I like the idea of continual learning and am willing seek out new information and become involved in new projects when the opportunity arises. Working at an educational institution like USQ creates many opportunities for stimulating discussion of ideas and involvement in projects to assist the ongoing needs of teachers and students.
I’ve decided to learn about creating Zentangles. Their website claims that the method is a relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It claims to “increase focus and creativity, and provide artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being” (Zentangle www.zentangle.com). An artistic and creative work colleague first told me about them in 2013 and showed me some of her work. I was very keen to try them but had too many other life events happening at the time, so now is the ideal time to pursue this activity.
I think it will be suited to learning via NGL as there are many online resources including websites, newsletters, blogs and YouTube videos. I’ll also have a real live person to consult with as I learn and this is planned to start next week when she demonstrates the materials used. Already I’ve noted some interesting similarities between Zentangles and NGL and plan to explore these as my learning journey progresses:
- anything is possible one stroke at a time
- deliberate focus
- unknown outcomes
- no predetermined solution
I am also interested in pursuing the health and well being aspects of all the ‘screen time’ involved in NGL learning because as with many pursuits in life, balance is desirable.
What is learning?
The process of learning creates new understandings and capabilities which can enrich the life of the learner in expected and unexpected ways.