Stephanie Funke


Stephanie is an Iowa artist who spends much of her creative time drawing structured, repetitive patterns associated with the Zentangle Art method and continuing her training as a Certified Zentangle Teacher. She also has a background in photography, loves to dabble in graphic design and incorporates her twenty-plus years experience as a high school Spanish teacher to lead a variety of Zentangle drawing classes.


Masters — University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
Bachelors — Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA


Pattern drawing / Zentangle Art method w pen and ink; photography

Areas of Focus

Zentangle — fragments, reticula, organic patterns; landscape photography & graphic design of wall decor and greeting cards


Exhibition Highlights

Solo show — Planted, Dubuque, IA, 2022
Art @ Your Library, Dubuque, IA, 2022
Art @ Your Library Holiday Show, Dubuque, IA 2021 & 2022
Featured Artist — Light, Space & Time online gallery 2014

Other Interests and Aspirations

Waterskiing, kayaking, botanical gardens, birdwatching, jigsaw & word puzzles

Publication Highlights

Several photos in various editions of Our Iowa magazine, including the Aug/Sept 2023 publication

Stephanie's Teaching Style

With the Zentangle philosophy in mind, Stephanie invites participants to use basic supplies, relax and have fun as she offers simple, step-by-step instructions that include elemental strokes. During her classes, students spend most of the sessions putting pen to paper while Stephanie uses repetition along with new material and plenty of time for guided practice. She shares the Zentangle motto of “anything is possible, one stroke at a time.”

Stephanie loves the EAC because...

All of my experiences with the EAC have been awesome with dedicated, helpful and fun students and staff. Thank you, EAC folks, for implementing the online program and making this opportunity possible for me.

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