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

Make origami

Finger paint

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


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