The GOOD 30-Day Challenge: Art Every Day
Today I will be teaching some of my fellow trainees how to make art out of things that some may consider trash (or recyclables). This afternoon we will be melting plastic bags to create a new plastic fabric in addition to weaving paper wrappers and making beads and origami out of magazines. Doing these projects makes me extremely happy but also makes me miss Starting Artists! I’ve been trying to keep up with making things – from teaching my host mom how to turn our teabag wrappers into bracelets to leading two charlas on how to make paper beads (see photos above) but it’s been a while since I’ve had enough time just to hang out and be creative.
That’s why I’m so happy that I recently found out about GOOD’s 30-Day Art Challenge. Paul and I are thinking of doing this challenge once we’re settled into our site so stay tuned!
These prompts remind me of one of my favorite artists, Miranda July, and her project: “Learning to Love You More” that was both a book and a website (now acquired by SF MoMA!). She is the screenwriter and director of the fabulously quirky film, Me and You and Everyone We Know, as well as a writer, a performance artist, and a musician.
Between 2002 and 2009, 8,000 people participated in the Learning to Love You More project, which included exhibitions, screenings and radio broadcasts all over the world. Check out Miranda July’s fantastic prompts on the Learning to Love You More website and see below for GOOD’s 30-Day Art Challenge (really 31 days).
Happy Arting, Mari
Art Every Day Tasks
Visit a museum or gallery
Take a street art walking tour
Take a photo
Research an artist
Create something handmade and give it to someone
Sign up for an art class
Create a floral or stone arrangement
Make a self-portrait
Doodle for 10 minutes straight
Frame something you have been meaning to frame
Sketch somebody and give them the picture
Create a font type for your name
Create a business card
Check out an art book at the library
Break something. (You have to destroy in order to create!)
Make a collage
Support the local arts scene by going to a local festival, music event, art show, play, museum exhibit, etc.
Make a card for someone you love
Make an inspiration board (moodboard) for a future project
Draw some chalk art on the sidewalk
Illustrate a song that inspires you
Add an art blog’s RSS feed to your reader
Draw the best part of today
Send a friend a link to your favorite artist’s work
Create a place in your home to store your creative supplies
Close your eyes and draw for five minutes
Draw yourself as a cartoon
Take your camera with you on a walk and document the experience
Create an artist’s workspace in your home