47 Delightful Art Writing Prompts for Students That Inspire

Incorporate writing in the art classroom using these fun and imaginative art writing prompts.

Using art to inspire writing is a fantastic teaching strategy, and these prompts will serve that purpose well.

These delightful art writing prompts spark imagination, improve art appreciation, encourage expression of ideas, and even motivate reluctant learners.

Moreover, visual art writing prompts reduce writer’s block, instill a love for writing, and sharpen writing skills.

That’s why these art writing prompts fit well as part of teachers’ collection of writing prompts for students

Include a few of these delightful art writing prompts in your lessons this week.

Art Writing Prompts

The following art writing prompts work well as assignments for elementary, middle, and high school students.

They can also be easily modified as writing and drawing prompts.

1. Compare and contrast painting vs. drawing.

2. Explain, step-by-step, how to create a specific art project. 

3. Imagine you have some extra toothpicks, Q-tips, and juice boxes. Describe something that you could design with these materials. 

4. Describe your favorite art project from this school year. Why was it your favorite?

5. Persuade someone that art is important. 

6. Write a story using these five words: art, watercolor, portrait, colors, culture

7. In your opinion, should less class time be given to art compared to reading and math? Explain your thinking. 

8. Explain why graffiti is a type of art. 

9. Describe your favorite art medium. What makes it so interesting to you?

10. You plan to enter the school’s art show. What piece of artwork will you display and why?

11. Explain the importance of art in education. 

12. Write a short biography about your favorite artist. 

13. Tell about the best piece of artwork you’ve ever created. What makes it so special?

14. Convince your classmates to put you in charge of leading the class to victory in the door-decorating contest. 

15. Do you believe everyone has some artistic talent? Why or why not?

16. Explain how art is used to tell a story. 

17. The top prize for winning the school’s door-decorating contest is extra recess! Detail your door-decorating ideas for winning. 

18. Come up with a cool art project for an upcoming holiday. Detail your idea.

19. How is music a form of art?

20. Actors and actresses are often considered artists. Explain why you think this is so. 

21. Share your earliest memory of a drawing or sketch that you did in elementary school. What was the occasion?

22. How is creative writing a form of art?

23. Explain papier-mâché to someone not familiar with the artform. 

More Monthly Art Journal Prompts

24. Think about a painting, sculpture, or poem that you really love. Why are you drawn to it? What type of emotions does it evoke?

25. In what ways is photograph a special kind of art?

26. Write a letter to your parents convincing them to attend the school’s art show so that they can see your artwork. 

27. Describe all the different types of art. 

28. Tell how poetry is a form of art. 

29. Draft a letter to the principal persuading her or him to assign more class time to art class. 

30. How can one’s choice in clothing and hairstyle be considered art?

31. Some people say that an airplane is a work of art. What do you think they mean?

32. Sketch a portrait of someone you admire. Then write a few similes and metaphors to describe them. 

33. In your opinion, how does nature inspire art?

34. Explain how to create a collage. 

35. Write a story about someone attending a pottery class for the first time. 

36. Pretend that you are the designer for a popular children’s magazine. Depending on the current season, describe the cover you would design for this month. 

37. Describe the most beautiful or unique mural you’ve ever seen. 

38. Which color represents your mood right now? Why do you choose this color to represent your feelings?

39. Describe, step-by-step, how to do mosaic art. 

40. Explain how an architect is a type of artist. 

41. In what ways can teachers integrate art into other subjects such as math, science, and reading?

42. Describe the differences and similarities between a cartoon and a movie. 

43. Share some ways in which people use art on their bodies. 

44. Art is all around us! Give examples of art in our world. 

45. Brainstorm a social media hashtag that promotes art in schools. For what activities, ideas, events, and movements will you hashtag be known?

46. Explain how a fashion designer or make-up artist is a type of artist. 

47. Compose a haiku about any form of art. 

Final Thoughts

Now you have a treasure-trove of art writing prompts to use with students of all ages.

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