5 Ways to Enhance your Vacation with Art
Incorporating art along the way exponentially expands and deepens our new experiences. It helps us be in the moment, and gives us a way to record and remember. Going to see art can help us understand a place we’re visiting in a new way.
There are so many ways to add art to your precious time away. Here are 5…
5 Ways to Enhance your Vacation with Art:
1. Bring your travel art kit. This is pretty much the main thing you need to pack for vacation.
Your travel art kit can have any assortment of supplies you like. I like it small and light so that I can take it hiking. Sometimes I pack a sketchbook and Prismacolor colored pencils – unless I’m going on a boat. Then I have to take my watercolors, cause you can dip your brush into the water from the boat. 🙂
Wherever you go, bring your art kit. You can just keep a micro sketchbook and a pen in your pocket. Pull it out and write about how you feel to be in this place – writing is a valuable way to get in touch with that quiet creative voice within. Draw what you see – or how you feel. It will be the best use of your time, I promise. Even if it’s just two or three minutes – it just feels good to put pen to paper. Always.
3. Pass a sketchbook around. So it goes like this: you pull out a sketchbook and start drawing some lines and maybe color. When you’re ready, you pass it along to the next person, and they continue drawing in their own way. Round and round she goes for fun group collaboration. Nice way to pass car time.
4. Go see art! Visit the local art scene. Gallery nights are a fun way to see the latest local art. They’re often open at night on the first Thursday or Friday of the month. Its a nice, inexpensive way to be out and get to know the city scene and it’s art. You might not like everything you see but it’s all grist for the creativity mill. Nothing is wasted.
An art museum or an outdoor sculpture garden always makes me happy. A couple of weeks ago I got to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sidney, Australia. The art there deepened my understanding of the Aboriginal experiences, through their own words and images. A true highlight of my trip.
This still is from a huge animated artwork by Joan Ross at the MCA in Sidney. I was mesmerized as it took me through transitions in Australia’s history, as seen through Ross’ lens. Art at its most informative. Fabulous piece.
5. Make a collage of your trip. All you need is a sketchbook to collage in and a glue stick. Just collect maps, placemats, hiking guides, photos, whatever will be a reminder of your trip. Glue it into your sketchbook and write and draw in it too. It’s a great remembrance and helps to keep us in the moment.
And, speaking of photos, try taking them with your artist eyes. Look at the screen as though it’s a little painting and notice carefully how the scene fits into the confines of the viewfinder. Consider which way to turn the camera – horizontal? Vertical? Would your subject fit better in a square format? Rectangular? Compose your photo like you would a painting.
Are you getting away this summer? What art supplies will you bring? I hope you’ll share with us what you do and see. Show us a photo! It’s a great big, fascinating world. The more we see of it the more we appreciate it, the better we’ll take care of it.
Thanks so much for reading! Here’s a little gift below. Click on the photo to watch a video of Vivid, a beautiful light show I got to see on my vacation in Sidney, Australia.
Wishing you a safe and peaceful summer. Happy trails!
Sorry for missing a post or two – I was on vacation!!!
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