Lifelong Learners with an Artistic Mind

There are many useful sites one can find ‘tips for installing the habit of lifelong learning’ and definitions for such state of mind. I’d like to write about my own list of lifelong learning habits for the artsy crowd. So here it goes:

  1. Always have a pencil and paper ready to doodle, sketch, or scribble.
  2. As soon as inspiration hits, write it down (as you get older, the writing down part becomes essential).
  3. Mingle with artsy friends: creativity spreads and is contagious.
  4. Keep a drawing journal. Draw the first thing you see in the morning, the last thing you look at before going to sleep, and anything interesting in between.
  5. Try a new art technique or paint with a colour you normally don’t use: the results might surprise you.
  6. Clean your workspace/studio. Uncluttered spaces invite creativity, and as a bonus, you might also find that kneaded eraser you’ve lost a month ago.
  7. Look at the work of other artists. It’s inspiring and will enrich your own art production: go to art galleries, museums, attend conferences, and visit an artist’s studio.
  8. Observe the world from different views: bird’s-eye, worm’s-eye, upside down and inside out view. Don’t forget to see things from someone else’s view.
  9. Practice your intuition and follow your instincts.
  10. Teach someone what you know. Let someone teach you what you don’t know.

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About gamppart

I'm a Visual Artist, Environmentalist, and Art Educator. My areas of creative expression include acrylic painting, mixed media and mosaic art. I especially like working with broken china, which allows me to use discarded, second-hand materials. I'm fond of textures, colours, and organic forms. Cats and chickens are my muse.
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