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Classes 

Hi! My name is Annie Reiser. I am a certified Zentangle® teacher and botanical illustrator. I offer Zentangle® and other art classes in lower Austria where I have recently moved to. My lessons are customized to your needs ranging from private, in-home lessons, small art groups, classrooms, to corporate team-building settings, conventions, and conferences. ​Minimum of six students for custom classes. Prices vary according to class type and materials cost.

Check out our video about classes below!

All-Things Austrian
Unique Immersive Zentangle
®-Inspired Art Retreat
Instructor: Annie Reiser, CZT
June 11-15, 2024

All Levels Welcome
Limited to 24 Participants SOLD OUT!

Secure your spot with a down payment of 
€ 500 Refundable minus bank fees if you cancel be
fore April 15
Purchase

 

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Join me for an unforgettable experience as we create beautiful Zentangle-inspired art projects in a medieval castle. Relax and enjoy the process as you learn about Austrian art and culture in this themed retreat; think Empress Elisabeth, the Hapsburg crown jewels, Austrian confection, rare books, Gustav Klimt, Mozart, and a seasonal Botangle.

TOTAL PRICE:€ 1953,80 for single room or € 1853,00 for a shared room

INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights stay in the castle (choose from single or shared accommodations)

  • All meals and snacks including at a local Gasthaus, a nearby monastery,  a mountain-top restaurant, and a Medieval banquet complete with costumes at the castle

  • Dessert with beverage one evening at our mountain farmhouse/cottage

  • Transportation to and from the restaurants not on site

  • Castle tour

  • 3 full days of classes taught by me (including a custom ceramic class to create a keepsake at Melanie Hell’s personal studio. She sculpts all the fantastical figures in and around the castle.)

  • All class supplies

  • Unique handcrafted Botangle gifts and local goodies

 

NOTE: Transportation to Burg Plankenstein is on your own and you should arrive by 1:00pm on June 11 to check in.

You may wish to rent a car (chat with other participants to share that option) or take a train directly from the international airport in Vienna to Schwarzenbach via St. Pölten.

Please note a few disclaimers:

  • Plankenstein is a real castle with no elevators. You will have to be able to climb stairs to your room, to the seminar room, and restaurant, and back. It’s not challenging for healthy people, but if you have a disability or other health issues, please keep that in mind. We will arrange for people to help bring luggage to the rooms. Otherwise, you are on your own.

 

  • Also, this is in the hinterlands of lower Austria where we won’t have the luxury to obtain food for all allergy types. My own daughter is afflicted quite severely with celiac disease, and I understand if you need accommodations. We will be as accommodating as the venue allows, but at present their menu caters only to vegetarians. I will work with the venue to get as many options as possible, but we cannot cater to various allergies. As my daughter says, she gets creative about eating out wherever she goes and always brings a few things with her that she can snack on.

 

  • There is no Wi-Fi connection in the guest rooms. There is, however, Wi-Fi in the seminar room, where we meet daily.

CHECK OUT THE VENUE AND MY HOME THAT YOU WILL VISIT IN THE VIDEO BELOW

Festive Gingerbread Video Class

€25
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This video class is an edited version of the on-line class I taught for Festive Tangling 2022 hosted by CZT's Heather Lucey and Dawn Hayward of Zen by Tangling in December of 2022. I have retained many of the questions and conversations that I thought would benefit you and make you feel like you were there. With the purchase of this class you will receive a 5-page downloadable file of a supplies list and step-by-step instructions on how to drawn an "Opus" gingerbread cookie and a link to the video. In it, I show you how you can use your illustration to bring more cheer to your holiday season. Enjoy!

Honey Bee Mine Two-part Zentangle® Video Class
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I am offering this Zentangle®-inspired art video class by popular demand. It includes links to the two recordings from the live on-line class. You will see exactly what the online participants saw (except for the "housekeeping" intro) and hear all of their questions and comments. You will also receive a 6-page handout with detailed instructions on "How To Draw Honey Bee Mine."

 

As if set in a glittering amber jewel, this honey bee is waiting for you to give it your your own personality. In this video lesson, you will:

Part I - transfer your “string” or contour drawing using the provided template onto a 7.5x7.5 -inch, 140-lb. hot press watercolor paper or comparable multi-media paper. After we “tangle” the image, one step at a time, (add the patterns) we will shade our inked drawing with graphite pencil and glaze it with water;

Part 2- use watercolor pencils to color over this “underpainting,” layering until we reach the rich saturation pictured here. Finally, we will “add some love” by cleaning up lines, adding highlights and some glitz with gold and pearlescent paints. Please download the files provided upon purchase within 30 days at which time they will expire. Note: This class was inspired by CZT Midori Furuhashi's Beetle Zia class I took. PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE THIS PROJECT FOR SALE OR SHOW AS YOUR ORIGINAL ARTWORK IN FORMAL JURIED EXHIBITS. Feel free to gift it as much as you like. Thanks!

Under the Sea
Two-part Zentangle® - Inspired Art Video Class
Advanced

I am offering this Zentangle®-inspired art video class by popular demand. It includes links to two recordings; one from the live on-line class. You will also receive a 6-page handout with a supplies list and detailed instructions on "How To Draw Under the Sea."

 

This is the second in a series of Zentangle-inspired art I’ve designed, starting with “Honey Bee Mine.” “Under the Sea” features a tiny seahorse, drawn from a specimen that I found on an Italian beach. It is waiting for you to tangle and paint an inviting seahorse home. You will transfer your “string” or contour drawing using a provided template onto a 7.5x7.5 -inch 140-lb. hot press watercolor paper or comparable multi-media paper before our first class.

On the first of this two-part video, we will “tangle” the image, one step at a time, (add the patterns) and shade our inked drawing with graphite pencil. Video number two was taped during the originally offered on-line class with an add on of me finishing the demo piece step by step. This second video shows how to use watercolor pencils to glaze over the “underpainting,” layering until we reach the rich saturation pictured here. Finally, we will “add some love” by cleaning up lines and adding some glitz with copper and pearlescent paints. Please download your template file and a list of supplies (within 30 days of course purchase). Note: This series was inspired by CZT Midori Furuhashi's Beetle Zia class I took. PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE THIS PROJECT FOR SALE OR SHOW AS YOUR ORIGINAL ARTWORK IN FORMAL JURIED EXHIBITS. Feel free to gift it as much as you like. Thanks!

Bugle Boy
Two-part Zentangle® - Inspired Art Video Class
Advanced

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I am offering this edited and enhanced video class originally recorded for the Zentangle teachers who attended the Rocky Mountain Zentangle Retreat 2021. It includes links to the two recordings from the live, on-line class. You will see what the online participants saw (except for the "housekeeping" intros) with enhanced closeups and hear all of their questions and comments, including a lively discussion on Colorado wildlife and our favorite art supplies. You will also receive an 8-page handout with detailed instructions on "How To Draw Bugle Boy" a supplies list, a template, tangles list, and links to the two instructional videos. 

 

As if set in a glittering amber jewel, this bugling elk is waiting for you to give it your your own personality. In this video lesson, you will:

Part 1- transfer your “string” or contour drawing using the provided template onto a 7.5x7.5 -inch 140-lb. hot press watercolor paper or comparable multi-media paper. After we “tangle” the image, one step at a time, (add the patterns) we will shade our inked drawing with graphite pencil and glaze it with water. 

 

Part 2- use watercolor pencils to color over this “underpainting,” layering until we reach the rich saturation pictured here. Finally, we will “add some love” by cleaning up lines, adding highlights and some glitz with metallic gold paint. Please download the files provided upon purchase within 30 days, at which time the link will expire. Once downloaded, the videos will never expire. Note: This class was inspired by CZT Midori Furuhashi's Beetle Zia class I took.

PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE THIS PROJECT FOR SALE OR SHOW AS YOUR ORIGINAL ARTWORK IN FORMAL JURIED EXHIBITS. Feel free to gift it as much as you like. Thanks!

 

Tangled Valentine Pillow Box - Video Class

Featuring my new tangle Eros 
35

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Hearts and roses; what says “Be Mine” better? We’ll craft this lovely pillow box for that special Valentine gift made with two Zendalas. Be one of the first to learn Annie’s new tangle pattern she calls “Eros,” an anagram for “rose” and the Greek god of love (also known as Cupid) that is the centerpiece on the top of this paper pillow. A lacy heart styled with the Zentangle® pattern Mooka and gems is featured on the flip side. Mooka fronds and the Lunar Flux tangles embellish the side panels. Relax and enjoy creating a true gift of the heart for that special Valentine in your life. SUPPLIES NOT INCLUDED but you will get a materials list with the step out for Eros.

Admirable Acorns - Video Class  
35
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“Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow.” From these acorn drawings, your mighty artistic skills will emerge. . .

 

Growing up across the street from a neighborhood park, I have always been drawn to the acorns and the mighty oaks that lie within their perfect seed pods. I loved raking oak leaf piles and sculpting them into my imagined “playhouse” footprint and gathering acorns to make all sorts of crafty things.

 

There is so much symbolism packed into the oak and its acorn; strength, potential, and endurance to name a few. One of my favorite simple but expressive Botangles© is this set of acorns that sport mostly traditional Zentangle® patterns. Join me to draw, shade, and color these beauties that will serve as a springboard for you to create your own acorn Botangle©. The possibilities are limitless!

Fine Feathers Zentangle®  - Video Class
35 
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This feather project will strengthen both your drawing and coloring abilities. Guided by instructor, Annie Reiser, Certified Zentangle® Teacher and Certified Botanical Illustrator, you will draw the feather one step at a time; the pattern is based on the Zentangle®  Verdigoh. Then you’ll shade, color layer, and finish your piece with subtle highlights and embellishments. There is a “recipe” to drawing most anything, and the feather recipe taught in this class will set you on your way to creating many more feathers of different styles, shapes, and colors. The class includes a handout that is linked in the pdf file as is the video. The video is 1 hour and 36 minutes.

PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE THIS PROJECT FOR SALE OR SHOW IN JURIED EXHIBITS AS YOUR ORIGINAL ARTWORK. Feel free to gift as often as you like. Thanks! Note: The penwork for this was inspired by CZT Terri Oliver Young's variation of the tangle Verdigoh from Zentangle.

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