6 New Year's Resolutions for Artists: How to Be More Creative This 2017
Do you want to be more creative this 2017?
For most people, the beginning of the new year means a fresh start. It’s also the best time to take on new challenges and try to improve certain skills and talents. If you feel like 2016 wasn’t the greatest year for your artistic endeavors, then it’s high time you make adjustments to rectify this situation!
Being creative can be developed through practice. Though this may require a little bit of time and effort, it's also lots of fun! Follow these 6 New Year’s resolutions to be more creative this 2017:
1. Sign up for art classes
If you've never had formal lessons in art, then 2017 is a great time to start! Taking lessons is crucial to developing creativity because it gives you the proper training and structure needed for your expression. Even if you have lots of creative ideas, not knowing the how of it all can eventually become a hindrance into actually making art. Attend some classes this year to learn from the experts and see where this takes you!
2. Visit museums and galleries
Visit museums, attend art shows, or go to arts and crafts festivals this 2017 for inspiration! Exposing yourself to different types of art works - as well as different art forms - can truly help you grow as an artist because it widens your perspective and opens you up to the various and creative ways artists express themselves.
3. Make it a habit to read everyday
Enrich your craft by reading! Aside from gaining new knowledge on certain subjects, reading is a great exercise for the mind and forces you to use your imagination. Devote an hour per day to reading this 2017!
4. Go outdoors and get in touch with nature
Nature has always been a popular subject in works of art and has inspired a lot of famous artists. Be more creative this year by going outdoors - bring your sketchbook and other art materials and immerse yourself in the natural world. There are lots of creative ways to illustrate nature, so just go out there and see what you come up with!
5. Keep a notebook
Make sure to bring a notebook and pen with you at all times so you can list down all the creative ideas that pop into your head. You can also use your notebook for doodling and drawing if you you have the spare time. Remember, practice makes perfect - flex your creative muscle as often as you can!
6. Be around creative people
Interact with artists, crafters, writers, and other creative types to learn about their passions and ideas and share some of your own! You can also get in touch with these people through social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to talk about art and other creative ideas.
Sounds like lots of fun, right? If you have anything more to add to our list, let us know in the comment section below! Best of luck and have a great and creative year ahead!