Art Sparkers

  • Saturday Art Camp, Spring 2010

    Saturday Art Camp, Spring 2010

  • Scribble Wall, The Imagination Station

    Scribble Wall, The Imagination Station

  • Bookmaking Table, The Imagination Station

    Bookmaking Table, The Imagination Station

  • Painting Table, The Imagination Station

    Painting Table, The Imagination Station

  • Task Party, Art Bash

    Task Party, Art Bash

  • Light Painting, Digital Media Class

    Light Painting, Digital Media Class

  • Face Collage, The Imagination Station

    Face Collage, The Imagination Station

  • Bookmaking, Saturday Art Camp, Spring 2012

    Bookmaking, Saturday Art Camp, Spring 2012

  • Fantasy Landscapes, Afterschool Art Program, Duval Elementary

    Fantasy Landscapes, Afterschool Art Program, Duval Elementary

  • Task Party, Art Bash

    Task Party, Art Bash

  • Inventing New Mark-Making Tools

    Inventing New Mark-Making Tools

What is an art sparker? It’s a creative prompt that excites the synaptic nerves in your brain and stirs your imagination. It’s like the ignition in a car engine. It’s the thing that gets you going on making art. Here are 18 downloadable art sparkers to “jump start” your brain.

  1. Make your own artrageous hat that will help you to think like an artist.  (paper techniques)
  2. Create a heart collage inspired by the work of Jim Dine.
  3. Create a portrait of your hero and share with others why you chose that person.
  4. Do these pushups everyday to exercise your “visual” muscles.
  5. Draw a map of your community however you imagine it.
  6. Draw a picture showing what you will be famous for someday.
  7. Draw a self portrait and reveal something about yourself to others.
  8. Draw Like a Cat invites you to see the world from a cat’s point of view
  9. Give yourself a hand and practice your drawing skills.
  10. Draw a portrait of a friend and then write a poem or story to go along with it.
  11. Imagine ‘What if. . .?” and then make a picture about it.
  12. Make a unique, one-of-a-kind artist book.
  13. Make a book from a paper bag and then do something with it.
  14. Make a mask and learn why people make masks around the world.
  15. Make your own sketchbook and then fill it with drawings and ideas.
  16. Paint a picture of stormy weather and write a story about it.
  17. Paint a portrait of your family using crayon-resist watercolor.
  18. Make art about your favorite thing to do.