Alex and I somehow managed to do everything we needed to do and were only one hour late in leaving the house to head down to Providence, RI for the 11th Zentangle Teacher Certification Seminar. I decided to get Alex certified while I still had some influence over his summer activities and I think my hunch may have been a good one. Despite having a really bad head cold, he has been tangling up a storm and I am really excited to see what he does with this.
We are staying at The Biltmore Hotel which is covered with tangles and rumored to be haunted. Cool. The room left us speechless. There was a giant chair in the living room and huge, poofy, royal looking beds. Alex had been expecting to sleep on the fold out sofa, so he was beyond thrilled to get a bed that is "as wide as I am tall". Seriously, Alex is tall!
I always feel really strange when I am in Providence since it doesn't look much as it did when I went to school here. There was no river, and the downtown area was so dangerous, it was off limits. Now there are little art boutiques, restaurants, hotels, a beautiful park and skateboard park, and then there are the gondolas and river walks and a ginormous mall with an iMax theater built over the river. Oh yes, there's a river. We used to joke that Providence was the world's widest bridge. All this construction was being done while I was in school. We had a space of about three feet outside the Illustration building at RISD between us and the four lane highway. Now, there is an enormous brick... I don't even know the word?.... giant patio-thingy that goes for miles, and overlooks the canal and bridges. Jealous, me? Why would you say that? ;-)
It's really pretty.
It was also 92 degrees and muggy... so Alex and I did a lot of walking the first day, then fled to the air-conditioned room.
|It was actually a giant, pink, Super Moon.
So, here are some highlights of the seminar, so far...
|A mosaic in the Providence Hotel hallway of tangled bar coasters!
|A close-up of the mosaic... I was excited to see someone had used my "Pingline" penguin tangle! Cool!
|Part of one of Maria's display pieces with a funny limerick.
|Me and Amy Broady in the tangled photo booth.
|She'll kill me for showing you this photo, but I think it is SO funny! But, no, it's not beer, it's actually TEA! I love this photo because it shows Amy's cheerful, glowing disposition. So you see why I asked her to take on the Zentangle for Kidz website?
|I think we really are this blurry in real life too... Me, Bette Abdu, Amy Broady, Katy Abbott
|The newest batch of CZTs! The group is so big they had to shoot the photo from the second floor.