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Getting the Most out of a Monthly Art Challenge + #beachartchallenge

Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

Getting the Most out of a Monthly Art Challenge + #beachartchallenge

Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

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10 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Class Intro

    • 2. Why Participate in a Challenge?

    • 3. Hidden Benefits of an Art Challenge

    • 4. Finding an Art Challenge

    • 5. Before You Start

    • 6. Using the Prompts

    • 7. What to Do After the Prompts are Done?

    • 8. Posting Artwork Online

    • 9. Class Wrap Up & Beach Art Challenge

    • 10. BONUS A Look At My Art Challenges

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About This Class

Do you love to create art, but find yourself looking for ideas?

Do you think, “What should I draw today?”

If you’re looking for art inspiration, consider taking part in a monthly art challenge.

Today’s class offers tips on how to get the most out of an art challenge, so you can gain productive habits, tailor challenges to your own needs, and make lots of art for your portfolio.

In addition to introducing the Beach Art Challenge, with a month of prompts for beach related images for you to create, there’s also chapters on tips to get the most out of any challenge.

  • Classes include very brief chapters on:
  • Why Participate in an Art Challenge?
  • The Hidden Benefits of a Monthly Art Challenge
  • How do I find a Challenge?
  • Things to Do Before you Start a Challenge
  • How to Use Challenge Prompts
  • What to do After the Prompts are Done
  • Posting Your Artwork Online
  • Intro to the #BeachArt Challenge

And, for students who are curious about the various challenges, I have a bonus class that gives a peek into my own completed challenges and how they vary by medium and substrate (paper, journal, card) used.


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Daniela Mellen

Artist & Author


I'm an artist and author living in coastal Florida and surrounded by plants, animals, marine life, and the warm sun - all things that inspire me.

I am drawn to creating things and love to get lost in projects. Each day is a opportunity to learn something new, build on existing skills, and branch out to new ones. I was formally trained as a educator which is my passion and incorporating art into teaching makes my life complete.

I upload art classes every Friday, here on Skillshare. You'll see handmade books, memory keeping, watercolor, acrylic paint, unique art supplies, and photography composition. Thanks for joining me and I look forward to seeing your work.

Check out my blog for additional info on my website or my YouTube Channel for additional c... See full profile

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1. Class Intro: are you for ways to practice your art and sometimes struggle to find inspiration? Do you love to draw? But when you finally get time to do so, you think Now what should I make? Well, Have you considered participating in a monthly art challenge? I'm Daniella Melon, an artist and author in today's class, getting the most out of an art challenge. I'll go over tips that will help you spend your time wisely during a challenge so that you can develop productive art habits and gain content for your portfolio. I've included a fun art challenge in today's class and discuss various methods on had a tailor. A challenge to suit your artistic needs. Some are challenges. Follow a specific theme, but most could be done with your choice of medium and in today's class, all present Beach Art Challenge, and I'll demonstrate examples with various medium to get started, download the monthly art challenge prompts watch the class videos and then participate by creating your own examples. Thank you for joining me 2. Why Participate in a Challenge?: in addition to creating artwork for a living, I practice my art every day. Now. Not everything is a masterpiece or even something that works for me. But I do learn from all my practice sessions. Now there are many ways to practice art, but the basic way that all techniques have in common whether you paint sketch right sculpt or we've is to rehearse to go through the motions both emotionally and physically. You have to do the work. It's just like practice for a skill or a sport. One method that I find that inspires me and keeps my interest is to participate in a monthly our challenge. There are challenges designed for anyone to participate with a month of predetermined prompts. These prompts can be is tangible and simply focused, such as creating an apple a day for a month. Or the challenge can be more in depth, such as the one I'm presenting in class, focusing on the theme of a beach or the challenge could be abstract, like painting feelings or moods. The beauty is that you find the challenge that appeals to you all challenges very slightly . Some are weekly, some daily and anywhere in between, you can participate anonymously and keep your work to yourself. You can share your work with a hashtag and posted on social media. 3. Hidden Benefits of an Art Challenge: by participating in our challenge, you've got an opportunity to practice your artwork. The challenge Creator selects a topic or theme, and then you go about making your art. Following that theme, it seems simple. And yet there are hidden benefits by participating in the challenge and completing the prompts, you were not only taking the time to practice your artwork but also gaining other benefits . You gain experience simply by doing the artwork. You develop a body of work for your portfolio or content for your website or social media page. By following a challenge, you'll explore interests that perhaps you wouldn't have chosen by yourself by participating in the challenge. You may be inspired to delve deeper into the ideas that sparked your interest throughout the challenge. By creating this body of work, you develop your own style or have it evolved further. If you post your work online, you gain confidence. Create contacts and even friends. By participating in a challenge, you'll learn to budget your time and work on a regular arts schedule and find a way to make time for your art. In the next chapter, we'll go over finding challenges that work for you. 4. Finding an Art Challenge: monthly. Our challenges can be found in many places. Online art communities offer artists a chance to connect to some challenges. There are some that are done the same month every year, like in October in October, and there are some hosted by artists like Artistic I'll who create monthly our challenges throughout the year. Do a search for monthly art challenges or search my medium like monthly painting challenge or monthly watercolor challenge. I've included a download of a Beach art challenge. It's a month of challenges with prompts on the odd days of the month included on this download. Our A few links to other challenges that I've participated in that you may find of interest in the next chapter will go over what to do before you start participating in a challenge. 5. Before You Start: before you actually start participating in our challenge. Here are a few tips that I find helpful. One. Choose your medium. Do you want to make pencil sketches? Use code pencil, watercolor, Acrylic. There's no wrong or right media. It's completely up to you and what you want to explore to. How much time are you going to allow to participate in the challenge? Consider your prompts. Do I want to set aside 20 minutes a day? 10 minutes? Or do I wanted to be open ended, and I finished when I feel like I finished three. Based on the previous decision of how much time to spend, create a rough schedule in your head of when you plan to do your art. Do Morning's work best, or would I rather set aside time on the weekends or evenings? Set your schedule so that you can give yourself time to participate. Four. Gather your supplies If you don't have a vast space to keep your art supplies, place your materials for this challenge in a set place. I like to get all my substrates together at once. In the case of the Beach Art Challenge, I have 16 prompts so I make sure that I have 16 background pages to complete my challenge. I want to do one illustration per page or one illustration per square when I use the grid. Also, I'll gather my our tools and supplies and set them in a tray or basket so that I can keep them all together for the duration of the challenge. Research time. This is the time where I find my photos or objects in my home that I want to use his reference for my sketches. I'll either download and print them out, save the pages of the photos from books and magazines, or set my objects in my basket. This way I have all my materials and supplies ready so that when I do start creating art, everything is handy and ready for me. In the next chapter, we'll go over using the prompts 6. Using the Prompts: for me. The first step in making art for the challenge starts with making sketches. Now there are three basic ways to go about this. The first is what I call the sketch artist. It's to complete all your sketches ahead of time and then add layers and colors at a later time. The second method, Allah card, is to work of a single prompt from sketch to completion and then start on the next one. And the third method is kind of a combination of both. It's what I call the dabbler. Make a few sketches, finish one or some of it, then make more sketches until you have completed all of them for the challenge. This way, your illustrations are at different stages of completion, and you always have something to work on again. It's up to you, and there are no wrong ways to do this. Once you've decided on your method, set aside regular timeto work on the challenge. Now is the time to begin your work, create your pieces and that remember to just participate in the process. Don't fret and worry about getting things perfect. You can always start over or rework pieces. You may find that you're very happy with all of your work or just some of it. What is most important is the process of actually doing the work. In the next chapter, we'll review what to do once you have your prompts finished. 7. What to Do After the Prompts are Done?: When you finish your promise, either individually or as a batch, there are a couple of things you want to make Sure you include. Be sure to sign your work, just a little initial or signature somewhere. Also, be sure you add the title of the prompt, for example, in the Beach Art Challenge at the prompt beach ball or seashell, depending on the day. In some cases, it may be obvious what the prompt is, but not always, and not necessarily in a few years time. Now that you prompts air done, there is still a chance to further learn from your work. Examine your work as a whole. Look at all your pieces, all your finished prompts, either as a single snapshot with all the images together or, in the case of pages in a journal, fun through them. Do you notice a progression in your work? Do you detect similarities like an overall style of artwork? Were you aware that you gravitated towards certain colors or shapes? These are important things to realize about your work. If this is something you want to change, well, now is the time to work on that. If it's something you like. Continue with that. Maybe even make a conscience effort to include those signature styles in your artwork. Do you have illustrations? You would like to try to redo, either to try a new technique or change the color the size. Do you have illustrations that spark a new idea or on items study and illustrate further? This is your time to take that extra step and spend a moment studying your own work so that you can find inspiration from what you've created. In the next chapter, we'll go over posting your artwork and engaging with others online. 8. Posting Artwork Online: So now you've completed the prompt from the challenge and examined your work you're close to done. But there's still another step in the challenge, and that is posting your work. And our challenge, in many ways is like a conversation. The challenge Creator post the prompts, and we as artists participate. The Challenge Creator starts a dialogue, and by creating your art based on the prompts, you respond by posting your work. This shows the challenge Creator that their challenge was fun or helpful to others. In turn, they will continue to post challenges. If you haven't posted your artwork before, now is your chance. And here are a few simple tips to get you started. Consider creating a posting schedule when I participate in an online challenge. In real time, I create my art work, and then I post my completed work on the day that corresponds to the prompt. If I participate in an older or ongoing challenge, I'll work these post into my posting schedule. By doing this, I engage with others, get feedback on my work and create new contacts and even friends. When I post photos of my artwork, I follow a few simple procedures to take a decent photo, and that means I set up my photos. It could be basic or involved, and that totally depends on my mood and how much time I have to spend that day in all of my photos. I want my artwork to be the focus of the photo, so I'll set up my artwork and then add the props around it. In general, I'll use either a tool that I used in the process of making the illustration like colored pencils or inks or markers or paints. And I'll use that as a prop, or I'll echoes something in the illustration, either a color or a shape. I'll snap the photo, and then it's ready to post the morning that coincides with the prompt. If you'd like some more tips for taking photos of your artwork, I have a couple of classes you might be interested in. Styling, artwork for social media and styling art journals for social media. In the next chapter, we'll wrap up the class and I'll introduce the Beach Art Challenge and offer some ideas 9. Class Wrap Up & Beach Art Challenge: we've gone over the benefits of participating in an art challenge, and I've given you some tips. Now I want to share my art challenge with you, the beach. Our challenge. You can start by downloading the page or finding me on instagram and sharing the prompts to save them to your phone. Then choose your medium and have some fun with sites from the beach. I wanted to show three different ways that I worked on the challenge using different media in the first method, I took the list of prompts and want to use bright color markers. I gave myself a 10 minute time limit for each prompt. Most illustrations took me well under 10 minutes to complete. I like the illustrations. They were simple, and I thought that I could use them at some point as a collage. In the second example, I used colored pencils instead of separate pages. I used a sheet of card stock and made a grid of 2.5 by two and 1/4 inches. I added each of the sketches along with the prompt title and day in each grid. I set a limit of 20 minutes for each prompt, and I think each of them took me less than that. Lastly, I wanted to do a challenge with water colors For this one, though, instead of paper or a single grid, I made a tiny, shell shaped book and created a prompt on each page. When I do this, I'd like to add here a small print out of the challenge prompts toe one page either in the front or the back. Thanks for joining me. I hope that if you were considering participating in our challenge, this was a helpful class and answered some of your questions. Please be sure to follow me here on skill share to get notified of future classes. Please consider leaving a review and thank you for joining me. 10. BONUS A Look At My Art Challenges: So here, right prompt sheets. And here are my actual finish prompts and I'll show you each one of them. I'll take you through all of them and I'll start with the ones that I did first, which were where I took three by five cards and cut them in half. So that gave me the substrates that I want to use. And I used marker, pencil and ink. So I just did the prompts and I broke down the number as well as the illustration name from the prompt. And then I just did these all. So I have all my images here. I'll probably go and scan them onto my computer so that I can clean them up and have each of these little images to use in a collage or in further illustrations. Second way I did it. I used colored pencils, so this was a little more time consuming, since I wanted to achieve a blend with each one. But I made my grade first, and then I went around, and I just colored in the prompts from the sketches and the ink outline that I drew and I just played around with different colors. I used a lot of yellows and a lot of blues, and I just like the way that came out again. I could go and scan these in and use these as I want, or I could just put this in my portfolio as it is. And lastly, I have my little shell book, which I made to add my prompts that were done in watercolor. So I included a list of all the prompts on the first page. And then I added each of these illustrations a beach ball, the surfboard and so on. And I like the way they came out again. The images air very painterly, very simple. Loose. Not too many layers. Just enough to give the effect off what I was going for. And I like the way it came out. These I will definitely scan into my computer, so I have all my images, and I'll also keep this on my shelf with my handmade books. I also want to show a couple of examples of using a sketchbook toe. Hold your images. So this is just a watercolor sketch book. And again, I did these in water color. I attached my list of prompts to the first page, and then I went and I did. My sketches in this book is purely for me. Some of the sketches came out well enough that I'll scan them in. But the most part, I'm just using them as thumbnails and references for other paintings that I want to make based on these. So here I did the truffles, and these were prompts of all different sweets. And this is from artistic sweets, just like I mentioned in the video. So each day was a different prompt, and I posted the results of these on my instagram page. What I like about these is that each prompt is its own page, and I left the other page corresponding to it blank with the name of the prompt. Just like that. Another challenge that I engaged in, which was very helpful for me, was also another one by artistic ill. And this was done using the theme of Ireland. So each of her themes that she posted for a challenge reflected something about Ireland, either a landscape ah, plant or something of that nature. And so sometimes I'd write a little thing about the exact prompt in this case the cliffs of mower and I would put in, like, location or some fact about the height. This was an Irish coast. And so I name the one that I painted here from a photograph, and I do the same thing here on the island. I continued throughout this, and I really enjoyed this challenge. It came in a really good time for me. And I have it all in a book so I can refer back to it or just enjoy the fact that I have a book of my paintings again. I posted these online as well. My instagram account gave me some nice content for my site, and I continued, Thanks for joining me.