Keeping Creativity Flowing as an Art Student

Creativity isn’t something that most people can bring up on demand, but being a student in a creative field means that you’ll often have to do just that. Even if you’re feeling tired, sick or just burnt out at the end of the semester, you’ll need to be able to create work that best represents you and your creative vision, despite feeling like your creative reserves are running dry. So how can you stay at your creative best throughout the semester? While there’s no surefire way to keep those juices flowing, there are some tricks and tools you can use to keep your brain from fizzling mid-semester.

Take care of yourself. You’re not going to be able to come up with great ideas if you’re feeling run down and icky. Get enough rest, eat right and treat yourself well to get the most out of your creative mind.

Check out other artists. There are few better ways to inspire yourself to be more creative than to surround yourself with art and artists. Go to a museum, gallery, art house theater or any other place you might encounter great art.

Take a walk. Fresh air and the beauty of the natural world are two great reasons to get out there and enjoy the outside. Both will inspire you to get creative, or if nothing else will help fight exhaustion and get your blood flowing.

Rest your brain. No one can be creative all the time. Make sure you give your brain a rest now and then so it can be in peak form when you need it most.

Write it down. Sometimes with creativity, when it rains it pours. When you have a bunch of great ideas at once, put them down on paper. That way if you’re struggling later on you’ll have something to work with.

Collaborate. Two minds can be better than one when it comes to coming up with great ideas. Work with someone else to help encourage and support your creative thoughts.

Be creative for yourself, not class. It can be no fun to only be creative in ways in which are for others, not yourself. Take time to do projects that are just for you and don’t have to fit a certain mold. It could make your classwork even better.

Whether you’re studying film, sculpture or just about any other art form these tips can help ensure you don’t burn out creatively in school, keeping you and your grades happy and healthy throughout the school year.

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