World Art Day is rapidly approaching, so it might be time to make a few plans to make the celebrations even more rewarding for you and your family. A lot of people associate art with high expenses, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case when it comes to this fantastic holiday. In fact, if you look around and embrace the community around you, there might be more activities to do on the cheap than you ever thought possible. So, don’t let the amazing world of art pass you by on April 15, because the world is certain to open up and share its creativity with you if you know where to look. These ten ideas will help you along your way, so you can truly maximize the holiday experience.
1. Community Events
Although World Art Day might not be the biggest holiday around, many communities still love to embrace it in order to share local and global art with its residents. Chances are, there will be a few celebrations near you if you look hard enough. Often, schools will take part in the event, so you’ll have the chance to check out what the kids in your community have been up to in school. This can be a great experience if you have school age children as it will certainly allow you to see what your own children are learning. It might also inform you if you need to be doing a little more work at home when it comes to art. Other community events might be art walks, gallery openings or even lectures to help you understand the art world better. Generally, community events are free too, which is certain to make attendance even more enticing.
2. Art Walk
Art walks are a great way to get out and see what is happening in your own community. Generally, spring and summer tend to host lots of art walks, so you might be able to check out more than one, especially if you’re willing to travel. Most art walks consist of artists setting up stands to help promote and sell work. More often than not, you’ll find lots of crafts that are family friendly too. Admission to most art walks is free, so you’ll be able to browse and enjoy yourself without having to worry about spending money. However, some crafts will require you to pay a small fee and if you find some art that you love then you’re bound to spend a bit there, too.
3. Free Museums
Many museums like to use World Art Day as a time to allow for a freebie day. However, even if your local museum isn’t free on this day, you should watch the schedule as many museums do offer freebie days to residents fairly often. Generally, if your museum is going to host a free day for World Art day, then they will probably exhibit art from around the world. This will give you the perfect opportunity to admire art from every corner of the globe. This is not only a great way to learn about new cultures but will help broaden your understanding of places that you’ve never been.
4. Find an Art Class
You might be surprised by how many art classes are around you. Even if you live in a small community, there’s a high chance that there is at least one art class going on, even if it is under your radar. Art classes can be found in so many places too, so you might ask around the community if you’re looking for something in particular. Surprisingly, one of the best places to try is the library. These days, many libraries host as assortment of classes to help bring people into the library. The classes hosted here are sometimes free, while other times you will have to pay a small fee or at least pay for supplies. Cafes and colleges are another great place to look around. You might also ask art shops, as many of these stores will also host lessons for a fair price. Another great option is to surf around online. You can even check out lessons on art history to learn more about the influences the world has had on modern art.
5. Embrace New Mediums
If you’re looking to make the most out of World Art Day, then one of your best options is to try something new out. There are so many ideas and concepts to explore, so choose something that might have interested you for some time or something you just recently heard about. If you are having trouble deciding, then you can always write each medium on a piece of paper and then draw one out of a hat. This can be a fun way to expand your horizons throughout the year too, as you can try a new medium monthly or even weekly. There are so many cool things to choose from too. Although painting and pottery might be the more common choices, you should also look into mosaics and sand mandalas, which are fairly expensive to try out. Of course, learning the culture behind each medium is also a great way to take advantage of everything that World Art Day offers.
6. Become a Photographer
One of the cheapest and easiest ways to embrace art for the day is to become a photographer. This doesn’t mean you should go out and load up on expensive equipment. In fact, in today’s world, all you really need to be an amateur photographer is a smart phone. You can even purchase accessories to help make the lens work for you. There are so many tutorials online that will help you find what you need to capture the perfect image while you’re out and about. You might even have the chance to take some photographs that will help remind you of World Art Day while showing everyone else the joys of the holiday. If you really want to get into the task then you can even edit some of your photos with free apps to ensure you get the most out of them.
7. Get Creative
Another way to truly embrace the holiday is to just get creative. Instead of just checking out art work, you might want to try to create your own. You can pull out your paints and see if the holidays bring you any inspiration. Another fun idea, especially for kids is to try making some sidewalk art with chalk. You can even go to a facility that allows you to give graffiti a try. There are so many creative activities you can try out in your community too. For instance, you might try to go to a wine and painting event with some friends. As long as you’re letting your creative juices flow, you’re bound to feel excited about the holiday.
8. View a Gallery
There are so many galleries in cities and towns across the world. More often than not, we pass by them and do a little window shopping along the way to whatever we actually need to do. On World Art Day, you might want to stop and actually enter the gallery. It can be refreshing to check out the art work and enjoy everything that the artist has put up. You never know, you might become a fan of a local artist, which can make investments feel even better since you’ll be helping your local economy. Another option is to head to your local university. Often, the school will open up its gallery space for students, so people can check out what they’re doing. Some universities will even open up the gallery so you can purchase and help out the students working to pay off their tuition.
Another way to show your love for the art of the world is to try to recreate a work of art that you admire. You can paint a masterpiece that you learned about in school or try to make a rendition of a sculpture that you’ve always admired. Another way to enjoy this activity is to take a work of art from one medium and recreate it with another. For instance, you can use a famous painting as a reference point and recreate it as a mosaic. Your options are absolutely endless though, which is bound to help you have some fun while allowing you to learn more about the art world. You might even find that you love recreating images so much that you won’t need to purchase home décor again in the future.
10. Read About Art
World Art Day is a great time to learn about art and the way the world perceives it. So, you might want to pick up something exciting to read for the holiday. There are so many books on art that you’re bound to find something exciting at your local library. You might try to read some topics from other cultures to help improve your understanding of the world around you. All in all, your mind can be entirely opened up to the world around you if only you find the right books to do so. So, have fun with looking at the art in your books and explore topics you never thought possible before.
World Art Day can be one of the best times to embrace the wonderful world of art that you can enjoy. These ten tips are certain to help you find joy in art, so you can truly learn more about it. Best of all, it might even help you learn more about your own artistic skills. So, make the most out of the special occasion, because you don’t often have an excuse to roll up your sleeves and let your creative energy pour out into the world.