In December 2017, the Royal Talens Foundation started a partnership with the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Every year around 5000 children are being hospitalized here, and with our Zentangle project we want to contribute towards the wellbeing of these patients.
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 is fantastic and seems complex, the Zentangle method is all about the drawing process. With Zentangle you create tranquil moments in which you give your full attention to what you are doing while you make your work of art grow.
Anyone can do it and anything is possible; one stroke at a time!
What does the pedagogic staff say about creative expression and Zentangle?
Our work as pedagogic staff in this hospital is fantastic because we create moments of relaxation and distraction for these children. Drawing and painting does wonders for a child’s self-esteem and besides it gives them the opportunity to forget a while that they are in fact in a hospital. Many children enjoy drawing and painting even when they are extremely sick.
We are all the time seeking for new possibilities for the children despite their constraints and challenges.
Our first results with Zentangle are great. While drawing we could see the heart rate of our patients actually slow down so we are excited to have implemented this pilot project with the Royal Talens Foundation and are eager to continue.