60 art challenges to inspire you
There’s nothing like an art challenge to keep the creative juices flowing. Whether you’re keen to get involved in an existing challenge or want to create your own, you’ll find plenty of ideas below.
1. Art Journal January
This challenge from Kick in the Creatives asks you to create an illustrated page every day of January. If you want to share it on social media the hashtag is #artjournaljanuary.
2. Faerie February
If you like fairies, you'll love this challenge. Make 29 fairies and post them each day of February using #faeriefeb.
3. March of the Robots
If fairies aren’t your thing then maybe robots are. This challenge has people making a robot illustration for every day of March. Share your creations using #marchofrobots.
4. March Meet the Maker
Joanne Hawker's March Meet the Maker challenge is about showing the world what you make. She's recently added daily prompts to give you some inspo for your creations (which, by the way, can be anything!).
5. April Art Challenge
Create each day of April with the #aprilartchallenge. You can choose to share your creations on social daily with the hashtag, or just do it for you!
Yes, you picked it. Mermay is an art challenge where you create one mermaid a day for the month of May. There’s a daily prompt for inspiration and anyone can get involved.
7. May Sketch a Day
If you need some motivation in May, give the #maysketchaday art challenge a go.
Get mystical in June with #junicorn! Whether you paint, draw or craft, share your unicorn creations with the world.
9. Art Fight (July)
Art Fight is an annual art game where participants are split into two teams. Players then attack people from the other team by making art of one of their original characters.
Calling all Lord of the Rings fans. This is for you. Each day of August, people all over the world share their dragon art with the hashtag #Smaugust.
If you’re ready for 30 days of drawing, give #sketchtember a crack. Your sketches can be as simple or complicated as you like.
Draw one ink drawing a day for the month of October with the popular Inktober challenge. Each year thousands of artists around the world get involved!
If you’re big on Halloween, here’s a challenge for you. The idea of Drawlloween is to inspire artists to create creepy, weird and spooky drawings all month. There are usually prompts for each day to keep you going.
Prompts for Drawtober are often Halloween related but can vary depending on the person posting them.
The goal of Huevember is to make a drawing each day of November in a given hue. You can use any colours you want, so long as the hue for that day is the main star!
Let’s slow things down. Take your time and focus on one artwork for the month. In Slowvember, artists are encouraged to share progress shots using #slowvember.
For Mapvember you create a fictional map a day for 30 days. You can take a look at some prompt lists and rules from previous years on Miskas Maps.
Draw every day of December based off prompts posted by people on social media (here’s one from last year) or use your own ideas.
19. Daily visual diary entry
Whether you like keeping a diary or you’ve never tried it before, this is an easy way to set yourself a creative challenge for each day.
20. Pattern journaling
Add some relaxation and creativity to your day with pattern journalling. Simply fill a journal page with a pattern each day.
21. Travel sketchbook
Are you constantly on the move? This challenge might be just what you’re after. When you get the chance to sit still, pull out your sketchbook and draw whatever is in front of you or comes to mind.
22. Travel art
If you miss travel as much as we do, take a little trip by making artworks of a different place each day. Whether it’s the Champs-Élysées or a little garden in a peaceful corner of the earth, go wherever you want to go.
You don’t have to complete a finished artwork every day. You can simply play around with a topic. Some ideas include clouds, hands or flowers.
Keep it simple and draw whatever is on your desk. This challenge allows you to focus on a basic object and practice your 3D drawing skills.
Plants are a source of endless inspiration. They come in so many shapes and colours that you’ll have plenty to work with (especially if you’re choosing a different one on the daily).
Flowers are another great subject for the same reason. You might like to choose a different flower to focus on each day or one flower that you’ll practice every day for a month.
List out things that remind you of each season (Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring) and challenge yourself to draw or paint one each day.
There are so many ways to scrapbook, so we’re confident this challenge will keep you busy.
29. Found objects
Whether it’s a shoe, pair of glasses or a book – choose something you see and draw or paint it. It’s as simple as that.
30. Letter a day
Want to practice your hand lettering? Choose a letter from the alphabet each day for 26 days.
31. Word a day
If you want to take it a step further, create a word every day instead!
32. Hand lettering a song
Go even further and write out a sentence from a song or a quote that you like each day.
33. Hand letter your name
Try a few different hand lettering techniques by writing your name in a different style each day.
Ready for a bit of fun? Make some caricatures of your friends or your favourite celebrities.
35. Fan Art Friday
With over 300,000 posts on Instagram #fanartfriday is a popular challenge for artists around the globe. Check out the hashtag and see for yourself!
36. Colour palettes
An art challenge doesn’t necessarily mean creating an artwork every day. You might like to make a different colour palette each day using your favourite art supplies.
Grab yourself a colouring book or print some outlines, set some time aside and enjoy.
Pets bring us so much joy and make a great subject for art. If your cat, dog or fish won’t sit still, take a photo to draw or paint from.
39. The 100 Day Project
Every year people from all over the world choose a project and do it every day for 100 days. Progress shots are shared on Instagram using #the100dayproject. You can learn more on The 100 Day Project website.
40. Wips and Blooms
If you’re a knitter, weaver, potter, baker, artist or any kind of maker this challenge is for you! The goal is for you to take a photo of your work in progress with flowers next to it and share it on Instagram with #wipsandblooms.
41. My Week of…
It’s My Week post a new theme on their Instagram every week! Anyone can get involved by uploading a photo that relates to the theme.
42. Comic diary
Draw something from your day in a simple comic frame. If you create one every day you’ll be able to put together a comic strip for the week or month.
Choose a character from a fairy tale for each day, week or month and recreate it in a drawing or painting.
44. Big picture
Add a small illustration to a page or canvas each day for a month. By the end, you’ll have one big artwork!
45. Recreate an artwork
Recreate a famous artwork each week (or day if you’re feeling ambitious) for a month.
46. 100 Days of Pattern
Challenge yourself to draw a different pattern every day for 100 days with this idea from Make It in Design.
Want to practice drawing or painting animals? You know what to do.
Challenge yourself to draw or paint a new celebrity each week for a month.
49. Portrait of a friend
If celebrities aren’t really your thing, bring it closer to home and draw your friends and family.
What’s on the menu today? Draw or paint your favourite meal or snack from the day.
51. Your favourite things
Summon your inner Kondo and make a list of the things that bring you joy; then illustrate one a day.
52. Gratitude drawings
What are you grateful for today? Draw or paint it!
53. Maker Monday
Start each week on a creative note by making something new each Monday. If you want to share it or browse what other people are doing you can use #makermonday.
54. Goodtype Tuesday
Every week Goodtype posts a 24 hour lettering challenge on their Instagram page called Goodtype Tuesday.
55. Random draw
Mix things up a bit and do a random draw to decide what you’re going to create each day.
56. Technique a day
Want to improve your art skills? Set yourself the challenge to practice a different technique each day, week or month.
57. Fashion and outfits
Sketch an item from your outfit each day.
Drawing your feelings can be as abstract as you like and is a great way to stay in touch with your emotions. You might even just mix up a different colour each day to represent your mood and paint it onto a page.
Since calligraphy can take a bit of practice, setting yourself a challenge will really pay off.
60. Getty art challenge
Have you noticed that people have been recreating artworks using household items and sharing them on social media? This fun trend started from the #gettymuseumchallenge and anyone can get involved.
Which art challenge will you choose? We hope this list has given you plenty of inspiration for your day, month and year! We’d love to see your creations so feel free to tag us on Instagram or Facebook using @montmarteart and we’ll check them out.
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