25 Art Hobbies to Help You Explore Your Creative Side

There are hundreds of ways to express yourself through art. Art hobbies allow us to convey our thoughts through imagery, song, and the written word.

If you’re searching for the perfect method of artistic expression, consider dabbling in these 25 artistic hobbies. Some are easy to learn, while others require intense practice to perfect.

Whether you want to explore or become a grand master, consider trying an artistic hobby to showcase your creativity.

Fine Art Painting

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Fine art is the epitome of artistic expression. We wander museums dedicated to the form, celebrate the grand masters from centuries past, and marvel at the immense talent required to make a form come to life with paint.


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Though watercolor painting can be a form of fine art, the medium is much more challenging. Traditional watercolors require the perfect mix of water and pigment to prevent running.

Watercolors are easy to clean and often the top choice for children’s art sets, offering paint-by-numbers. Most art stores now offer watercolor pens, which allow artists to create stunning watercolor effects with less effort. You should also invest in watercolor paper, as most art canvas isn’t designed to hold the watery substance. 

Pastel Drawing

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For a different type of artwork, consider drawing with pastels. Pastels are great because you can draw sharp, bold lines and smear them for fabulous shading effects.

Pastels come in both chalk and oil. Both are fun to play with, but oil pastels are more professional grade.

The biggest downside to working with pastels is the mess. They stain your hands while you draw and can be challenging to wash off.

Traditional Sketching

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Sketching is a classic artistic hobby. It’s easy to start and doesn’t require any cleanup. It’s also low-cost for those looking to explore their creativity on a budget.

Consider taking your sketchbook with you and drawing the things you see outside. Sketch your neighborhood, your dog, library aisles, or the pretty tree in the nearby park. Make up your own fairy tale creatures or clothing designs.

Graphic Design

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Not all art hobbies require pencil and paper. Digital art is exploding, and you can create fantastic effects with a drawing tablet and graphic design software.

A bonus of learning graphic design as a hobby is that it’s an in-demand skill. Those looking to make a little money in their free time should explore the world of graphic design. Small businesses and creators around the country look to freelance designers for logo designs, business card designs, custom emotes, web design, and other digital arts.


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Collage uses a multitude of different media to create a work of art. Consider combining images from magazines with markers and stickers on a whiteboard to create a vision board or use imagery you find in newspapers to compliment your message in oils.

Collage allows you to use imagery you find elsewhere to supplement your work. Perusing magazines, newspapers, books, and other items and searching for the perfect image is part of the fun.


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Animation is a step up from graphic design. Instead of just drawing graphics, you can animate them and watch them move around the screen.

Design your own characters and make short videos about their adventures. Create humans, animals, or beings from other planets and illustrate their entire worlds.

Animation is an artistic hobby that allows you to create new realms of possibility.


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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. A single image can speak to us in ways that paragraphs of written text simply can’t convey. People can experience joy, despair, anger, serenity, and the entire range of human emotions with a single shot.

Consider dabbling in photography to capture the artistry of the mundane. Photograph life as it moves around you to get snapshots of a time and place that will never again be repeated.


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3d model unique creations in real life with sculpture. Create your own pottery with clay, and use modeling paint to decorate them with fun color combinations.

If you get into sculpture, you can start casting with a metal such as bronze. In addition, you could weld metal scraps to create unique sculptures out of recycled materials. The options for building an exceptional design are endless and only limited by your imagination.


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Cinematography is the art of making movies. As artistic hobbies go, it’s one of the more complicated as it takes sophisticated tools and considerable creative skills. However, those who love the art of filmmaking can explore this craft for minimal start-up costs.

Developing ideas for your cinematic universe is the first challenge.  Capturing a video and uploading it to TikTok isn’t enough; it’s about the artistry of telling a story through film. The rest of the art makes your ideas come to life.

Creative Writing

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Creative writing allows you to explore the world of your imagination. Put pen to paper and let the characters running around in your head come to life.

Creative writing allows you to build worlds or make a statement about modern society. It lets you dig deep into your subconscious and unleash your inner dreams and desires.

The best part about picking up creative writing as an artistic hobby is a cost. All you need is a pen and paper. If you need help developing ideas, you can use a creative writing prompt to get your juices flowing.

Play an Instrument

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Music is a universal language of emotion. Songs can fill us with unimaginable joy or cast a cloud of despair over us.

Let your emotions come free by learning to play an instrument. Write music that speaks to your soul. When you’ve mastered your instrument, join a band or orchestra to share your gift with others.


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We all sing, whether in the car to our favorite songs or in the shower, where no one can hear us. If you can carry a tune and hit notes out of reach for normal humans, consider pursuing singing as a hobby.

Take voice lessons to perfect your craft, and start with fun karaoke nights where others can sing along. Consider joining a choir or starting an Accapella group to make your hobby more social.


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Our bodies can tell remarkable tales. Dance is the art of using motion to tell a story. Let your body be your guide as you showcase the range of emotions visible in the human condition.

Dance is an artistic hobby that doubles as a fantastic workout. Get in shape as you express yourself creatively through all kinds of dance, from interpretive to ballet. Dive deeper into your creativity with choreography, and make dance moves that tell your story.


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It takes a true artist to become someone else. With acting, you get to embrace your inner creativity to bring someone else to life.

Acting is a complicated art form to master. You need to put everything you have into mastering the mannerisms, speech patterns, and thoughts of someone else, someone who’s often not even a real person.

If you want to pursue acting as a hobby, consider joining your local theater group or creating short films for YouTube.


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You can create exceptional works of art with needle and thread. Needlework is an art with many uses, from the great tapestries filling the halls of medieval castles to the cute crochet animals you can find in stores.

There are hundreds of ways to explore needlework as an art hobby. You can create helpful works of art such as slippers, blankets, hats, and scarves by knitting, sewing, or crocheting, or you can embrace the decorative aspects of the hobby with something like needlepoint.

There are thousands of things you can do with needle and thread. Let your imagination be your guide.


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Express your creativity through food. Baking as an art hobby requires many skills, from food science to sculpting and design. Combining ingredients into a mouthwatering batter and cooking it at just the right temperature is the first art, while decorating the tasty treat allows you to flex your design skills.

Baking is an artistic hobby that delights your taste buds and eyes. 


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Journaling is a fantastic art hobby because it’s so versatile. Consider keeping a traditional diary to dabble in creative writing or a bullet journal to combine your desire for creativity with a way to keep yourself organized.

Specific types of journals offer even more options for artistic expression.  Fashion a junk journal out of items you have lying around the house for a unique piece you can use for anything. Keep an art journal, so you have an on-the-go sketchbook or canvas for whenever artistic inspiration strikes.


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Kitbashing is a newer hobby where you combine the best parts of different toy kits to create your own figures. Build toys using scraps from various sets, and invest in cheap acrylic craft paint to give them a uniform look.

To try kitbashing, head to your local dollar store and buy five bucks worth of cheap toy packets. Get the plastic dinosaurs, a few army men, and a cheap build-your-own tank set. Take these items home, cut them apart, and glue different pieces together to create legions of new creatures with enhanced capabilities.


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Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing a broken item with gold to highlight and embrace the flaws. However, you don’t have to wait until something breaks to explore your creativity with Kintsugi.

Grab a cheap ceramic plate set from your local store and casually drop them on the floor. Glue the pieces back together with gold and silver craft glue to make impressive designs on your new dish set.

Be careful with intentional kintsugi, as porcelain shards can be dangerous. Be sure gently break the pieces gently, so they don’t completely shatter, and clean up any small parts.


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If you love working with your hands, consider woodworking as an art. Carve statues, toys, and decorative furniture out of wood.

As a bonus, working with wood as an artistic hobby will teach you how to use the tools you need for home repair and DIY, making it as useful a hobby as it is enjoyable.


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If you’re looking for an artistic pursuit that doubles as a keepsake, consider scrapbooking. Collect all the ticket stubs, wristbands, newspaper articles, and photos of the events you attend and use them to tell the story of your life in your scrapbook.

Scrapbooking is more than gluing photos and tickets to paper. Fill your pages with creative designs and imagery representing your feelings and emotions so you’ll be transported to that specific time and place when you look back.

Clothing Design

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Want to express yourself artistically and through fashion? Consider making your own clothes. Invest in a sewing machine to make shirts and dresses, or opt for a Cricut to create unique designer logos.

You don’t have to invest in fancy equipment to make a statement with your clothing. Grab some white t-shirts and fabric dye to make tie-die shirts, or grab fabric stencils and jewels to bedazzle your jeans.

Jewelry Making

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Artisan jewelry is all the rage. Invest in quality beads, metals, and charms to create jewelry at home.

Jewelry making is an art hobby that allows you to put together gorgeous pieces to match any outfit. Do it for fun, so you have the perfect accessory for any look, or consider putting your creations on Etsy to make a few bucks off your favorite hobby.


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Crafting is a general term that encompasses the wide range of niche artistic hobbies left off this list. There are thousands of things you can craft. You can specialize in one or dabble in different things for different occasions.

Craft ornaments around Christmas, make paper monsters on Halloween and create an epic centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner. Dabble in paper Mache, discover the joys of felt, and make sock pockets.

When it comes to crafting, your only limit is your imagination.

Explore Color Theory

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Understanding how colors interact and balance each other is essential for fine art painting. Learn how it works!

Read it here: Understanding Color Theory

The Most Famous Paintings of All Time

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Want to be an artist? Learn from the best! Here are the most famous paintings in all of art history.

Drawing Ideas for Artists Needing Fresh Inspiration

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Are you an artist looking for fresh inspiration? Skip the posts telling you to draw a dog or your backyard. These drawing ideas will help you refine your skills

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The Best Art Journal Supplies

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Ready to start your art journal? Here’s everything you might need to create the perfect one.