Winter Break: How to Keep Making Art

For many of us, winter break comes as a great gift and long month of relaxation after a long and tedious fall semester. What I find most difficult, is that just because I am on break does not mean I have to stop making art since there are no assignments.

Making art is supposed to make us all feel good and remind us that we’re doing something that we’re passionate about. So here are a few tips that I’ve come up with to help you dust off those winter break cobwebs and get your creative juices flowing:

  1. Bring your sketchbook everywhere!! You can buy a teeny tiny one and keep it in a purse or backpack and just carry a pencil or pen. Write down ideas or notes and make quick sketches wherever you go!
  2. Take pictures. Of everything. We all have phones with cameras, take pictures of things you want to reference later or for inspiration or even for your own enjoyment.
  3. Think about your goals as an artist and start small. Instead of saying you want to draw every day or finish an entire sketchbook in a few months, try to set a goal to draw five times a week or to draw at four in the afternoon every day. Put aside time for your work.
  4. Don’t overthink it! Sometimes the canvas can feel big and daunting and too white and clean. Just make a mark and go from there. Painting and drawings are easy to change and correct with the right materials.

Here’s some of what I worked on over break:

2 thoughts on “Winter Break: How to Keep Making Art

  1. Sara,
    Hello. I have been looking for examples of artwork in student sketchbooks. I am a Marywood graduate and believe my older art students would benefit from seeing the artwork you did over Winter break. As you know due to the corona virus, our schools and universities are closed. I thought I would ask my older students to use blank homemade sketchbooks that I am planning to mail them. May I use your post including photos from your sketchbook to inspire my students? I would give you recognition as the artist behind the photos and artwork. Also, is the portrait one of yourself, a friend or relative, just curious. Looking forward to receiving your response. Also, thank your fellow bloggers how much the Where Creativity Works is scene as well worth reading and enjoying! Barbara from PA

    1. Hi Barbara! Yes, of course you may use my work and this post. And since you were wondering, the portrait is a self portrait. I hope that your students enjoy!

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