50 Artist Date Ideas for Introverts

If you’re reading this, you’re probably trying to find Artist Date ideas to do as you try out the Artist Way. The date can be tricky because it pushes us outside our comfort zones if we are not used to making space for creativity.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept here’s what Cameron herself has to say.

ARTIST DATE: A once-weekly, solitary expedition with your “creative self” into new, interesting, and expansive territory. Expeditions do not need to involve “high art.” They might be a trip to an aquarium store, a concert, a used-record store, a drive in the country anything that “fills the well” —for you. Artist dates are undertaken alone.

The Vein of Gold by Julia Cameron (creator of The Artist’s Way)

Alone you say? Well that’s perfect for the introvert looking to add a little more romance into their lives. My last experience doing these dates was in late 2022. I scouted out and visited a sunflower field to take photos and later turned those photos into paintings. I also decided to take up the ukulele after I visited a local music store. It was a really inspiring time.

I made this list of artist date ideas that you can do on your own schedule. There’s 50 so you have ample ideas based on your location, finances, etc. These suggestions are based on living near a city in the USA.

50 Artist Date Ideas for Introverts

  1. Visit an artist’s supply shop.
  2. Spend some time outdoors with your journal, sketchbook, craft supplies, etc.
  3. Go for a walk and take a picture of every heart shape you find.
  4. Search your local county library’s website to see what additional resources they offer. Some libraries lend instruments or have maker’s spaces with sewing machines open to the public.
  5. Set a timer, and spend an hour working on something you’ve been putting off.
  6. Create an artist’s workspace in your home.
  7. Check out a bunch of Little Libraries in your town.
  8. Spend a day watching 3 movies by the same director.
  9. If you don’t have an artist’s blog, start one.
  10. Visit a “creative” shop that has nothing to do with what you actually do–an art supply store, a fabric shop, a music store.
  11. Grab a stack of magazines, and clip whatever looks interesting or cool to create your own vision board.
  12. Support the local arts scene by going to live performance – concert, play, musical, etc.
  13. Search FB to see if your city has a Buy Nothing group. Search the group for items you could use in an art project.
  14. Go to a local museum exhibit.
  15. Start your own planter herb garden.
  16. Light a candle and see what it inspires you to do next. (Don’t forget to blow it out if you leave the room.)
  17. Visit the planetarium.
  18. Go out in the middle of the night and watch the stars.
  19. Listen to romantic music and take a bath.
  20. Create a simmer pot.
  21. Order food you don’t usually eat.
  22. Get a massage.
  23. Get a small canvas and try out this finger-painting & drumming abstract art process.
  24. Make a music playlist for your zodiac sign.
  25. Get in a hammock or a blanket under a tree and read your favorite book.
  26. Learn a new skill on YouTube.
  27. Get some air dry clay and make little monsters or animals.
  28. In the summer or fall, find a sunflower field that allows you to pick some to take home.
  29. Buy yourself flowers. Really spend time picking them out based on what makes you light up most.
  30. Create a paper mache’ version of your pet.
  31. Put together a puzzle that has beautiful artwork.
  32. If you have an iPad, play around with beat loops in GarageBand.
  33. Write a letter to yourself.
  34. Go hunting for a Geocache.
  35. Start a scrapbook.
  36. Take pictures during golden hour.
  37. Try out a float tank.
  38. Visit the nearest National Park.
  39. Create a personal fashion mood board on Pinterest.
  40. Learn to play an instrument.
  41. Learn how to fold an origami crane.
  42. Visit a thrift store and buy a piece of art to modify.
  43. Visit a pet cemetery and read the grave markers.
  44. Go bird watching.
  45. Try this 10 minute mindfulness drawing exercise.
  46. Create an artist alter in your home.
  47. Throw seed bombs into a vacant lot.
  48. Visit a butterfly aviary.
  49. Experiment with stop motion animation.
  50. Make a self care list of things that make you feel good using colorful markers.

Hopefully you got so excited about one of the ideas on this list that you haven’t made it this far. But if you have, pick one idea to try out now.

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