Art Project: Having Fun During Coronavirus
Let’s admit that we have lots of concerns and anxiety today. As counts of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths from Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to rise unabated; it’s scary. Especially if you’re one of the countless people with asthma, heart disease, diabetes, overweight, have/survived cancer, or 50+ year old.
Staying healthy also means keeping your mind active, creative, and entertained.
1) Choose An Idea — What would you like to create? It could be an online art show (http://www.artvirus.org/), a (maga)zine (https://thecreativeindependent.com/guides/how-to-make-a-zine/), public art in your yard or neighborhood, a mural, chalk drawings, hang paintings and/or quilts in your windows, rock painting, or countless other projects.
2) Invite Friends — Typically, 3–9 people are ideal for projects and within safety limits of local and state Coronavirus protections. Wear a mask, stay 6 feet (2 meters) apart, bring your own snacks/drinks and meet at a park, driveway, or yard. If unable or uncomfortable with in-person gathering, meet over Zoom, Facetime, or other platform.
3) Themes — Choose a broad idea that can be interpreted many ways. It’s can just be something as simple as “summer” or “relaxing thoughts. Try to find a concept that all the participants have in common.
4) Community — Who will see your creations? Will it be your immediate neighbors, kids, nursing home patients? Thing about your audience and how your project will be perceived.
Consider fundraising for a local organization in need like PPE for hospital, the Red Cross, local food pantry, and so many more
5) Assignments — Everyone has a creative skill. Show it off. Determine how the finished project will look. List all tasks needed for completion. Set due dates, but try to be flexible. Everyone’s life is crazy right now.
6) Friendly Critique — Almost nothing ever comes out as planned. Especially with groups. Look at the creations, make adjustments, and allow people to make insightful suggestions for improvement.
7) CELEBRATE! — Having fun is important. While we may mourn that things have changed temporarily, we need to create new and safe traditions. This can be in the form of a parade, online parties, and many other forms.
Health and Safety Considerations for gathering:
1) No indoor activities
2) No sharing bathrooms
3) Wash hands before and after gathering. Don’t touch your face.
4) Bring your own food, snacks, drinks, and utensils.
5) Do not attend if you have asthma, heart disease, diabetes, overweight, have/survived cancer, or 50+ year old.
6) Do not attend if you have or have had Coronavirus or showing symptoms (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).
7) Wear a mask and practice social distancing (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html)
8) Limit attendance. Check local health department for guidelines and restrictions.
9) Talk with everyone about comfort levels. Expect and allow non-participation and last minute cancellations.
Please feel free to contact if you have any questions or suggestions!
Mike Kraus was born on the industrial shoreline of Muskegon, Michigan. After earning his Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he attended Grand Valley State University for his graduate degree. From there, he gained varied experiences from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago, Hauenstein Center For Presidential Studies, Lollypop Farm Humane Society, and the Children’s Memorial Foundation. And every place he worked, he had his sketchbook with him and found ways to be actively creative. In 2014, Kraus became a full-time artist by establishing Mike Kraus Art. Since then, he has sold hundreds of paintings that are displayed in nearly every state and dozens of countries. Currently, Kraus lives in Rochester, New York with his beautiful wife and goofy dog.
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