Maybe you’re hankering for some painting, or you have a lifelong dream of being part of a kick line, or maybe you just need a way to relax from staring at spreadsheets all day. I might be biased as an art history student, but I believe that everyone needs a little art time to keep themselves sane. Here are some ways to scratch your artistic itch:
- If you’re into drawing and painting, check out your local activities listings, bulletin boards at coffee shops, etc. and see if you can find a figure drawing group. Usually these kinds of things meet once or twice a week for a suggested donation or a small fee, five to ten bucks a session, to pay the models.
- Want to get involved in art in a team setting? Show up at auditions for your local community theater, even if you’re not interested in performing. At the audition you can talk to the director about getting involved backstage, doing makeup, helping with costumes–which you can do even if you can’t sew!–or helping with designing promotional materials.
- If you have expertise in an art field, but have been too busy to do it, consider volunteering to mentor students in your area through a school, or a youth center. It will give you a reason to get back into your passion while passing on your knowledge. There are many ways to get involved with a range of time commitments. Talk to the art and drama teachers and see what they need. Most districts don’t have enough arts funding to cover all arts topics, so chances are they’ll be enthusiastic about your offer.
- If handcrafts are more your thing, look for a local Stitch and Bitch group, or start your own! Set aside a time each week to eat snacks, knit, sew, or needlepoint, and meet other people with the same interests.
Finally, if getting out of the house is really not an option for you, or your free time is sporadic and inconsistent in a way that prevents you from making a regular commitment, be sure to check out the Google Art Project, and take a tour of a museum from the comfort of your couch. One thing that I always mean to do but never remember to is to pay attention to the special events going on at my local movie theater. You can see operas, ballets, and even marching band competitions on the big screen for a reasonable price, which seems like a really great time to me.
The most important step to getting involved with a new activity, or return to one you love, is to make time for it. Consider it an essential part of your sanity routine, like watching Community, painting your toenails, or reading a pleasure book.
What do you do to keep your creative juices flowing?