Artist Tips & Tricks , Inspiration 8 Things to Do on Valentine’s Day Quarantine for Artists
Being on lockdown or quarantine this month doesn’t equate to a lonely, boring Valentine’s Day. In this article, our team compiled eight artful things to do on Valentine’s Day whether you’re an artist, an art enthusiast or simply in love with one. Most of you might wonder how we can maintain a healthy relationship with our loved ones while living out our true passion especially with a pandemic right outside our doorsteps.
#5 Start practicing yoga and meditation
#6 An artful breakfast in bed date
#7 Make a love letter in the form of an art zine
#8 Pour yourselves over a book of Love
Bonus: Check out a virtual art exhibition in London!
A Reminder of Love
The True Purpose of Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day is a special occasion that was created to put the practice of appreciating our loved ones into actual action. Every February 14, candies, chocolates, flowers, and gifts in general are exchanged all around the world in celebration of this special day. This has become the norm for most people every year and it’s a perfect opportunity to remind our loved ones how much we love and care for them.
In this age of fast-paced media and smartphones, maintaining healthy relationships can get pretty challenging. Somehow, the modernisation of society has led us to lose touch with our present surroundings. It has caused one of the pillars of our lives – our personal connections with people – to suffer. We are always rushing towards the future, and before we know it – the best years of our lives have passed by right before our eyes. We forget that at the end of the day, what remains with us are the meaningful and healthy relationships we cherished, and the genuine connections we create with people.
TRIVIA: Did you know that Medieval poet and the Father of English Literature, Geoffrey Chaucer may actually be the person responsible for associating Valentine’s Day to love and romance? His poem “The Parlement of Foules” written c. 1380-90 describes a conference of birds that meet to choose their mates on St. Valentine’s Day. Geoffrey Chaucer used this literary piece to gently satirize the tradition of courtly love.
Now, more than ever, it is important to not only appreciate our loved ones, but to also listen to our inner voice, and attend to our personal needs. This Valentine’s, let us take this opportunity to take care of both ourselves and our loved ones. We’re sure some of you are already wondering about other things to do on Valentine’s Day while on lockdown, so without further ado, let’s read on!
Artful things to do on Valentine’s Day quarantine
Spending Valentine’s Day in lockdown, or in quarantine doesn’t mean you’re left bingeing on Netflix in pyjamas over fish and chips or worse, sleep in early. If you want to make this year’s love day still special but haven’t thought of something exceptional to do just yet, well, prepare to indulge yourself in this list of artful things to do on Valentine’s Day, at home.
#1 Paint portraits!
Take out those paints and brushes and get back at it again! Paint your long overdue self portrait. Or if you’re with your loved one, why not paint each other’s portraits? You’ll be able to slow down, stop and just study your loved one’s face. This way, you will be able to have quality interaction with each other while sharing your techniques. Finishing a piece of artwork by yourself is very satisfying to the mind and soul. Sharing it with a loved one? Well, that’s really something else.
On that day, prepare a simple charcuterie and your favourite drinks and of course, make sure you have all the art materials you need. Take your Valentine’s date idea to the next level by getting professional paints and brushes that are made to take the pain out of painting. What’s more awesome is that you can get them online.
#2 Plan a themed dinner at home
It’s just like Christmas eve dinner all over again, only this time you get to be more inventive and romantic. Plan a themed dinner at home. Think creative table setting-watercolor placemats, red hearts cut outs, etc. You can even dress up for a romantic fine dinner or make it as fun as to wear costumes, especially when the kids and the kids at heart are joining. There are endless possibilities with this one.
#3 Arts and culture film night
You may not be able to go out to the cinemas this Valentine’s Day but there are options now to stream films from the comfort of your home. From Netflix or Hulu, to the Royal Opera House, watch something art related this Valentine’s Day!
If you’re a film connoisseur then you’ve probably already seen the most popular arthouse films in cinema’s history, but if you’re not, then take your movie night a few notches up the artful meter and watch one! Use whichever streaming platform is your favourite and check for the “Arthouse” genre. When we say arthouse, we’re talking about Wes Anderson’s pastel pink world of quirky characters, David Lynch’s surreal parallel worlds or Akira Kurosawa’s great classical masterpieces.
Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House in London once again needs your patronage to sustain operations once the lockdown lifts. Why not support the ROH by streaming one of their available ballets and operas for just £3 or $3.37. Choose from Cendrillon, a Cinderella opera to Petipa’s Raymonda, a Russian classical ballet. Check it out here.
#4 Hone your cooking techniques
Here at ZenART we talk a lot about techniques to inspire artists to paint the well-composed paintings they’ve always wanted to achieve. What if you can also learn the techniques to cook the food you’ve always wanted to perfect from the comfort of your home? So we’re actually thrilled to stumble upon BBC’s Food Techniques that would teach anyone to cook the right way. From as simple as chopping chillies, to making a Swiss roll cake and cooking samosas. By exploring this resource of mini lessons, you and your loved one will get in touch with both your creative sides through the use of sight, smell, and touch. Experimentation is fun and a good chance to get to know your loved ones more.
#5 Start practicing yoga and meditation
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