In December 2017, the Royal Talens Foundation started a partnership with the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital (WKZ) in Utrecht. Every year around 5000 children are hospitalized there. The foundation wanted to contribute to the wellbeing of these little patients with a creative Zentangle project.
'Zentangle' is an easy to learn and relaxing way of producing wonderful works of art by drawing structured patterns. Although the end result of the artwork seems complex, the Zentangle method is all about the drawing process. With Zentangle you create a soothing moment that might distract from the stressfull and unpleasant situation of being hospitalized. The pedagogic staff was amazed by the way this drawing activity created a moment of relaxation for these children. It visibly increases their self-esteem and makes them forget they are in a hospital. Many children enjoyed drawing and painting even if they were very sick. Staff observed the patients literally 'slowed down' and relaxed both psychologically and physically.
The Royal Talens Foundation initiated this project in collaboration with the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital (WKZ). Because of the positive results, we decided to do a follow-up of the project in 2018 at the Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam and the Emma Children's Hospital in Amsterdam. This was possible by the support of Stichting Gilat.