The future remains uncertain if the world can return to the way it was before the pandemic happened. Although some states in the US have plans of reopening soon, that does not mean things go back to normal right away. There are still regulations we have to observe and follow, so we don’t risk spreading the virus to everyone.
Since most of us are required to stay at home, we have another list of art-related activities that you can look into during this period of undetermined quarantine. There is more to honing your skills, learning a new one, and even knowing more about it through articles, documentaries, or other sources of information.
View museums online.
Going to museums is a social activity, even if you’re going by yourself or tagging a friend or two. In the end, people from all walks of life visit museums to view what they offer. However, since the pandemic broke out, all public gatherings have been canceled to avoid spreading the disease. Although we can practice social distancing inside a museum, our health should still be our top priority.
With Google’s Arts and Culture app, you can view museums from around the world on their smartphone. Fancy yourself a trip to the Musee d’Orsay without leaving your couch? The app has it for you on a musical tour that will enhance your virtual experience. Some museums offer a virtual tour that highlights an artist’s work, such as The Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) recent online exhibit on Sophie Taeuber-Arp. If going through an app is not your thing, check out the gallery portion of art websites. Philippine-based Curare Art Space is a great example, as it claims to be “an online art space for curatorial collaboration and emerging art.”
Watch artists in action on their social media platforms.
Musicians have taken to social media to perform for their followers for free during this time, which means anyone can also follow in their footsteps. Whether they are real artists or just hobbyists, check out Instagram Stories from your friends or the people you follow if they have a time-lapse of their artwork. Isn’t it satisfying to see their masterpiece from start to finish?
But for Wendy MacNaughtan, a San Francisco-based illustrator and graphic journalist, she has used her Instagram account to teach drawing classes to children with #DrawTogether. Her classes are also available on YouTube for those who missed the previous lessons.
Have fun with art by making it a game.
The possibilities are endless with this one. If you don’t have a jigsaw puzzle of a popular painting somewhere in your cabinet, turn one online! There is a program that can do that for free and you can choose the size of the image you will be turning into a puzzle. If you want to improve your craft further, there are so-called “quarantine art” challenges set by other artists you can check out on Instagram and Twitter. Lastly, the Arts and Culture App also has a couple of art games you can play on your phone.
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2nd image from https://pixabay.com/photos/puzzle-game-solution-connection-226743/