During the coronavirus crisis, many artists are struggling to figure out their next move. People across the globe have begun to quarantine and practice social distancing. This has resulted in countless classes, workshops, pop-ups, and galleries being forced to cancel and close their doors.
Even if this is the new normal until further notice, there are still questions left hanging in the air. Many artists rely on in-person interactions to sell and share their art with the world. They may wonder about the most effective ways to share their art during these trying times.
If you’ve been feeling this way for the past couple of weeks, perhaps its time to change your tactics. Here are a few ways that you can share your art during this pandemic to help you weather the storm until things return to normal.
Take to Social Media
When you’re unable to meet in person for gallery showings and events, your next best friend is social media. Don’t stop creating because people won’t see it. Instead, create more! Social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even Tik Tok can go a long way to giving you much-needed exposure.
A benefit of self-quarantine is that people are taking to social media to be entertained.
So, give the people what they want:
- Go live and share some behind the scenes clips of your creative process
- Film a time-lapse of the beginning of an art piece and ask your followers to guess the result
- If you’re financially able, this may be a great time to hold a small giveaway. Request that they tag a friend to get more eyes on your work.
Before you know it, you’ll have your online community rallying to support you during these hard times.
Hold an Online Art Class
Holding an online art class is also a great way to share your art during this pandemic. Perhaps many people have particularly liked one piece of your art. Why not hold an online art class where you virtually teach students how to recreate that piece, step by step?
While you’re getting the word out, many people may get curious and start looking at your other work. You get your name out there, and they get to learn how to make a beautiful piece of artwork. It seems like a win-win all around.
Get Involved in Online Exhibits
Just because gatherings and openings have been canceled, doesn’t mean that you have to stop showcasing your work. Many museums and artists have decided to get creative with how they are sharing their artwork. Online museums and galleries have opened up in the past weeks, giving artists around the world a chance to share their work.
People now have the option to attend exhibits virtually. Participating in one of these exhibits could result in your art being seen by hundreds or even thousands of people.
Just because we’re stuck inside, doesn’t mean our art has to be. Make it a goal to find new ways every day to share your art!