15 Writing Prompts about Art

One of the most subjective topics out there, art means very different things to different people – and that is just fine!

Whether it is a highly acclaimed artist painting a picture that will be remembered a thousand years, or a child who can’t stop drawing because it brings them so much joy, art is a wonderful thing.

Some people believe that only certain types of things can be considered art, while others see art in almost all areas of life.

However you view it, you’re bound to have thoughts on what art is, what it is “for”, and how much you value it in your life.

Today we’re taking a look at how we think about art, and using several related topics to inspire our writing on the subject…

How you could use these:

Writing is an art all its own, so get creative and use these to inspire your writing in a way that brings you joy!

If you’re drawing a blank (no pun intended!), then perhaps these suggestions could help…

Try picking a prompt totally at random each day for 5 days, and write 500 words on each days topic, to more deeply explore how you think about art.

Or you could always try combining 2 or even 3 of the prompts in a single written piece to dig into what art means to you.

Alternatively take a read of this list of writing prompts and pick out the one which really speaks to you, and write a stream of consciousness on the topic!

The prompts:

  1. What is the purpose of art, in your opinion?
  2. Most people would say that paintings and sculpture are art. What else can be called art do you think? Why?
  3. What leads people to create art do you think?
  4. Is art which is expensive the only art which really matters? Why?
  5. What sorts of art have you enjoyed making in your life so far?
  6. Do you think art should only ever be made about happy topics? Why?
  7. What type of art would you like to try making one day? Why?
  8. What is your favorite piece of art? It could be a painting, song, sculpture or any other type of art!
  9. Art can mean different things to different people. Why is that do you think?
  10. How might art in the future look?
  11. Can games be art in your opinion? Why?
  12. Do you think famous artists were amazing the very first time they made a piece of art, or did they practice hundreds or thousands of times to get that good? Explain.
  13. Why is it that nature often inspires artists?
  14. Does everyone have to like the same sort of art? Why?
  15. How do you think art can help people deal with different emotions?

Not enough for you?

I hope you found the above prompts super helpful! If you’d like more, we have thousands of others here on our site, which we have put together over the last few years for you to use.

Take a browse around the site – or use our site search box to find specific topics or resources.

If you’ve found this useful, please take a moment to share this with your friends and colleagues, as it makes a really big difference in spreading the word!

Matt & Hayley