Herein find all the mysteries of the great 15-MinArt Challenge revealed:
Do you find your time constrained? You’re tired, you’ve worked a full day, you’ve got bills to pay, whatever your thing is—too often, we feel we don’t have time.
But we do.
We can find 15 minutes. You and I have that somewhere in our day.
Back in 2014, I only had a little time to draw. However, my work had a smoker’s policy allowing three five-minute smoke breaks daily.
I decided to take an art break. I started using five minutes here and there but felt frustrated by it. My skills didn’t match my desire to complete something every five minutes. So instead of giving up, I squashed my breaks together and challenged myself to create one better thing in 15 minutes. I named it the 15 MinArt Challenge—because I like naming things, and “minart” sounds a bit like “minute.”
The goal is to use what little you have and join in The 15 Minute Art Challenge.
The rules are simple:
Time yourself drawing for 15 minutes.
You can add color, but no more “drawing.”
Tag #15minartchallenge on your social media accounts. Share and encourage others to join and use their “spare” time to create something and grow their skills.
By doing this, you’ll get: faster and better. This challenge was my primary source of drawing time for almost five years.
Q: What is the 15-MinArt Challenge?
A: The 15-MinArt Challenge is a challenge where you take 15 minutes out of your day to create something artistic.
Q: How do I participate in the 15-MinArt Challenge?
A: To participate in the 15-MinArt Challenge, all you need to do is set aside 15 minutes to draw something. Once you have completed your drawing, add color, but no more “drawing.” Then, tag #15minartchallenge on your social media accounts and encourage others to join.
Q. What do you consider spare time?
A. Any moment you’re not working/caring on or for something/one else. Watching a movie? Time yourself. Sipping tea? Time yourself. Keep a sketchbook handy and be ready for whenever 15 minutes pops up. If you have a family, even a big one, work it so they do it with you.
Q. When does the #15minartchallenge begin?
A. Whenever you are ready. Choose to be intentional with your time. Go!
Q. What supplies should I use?
A. Any. Use what you have. My focus for years has been inks.
Q: Is this only for drawing, or can I use other mediums?
A: The 15-MinArt Challenge is primarily focused on drawing, but you are free to use other mediums, such as 3d or writing.
Q: Do I have to be a professional artist to participate?
A: No, absolutely not! The 15-MinArt Challenge is for anyone who wants to improve their artistic skills. Everyone is welcome to participate, whether you are a beginner or a professional.
Q: What if I don’t have 15 minutes every day?
A: The 15-MinArt Challenge is designed to fit into your schedule. If you don’t have 15 minutes every day, try to find a time that works for you. You could also combine your breaks as I did.
Q: Can I participate in the 15-MinArt Challenge without sharing my art on social media?
A: Absolutely! Sharing your art on social media is optional. The most important thing is that you participate and challenge yourself to grow your artistic skills.
If you have any other questions, feel free to write. The main thing is to make the time and draw what you can—when you can.
You’ve got this. As I mentioned, this was my primary source for years.
Working a full-time non-drawing job, a wife and six kids, a part-time job, and general responsibilities limited my time. So, I decided to draw when I could. I challenged myself in 5, 10, and 15-minute increments to grow my skills.
You can do it too.
Time, Draw, Tag, Share, and Encourage.
Once you’re done, remember: Create. Be Happy. Create More.
Note: In 2019, a book about doing a 15-minute art challenge was published. I am wholly unaffiliated with it.