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Don McCollum was introduced to Zentangle® by his daughter, Kathryn. She ran across the meditative drawing website on the internet. and thought it would be a pastime she could share with her dad. During a visit home in 2009, she stayed up later every night to learn a pattern and left her rendition for her dad to see each morning. Within the subsequent year, they traveled to Boston for a Zentangle certification workshop. Don became a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) in 2010. He is a retired elementary school teacher and describes himself as a lifelong learner.
Joyce Block, helping Don with a computer problem, was exposed to his Zentangle drawings. Joyce, going through the throws of unsettled retirement issues, asked Don what he had been doing to keep himself busy during his retirement. "Zentangle!" he answered, "a meditative art form." After receiving minimal instruction from Don, she went home to practice and found she needed many more patterns. With Don's help and encouragement, she learned more patterns and became intrigued with the idea that she could create pieces of art. Shortly after, she flew to Providence to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher. She is a church musician and a retired technology teacher.
Don and Joyce became enamored with the process of Zentangle. They wanted to share this art form with everyone. They team teach in elementary, middle, and high schools, retreat centers, classes for challenged youth, diabetic support groups, church groups, cancer support groups and retirement centers.