CZT Detail

Esther Piszczek

Esther Piszczek

United States of America

About Me

In November 2011, three years after I left the practice of law to live more creatively, an acquaintance introduced me to z e n t a n g l e ®. Zentangle gave me a method by which I was able to take my love of pattern and express it in an organized way. Simply put, it gave me permission to say: I AM an Artist. I became a certified Zentangle teacher in August 2012.

What I love about the z e n t a n g l e method is its inherent freedom. z e n t a n g l e has shown me how to look at a seemingly complex pattern, deconstruct it into its essential components and recreate it freehand, using pen and paper. In z e n t a n g l e there is no erasing, there are no mistakes. This non-critical, let’s-see-what-happens-next way of drawing allows me to practice sidelining the analytical, judgmental attorney side of me and gives my artist permission to explore and discover new ways of doing things in the world. It is a mind-set I seek to create in every moment, not just when I put pen to paper.

You can connect with me on Facebook here or email me at to be added to my monthly art email/event list TwinPortsArt or request a class. You can view my work on my website and scroll down for a list of places to buy my art and for details on my Discovery art show on view November 7-January 20.


Zentangle (R) on Zoom! classes are offered on a class by class basis. Students are welcome to take one class at a time or sign up for multiple classes. Zentangle on Zoom! Foundation classes, held on Wednesdays, are for those who are new to the Zentangle method of pattern drawing, or who have less experience with this method of drawing. Monday Zentangle on Zoom! classes are for those with more Zentangle or other pattern drawing experience. All times listed are for the Central Time Zone (CT).

What You Will Need:

a computer, laptop, tablet, or cell phone with internet access to connect to Zoom,
a web-based video conferencing tool; a quiet space with a table and good lighting. 

Feel free to email me with any questions about these classes:


Note: As of March 1, 2023, I am embarking on a 5 week sabbatical in which I will not be teaching classes. The February classes listed below are an example of my usual monthly offereings. This page will be updated when my April/May classes are available for registration. Until then, happy drawing!

Fridays, February 24, 12-1 p.m.
Zentangle (R) Explore! on Zoom!
A pen is a powerful tool. It can help you record your grocery list, write a check or send a card to a loved one. It can also help you deeply relax, become more mindful, and increase your mental focus. A pen is a simple and powerful tool. Bring your pen to ZT Explore and spend an hour breathing and drawing lines. Simple lines. You will be amazed at how easy it is to slow down, tune in, and explore with your pen. Zoom Link for February sessions

Can't come live? You can find replays of my previous Zentangle Explore classes on Youtube: BinxConnectOrange Slice; Waflz; Windfarm

PayPal.Me/eternalpossibility (donations gratefully accepted)

Supply List:

- several small pieces of watercolor paper cut to 3"x4" or smaller;

- a permanent black pen for drawing - you can use a 01 Micron if you have one;

- a quiet place to draw.

Mondays, February 27, 6-8:30 p.m. CT
Zentangle on Zoom! with Esther Piszczek, CZT
If you are familiar with the Zentangle of pattern drawing, you will love this class! Each week we will draw a new tile composition to create a pleasing piece of art on a 3.5" square tile with pen & ink with pencil shading. To register, email me at Cost: $18-$40 (sliding scale - pay what you can per class)

Wednesday, February 22, 6:30-9 p.m. CT
Zentangle (R)  & Wine on Zoom!
Stay home and draw pretty lines with me! RSVP required to me at by the Monday prior to each class to; Class limited to 8. Zoom link and details will be emailed to all registered participants on the day of class. Cost: $18-$40 (sliding scale, you choose); Click link for a secure payment option PayPal.Me/eternalpossibility or contact me to pay by mail. If you are unable to pay for class, please contact me for scholarship options.


To see what we've been drawing so far, check out the ZT on Zoom Photo Album on my website:

Private lessons are available for individuals or groups, email me for more information:

To see photos of past student work, visit my website under the Photo Albums tab.

Student Testimonials

"I have never felt artistic in any way, shape or form. I  was nervous about class the first time, but the minute I met you and the other ladies, that nervousness turned into a calmness. So, thank you for this class and adding a new little shine in my life." A.L.

"You made me feel from the start I could do it. The pace was good to do each one. It helped me to learn to let go and trust the process." SJM

"Esther is a marvelous teacher - inspiring, organized, enthusiastic and well-prepared." BH

"Grateful for the opportunity to learn something new. Great Instructor - knowledgeable, encouraging, excited about what she loves to do." KG


Visit my blog for art events in the Twin Ports (Duluth, MN, Superior, WI and surrounding areas).


Gallery Shows

March 2-May 31, 2023
Esther Piszczek: Discovery, St. Luke's, Building A, 2nd Floor Ramp Hallway, 1012 E. 2nd Street
"Discovery II is a reimagination of Esther Piszczek's first solo show in six years, which debuted in November 2022 at Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Duluth. During that time, she has explored her inner world, the outer expression of which is reflected in the 15 original works and 61 origami stars that decorate the space. Traditionally working in black and white, Discovery introduces watercolor, original channeled text, and the art of origami. Artist StatementViewing Hours: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; masks are required and available at the desk upon check-in.

Duluth Fine Pianos, 331 E. Superior Street, next to Starbucks. 
This beautiful piano gallery features my Zentangle (R) inspired artwork including patterns on mirrors, glass, and clay in addition to professionally framed prints and originals. All art is for sale. Please contact me at if you would like to purchase something. 

Book & Film!

Patterned Peace, by Esther Piszczek, CZT, published by Whole Person Associates, Duluth. Available on, at The Bookstore at Fitger'sZenith Bookstore (next to Beaner's Central in West Duluth), and Duluth Fine Pianos. Original, hand-drawn artwork ready to color. Includes full pattern index.

Life & Art Entangled, a 17 minute art documentary created by Lola Visuals featuring Zentangle (R) inspired artwork on a piano created by fine-line pattern artist Esther Piszczek, CZT, and the improvisational jazz piano music of Peter Brown. Life & Art Entangled debuted at the 2016 Duluth Superior Film Festival. Watch on


Places to find my art in the Twin Ports:
Art on the Planet, 1413 Tower Avenue, Superior
Duluth Fine Pianos, 331 W. Superior Street, Duluth
Master Framing Gallery, 1431 London Road, Duluth

Zenith City News, E.P. Designs, a regular Zentangle (R) inspired art feature that was published in this newspaper and online.


Esther Piszczek's Discovery Art Show, by Ed Newman, Ennyman's Territory, January 18, 2023.

The Healing Gifts of Zentangle, Trauma to Triumph Summit Interview of Esther Piszczek, CZT, by Patrice Pugh, November 2022.

3 women share their creative gifts with world, by Andrea Busche, The Woman Today, pgs 28-32, August 2021.

Zentangle goes Zoom with Esther Piszczek, by Ed Newman, Ennyman's Territory, July 4, 2020.

Local Art Seen: First Lesson in Zentangle with Esther Piszczek, by Ed Newman, Ennyman's Territory, August 18, 2019.

Perfect Duluth Day Selective Focus: Esther Piszczek, by Brian Barber, Perfect Duluth Day, January 18, 2019.

Instructor untangles the dizzying art of Zentangle, (submitted), Kanabec County Times, September 15, 2018. 

Art Spaces: Duluth woman gets tangled up in art, by Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, August 6, 2016.

Duluth filmmakers document Life, by Esther Piszczek, Duluth Budgeteer News, July 29, 2016.

Life & Art Entangled, Short Documentary, by Lola Visuals, 2016.

Life & Art Entangled @ Zeitgeist Arts, by Esther Piszczek, Eternal Possibility Blog Post, August 2, 2016.

Patterned Peace: A dream realized, by Esther Piszczek, Eternal Possibility Blog Post, July 1, 2016.

Zenith News, E.P. Designs, Zentangle Inspired Art3 Divas Plaid  Spin Love Spaces

Zenith News, E.P. Designs, Tangle Step-Outs: Waax, Variation 1  Waax

Radio Interview Link, KUMD, September 2014


Tangle Patterns

Here are links to my published tangle patterns: Angel LineC-bun, Rybn, RyllVahlpayperWaaxYam-it

"May you live knowing all things are possible." Esther Piszczek,CZT