11 #artbreak Ideas

Take an #artbreak.

Whether it’s a leisurely sketch in the park, a mid-meeting doodle, or an end-of-the-evening haiku, taking an #artbreak for as little as five minutes a day can have a powerful effect on your peace of mind, health, and creativity. Plus, it’s fun, and it’s an easy, low-pressure way to get yourself to play more. Here are eleven ideas to get your #artbreak going:

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Idea #1: use artist Tucker Nichols’s #artbreak coloring sheets to get your started. Perhaps turn t his bird into a peacock? Or maybe a feathered space cadet?

1. Coloring books aren’t just for kids! Print out one of Tucker Nichols’s #artbreak coloring sheets and have at it with red and green ballpoint pens.

2. Haikus are short and they don’t have to rhyme, making them perfect for a quick #artbreak. Do it your own way, or adhere to convention by creating a three-line poem with all words adding up to seventeen syllables, often breaking down to five in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third. Thematically, haiku are frequently about nature or the seasons, but we’re more of the pick-whatever-theme-you-like school. Like, maybe about your dog.

3. During a meeting, write a corporate jargon word in bubble writing then fill each letter with a different pattern. Or doodle a coworker’s portrait.

Idea #5: Start an Exquisite Corpse drawing game with your friends or coworkers. Each person get their own segment of the page, or have them pick up the drawing where you left off.
Idea #5: start an Exquisite Corpse drawing game with your friends or coworkers. Each person get their own segment of the page, or have them pick up the drawing where you left off.

4. Pick a song at random by putting your music on shuffle and pressing fast-forward. Journal during the entirety of the song.

5. Start a drawing, then have someone else finish it. You could even revive the Surrealist game of Exquisite Corpse, whereby three or more people write a phrase or draw part of a picture on a piece of paper, fold the paper to conceal all but a little bit, then pass it to the next person for further development. You could do this by email or snail mail with friends who are far away, sharing your #artbreak.

6. Creating a collage is incredibly satisfying. Set your timer for whatever number of minutes you’ve got allotted and challenge yourself to arrange and glue as many things to a piece of paper or other surface, in as interesting and satisfying ways as you can, during that period.

7. Look around you and pick something to sketch. Try sketching it without looking at the paper, and without taking your pen or pencil off the paper.

8. Ernest Hemingway is said to have written this six-word story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Write your own micro-story, aka “flash fiction,” as long as 1,000 words or as short as 140 characters.

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Idea #11: sculpt or make a masterpiece out of your meals.

9. Put the TV on pause and draw whatever scene you’ve landed on.

10. Take a line drawing of something, turn it upside-down, then try to copy it, a practice popularized by Betty Edwards, author of the revolutionary and widely read Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

11. Sculpt with your food.


Share your #artbreak sketches, doodles, and musings on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter by uploading an image and tagging the post with #artbreak.

Plumb has partnered with 826 National, the celebrated nonprofit that provides under-resourced students aged six to eighteen with inventive programs to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. Plumb will donate $1 to 826 National for every Instagram photo, Facebook post, and Twitter tagged #artbreak, up to $2,500.

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  1. I will use these ideas with my grade6,7,8, classes. We do a daily “quick draw” for a few minutes at the start of class to loosen up. Some Quick Draws are a happy banana, a happy taco, these were cool, a fancy bird going out for the night with high heels and a bow. We now have 10 days of Quick Draws. This week I will ask each student to pick a favorite Quick Draw to post outside the classroom, I could see a school wide digital Quick Draw challenge. I completely agree with the powerful effect of a daily #artbreak.

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