Today I’m sharing Forty Artist Date Ideas. These are a mix of activities you can do at home; free activities and those with a cost involved.
I’ve already shared a lot about my journey this year with The Artist’s Way including how I use Morning Pages as a self-care tool and how I’ve introduced daily self nurturing activities. The Artist’s Way has been life-changing for me. Another great tool from the book is the weekly Artist Date. I haven’t always done these weekly but I love coming up with ideas for them and planning them into my schedule.
What is an Artist Date?
Here’s what Julia Cameron (creator of The Artist’s Way) has to say about Artist Dates:
“The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” —think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.”
Today I’m sharing Forty Artist Date Ideas
The ones marked with a * are ones I’ve done and enjoyed. The others are ones I’m keen to do soon.
These are ones you can do at home (supplies may be needed)
- Make things with air drying clay*
- Draw mandala’s*
- Do some colouring in (I love my collection of colouring books!)*
- Watch a movie you’ve always wanted to watch*
- Do some collaging*
- Paint/draw a picture*
- Hand letter a favourite quote*
- Do some cloud watching and look for interesting shapes
- Write a list of all the things you’ve always wanted to do but never have (I share journalling prompts similar to this in Find Your Happy)
- Do something off the above list
- Write a poem*
- Do a photography challenge (like recording a Day in your Life with photos)*
- Celebrate a holiday/day you wouldn’t usually (I celebrated Earth Day in April)*
- Bake/Cook something new*
- Read a book from a genre you don’t usually read*
Free ideas outside the home
- Go to the seaside
- Find a local museum to visit
- Walk in the countryside*
- Walk in the woods/forest*
- Go to the library*
- Visit an old stomping ground and see how it’s changed*
- Walk the streets in your neighbourhood and find interesting sights (like interesting door knockers, stained glass windows and pretty gardens)*
- Visit a church/holy place
- Visit an old graveyard and read the headstones*
- Go on a seasonal treasure hunt (e.g. in Autumn search out conkers, crunchy leaves and pine cones)
- Visit an art gallery and choose your top 3 pieces of art
- Go Antiquing* (free if you don’t buy anything!)
Artist date ideas with a cost involved
- Visit the local pound shop (or dollar store), give yourself a budget and see what fun and inspiring things you can buy*
- Go to a busy cafe, get a drink and do some people watching*
- Find a garden centre and buy a new houseplant to nurture
- Plant some seeds and watch them grow
- Go to a concert*
- Go to the cinema all by yourself
- Book a workshop or class in something that interests you*
- Renovate/upcycle a piece of furniture*
- Get a psychic, tarot or astrology reading*
- Visit a historical site (and take the audio tour if one is available)*
- Do some random acts of kindness (could be free depending on what you do)
- Go and look around a bookstore (especially if you tend to buy your books online)
- Take a train or a bus ride so you can look out the window*
Even if you’re not working on The Artist’s Way why not plan a date with yourself this week? Take yourself off on an adventure and prepare to be creatively inspired!
I’m always on the lookout for more Artist Date ideas. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment or get in touch.
And don’t forget to check out Find Your Happy – my journalling workbook with twenty one 10 minute journalling prompts. Working on the prompts could form some of your artist dates and they will help you come up with ideas for dates too. Find out more here. And buy a copy here.