Enter the November Art Dare!


Create an artwork that shows the bag you carry most often.

The artwork must include all of the items inside the bag.
(could be a purse, briefcase, backpack, pouch, etc.)

Artwork must be created from direct observation.
In your text caption, list every item in your bag.
Media: any two-dimensional media is eligible!

Subscribe to the Art Dares email list and be notified on the first day of each month!


Prof Clara Lieu’s progress on her Art Dare so far is below. Stay tuned as she continues to develop her drawing this month.

“I’m drawing my briefcase that I bring with me when I’m teaching at RISD.  Items include:  a water bottle, a set of headphones, tiny binder clips, rubber bands, a leather pencil case from Europe, 6 sharpie markers, pens and pencils, a little blue pouch where I keep 4 extra contact lenses, floss, a maxi pad, a proxy brush, and 16 band-aids. Other items are a dirty mouse pad, a mouse, the plug for my laptop, my laptop, paper clips, blue painter’s tape, a razor blade, my iPhone, my wallet, dirty white plastic erasers.  Taking everything out of my briefcase was actually quite surprising, I had items in there that I didn’t even know I had!”





To Submit
Post your artwork on Instagram, tag us @art.prof  w/ #artprofdare.
Or, post your artwork on our Facebook page.

Use #artprofwip, and Prof Clara Lieu might drop by and give feedback on your in progress artwork. We feature submissions on our Instagram and Facebook page during the month!

Submissions close Wed., Nov 30 @ 11:59pm EST
Questions?  Comment below or Email us.

Artist Prizes
We award prizes in categories based on the submissions we receive. In the past, prizes we’ve given have included “Tremendous Improvement,” “Innovative Brainstorming,” and Honorable Mentions. The prize winners receive: Prof Lieu’s book Learn, Create and Teach and a 10 min. video critique on 3-5 artworks from Prof Lieu.
Honorable mentions will win an Art Prof sticker set.

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Art Teacher’s Prize
Art Teachers: assign this Art Dare to one of your classes! One class will win a large Art Prof sticker for each student, and a class video critique from Prof Lieu. (watch below) In the class video critique, each student will receive a 1 minute critique on an artwork of their choice. Limit of 25 students. Grades 8 and up are eligible to enter.

Submission Guidelines for Art Teachers
If you have an Instagram for your classroom, you can post your students’ artwork there. Encourage your students to post their submissions on their own accounts as well! For each submission, tag us @art.prof w/ #artprofdare. Use #artprofwip, and Prof Lieu might drop by and give feedback to your students!

Your official class submission must be done via DropBox or Google Drive.  Place your students’ artworks in a folder, and then share the folder to Prof Lieu‘s email.

To be eligible for a prize, your artwork must be created specifically for this Art Dare, and must follow all guidelines.

Related Articles
The Importance of Drawing from Direct Observation

How to Create a Dynamic Composition
“How do you develop an idea from a sketch to a finished work?”
“What is the most important mindset a student needs to draw?”

ART PROF is a free, online educational platform for visual arts for people of all ages and means. artprof.org features video courses, art critiques, an encyclopedia of art supplies, and more.

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