Art has a lot in common with romance: both are self-expressions, both are founded on creativity, and both are really fun! So why not combine the two for your next date? Here are some fun ways to enjoy art with your sweetheart, whether you’re out on the town or staying at home.
Out on the Town
Most cities have an art gallery or museum that display creative local works or brilliant works from history. Art galleries are a very classic date idea, but often overlooked due to a lack of interest in fine art. So make it interesting! Create a game of art gallery bingo, with random and abstract objects to find within gallery paintings and exhibits. (Click here for our blank template.)
Do you want to add some depth to your art gallery date? Go to each painting and answer the following questions:
What do you think the theme of this painting is?
What emotion do you think the artist was feeling?
Can you relate to this painting at all?
Describe this painting in one word.
Also, research the exhibit and find a way to incorporate the theme into the rest of your date. If the artist is from the Caribbean, go to a Caribbean restaurant after the exhibit. If he was born in a nearby city, visit it for the evening. Don’t be afraid to have fun at an art gallery exhibit – there is no rule saying you need to be serious!
Garage Sale Treasures
If you both are morning people, go to garage sales and find materials to create your own art projects with. Collect random items and make abstract art with them. Get together different furniture and pottery pieces then repaint and repurpose them.
Take an Art Class
There are many types of art-related classes at local community colleges, craft stores, and community centers. Take one of these classes together, making each week’s project a gift to your sweetheart.
Find Local Artistic Wonders
Every city has some artistic decor, whether it’s landscape art, architecture, sculptures, murals, or graffiti. Tour around your city together, taking pictures of the different artistic pieces you find. Make a scrapbook with your pictures, writing next to each picture how you would rate the piece from 1 to 5, or write a fictional story on how the piece got there.
Paint Your Own Pottery
There are little shops like Color Me Mine that let you paint ceramics, pottery, and decorative items for your home. Paint gifts for one another, for your home, or for friends and family. If you don’t have one of these kinds of shops around, create your own pottery to paint!
Create a Comic Book
Make up superhero identities for yourselves and create your own story about good versus evil. You can either be enemies, be a team of crime-fighters, or use the classic hero/damsel in distress storyline. Make it look professional or draw stick figures. Don’t want to draw at all? Take pictures! Dress up in superhero costumes and act out your storyline. Arrange the pictures in a scrapbook and write out the dialogue.
Paint a Wall Mural
Have a big, empty wall you want to spruce up? Paint a mural together. Personalize it by incorporating images and words that hold special meaning to the two of you. It can be as simple as your wedding date, or something as complicated as a collage. You can even repaint your canvas every anniversary if you feel like it!
Hold Your Own Gallery
While your sweetheart is at work, turn your living room into your own art gallery. Display photos, meaningful gifts, and other memorabilia that speaks of your romance. When your sweetheart gets home, take them on a guided tour of each item. You can even treat them to wine (or apple cider), h’orderves, or dessert as part of the gallery experience.
Make a Film Together
Put together a skit or story and use your camera to create a short film together. You can improvise or write a script, make it professional or record it on your phone. Throw it into any movie editing software you have, making sure to add a title slide and ending credits. You can even take out the sound, make it black and white, and turn it into a silent film!
Other Artsy Date Ideas
-> Create t-shirts for one another
-> Play a Pictionary-like game using romantic words. Try to stump your date.
-> Create a giant sculpture together
-> Use sidewalk chalk and create your own sidewalk gallery
-> Make a scrapbook of your past year together
-> Do one of your favorite grade-school art projects together