Baystate Franklin Medical Center Ocology department offers Zentangle for BFMC cancer survivors

Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Oncology Department is offering two workshops on Zentangle® for BFMC cancer survivors, Thursday, September 17, and Thursday, September 24, 6 – 7:30 pm, BFMC Conference Room C.. John Nordell, a Certified Zentangle TeacherTM, will be the course instructor. The class is free; materials will be provided.

A professional photographer, Nordell has been a corporate photographer, photo journalist, photo editor, and teacher. He was a faculty member at Hallmark Institute of Photography, in Turners Falls, from 2006 – 2011, when he left to pursue a Masters of Education in Arts Education at Fitchburg State University. Presently, Nordell is an assistant professor of Communication at American International College.

Zentangle, a combination of meditation and drawing, is an easy-to-learn and relaxing method of creating beautiful images from structured patterns. No drawing experience is necessary. Nordell explained, “If you can make a line, a dot and a curve, you can create Zentangle art. It is a combination of drawing and meditation, a blend of art and spirit. Participants have the opportunity to de-stress in a gentle classroom and feel the satisfaction of creating art.”

Nordell added, “Bring your reading glasses, as we work on 3.5 inch squares of paper. Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.”

Participants can register for one or both classes; the second session is a continuation of the first, so if you will only be attending one, it would be preferable to select the September 17th session. Pre-registration is required; to register, call Baystate Health Link: 413-773-2454 or 1-800-377-HEALTH.

The Zentangle classes are sponsored by Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Wheeling for Healing Bike/Walk/Run event to support cancer programs and services at BFMC.