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Art Challenges to Kickstart Your New Year

We are well into the new year, and maybe those new year's resolutions have already been broken. I know I didn't stick to "Dry January and there are a few other commitments thathave already gone by the wayside. However, my vow to challenge myself and be creative daily are two commitments that I have stuck with.

To keep things interesting I looked up some ideas that might help keep the creative juices flowing, even when I don't have a lot of time.

Here are a few I am going to try this year. maybe you will enjoy practicing along with me?

  1. Daily Doodles for Daily Joy:

Start your artistic adventure with the simplicity of daily doodles. Committing to creating a small sketch or doodle every day can be a powerful habit. These quick and spontaneous creations not only serve as a warm-up for your artistic muscles but also provide a snapshot of your daily emotions and experiences. The beauty lies in the imperfection, allowing you to let go of perfectionism and enjoy the process.

  1. Color Exploration:

Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone by focusing on a specific color palette for a week or even a month. Experiment with shades and tones you wouldn't normally use. This challenge not only expands your understanding of color theory but also adds a fresh, vibrant dimension to your artwork. Let the colors guide your emotions and narrative, creating a unique visual story.

  1. One Subject, Different Styles:

Choose a subject that captivates you, be it a simple object or a complex scene. Then, challenge yourself to depict it in various artistic styles. From abstract to realism, cubism to impressionism – explore the diverse ways your chosen subject can be interpreted. This challenge not only hones your technical skills but also helps you discover your own artistic voice by experimenting with different approaches.

  1. Collaborative Creations:

Art is a powerful tool for connection. Collaborate with fellow artists or even non-artists to create a shared masterpiece. Each person contributes a portion to the artwork, resulting in a harmonious blend of styles and perspectives. This challenge not only fosters a sense of community but also exposes you to new ideas and techniques that can elevate your own artistic expression.

  1. Artistic Journaling:

Combine the worlds of art and journaling by creating a visual diary. Document your thoughts, experiences, and emotions through a combination of drawings, paintings, and written reflections. This introspective challenge not only serves as a therapeutic outlet but also allows you to track your artistic growth over the course of the year.

  1. Themed Months:

Give each month a specific theme, whether it's inspired by seasons, emotions, or personal interests. This thematic approach provides a cohesive structure to your creative endeavors, making your artistic journey more intentional and meaningful. Themes act as catalysts for inspiration, guiding your artistic choices and sparking ideas you might not have explored otherwise.


Embarking on new art challenges is like opening a door to uncharted territories, offering endless possibilities for growth and self-discovery. Embrace the opportunity to start the new year with a fresh perspective, experiment with different techniques, and connect with a community of like-minded creatives. As you dive into these challenges, remember that the process is just as important as the end result. Enjoy the journey, let your creativity flow, and watch as your art flourishes in ways you never imagined. Here's to a year filled with artistic exploration and boundless inspiration!

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