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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 email/event list or request a class. You can view my work on my website


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:

Wednesday, May 15, 6:30-9 p.m.
Zentangle (R) Unfurled* with Esther Piszczek via Zoom
Please join me for this new class where we will explore the freedom that comes from trusting our own creative impulses within the safe framework of the Zentangle pattern drawing method - unfurled. Cost: $25-$40 (sliding scale, you choose) at, cash or check.
*ZT Unfurled replaces my ZT & Wine offering.

Fridays, May 17 & 31, 12-1 p.m. CT
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: (no need to RSVP)

Wednesday, June 12, 6:30-9 p.m.
Zentangle (R) Unfurled* with Esther Piszczek via Zoom
Please join me for this new class where we will explore the freedom that comes from trusting our own creative impulses within the safe framework of the Zentangle pattern drawing method - unfurled. Cost: $25-$40 (sliding scale, you choose) at, cash or check.
*ZT Unfurled replaces my ZT & Wine offering.

Can't come live? You can find replays of my previous Zentangle Explore classes on Youtube:

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.

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


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Gallery Shows

On View: September 1-November 30*
Spaces by Esther Piszczek, Art of Hair on First, 203 W. 1st Street
Drop by to see this truly immersive art exhibit. No appointment necessary. *On view: with artist Tanna until April 10, 2024

On View: Online
Restoring Hope Art Exhibit hosted by First Witness Child Advocacy
View all of the beautiful work from 40+ artists in this inspired group show, including two of my original pieces of Zentangle (R) inspired art!

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. Contact DFP owner John Pierce for gallery/store hours: 218-355-8320

More Art: Fairy Photo ShootMoons and Stars

Book & Films!

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

Discovery, in this short, beautifully rendered art film (5:31 min.), by David Cowardin, owner of Blue Forest Films, pattern artist and certified Zentangle (R) Teacher Esther Piszczek shares her November 2022 art exhibit: Discovery. To read the full channel referenced in this film:


Places to find my art in the Twin Ports:
Dovetail Marketplace, Duluth Folk School, 1917 W. Superior Street
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.


Creative Contemplation Through Zentangle Art, The Lift, Baihly Warfield, March 19, 2024 (3:28 min.)

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