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Would you like to meet new artists and improve your artistic skills? These art challenge ideas will inspire you to create more art and introduce you to some wonderful artists around the world.
Participating in an artist challenge is not just for fun. They will also enhance your artistic skills in multiple ways.
How many times have you:
- Stared at a blank canvas trying to decide what you will be painting or drawing next
- Searched online for inspiration for your next art project
- Stared at your computer wondering what you should write about for your next newsletter or blog post.
Let’s face it; the most difficult part of any project is just starting.
Going to the gym, for a run, grocery shopping, house chores, and even creating art is difficult when you are getting started.
But once the ball gets rolling, the process seems effortless, and at that point, you can accomplish anything.
How can you reduce the amount of time you stare at a blank canvas or blank piece of paper?
One way is to participate in an art challenge.
By the end of this post, you will know…
- How art challenges spark creativity
- Art challenge benefits
- Popular art challenges to join
- How to start an art challenge
Art Challenge Ideas Spark Creativity
There are many ways you can spark your creativity and you might have already tried a few of them like:
- Looking at other art online
- Going for a walk in the woods
- Going to the beach
- Looking at wildlife images online
- Visiting your favorite artist’s blog
- Going to an art gallery
- Attending an equine show
- Attending a dog show
- Walking through a floral garden
Sometimes these will motivate you and give you some project ideas while other times you will go back to the studio with nothing.
If you find yourself getting into a creative slump you might want to consider participating in an art challenge.
Participating in a daily art challenge or even a 30 day art challenge will provide you with enough ideas to keep you busy.
You will become a better artist painting rather than staring at a blank canvas sipping wine.
Art Challenge Benefits
There are many reasons why you might want to consider participating in an art challenge.
Here is a list of some reasons you should join an art challenge:
Improves your artistic skills – structured assignments will have you working on projects you might not necessarily work on if you never joined a drawing challenge.
Working on different subjects will help you to enhance your observation skills, and artistic skills because you will be drawing shapes and textures you are not comfortable drawing or painting.
You will also learn how light reacts to different materials and textures by observing different subjects.
Removes the decision making – you will never have to look at a blank canvas when you are participating in a challenge.
Many artists, including me, have a difficult time when it is time to start working on a new project.
Choosing what to paint, (or draw) what medium to use, what size to work on can be overwhelming, just like when you are trying to find a show to watch with 400+ different channels.
An art challenge removes the thought process which has you creating more art, and we can all agree that practice makes perfect.
Your art skill will improve faster if you paint four paintings in a month rather than one painting a month.
Connect With Artists – joining an art challenge is a great way to meet and network with other artists.
One way we grow as people and artists is to listen to feedback.
Some people take feedback as a negative but if you use it as a tool to improve your art skills and art business, you can watch your career grow quicker than you could have ever imagined.
Listening to someone critiquing our artwork is difficult, but if you can use it as constructive criticism, you will become a stronger artist.
Accepting constructive criticism does not mean you have to use all of the advice that is thrown at you.
But you might see something at a different angle and discover a way to make your artwork better than it already is.
Having other artists provide you with feedback will help you to make better decisions and improve your art skills quicker.
Inspire new projects – You might join an art challenge solely for fun or push yourself into painting subjects you normally do not paint.
The pieces you create could be sold as an art series or inspire you to create a series of artwork you never thought about doing in the past.
Popular Art Challenges
I have come up with a list of different art challenges for you to help get you started.
These art challenge ideas are some of the most popular ones I could find but are in no way the only ones out there.
Ask the artists you meet during the art challenge you are participating in for a list of their favorite art challenges.
Inktober – is a very popular challenge that many artists participate in and share there work on Twitter and Instagram
If you market your art on Instagram and Twitter, you will find a large variety of different challenges you can participate in.
Here is a popular one many of my friends enjoy.
#INKtober Created by artist @jakeparker in 2009 as a challenge to improve her drawing skills and develop positive drawing habits, thousands of artists now take in the challenge every year. (Source: Folksy)
The Sketchbook Project – offers challenges from medium-specific challenges to free weekly creative prompts
DailyPaintworks.com – helps artists sell their art by posting daily paintings for sale.
Doodle Addicts – provides drawing challenge themes and art prompts that will help you to get out of your comfort zone.
Create Your Own Art Challenge
Creating an art challenge is easy to do and will inspire you and others to create more art.
Another benefit of holding monthly art challenges is that your artist website will receive a lot of traffic because so many artists will visit your site for the challenge.
How To Create An Art Challenge:
- Come up with a theme
- Decide what medium artists will use
- Decide how long the challenge is
- Decide what social media platform you will be showcasing the artwork from the challenge
- Create a hashtag for your challenge
Creating drawing challenges can be a great way to challenge yourself and other artists.
Conclusion: Now that you have a large variety of art challenge ideas it is time to take action and join an art challenge or even create your own drawing a day challenge.
Take advantage of art challenges to improve your artistic skills and to build brand awareness.
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