What are the JANUARY ART CHALLENGES of 2021?
With the new year just around the corner, we’ve put together a few of our favourite art challenges running in the month of January, 2021 that you, your family, colleagues and students alike can all take part!
The January Challenge 2021
What better way to start the new year than by taking part in a worldwide art challenge? A little different to the previous art challenges we’ve discussed, like Inktober, Huevember and Drawcember – The January Challenge is curated by creative around the world.
What is The January Challenge?
The challenge takes place over the 31 days of January and is made up of different creative challenges. It was created by ‘64 Million Artists’, a social enterprise that works to spark creativity in everyone, and connect creatives around the world. In 2020, more than 30.000 people took part in The January Challenge! Feedback showed that over 98% of those that participated reported that the challenge had a positive impact on their wellbeing.
How does it work?
This year, The January Challenge has decided to bring in 3 guest collaborations who will each put out their own unique, daily challenges. Those that subscribe to a given collaborator will receive their daily challenges via mail each day during the month of January. Alternatively, you can subscribe to The Wildcard group which will be a combination of the 3 collaborators prompts.
Every year, the ‘64 Million Artists’ team puts together the set challenges submitted by creatives around the world. This means that you could send in your challenge idea and potentially have it sent to tens of thousands of The January Challenge participants from all over the world!
What are the challenges and what do I need?
Each day a challenge is put out as a source of inspiration. This simple prompt will vary from day to day and allow you to explore a number of creative forms. The challenges are designed to take around 5-10 minutes each and range from illustration to exploring!
The required materials, props or locations needed for each challenge are likely already in and around your house!
Every year, we crowdsource the challenges – meaning all of the ideas you’ll be sent in January have been thought up by a member of the public!
Who are the guest collaborators?
Lemn Sissay is an award winning artist, writer, playwright, poet and broadcaster. He stresses the importance of daily creativity and taking risks.
Multiple award winning journalist, author and columnist Yogi Adegoke, working at The Guardian and The i Paper emphasises her love of painting, the importance of maintaining creative hobbies and manifestation. Her subject matter revolves around the intersectionality of activism, race, feminism and mental health.
Jess Thom AKA Touretteshero
As both an artist and a writer, Jess Thom is also the cofounder of the Touretteshero organization – a creative way of expressing her battles and experiences of living with Tourettes Syndrome. She uses her tic as a source for creative inspiration and portrays the world from a completely different perspective.
You can select which of these 3 creatives (or The Wildcard option) you’d like to receive daily prompts from throughout the month of January.
How to implement the challenge in your workplace?
The January Challenge not only encourages creativity, but also enhances wellbeing and promotes inter-employee engagement. No matter where you work, you can strengthen connection, collaboration and boost creativity amongst staff, patients, visitors or students! The challenge itself is free, and there are a number of ways in which you can include your workplace! Schools, care providers and libraries can download a free support package. As a workplace you can sign up to a tailored support webinar. Bespoke support is also available for larger workplaces.
You can reach out to email@example.com to see whether you can work together!
TinkerLab’s January Art Challenge
What is the Tinkerlab’s January Art Challenge?
What better way to welcome in the new year than with a spur of creativity? Immerse yourself in all kinds of art this coming January with Tinkerlab’s January Art Challenge! The challenge is a daily illustration challenge that inspires partakers to unleash their inner creative in a way that is stress-free, fun and challenging.
Each day has its own individual prompt that will function as your source of illustration inspiration! Interpret the prompts in whatever way you’d like to create unique, interesting and fun sketches every day. Feel free to experiment with colour, texture, line work, shading and theme – the goal is: fun!
The Tinkerlab’s January Art Challenge 2021 Prompt List
Who is this art challenge for?
Tinkerlab’s January Art Challenge is intended for anyone who’d like to enhance their creativity or simply have fun! Any and all experience levels are welcome.
What will I need?
Each challenge can take as short or as long as you’d like, depending on the complexity of your sketch. Nonetheless, make sure to set aside at least 5-10 minutes of your day for each challenge.
In terms of materials – you’ll only need a some paper to sketch on! Whether that comes from a notebook, sketchbook, loose sheets of paper or the back of your mail, it is completely up to you.
This challenge is also set on boosting creativity in the new year! Setting itself apart from the others, Creatuanary is based on creating a new and unique creature every day.
What is Creatuanary?
Taking place during the month of January, the ‘Creatuanary’ challenge is made up of the two words creature and January. Each day, you’ll be expected to create a creature inspired by the given day’s prompt. You can find the official prompt list on @creatuanary on Instagram.
Are there any rules for Creatuanary?
Any and every one can join the Creatuanary challenge! All skill levels, ages, and nationalities are welcome. There are no rules on which media is permitted – so have fun, be creative!
You can use the hashtags #creatuanary #creatuanary2021 #onedayonecreature and #creatuanarychallenge when sharing your work online!
Creatuanary 2021 Prompt List
Here’s the Creatuanary prompt list for 2021 – get inspired!
Let us know in the comments what your favourite art-challenge of this month is! Which one are you participating in or did we miss one?
Do you want to improve your drawing skills? Make sure to read our article where we take a look at the Best Art Classes you can follow online. Combining an art class with an art challenge is a great way to get started! You could also take a look at our curated top 10 of drawing books to help you improve your drawing or for extra inspiration or new techniques.
If you’re curious about other art challenges coming up this year, make sure to check out our overview of yearly art challenges or our art challenge calendar. If you are looking for drawing inspiration, make sure you check out our drawing ideas generator.
Interested in taking part in any of these challenges this month? We’ve got some resources just for you to give you a kick start!
Traditional Drawing equipment
Check out the sketchbooks, pencils and other tools below that will help you build a daily routine in practicing your creative skills.
If you’re a digital artist, make sure to check out these great Photoshop and Procreate ink brushes from Grutbrushes. These realistic, responsive and natural brushes will inspire you without a doubt. Grutbrushes offers a lot of free samples, so you can try anything without risk. Check out our Grutbrushes review if you’d like to know more and see more (free) samples.
A drawing tablet could definitely help you in your creative flow too. Most drawing tablets are touch sensitive and are highly accurate. The main advantage of a drawing tablet is the natural feeling when drawing. They are perfect for creating detailed illustrations, drawings or digital paintings.