Summer is a busy time of year with vacations, weddings, kids and family time. Along with work and normal life happenings our time for creative expression can get lost in the shuffle. How can you squeeze more creative expression into your busy summer? You can plan it into your vacations, have family art time, you can take art supplies with you on vacation and you can take a class online or locally. There are lots of ways to keep your creative juices flowing. Why not let creative expression be part of your summer fun too?
Plan Creative Time Into Your Vacations
I made a point this winter to look for art workshops that I could take this summer in places I have always wanted to visit or spend more time in. Then I asked a close friend and family members if anyone would like to tag along and enjoy the place while I was at the workshop! This was a great idea! In June, I traveled to Sedona, AZ and took a 3 day Loosen Up with Aquamedia Workshop with the charismatic Bob Burridge! If you haven’t watched his Bob Blasts videos you are really missing something special! Check out his website HERE. My dear friend went with me and she enjoyed hiking the canyons during the day while I was painting and in the evening we strolled around Sedona and enjoyed fun places to eat. In July my mom traveled with me to the picturesque Door County area of Wisconsin and I attended a painting workshop with artist Lisa Daria Kennedy. Check out Lisa’s art and workshops HERE. My mom explored Fish Creek and in the evenings we hiked in the Peninsula State Park and had memorable dinners like the classic Fish Boil. In August my mom will be joining me again as we go even further north in Wisconsin to Madeline Island School of Art on Lake Superior to enjoy a 5 day painted papers collage workshop with artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire. Check her website HERE. What an art filled and memorable summer this is! Plan ahead and make creative expression part of your vacation. Visit a new place, discover artists you have admired and learn something new!
Have Family Art Time
Do you have all the kids at home? Grandkids? Family reunion? You can always count on kids to love a creative activity. Go on Pinterest or Google and search summer kids crafts and you’ll have more than enough ideas to choose from! Or keep it simple, get out some watercolor paints and paper for some painting time or air-dry clay or model magic to create summer inspired sculptures! Put down a plastic tablecloth and get out those art and craft supplies, you’ll love all the creative ideas kids have!
Take Art Supplies with You
Are you going on vacation? Why not take some simple art supplies with you? Every trip I take there is always some downtime and that's when I get out my watercolors. You could take a sketchbook and some pencils and pens, a small watercolor pad and watercolors, colored pencils, or your favorite camera. Keeping a travel journal or sketchbook is one way you can be in the moment on your trip and record the places and things you see. The great thing is most art supplies come in handy travel sizes and kits. What art supplies would you like to play with on your next trip?
Take a Class Online or Locally
No need to venture far for an art class or workshop, chances are there are local classes you can take and even online classes. Online classes are a great option if you don’t have vacation time, you can work at your own pace in your free time. Many art related businesses from galleries, to schools, to art centers to parks and rec programs offer art classes for adults and kids. Search for art classes near you! There are also lots of art fairs in the summer and many of the exhibiting artists teach classes. Go to an art fair, chat with your favorite artists to see if they teach and where!
Summer is a fun filled family time. Don’t forget the art! Let creative expression be part of your plans. It will help you have an even more productive and enjoyable summer!