I never thought that I would be writing such a post just a few short weeks ago, life has changed immeasurably for everyone as most of us are now in lockdown due to the Covid-19 outbreak. I have had my entire term’s face-to-face teaching wiped out and face a brave new world of online teaching.
I now find myself glued to my computer for several hours a day trying to get to grips with new learning technologies and learning at what feels like a frustratingly slow pace. Like many I have struggled to manage my anxiety around insecurity about the future and the fear of catching the killer bug, all while trying to learn new things at a pace I’m not entirely comfortable with.
One thing that is there for me during challenging times however is art and it always has been. I write this post to help all those in need of an escape and have decided to cease the weekly posts and keep this post up for one month.
We have to remain positive during these times and I thought I would share some art ideas to help you do just that:
1. Keep a Sketchpad
If you don’t yet keep a sketchpad, this is a great time to start one. Sketchpad’s aren’t for polished, perfect drawings they are for thoughts, scribbles and inspiration. I use mine for writing as well as drawing (no one need see it!). The practice of drawing something or even moving the pen or pencil around is very therapeutic. Read my post on Why is Keeping a Sketchpad Important? for more information.
2. Walk, Observe, Draw
I now walk more than ever, although I always did walk regularly as spending time in nature is important to me. My daily ‘Lockdown Walk’ has made me more observant and appreciative of what is on my doorstep, which for me fortunately is some beautiful countryside.
Why not take the opportunity to walk everyday and take back the inspiration for your art. Today I was inspired by the spring blossom and the daffodils which suddenly seem to have sprung up overnight. I took several photographs and would like to create some art from them. You might even want to sketch outside once it gets warmer, working outside is great and I’ve published several posts on the subject – How Do I Handle Working Outdoors?
3. Go on a Virtual Tour of a Gallery
We can’t go to one at the moment in person but several art galleries have fantastic websites and some are offering ‘virtual tours’ see this link for details: List of Virtual Gallery Tours
Why not learn about an artist’s life, Van Gogh’s life was fascinating.
4. Art on Televison/Film
When you seek out art on the television and in films, you realise there are quite a few films about artists and programmes out there! I can recommend ‘Frida’ which I watched recently, a great film about her life and art. I’ve listed some ideas below.
5. Read about Art History
Reading about artists and the movements in art gives you real insight into how art was made and how it all fits into one another. I have listed some recommended reading under my Resources and written a post What Are The Best Books To Learn About Art History?
I hope you like these ideas and it helps you all get through this difficult time, what are you doing (art-related) to get through lockdown? Share below…