Activities For Artists With Dogs

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Introduction

Artists are a lot like dogs: they come in many different shapes, sizes, colors, and temperaments. Dogs are great at observing and learning, and they’re sometimes even quiet as they study the smallest things of the world. They may be excited by light and the way it moves through the trees or by a shadow stretching across the ground. They’re aware of their surroundings, and they speak without saying a word. We think artists have much to learn from their pooches, and today, we’ll look at how you can get started.

Art Walk

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Harness and leash
Doggie waste bags
Dog toys
Activity description
A lot of communities enjoy throwing art walks to showcase local talent and bring people together. Most always, they’re held outdoors, and your pets are invited to join in the festivities. Though you may not see an art walk slated to take place in your own town, you should search the web for one or ask around. More than likely, there’s one close to you and worth the drive to see some amazing art and visit with the artists themselves. Your dog, we think, will love getting to spend time with you in nature, surrounded by beautiful souls who are making beautiful, inspiring pieces of art.
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Find an art walk
Hop online and search the web for art walks in your area. Even if you have to drive a couple of hours, it makes for a fun day trip. You’ll meet new people, be inspired, and spend some much-needed time with your pet. Ask your artist friends as well; they may know of a few good ones that take place annually.
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Be inspired
Enjoy yourself. Make photos, laugh, smile, and journal along the way. Visit with artists and hear their stories and missions. Your pup will like walking with you, and you can even take water, food, potty, and play breaks every few hours. Even if you can only say for an hour or two, we bet you’ll make some great memories.
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Sign up for a booth next time
You may even be inspired to sign up for a booth the next time the art walk takes place. Set up a tent, set up your work, and bring your fur child with you. Nothing pulls folks into a booth like a dog! It’s wonderful to be inspired by others, but it’s also fantastic when you and your pooch can inspire others.
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Pup-Inspired Piece

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 - 120 Minutes
Items needed
Art materials
Doggie treats
Activity description
Let your doggo be all the inspiration you need. All artists occasionally hit mental and even physical artist’s block. You can’t think of what to do with your art, and there’s no inspiration around, it seems. But hold on: your fur child is sitting right there. In fact, you always have inspiration literally at your fingertips. Your inspiration is furry, and it wags its tail and looks up at you with longing, loving eyes. So, maybe it’s time to let them inspire some art. No matter if you’re a sculptor, potter, painter, drawer, cartoonist, or any other kind of artist, you can have some fun working with your pooch as the heart of your project. They’ll love having all the attention, and you’ll get some artwork in, even if it’s just to get those artistic juices flowing again.
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Location, location, location
You need to be in an inspiring place. So, set up outside, in your studio, or in an entirely new venue. Listen to the sounds around you, and take in all the sights - especially your doggo. Make time for breaks, but mostly, encourage your pooch with fun, playful talk as you work on your art.
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Do what your heart loves
Select whatever artistic medium you love. If you want to sculpt your pup, go for it. Paint or draw instead? Pawesome! You could even mold a dog-inspired cup from clay atop the pottery wheel. The possibilities are endless. And honestly, what could be better than hanging out with your furry kindred spirit and making art?
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Reward your pooch for good work
Don’t forget to reward your pup for being a good boy or girl while you used them as inspiration. Sure, they loved all the eye contact and attention, but they’ve been posing for a while, and you’ll need to make sure to let them know that they’re appreciated. Dog treats, belly rubs, and scratches behind the ears should do the trick!
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Paw Painting

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
canvas or paper
Pet-safe paint
Activity description
You’ve heard of finger painting, and you’ve probably participated in it somewhere in your childhood. Why not let your pup be included? This is a great outdoor activity if you want to go big, but it can certainly occur indoors if you have space. You’ll be left with a piece of artwork crafted by you, your dog, and any family or friends you invite to join the fun. You can display the paw painting, sell it for a good cause, or simply turn the paper, canvas, or whatever you use over and begin again. It’s up to you. The main point is that you’re sharing in the love of creation with your fur baby.
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Set up
First things first: you’ll need something to paint on like a big canvas, large sheet of butcher paper, or poster board. You might even use cardboard. You’ll also need pet-safe paint. And it may be best to set up outside where you have room to move with your dog. This is a great activity to involve the kids in.
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Go wild
When the paint is put out, let everyone run wild. You may opt for paintbrushes, but we say paws and hands are terrific. You can participate or just let your fur child and even human children have all the fun. Whatever works. It’ll be a good time for sure. You’ll probably need to have the hose handy or the tub full because all participants will be pretty messy.
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Display your piece
Find a place to display the artwork. It doesn’t have to be a permanent display. You could stretch it across a wall in the house for a week or two, or you could actually frame it if the work is small enough. You could cut the paper up and make thank you cards with it. There’s so much fun to be had for pretty cheap.
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More Fun Ideas...

Check Out Some Dog Artists

Oh, they’re out there. Scan the web for doggie artists who are making a difference in their community and world. It’s sure to be adorable and powerful.

Take Time to Paws

Sometimes, the artist simply needs a change of pace or scenery. Take time to pause (or paws) with your pup by your side. Soak up your surroundings, or get out of the norm for a while. This will more than likely lead you to a new idea.

Conclusion

Come one, come all, you artists and pups! Get out there and experience all this world and life has to offer. The only way to grow closer and be inspired is to be active, engaged, and alert. So much awaits you two. You’re a dynamic duo that has a message to share with the planet. Let your voice (and bark) be heard!