When we are stimulated to do or feel something, especially when we’re in the midst of a creative challenge, we call that inspiration.
It would be impossible to list everything that motivates humans to create, so we’ve narrowed it down to five common influences.
- Mentors: Great teachers can have an enormous effect on students by passing along a strong work ethic, technical skill, or vision. Sometimes you can see the influence of a teacher on his or her students by looking at their work side by side. What teacher most inspired you?
- Cultural Background: Our cultural ties and life experience are a rich source of inspiration. Not all artists work autobiographically, but those who do it well can give us a peek into what it life is like from an entirely different perspective. What does your background say about you?
- Social Issues: Some artists are inspired by social issues in our collective culture. They use their work as a platform to address complex problems and direct attention toward important public topics. What are some of today’s big issues that resonate with you?
- Nature: As long as humans have been making art, the natural world has played a vital role in our creative expression. Color, pattern, texture, and our connection to the diversity life on our planet provides an endless and easily accessible source of inspiration for many artists. What is something in nature that inspires you?
- Historical Events: From momentous world events to local happenings, history can be a powerful source of inspiration for artists. When documenting an historical event, an artist might speak from the perspective of an observer, or contribute to historical record from a direct personal connection to what has happened. Have you been impacted by an historical event?
We hope you’ll connect with a thought, a piece, or source for creative ideas that leads to new ways of thinking about the world around you.
What inspires you?