Make 2016 your most creative year yet
1) Visit a lesser-known museum in your closest major city.
Everyone in New York can say they have visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but how many can boast that they’ve also been to the Cloisters. The Art Institute of Chicago hosts 1.5 million visitors annually, but most of these visitors do not know that the DePaul Art Museum is also worth a visit. This year, get off the beaten path and see what your city has to offer beyond the museum with the largest endowment.
2) Buy your first piece of art.
Buying your first piece of art can be a nerve-wracking experience. Suddenly, self-doubt sets in and you wonder if the piece you are buying is actually good, or simply amateurish. In 2016, bite the bullet and commit to buying something that you love, without worrying what a professional art critic would say. With venues such as The Affordable Art Fair, it is now easier than ever to buy a work of quality art with less stress, and for less money. Simply set your budget, get out there, and find something that speaks to you. Hang it on the wall with pride knowing you are well on your way to the art collection of your dreams. Whether or not the artist you buy from becomes the next big thing, you supported the arts and own something you love.
3) Complete an art “challenge”.
If you have been feeling uninspired by your art, look no further than the Internet. There are “challenges” for every medium- from sketching, to photography, to sewing- that give you a prompt for a set period of time (a week, a month) to explore in any way you choose. These challenges are a great way to get the creative juices flowing, and get you back into making art in a fun way.
4) Get out of your comfort zone.
If you are a musician, take a writing class. If you only work in darkroom photography, download Photoshop and start tinkering around. 2016 is the year to get out of your comfort zone and expand your skill set. Not only will you learn something new, you will be able to add new ideas to your primary medium as well.
5) Put your work out there.
It can be scary to put your work out there, especially when plagued with doubts that you are not good enough. However, without exposing yourself to criticism or feedback, you will never be able to improve. Plus, you may be pleasantly surprised with how people respond to your work. So, in 2016 be fearless and show the world.