Looking to art-it-up this 2014? Here are five ways to bring the pleasure of art into your day-to-day life.
Get out and see art
The UK is home to some of the finest galleries in the world, both traditional and alternative, so if you feel inspiration lacking then the best solution is to get out and see it! From street performance, pop-up galleries, world-famous spaces and urban gardens, there’s literally something for everyone. And many of them, such as the National Gallery, Saatchi Gallery and Tate Modern, are free.
But of course, art is not just limited to the capital. Art is everywhere. Why not check out what’s going on in your area? Take a look at some guides to art spots in Bournemouth, Sheffield, Leeds, Cambridge, Cardiff and Glasgow.
If you’re stuck for sources, check out Cass Art’s regularly updated exhibitions listings, ArtRabbit is also really good, as is Artlyst (London-based) and of course there’s always trusted Time Out which offers listing for London, Edinburgh and Manchester.
Have a go at art in your home
When you’ve got your creative juices flowing there’s only one thing left to do! Pop down to your nearest store or shop to have your materials in your hands in no time. Start with some sketching, if you’re keen to practice your observational drawing then have a go at still life. If you fancy a more expressive activity try shutting your eyes and sketching along to your favourite music.
Warmed up? There’s no feeling quite like working directly with your hands so why not try working with clay? You can keep using it for as long as you need, so if a busy schedule beckons then you can easily come back to it later. Not to worry if you don’t have access to a kiln, air drying clay works just as well.
Check out our How To's on the Cass Art blog for more creative ideas!
Try your hand at Instagram
Instagram is probably the best social sharing network there is for art. It’s got some of the coolest contemporary artists of the moment and it’s great for tracking the progress of your favourites.
You can check out a list of 25 Instagram artists you should be following and search for niche interests using the hashtag symbol. Start following people, connect with new artists and start conversations.
You can also use Instagram to show off your own work, like a mini online gallery space. It’s good practice to document stages of your pieces and to learn how to photograph it well. Follow us on Instagram to keep up with our inspirations, latest blogs and artists we can’t get enough of!
Learn new technologies
3D Printing is a pretty daunting idea until you get the hang of it. Take a look at our beginners guide for an introduction. It’s likely that there’s a 3D printer local to you, so take the time to drop by and chat with the experts. It could be a new way to realise your own designs and create something you would have never expected!
Digital art is another prospect for the future and is much easier than you could expect! Pick up a Sensu Brush Stylus, download the appropriate app and using your tablet or touchscreen phone as a canvas begin your masterpiece! Check out our review for a further insight.
Exercise your creative muscle. Don’t hold back from trying new mediums and materials, or from collaborating with new people. Our 5 Creative Trends article has all the top tips for making 2014 the most creative year yet! Have a look through our upcoming workshops for opportunities to begin a new practice.