10 min. Art Prompts

This videos provides simple art prompts that can be done in literally 10 minutes that self-taught artists can do to jump start their studio art practice. These are prompts that are easy, accessible, and quick to start with bare bones art supplies. Sometimes the toughest part of the creative process is getting started, and these prompts will get your hand moving under a low pressure situation. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Deepti Menon and Alex Rowe.

10 min. Art Prompts

  1. Markmaking prompts
  2. Markmaking: Lines
  3. React to an ink blot
  4. Silhouette Characters
  5. Self-Portrait Cartoons
  6. Sketch from a Selfie
  7. Sketch your pet
  8. Muybridge Gesture Drawings
  9. Gesture Drawings of Your Hand
  10. Blind Contour Portraits
  11. Sketch while watching TV/Movies
  12. Draw Alongs, YouTube Playlist
  13. Write down something you hear and then illustrate it.
  14. Rapid Fire Drawing / PDF Charts
  15. Brainstorming: Mind Maps
  16. Draw sketch notes from a video
  17. Visual Journaling

Video Walkthrough

  • Leave your art supplies out, your sketchbook on the table.
  • There’s always a reason or excuse we can make to not get started.
  • Getting started is often the most difficult part of the process.
  • Even prompts that seem absurdly easy can help you learn.
  • You don’t have to show any of these prompt to anyone!!
  • Prompts get you to try styles that you aren’t familiar with.
  • By starting a prompt, you can “trick yourself” into working longer.
  • No one has perfect, beautiful sketchbooks.
  • “Thinking” prompts can exercise another part of your art practice.
  • Collage is a great starting point for any artwork, you can react to the colors and shapes in the collage.

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