Have you ever heard of an Artist Date? Julia Cameron coined this term in her book, The Artist’s Way. She describes this “date” as one you actually go on by yourself. It’s simply a block of time that you schedule each week (preferably at least two hours) in which you nurture your creative consciousness, or your “inner artist.”
The purpose of an Artist Date is to help get those creative juices flowing, bringing insight, inspiration and guidance.
Now I know this will probably horrify some die-hard Cameron fans when I say this, in fact, it may seem like artist sacrilege, but I think an Artist Date is a great thing to do with your artsy kid or teen from time to time. And this is especially true if you have aspiring young artists who could use some fresh inspiration and encouragement. Heck, you could even call it a “field trip” if you want, but “artist date” has a nicer ring to it. 😉
So what sort of things would you do with your kids or teens?
Ideas for an Artist Date
Well, the first place to start for artistic inspiration would be an art museum where centuries-old masterpieces as well as modern art are housed. But beyond that, what will help nurture your young artist’s creative consciousness?
- strolling down a country lane where they can quietly observe the flowers and fields
- walking deep into the forest so they can listen to the birds chirping and critters scurrying all around
- an afternoon lying on a quilt watching the cloud formations blow by
- a walk along the beach in the early morning or just as the sun is setting
- skipping stones in a local pond
- sitting on the front porch during a summer afternoon downpour
- sitting on the back porch listening to the crickets and tree frogs croak along with the evening chorus
- lying on a blanket at night staring at the constellations or watching for shooting stars
- an afternoon in a second-hand book shop
- a morning in a junk store filled with all sorts of inspirational trinkets, trifles and whatnots
- a coffee-date in a bustling big city
- a night at the local university to take in a symphony
The possibilities are truly limitless!
The idea is simply to be intentional with giving them (and yourself) quality time to just “be.” To commune with the beauty of God’s creation or to be face-to-face with humanity. To give them (and yourself) the opportunity to receive inspiration and illumination in the area of art and creativity. But to be honest, these artist dates will be good for your entire soul as well.
Try it and see if it gets your creativity flowing like river!
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Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.