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St. Pete College tries ‘Zendoodle’ to cut student stress

Published:   |   Updated: April 9, 2013 at 06:50 PM

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On local college campuses, it’s about that time during the semester where life starts to speed up, when a barrage of project due dates and exams is quickly approaching.

Students may not be able to put off those tough deadlines, but they can decompress via the budding art form Zendoodle.

As part of a spring art exhibit put on today by The Exhibiting Society of Artists, students at the St. Petersburg College Seminole campus were able to catch a live demonstration of Zendoodle by local artist and St. Petersburg College art instructor Barbara Hubbard. The idea behind Zendoodle is that once a pattern is laid down, repeating it places one in a meditative state.

“When you doodle in the margins of the pages during a meeting, it relaxes you,” said religious studies professor and exhibit co-coordinator Brandy Stark. “You actually get into a Zen moment.”

Student Zendoodles will be on display at the college’s University Partnership Center lobby until Friday. Having the students participate not only helps alleviate end-of-semester jitters, it may also get them more involve in campus activities, Stark said.

“You just have to be able to hold a pen, and then to doodle,” she said.

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