily creative. If you already "draw good" you can definitely play “in the sandbox” too! Student supplies list will be available in April.

SANDY STEEN BARTHOLOMEW is an author, illustrator, mixed-media artist and a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). She also runs a creativity general store (Wingdoodle), a studio (BeezInk Studio), an Etsy shop (Bumblebat), a teaching studio (The Belfry) and a blog (Beez in the Belfry). She needs a nap. Sandy is inspired by juicy, jewel-tones, rusty-crusty, peeling, earthcovered... things. Magic, mystery, bits, pieces, and weird little creatures. If it sits still, she'll paint it. Sandy lives with her two kids (Alex and Lilah) and her cat, Lilo, in their colorful, mixedmedia house in New Hampshire.

The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at

Be sure to visit the Workshop Offerings page to read the descriptions for all the classes and download the actual pdf for my class - it has nice formating and pretty pictures.

Click HERE for all the other info, registration forms, etc. And if you have questions, you can ask Joyce Francis (who is also a CZT!)

I hope to see you there!


  1. Sandy I downloaded the reservation form and signed up for your class. I sure hope there is space available . . . sending it FedEx today! Can't wait.

  2. I am so excited that you will be in the Midwest! All signed up and ready to go (big smile) Don't want to wish away the summer, but cannot wait!!


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