With the looming pandemic, it can be challenging to be cooped up in your house with the same daily routine. With this being said, tapping into your creative side can be a great outlet for stress and anxiety during these trying times. Why not take part in an art challenge this upcoming May?
Art challenges inspire creativity and allow partakers to create art in a fun and stress-free way. In addition to this, art challenges can exercise your imagination and act as a form of catharsis from your daily life stresses. Why not put some time aside this upcoming May to create a unique piece of art every day, form a positive and productive habit, and develop your art skills!
We’ve put together a list of some art challenges taking place this May that you can take part in.
1. Munchy May
What is the Munchy May Art Challenge?
Munchy May is an annual art based project that runs during the month of May. This challenge invites creatives of any kind to create a visual depiction of their interpretation of food. Aside from its specifications, the challenge at its core works to encourage consistent acts of gratitude and dedication through a series of daily prompts.
Each prompt is aligned with a particular challenge or exercise. Artists partaking from around the world are asked to reflect on their meals and their corresponding artworks, to create a mindset shift towards gratitude and mindfulness.
Participants are asked to share the artworks they create on Instagram via their personal profiles, using the specified hashtags. By using the right hashtags when posting your work, you’ll be entered into the challenge. See the rules below for more details.
A curated selection of artworks will be selected from the daily submissions, and will be posted on the official Munchy May account throughout the 31 days. Once the month reaches its end, you’ll have another chance to have all your artworks showcased. This serves as a way of thanking artists for sticking through the challenge and carrying it out correctly.
If you are unable to take part in the challenge each and every day that is also okay! The ultimate goal of this challenge is to express yourself, be grateful, take on new perspectives and nurture your creative side.
Are there any rules?
The rules of this challenge are relatively simple:
- Illustrate or paint a meal you’ve had that day
- Post it on Instagram
- Use the hashtags #Munchymay and #Munchymay2021
- In the description of the post, state one thing this meal has made you grateful for
- Repeat these steps every day during the day of May!
- Image formats: JPG/PNG, ideally squared (minimum 1080 x 1080p)
- Videos: Video entries welcome as long as they are supported by Instagram
By following these steps you’ll be submitting your work to enter the challenge.
What materials do I need?
There are no specific rules regarding materials for this challenge, but keep in mind that food illustration should be the main focus of this project. For your artworks to be eligible, they should be related to this subject.
The Munchy May Prompt List
Visit MunchyMay for more.
2. Kick in the Creatives: The May Creative Challenges
This year, Kick in the Creatives has created 4 new and exciting art challenges for the month of May. We’re going to take a quick peek into what exactly each challenge is about and how you can get involved!
1. Blooming Marvelous May
This challenge invites participants to create a piece of flower-themed art every day during the month of May. For this challenge, you can use any medium or material you’d like – whether it be paint, pencils, clay, printing or digital. If you choose to take part, make sure to post your artworks on social media and tag #kickinthecreatives and #BloomingMarvellousMay.
For more visit https://kickinthecreatives.com/blooming-marvellous-may/
2. Quick Kick May
Quick Kick is a mini-challenge running throughout the month of May, in which partakers set aside a maximum of 15 minutes a day to create a piece of art. In addition to this, you’ll also be challenged to create this simple illustration using your non-dominant hand! By participating in this challenge, you’ll be stimulating the creative side of your brain, as well as develop your art skills.
There are no rules regarding medium, so get crazy with it! Kick in the Creatives suggests that you carry a sketchbook or notepad with you every day throughout the month, making it increasingly easy to squeeze in some creative time while on the go. If you choose to take part, make sure to post your artworks on social media and tag #kickinthecreatives and #QuickKickMay. Wondering about inspiration? You can find monthly themes and prompt lists at https://kickinthecreatives.com/may-creative-challenges/.
3. Miniature May
For the second year in a row, Kick in the Creatives is hosting the Miniature May art challenge. This challenge invites creatives to create a miniature piece of artwork every day during the month of May. The rules are incredibly simple – create a mini artwork that is no bigger than 5’’ x 5’’, and most importantly, have fun! There are no restrictions on medium so feel free to use whatever you prefer. If you decide to share your work online or on social media, make sure to use the hashtags #kickinthecreatives and #MiniatureMay.
There is no particular theme for this challenge, so you can take the reins on that. If you’d prefer to follow a theme, you can select any of those mentioned in this article. Miniature May also involves a little optional twist – if you’d like you can create a video (maximum of 3 minutes) after the month of May documenting your experience with the challenge.
Make sure to include some of your favourite creations during Miniature May and send it through to Kick in the Creatives to share on their site.
4. Every Day May
The fourth and final challenge run by Kick in the Creatives is Every Day May. Unlike the other challenges, this one is hosted by a closed Facebook group that you’ll need to request to join prior to taking part.
The theme and prompts are posted in the group around mid-April and will be available for download. Throughout the month of May you’ll be asked to post a daily artwork that is inspired by the given prompt in the Facebook group. This challenge is for those who are eager to share their work with other creatives and be a part of a close creative community.
The rules are simple, post your inspired artworks daily and have fun! Also make sure to keep your artwork appropriate for all ages. If you’re struggling with time, try keeping your sketches simple – this challenge is about having fun, expressing yourself and forming creative habits.
To join the Facebook group you can visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/edmeverydayinmay/ and send in a request.
3. Tinkersketch May Art Challenge
What is the Tinkersketch May Art Challenge?
This month, Tinkerlab is hosting the Tinkersketch May Art Challenge. Created to ignite creativity and get your imagination flowing, this challenge is aimed at beginners, intermediates, professionals and creatives of all ages. With easy prompts and low stakes, this is the perfect challenge for first timers.
For this challenge, you’ll need to carve out a minimum 5-10 minutes every day throughout the month of May to create new artworks inspired by the official prompt list. If you decide to share your work online, make sure to use the hashtag #tinkersketch to share your work with other fellow creatives.
Are there any rules?
There are no restrictions regarding medium for this challenge, just remember to use the prompt list and create something every day. Because this challenge prides itself on being stress free, make sure to push yourself but don’t hesitate to give yourself a day off if needed. This is about enjoying yourself!
Visit Tinkerlab for more.
What is the MerMay Art Challenge?
Running through the month of May, MerMay invites artists and creatives from all over the world to take part in this mermaid themed art challenge. As I’m sure you guessed, each day you’ll be invited to create a mermaid themed artwork based on the provided prompt list. Although this challenge is in fact a month long challenge, it encourages partakers to do what they can and not feel pressured by time constraints or prompts. There are no rules regarding medium so feel free to use what suits you best. Serving as an optional inspiration, use the prompt list throughout the month to build your creativity, destress and have fun. On the official MerMay site you’ll find drawing tips and tutorials to help you get started. If you decide to share your work from this challenge online, make sure to use the hashtags #MerMay and #MerMay2021.
Visit Mermay for more.
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? If you want to learn more about the basics, make sure to read our art challenge guide.
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.
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